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V-E Day

Thursday, May 08, 2014

V-E Day

Date When Observed: May 8th

Victory in Europe Day (V-E Day) commemorates the end of fighting in Europe during World War II. After years of war, The Third Reich of Nazi Germany was defeated. Millions of people were killed. Adolf Hitler, Germany's Dictator, had committed suicide in his bunker in Berlin.

The German Army ceased fighting on May 2nd, and formally surrendered unconditionally, on May 7th. The surrender of all German forces was arranged for May 8 at 11:01. The Allied countries planned to celebrate victory, and the cessation of hostilities.

Did you Know? The original planned date for the celebration of V-E Day, was May 9th, 1945. But, journalists caught wind of the plans. So, the U.S. and Brittain moved the date up by a day to May 8th. Russia kept to the original planned date for May 9th. Russia still celebrates V-E Day on May 9th.

This Day in History May 8th

Jack Cade's Rebellion: Kentishmen revolt against King Henry VI. (1450)

Hernando de Soto reaches the Mississippi River and names it Río de Espíritu Santo. (1541)

Branded a traitor during the Reign of Terror by revolutionists, French chemist Antoine Lavoisier, who was also a tax collector with the Ferme Générale, is tried, convicted, and guillotined all on the same day in Paris. (1794)

Mexican–American War: The Battle of Palo Alto – Zachary Taylor defeats a Mexican force north of the Rio Grande in the first major battle of the war. (1846)

American Civil War: Richmond, Virginia is named the capital of the Confederate States of America. (1861)

The U.S. Post Office is established. (1794)

At Gilmore's Gardens in New York City, the first Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show opens. (1877)

Pharmacist John Pemberton first sells a carbonated beverage named "Coca-Cola" as a patent medicine. (1886)

Paramount Pictures is founded. (1912)

Edward George Honey first proposes the idea of a moment of silence to commemorate The Armistice of World War I, which later results in the creation of Remembrance Day. In the United States it was called Armistice Day and is now Veterans Day. (1919)

Attempting to make the first non-stop transatlantic flight from Paris to New York, French war heroes Charles Nungesser and François Coli disappear after taking off aboard The White Bird biplane. (1927)

Mohandas Gandhi begins a 21-day fast in protest against the British rule in India. (1933)

The German Luftwaffe launches a bombing raid on Nottingham and Derby (1941)

World War II: The Battle of the Coral Sea comes to an end with Japanese Imperial Navy aircraft carrier aircraft attacking and sinking the United States Navy aircraft carrier USS Lexington. The battle marks the first time in the naval history that two enemy fleets fight without visual contact between warring ships. (1942)

World War II: Gunners of the Ceylon Garrison Artillery on Horsburgh Island in the Cocos Islands rebel in the Cocos Islands Mutiny. Their mutiny is crushed and three of them are executed, the only British Commonwealth soldiers to be executed for mutiny during the Second World War. (1942)

World War II: V-E Day, combat ends in Europe. German forces agree in Reims, France, to an unconditional surrender. (1945)

The Halifax Riot starts when thousands of civilians and servicemen rampage through Halifax. (1945)

Dissolution and surrender of Nazi Germany and all its forces. (1945)

Mad Magazine hits the newsstands. (1952)

South Vietnamese soldiers of Catholic President Ngo Dinh Diem open fire on Buddhists defying a ban on the flying of the Buddhist flag on Vesak, killing nine and sparking the Buddhist crisis. (1963)

The Hard Hat Riot occurs in the Wall Street area of New York City as blue-collar construction workers clash with demonstrators protesting the Vietnam War. (1970)

Vietnam War – U.S. President Richard Nixon announces his order to place mines in major North Vietnamese ports in order to stem the flow of weapons and other goods to that nation. (1972)

Four Black September terrorists hijack Sabena Flight 571. Israeli Sayeret Matkal commandos recapture the plane the following day. (1972)

A 71-day standoff between federal authorities and the American Indian Movement members occupying the Pine Ridge Reservation at Wounded Knee, South Dakota ends with the surrender of the militants. (1973)

The eradication of smallpox is endorsed by the World Health Organization. (1980)

The Soviet Union announces that it will boycott the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles. (1984)

A fire at Illinois Bell's Hinsdale Central Office triggers an extended 1AESS network outage once considered the 'worst telecommunications disaster in US telephone industry history' and still the worst to occur on Mother's Day. (1988)

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