THIS WEEK IN his­tory

Sackville Tribune - - OP-ED - Cour­tesy of New Brunswick’s De­part­ment of Her­itage.

May 7, 1945 – Ger­man forces sur­ren­der in western Europe and World War II ends in Europe.

May 8, 1828 – John Baker goes to trial in Fred­er­ic­ton for con­spir­acy. Baker had raised the Amer­i­can flag over Madawaska Set­tle­ment, claim­ing the area as

United States ter­ri­tory. Upon re­sist­ing ar­rest, he was fi­nally taken pris­oner by posse.

May 10, 1937 – Michael­whe­lan, the “Poet of the Re­nous,” dies in Chatham. A well-known folk poet who ex­tolled the beauties of the Mi­ramichi, Whe­lan dies in poverty and is buried in a pau­per’s grave.

May 11, 1963 – While­vis­it­ing Pres­i­dent Kennedy in Mas­sachusetts, Prime Min­is­ter Lester B.

Pear­son ac­cepts for­mer Pres­i­dent Franklin De­lano Roo­sevelt’s sum­mer res­i­dence on Cam­po­bello Is­land as an in­ter­na­tional park.

May 12, 1689 – King Wil­liam’s War be­gins be­tween Eng­land and France, with New Eng­lan­ders and their Iro­quois al­lies in North Amer­ica pit­ted against New France and their nu­mer­ous Na­tive al­lies.

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