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Tuesday, May 08, 2007
  V-E Day
This Day in History - May 8th
Starring - V-E Day

The LikeTelevision™ History channel proudly presents, This Day in History - May 8! On May 8, 1945 - The fighting of World War II ends in Europe as a total cease fire is declared. This day is cited as V-E Day - for victory in Europe. While the war wouldn't fully end for several months (with the surrender of Japan after dropping 2 atomic bombs) - it was a great day of celebration around the world.

May 8th, 1945 - A ceasefire is declared for Europe -
Also known as V-E Day

This Day in Hollywood - May 8th
Starring - Candice Bergen, Edgar Bergen, Charlie McCarthy

The LikeTelevision History channel proudly presents, This Day in Hollywood - May 8th! On May 8, 1946 - Candice Bergen (Candice Patricia Bergen) was born in Los Angeles, CA. Daughter of famed vaudeville ventriloquist, Edgar Bergen, who created Charlie McCarthy.

May 8th, 1946:
Charlie McCarthy gets a little sister!

Twisted History Revised And Realigned Now:


Happy V-E Day! (That's for Victory in Europe, 1945.)

HAPPY BIRTHDAY LUMINOUS LUCIANO! (A Victory for Light Over Darkness right there - this birth!)

Three popes all end reigns today though — John II (535 C.E.), Boniface IV (615 C.E.), & Benedict II (685 C.E.).

1886: While trying to create headache remedy, Atlanta pharmacist John Styth Pemberton accidentally invents Coca-Cola.

1902: Martinique Island prisoner has last laugh when he becomes sole survivor of Mt. Pelee volcano eruption that kills 30,000.

1944: First eye bank opens, in New York.

1993: From the idiot-criminal files comes 16-year-old Keron Thomas, who hijacks a NYC subway train. (So, where, exactly, does he intend to hijack it to?)

Also On May 8th (courtesy of

1541 - Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto discovered the Mississippi River.

1879 - George Selden of Rochester, N.Y., filed for the first patent for an automobile. It was granted in 1895.

1945 - U.S. President Harry Truman officially declared V-E Day, the end of World War II in Europe.

1972 - U.S. President Richard Nixon ordered the mining of North Vietnam ports in an effort to force the communists to end the Vietnam War.

1984 - The Soviet Union declared it would not take part in the Los Angeles Olympics, citing fears over security for its athletes.

1991 - To pressure the government of El Salvador into agreeing to a cease-fire, Salvadoran leftist guerillas sabotaged a power system, leaving the country with half its normal electrical supply.

1992 - The shuttle Endeavor blasted off from Cape Canaveral, Fla., on its first flight.

1996 - South Africa voted for a new constitution. Its bill of rights included the right to food, housing and education.

1998 - The tobacco industry reached a settlement with Minnesota and with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota. The deal came as the first trial of a state lawsuit against cigarette makers was about to go to the jury.

2002 Following up on the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, FBI Director Robert Mueller told a Senate committee that the FBI had paid insufficient heed to a July memo from an agent who had warned about Arab men with possible terrorist ties taking flying lessons.

2002 - Cardinal Bernard Law of the Boston Roman Catholic archdiocese said he had known in 1984 about sexual abuse charges against a former priest but had turned the matter over to aides and never followed up. The former priest, John Geoghan, was accused in 86 sexual abuse cases.

2003 - More than 100 people were reported killed when the main cargo door of a cargo jet suddenly opened at a height of 33,000 feet over the Congo and sucked passengers out of the plane.

2003 - A tornado struck the Oklahoma City area, injuring at least 118 people and leveling hundreds of buildings and homes.

2004 - The body of Nick Berg, a U.S. businessman imprisoned by Iraqi militants, was found near Baghdad. A videotape depicting his beheading was shown on the Internet three days later.

2005 - A U.S. marine task force raided outposts in western Iraq, killing an estimated 100 insurgents.

2005 - Commemorations across Europe marked the 60th anniversary of the Allied victory over Adolf Hitler and Nazi Germany in World War II.

Ahh - a special day indeed
I never knew I had so much in common with Candice!
And my day was what brought VICTORY too!
Well, it was Candice's day before it was mine, admittedly!
Still - I can take some responsibility for V-E Day, I am sure...
We all have our own personal days of infamy, our personal apocalypses and days of reckoning - surely we can all have our days of victory and triumph too!
For some of us, they are few and far in-between, that's all...
All the more savory when we get them!

Still - despite all these triumphs and pleasant memories
there are those for whom a May 8th on the calendar is synonymous with pain, tragedy, loss, grief, bereavement, mourning, sadness...
Like Stacey whose world fell apart last year too
when she lost her William on May the 8th.
And there have surely been countless more losses
on this day, throughout history...

That, my friends (and foes) is what Saudades* is all about...

* nostalgia... longing...

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