THIS WEEK IN history
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.