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** WWII: At Camp Hood, Texas, future baseball star and 1st Lt. Jackie Robinson is arrested and later court-martialed for refusing to move to the back of a segregated U. S. Army bus.
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** WWII: Polish troops on the Westerplatte are forced, due to lack of food and ammunition, to surrender.
** WWII – Sonderaktion Krakau: Germans take action against scientists from the University of Kraków and other Kraków universities at the beginning of WWII.
** WWII: The 27th Polish Home Army Infantry Division is re-created, marking the start of Operation Tempest by the Polish Home Army.
** Operation Bagration: A general attack by Soviet forces clears the German forces from Belarus, resulting in the destruction of German Army Group Centre, possibly the greatest defeat of the Wehrmacht during WWII.
** WWII: " Black Friday ": A force of Allied Bristol Beaufighter aircraft suffers heavy casualties in an unsuccessful attack on German destroyer Z33 and escorting vessels sheltering in Førde Fjord, Norway.
** WWII – Operation Varsity: Two airborne divisions capture bridges across the Rhine River to aid the Allied advance.
** WWII – Elbe Day: United States and Soviet troops link up at the Elbe River, cutting Germany in two.
** V-E Day ( Victory in Europe, as Nazi Germany surrenders ) commemorates the end of WWII in Europe, with the final surrender being to the Soviets in Berlin, attended by representatives of the Western Powers.
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** At 146 mph ( 235 km / h ) US model top speed, Porsche boldly claims the 928S to be " the fastest street legal production car sold in the US ".
** Pre-primary school ( Ages 5 – 6 ) At the age of five, children normally attend the pre primary class, which prepares them to join Primary school
** At a mail rockets demonstration by Gerhard Zucker on Hasselkopf Mountain near Braunlage ( Lower Saxonia, Germany ), 3 persons are killed by a rocket explosion.
** At Jamestown, Virginia, Christopher Newport returns in a ship with the First Supply and about 100 new settlers ; he finds only 38 survivors.
** Operation Grapple: At Malden Island in the Pacific, Britain tests its first hydrogen bomb, which fails to detonate properly.
** Irish writer Flann O ' Brien's comic metafiction At Swim-Two-Birds is published in London but attracts little attention at this time.
** At a meeting in Paris, French Foreign Minister Georges Bonnet meets with Soviet Ambassador Jakob Suritz, and suggests that a " peace front " comprising France, the Soviet Union, Great Britain, Poland and Romania would deter Germany from war.
** At 10: 15 p. m. local time, the BBC transmits the second line of the Paul Verlaine poem to the French Resistance, indicating that the invasion of Europe is about to begin.
** At Gimbels Department Store in New York City, the first ballpoint pens go on sale at $ 12. 50 each.
** At Club 500 in Atlantic City, New Jersey, Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis stage their first show as a comedy team.
** At least 1, 400 people are killed in an earthquake measuring 7. 4 on the Richter Scale, in the Ancash Region and Quiches District in Peru.
** At Detroit Metropolitan Airport, Northwest Airlines Flight 1482 ( a McDonnell Douglas DC-9 ) collides with Northwest Airlines Flight 299 ( a Boeing 727 ) on the runway, killing 8 passengers and 4 crewmembers on Flight 1482.
** At a conference in Rome, 120 countries vote to create a permanent International Criminal Court to prosecute individuals for genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes, and the crime of aggression.
** At the National Reactor Testing Station near Idaho Falls, Idaho, atomic reactor SL-1 explodes, killing 3 military technicians.
** At Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts, the first All-Star Game tie in major league baseball history occurs, when the game is stopped in the 9th inning due to rain ( the only tie until 2002 in MLB All-Star Game history ).
** At the 32nd Academy Awards ceremony, Ben-Hur wins a record number of Oscars, including Best Picture.
** At the 1992 Democratic National Convention, Bill Clinton accepts his party's presidential nomination on behalf of the " forgotten middle class ".