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Europe: Victory in Europe (V-E) Day
(Commemorates the of the end of World War II in Europe: May 8, 1945)
European History World War II BBC
Missouri: Truman Day
(Commemoration of the birth date of Harry Truman: May 8, 1884)
Missouri Harry Truman State of Missouri
1716 James Wright (The Last British Royal Governor of Georgia) British Political and Social Leaders Georgia Political and Social Leaders Colonial Georgia University of Georgia
1753 Migel Hidalgo (Priest Known As "The Father of Mexican Independence") Miguel Hidalgo Catholicism
1828 Jean Henri Dunant (Swiss Philanthropist and Founder of the Red Cross) Jean Henri Dunant The Red Cross
1836 Bryan Morel Thomas (Georgia-born Confederate General) Georgia Military Leaders American Civil War University of Georgia
1864 Lena Mason (Illinois-born African-American Religious Leader, Poet, Lecturer) Illinois Political and Social Leaders Religious Leaders and Theologians African American Political and Social Leaders African American Registry
1869 James Rowland Angell (Vermont-born Psychologist, President of Yale University) Vermont Political and Social Leaders Psychology Yale University
1884 Harry S. Truman (Missouri-born President of the United States) Missouri Harry S. Truman The American Presidency
1895 Fulton J. Sheen (Illinois-born Roman Catholic Archbishop and Broadcaster) Illinois Political and Social Leaders Catholicism Religion Media
Deaths
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1806 Robert Morris (English-American Merchant Who Signed the Declaration of Independence) Robert Morris Business Declaration of Independence
1915 Henry McNeal Turner (South Carolina-born Religious Leader: First African-American Chaplain in the U.S. Army) South Carolina Political and Social Leaders Religious Leaders and Theologians African-American Political and Social Leaders Concordia
1985 Edward Allen (Missouri-born Founder of the Iowa Civil Liberties Union) Missouri Political and Social Leaders Iowa Political and Social Leaders Iowa Civil Liberties Union
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1429 Joan of Arc Leads the Dauphin's Troops to Victory over the English Laying Siege to Orleans Joan of Arc Great Britain War Historic UK
1521 The Edict of Worms Is Issued Outlawing Martin Luther Martin Luther Catholicism Concordia
1559 The Act of Uniformity Receives Queen Elizabeth I's Royal Assent British Political and Social Leaders Queen Elizabeth I Concordia
1648 The Parliamentarians Defeat the Royalists at the Battle of St Fagans in Wales Wales War BBC
1846 Zachary Taylor Wins at Palo Alto: the First Battle of the Mexican-American War Zachary Taylor Battle of Palo Alto Library of Congress History Channel
1858 John Brown Meets in Canada with African-American Leaders to Promote His Plan for a Slave Revolt in Virginia Canada Virginia John Brown Slavery PBS
1862 Stonewall Jackson Holds Off Union Forces at McDowell, Virginia Battle of McDowell National Park Service
1864 Lee's Forces Beat Grant's to Spotsylvania Crossroads Robert E. Lee Ulysess S. Grant Battle at Spotsylvania History Channel
Sherman's Forces Engage the Confederates in Georgia at the Battle of Rocky Face Ridge Georgia William Tecumseh Sherman  Battle of Rocky Face Ridge University of Georgia
1895 China Cedes Taiwan to Japan under Treaty of Shimonoseki China Japan Taiwan Asian History
1917 The First U.S. Troops Set Sail From New York City for France France New York City World War I Historic Firsts New York Historical Society
1925 Afrikaans Becomes the Official Language of the Union of South Africa South Africa South African History
1945 Victory in Europe (V-E Day) - End of War in Europe WWII European History New York Times BBC History Link
1958 Peru Protestors Shove, Stone & Spit on Vice President Nixon Peru Richard Nixon New York Times
1973 Members of the American Indian Movement (AIM) End Their 71-day Siege of Wounded Knee, South Dakota SD Native-American Heritage History Channel New York Times
1984 Presbyterian Clergyman, Benjamin Weil, Is Kidnapped in Beirut, Lebanon by Islamic Terrorists Beirut, Lebanon Islam Terrorism Concordia
Soviets Announce Boycott of 1984 Los Angeles Olympics Soviet Union Los Angeles The Olympic Games History Channel BBC
The Thames Barrier Is Opened by Queen Elizabeth I Great Britain Queen Elizabeth I Rivers Greenwich Guide
1990 The Estonian Supreme Soviet Restores the Republic's Name, State Symbols and Blue, Black, White Flag Estonia Tartu
1995 Jacques Chirac Elected President of France France Politics and Elections
1996 A New Constitution Is Approved for South Africa South Africa Historic World Documents South African History
2007 Protestants and Catholics Establish Power-Sharing Government Assemby in Northern Ireland Northern Ireland Government Religion The Guardian BBC

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