...1748, Olympe de Gouges (left), the feminist and slavery abolitionist who died beneath the blade of a French Revolutionary guillotine, and namesake of IntLawGrrl Hélène Ruiz Fabri, was born Marie Gouze to a washerwoman and her husband, a butcher, in Montauban, Tarn-et-Garonne, southwest France. Bon anniversaire, chère madame!
... 1945, a week after the suicide of Adolf Hitler, the Führer, or leader, of the Nazis, Germany surrendered unconditionally to the Allies. The act brought an end to World War II in Europe, and the following day, May 8, became known as V-E Day.
...1954, U.S. Rep. Candice Miller (R-Mich.) was born in Detroit.