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World War II: V-E Day, combat ends in Europe. German forces agree in Reims, France, to an unconditional surrender..
End of the Prague uprising, celebrated now as a national holiday in the Czech Republic..
Hundreds of Algerian civilians are killed by French Army soldiers in the Sétif massacre..
The Halifax riot starts when thousands of civilians and servicemen rampage through Halifax..
Birthdate of Arthur Docters van Leeuwen, Dutch jurist and politician; Mike German, Baron German, Welsh educator and politician, Deputy First Minister for Wales; Janine Haines, Australian politician (d. 2004); and Keith Jarrett, American pianist and composer.
Death of Wilhelm Rediess, German SS officer (b. 1900); Bernhard Rust, German lieutenant and politician (b. 1883); and Josef Terboven, German lieutenant and politician (b. 1898).
Birthdate of Carl Stamitz, German violinist and composer (d. 1801).
Birthdate of James H. Kindelberger, American businessman (d. 1962); Fulton J. Sheen, American archbishop (d. 1979); and Edmund Wilson, American critic, essayist, and editor (d. 1972).
Birthdate of Saul Bass, American graphic designer and director (d. 1996); Tom of Finland, Finnish illustrator (d. 1991); Sloan Wilson, American author and poet (d. 2003); and Gordon McClymont, Australian ecologist and academic (d. 2000).
Birthdate of Lucius Cary, 15th Viscount Falkland, Scottish politician; and Jack Charlton, English footballer and manager.
Birthdate of Peter Benchley, American author and screenwriter (d. 2006); James Blyth, Baron Blyth of Rowington, English businessman and academic; Irwin Cotler, Canadian lawyer and politician, 47th Canadian Minister of Justice; Ricky Nelson, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actor (d. 1985); and Toni Tennille, American singer-songwriter and keyboard player.
World War II: The German Luftwaffe launches a bombing raid on Nottingham and Derby..
Birthdate of John Fred, American singer-songwriter (d. 2005); Bill Lockyer, American academic and politician, 30th Attorney General of California; and James Traficant, American lawyer and politician (d. 2014).
Death of Natalie, queen consort of Serbia (b. 1859); and Tore Svennberg, Swedish actor and director (b. 1858).
World War II: The Battle of the Kerch Peninsula: The German 11th Army begins Operation Trappenjagd (Bustard Hunt) and destroys the bridgehead of the three Soviet Armies—44th, 47th, and 51st—defending the Kerch Peninsula, in the eastern part of the Crimea..
World War II: The Battle of the Coral Sea comes to an end with Imperial Japanese 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..
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..
Birthdate of Martin Dobkin, Canadian doctor and politician, 2nd Mayor of Mississauga; Robin Hobbs, English cricketer; Norman Lamont, Scottish banker and politician, Chancellor of the Exchequer; Pierre Morency, Canadian poet and playwright; and Terry Neill, Irish footballer and manager.
Death of Nikolai Reek, Estonian general and politician, 11th Estonian Minister of War (b. 1890).
Birthdate of Pat Barker, English author; Johnny Greaves, Australian rugby league player; Jon Mark, English-New Zealand singer-songwriter and guitarist; Paul Samwell-Smith, English bass player and producer; and Danny Whitten, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1972).
Death of Mordechai Anielewicz, Polish commander (b. 1919).
Birthdate of Gary Glitter, English singer-songwriter; and Bill Legend, English drummer.
Death of Themistoklis Diakidis, Greek high jumper (b. 1882).
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