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(Last Updated On: May 7, 2019)
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1945
V-E Day is celebrated in America and Britain

ART, LITERATURE, AND FILM HISTORY
2010
Betty White becomes oldest Saturday 1975, John Sebastian, former member of the beloved 60s pop group the Lovin’ Spoonful, was asked to write and record the theme song for a brand-new ABC Night Live host

GENERAL INTEREST
1541
De Soto reaches the Mississippi

1984
Soviets to boycott L.A. Olympics

1973
AIM occupation of Wounded Knee ends

WORLD WAR II
1945
Victory in Europe

WORLD WAR I
1919
New celebration of Armistice Day proposed

VIETNAM WAR
1970
Nixon defends invasion of Cambodia

1972
Mining of North Vietnamese harbors is announced

SPORTS
1970
Knicks beat Lakers for NBA title

PRESIDENTIAL
1884
Harry S. Truman is born

WESTWARD EXPANSION
1846
Zachary Taylor fights the Battle of Palo Alto

ART, LITERATURE, AND FILM HISTORY
1899
Yeats’ The Countess Cathleen opens at the Irish Literary Theatre

1976
The theme song from Welcome Back, Kotter is the #1 song in America

1963
Sean Connery stars in his first Bond movie, Dr. No

DISASTER
1950
Flash floods in Nebraska kill 23

CRIME
1988
Woman convicted for tampering with Excedrin

COLD WAR
1984
Soviets announce boycott of 1984 Olympics

CIVIL WAR
1864
Lee beats Grant to Spotsylvania

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