5-8-12: Today in History
V-E Day is celebrated in America and Britain, 1945
Militia Act establishes conscription under federal law, 1792
Henry Ford II leaves post at Ford Foundation, 1956
Lee beats Grant to Spotsylvania, 1864
Soviets announce boycott of 1984 Olympics, 1984
Woman convicted for tampering with Excedrin, 1988
Flash floods in Nebraska kill 23, 1950
De Soto reaches the Mississippi, 1541
AIM occupation of Wounded Knee ends, 1973
Soviets to boycott L.A. Olympics, 1984
Sean Connery stars in his first Bond movie, Dr. No, 1963
Betty White becomes oldest Saturday Night Live host, 2010
Yeats' The Countess Cathleen opens at the Irish Literary Theatre, 1899
The theme song from Welcome Back, Kotter is the #1 song in America, 1976
Zachary Taylor fights the Battle of Palo Alto, 1846
Harry S. Truman is born, 1884
Knicks beat Lakers for NBA title, 1970
Nixon defends invasion of Cambodia, 1970
Mining of North Vietnamese harbors is announced, 1972
World War I
New celebration of Armistice Day proposed, 1919
World War II
Victory in Europe, 1945
Dang I almost forgot!
1846 - Near Brownsville, the first major battle of the Mexican War was fought. The area was later named Palo Alto, TX.
1914 - Mildred "Babe" Didrickson Zaharias was born in Port Arthur. She was called "the Greatest Woman Athlete of the 20th century."
1917 - Near San Antonio, the First Officers Training Camp was established at Camp Funston on the Leon Springs Military Reservation.
2011 - In Dallas, the Dallas Mavericks defeated the Los Angeles Lakers in Game Four of the Western Conference Semi-Finals. The win allowed the Mavericks to advance to the next round after four straight wins against the Lakers.