Daily Archives: May 8, 2015

Nazi concentration camp Theresienstadt liberated 70 years ago tonight (May 8 1945)


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(Tuesday, May 8, 1945, evening; part of The Holocaust during World War II) — The Theresienstadt concentration camp, established in the fortress and garrison city of Terezín (German name Theresienstadt), located in what is now the Czech Republic, was liberated today by Soviet troops. Continue reading Nazi concentration camp Theresienstadt liberated 70 years ago tonight (May 8 1945)

Churchill hails one victory, pledges crushing of Japan 70 years ago this hour (May 8 1945)


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(Tuesday, May 8, 1945, 3:00 p.m. CEST; on the Western Front of World War II) — British Prime Minister Churchill formally proclaimed the end of the war in Europe today, broadcasting to the world that the “evildoers *** are now prostrate before us.” But the jubilating people of Britain heard from the Prime Minister and… Continue reading Churchill hails one victory, pledges crushing of Japan 70 years ago this hour (May 8 1945)

Truman announces Germany’s surrender, declares Victory in Europe Day 70 years ago this hour (May 8 1945)


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(Tuesday, May 8, 1945, 9:00 a.m. EWT; on the Western Front of World War II) — U.S. President Harry S. Truman, on his 61st birthday, announced on radio this morning that Nazi Germany’s forces had surrendered, and that “the flags of freedom fly all over Europe” (click here for a clip of this day on “American Experience: Truman” at 1:42:47). Continue reading Truman announces Germany’s surrender, declares Victory in Europe Day 70 years ago this hour (May 8 1945)

Setif Massacre begins in Algeria as French authorities clash with protesters 70 years ago today (May 8 1945)


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(Tuesday, May 8, 1945; during World War II) — The Setif Massacre began today in Algeria as French authorities clashed with protesters celebrating the surrender of Nazi Germany and calling for freedom from colonial rule; tens of thousands of Algerians are believed to have died in weeks of violence.