Looking Back: On May 8…

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In 1945, combat in World War II ended in Europe, and German forces in Reims, France, agreed to an unconditional surrender.

Messner and Habeler

Messner and Habeler

In 1970, the Hard Hat Riot occurred in the Wall Street area of New York City as blue-collar construction workers clashed with demonstrators protesting the Vietnam War.

In 1973, a 71-day standoff between federal authorities and American Indian Movement members occupying the Pine Ridge Reservation at Wounded Knee, S.D., ended with the surrender of the militants.

In 1976, the rollercoaster Revolution, the first steel coaster with a vertical loop, opened at Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia, Calif.

In 1978, the first ascent of Mount Everest without supplemental oxygen was completed by Reinhold Messner and Peter Habeler.

In 1980, the eradication of smallpox was endorsed by the World Health Organization.

In 1984, the Soviet Union announced the boycott of the Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, citing security concerns and claiming that chauvinistic sentiments and an anti-Soviet hysteria were being whipped up in the United States.

In 1987, the Loughgall Ambush occurred. Members of the Special Air Service of the British Army killed eight Provisional Irish Republican Army volunteers and a civilian in LoughgallNorthern Ireland.

In 1988, a fire at Illinois Bell‘s Hinsdale Central Office triggered an extended 1AESS network outage. The incident was once considered the worst disaster in the telephone industry history  and is still the worst to occur on Mother’s Day.




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