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Today In History – May 7th

WINNIPEG, MB – Today in History in 1945, Nazi Germany surrendered to the Allies. General Dwight D. Eisenhower was part of a delegation that accepted the unconditional surrender of German Field Marshal Jodl at a schoolhouse in Rheims, Germany. In the video above, watch historical newsreel footage of the German surrender.

Take a look at what else happened on this day:

1663: Louis Gaudais-Dupont takes possession of New France as special commissioner acting in the name of King of France.

1792: Lt Governor Alured Clarke divides Lower Canada into fifty counties, under the terms of the Constitutional Act of 1791, which provided for the creation of a House of Assembly or Legislative Assembly, made up of at least 50 elected members; rural districts called counties (comtés), while the urban ones were called cities (cités) or bouroughs (bourgs).

1849: Fire destroys large section of Toronto.

1882: Manitoba Bank gets charter.

1906: Ontario Hydro created as a Crown corporation.

1915: World War I – German U-boat U-20 torpedoes and sinks British liner Lusitania; some passengers from Montreal are victims; the loss of American lives creates a US-German diplomatic crisis; wreck lies approximately 11 mi (18 km) off the Old Head of Kinsale Lighthouse in 300 ft (91 m) of water.

1937:  International Ladies’ Garment Workers’ Union (ILGWU) ends its Montréal Dressmakers’ Strike, winning union certification, a 44 hour work week, the chance to file complaints, and indirectly, an increase in their weekly salary to $16; the strike began at midnight on April 14.

1966: Halifax-born Denny Doherty and his group The Mamas and Papas have a #1 Billboard hit with Monday, Monday.

1985:  Edmonton Oilers take their second Stanley Cup with a 7-3 win over the Chicago Black Hawks; set a National Hockey League record for playoff wins (12).

1994: Randy Bachman leads 1,322 other guitarists in an outdoor marathon playing Bachman-Turner Overdrive’s hit song Takin’ Care of Business; the jam lasts for 68 minutes and 40 seconds, setting two world records – the greatest number of guitarists and the longest mass guitar jam session in history.

2006: British Columbia legislature formally apologizes to the Japanese-Canadian community for the internment of over 22,000 people during World war II.

Spencer Fernando, MyToba News

Files from CanadaChannel

Spencer Fernando is a columnist and reporter for MyToba News. You can read more of Spencer’s writing at his website SpencerFernando.com
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