May 7

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May 7 in Clemson History

  • 1915: The British Cunard passenger liner RMS Lusitania is torpedoed by the German U-boat U-20 off of Ireland. 177 American passengers are among the fatalities, creating national rage against Germany in the Great War.
  • 1932: Phi Psi Hop held. Document from this event is preserved in a scrapbook by Cadet William Fletcher Welch, of Clio, South Carolina, class of 1925, now in Special Collections at the Strom Thurmond Institute.
  • 1945: V-E (Victory in Europe) Day - At 02:41, at the Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force|SHAEF headquarters in Reims, France, the Chief-of-Staff of the German Armed Forces High Command, Colonel General Alfred Jodl, signs the German Instrument of Surrender. All active operations are to cease at 23:01 Central European Time on May 8, 1945. However as the British are operating on British Double Summer Time this is 00:01 May 9 in London.


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