TODAY IN HISTORY
With World War II in Europe at an end, Soviet forces liberated Czechoslovakia from Nazi occupation. U.S. officials announced that a midnight entertainment curfew was being lifted immediately.
Scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology succeeded in reflecting a laser beam off the surface of the moon.
The House Judiciary Committee opened public hearings on whether to recommend the impeachment of President Richard Nixon.
35 people were killed when a freighter rammed the Sunshine Skyway Bridge over Tampa Bay in Florida, causing a 1,400-foot section of the southbound span to collapse.
South Africa’s newly elected parliament chose Nelson Mandela to be the country’s first Black president.
President Barack Obama declared his unequivocal support for same-sex marriage in a historic announcement that came three days after Vice President Joe Biden spoke in favor of such unions on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”