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On May eighth, 1945, President
Truman announced in a radio address that
World War Two had ended in Europe.
On this date:
In 1541, Spanish explorer Hernando
de Soto reached the Mississippi River.
In 1846, the first
major battle of the Mexican War was fought at
Palo Alto, Texas, resulting in victory for
General Zachary Taylor's forces.
In 1884, the 33rd
president of the United States, Harry S. Truman,
was born near Lamar, Missouri.
In 1886, Atlanta
pharmacist John Styth Pemberton invented the
flavor syrup for "Coca-Cola."
In 1944, the first
"eye bank" was established, in New York
In 1958, Vice
President Nixon was shoved, stoned, booed and
spat upon by anti-American protesters in Lima,
construction workers broke up an anti-war protest
on New York's Wall Street.
In 1973, militant
American Indians who'd held the South Dakota
hamlet of Wounded Knee for ten weeks surrendered.
In 1978, David R.
Berkowitz pleaded guilty in a Brooklyn courtroom
to the "Son of Sam" killings that had
terrified New Yorkers.
In 1987, Gary
Hart, dogged by questions about his personal
life, including his relationship with Miami model
Donna Rice, withdrew from the race for the
Democratic presidential nomination.
Ten years ago: One
crewman was killed, 18 others injured in a
pre-dawn fire that broke out aboard the
guided-missile destroyer USS
"Conyngham" in the Atlantic, about 100
miles southeast of Norfolk, Virginia.
Five years ago:
Fifty years after Nazi Germany's capitulation in
World War Two, leaders representing the
victorious powers gathered in Berlin to remember
the dead and pledge peace for the future. A
monster storm began dumping 18 inches of rain on
southeast Louisiana, flooding homes and killing
One year ago: NATO
expressed regret for a mistaken attack on the
Chinese Embassy in Belgrade, but pledged to
pursue the bombing campaign. Demonstrators in
Beijing retaliated by throwing rocks and smashing
cars at the US Embassy. The Citadel, South
Carolina's formerly all-male military school,
graduated its first female cadet, Nancy Ruth
Mace. British actor Sir Dirk Bogarde died in
London at age 78.
"What you see is
news, what you know is background, what you feel
Lester Markel, American editor (1894-1977).