May 8 in history: China cedes Taiwan, smallpox eradicated and more

From the China's ceding of Taiwan to the eradication of smallpox, we've got it all covered.

Let's dive in today's history:

1895

China cedes Taiwan to Japan under Treaty of Shimonoseki.

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1978

Reinhold Messner and Peter Habeler climb Everest without supplemental oxygen.

(Photograph:WION)

1980

World Health Organization declares that smallpox is eradicated.

(Photograph:WION)

1984

USSR announces boycott of 1984 Los Angeles Olympics.

(Photograph:WION)

1996

South Africa adopts constitution with equal rights for blacks and whites.

(Photograph:WION)

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