- May 8 -

Victory in Europe Day

Victory in Europe Day, generally known as  V-E Day or VE Day , was the public holiday celebrated on 8 May 1945 (7 May in Commonwealth realms) to mark the formal acceptance by the Allies of World War II of Nazi Germany's unconditional surrender of its armed forces. It thus marked the end of...

Victory in Europe Day

Victory in Europe Day, generally known as V-E Day or VE Day, was the public holiday celebrated on 8 May 1945 (7 May in Commonwealth realms) to mark the formal acceptance by the Allies of World War II of Nazi Germany's unconditional surrender of its armed forces. It thus marked the end of World War II in Europe.

On 30 April, Adolf Hitler, the Nazi leader, committed suicide during the Battle of Berlin. Germany's surrender, therefore, was authorized by his successor, Reichspräsident Karl Dönitz. The administration headed by Dönitz was known as the Flensburg government. The act of military surrender was signed on 7 May in Reims, France and on 8 May in Berlin, Germany.

It was on this date that great celebrations took place across Europe and North America: in London over a million people celebrated the end of the European war. Crowds massed in Trafalgar Square and up the Mall to Buckingham Palace, where King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, accompanied by the Prime Minister Winston Churchill, appeared on the balcony of the Palace to cheering crowds.
Amongst those crowds Princess Elizabeth (the future Queen Elizabeth II) and her sister, Princess Margaret blended anonymously, apparently enjoying the celebrations for themselves first hand.

The Allies had originally agreed to mark 9th May 1945 as V-E day, but eager western journalists broke the news of Germany's surrender prematurely, thus signalling the earlier celebration. The Soviet’s kept to the agreed date, and Russia still commemorates the end of the Second World War, known in Russia as the Great Patriotic War, as Victory Day on 9th May.
The Allied victory over Japan was known as V-J Day, did not take place until some months later on 15th August 1945.

Source:
http://www.historic-uk.com/HistoryUK/HistoryofBritain/VE-DAY/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Victory_in_Europe_Day

Categories:

More holidays on this day:

World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day
World Thalassemia Day
Time of Remembrance and Reconciliation for Those Who Lost Their Lives during the Second World War
Iris Day

You may also like...

Interesting events from History category.

Jenkins' Ear day

Spanish guardacosta boarded and plundered the British ship Rebecca off Jamaica and, among other outrages, cut off the ear of English master mariner Robert Jenkins. Little notice was taken until seven years later, when Jenkins exhibited the detached ear and described the atrocity to a committee of...

Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day

Genocide Remembrance Day or Genocide Memorial day, is a national holiday in Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh Republic and is observed by Armenians in dispersed communities around the world on April 24. It is held annually to commemorate the victims of the Armenian Genocide from 1915 to 1923. In...

Anzac Day

Anzac Day is a national day of remembrance in Australia and New Zealand that broadly commemorates all Australians and New Zealanders "who served and died in all wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping operations" and "the contribution and suffering of all those who have served."Originally 25 April every...

Helsinki Day (Helsinki-päivä)

Helsinki celebrates its birthday among residents and visitors on 12 June. Helsinki Day (Finnish: Helsinki-päivä) has been officially celebrated since 1959. The number of attendees in the events on the day exceeds one hundred thousand. On the day, the Helsinki Medal is awarded to...

Independence Day in U.S.

Independence Day is annually celebrated on July 4 and is often known as 'the Fourth of July'. It is the anniversary of the publication of the declaration of independence from Great Britain in 1776. Patriotic displays and family events are organized throughout the United States. Many people display...

Anniversary of the death of Princess Diana

On 31 August 1997, Diana, Princess of Wales died as a result of injuries sustained in a car accident in the Pont de l'Alma road tunnel in Paris, France. Her boyfriend, Dodi Fayed, and the driver of the Mercedes-Benz W140, Henri Paul, were also pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. The...

Download KeepIn Calendar

Enjoy the interesting stories even on your phone or tablet