The first permanent English settlement in the New World began at Jamestown, Virginia, MAY 13, 1607. Plagued by hunger, malaria, exposure and Indian attacks, many of the 100 settlers sent out by the London Company died, including their minister Robert Hunt.
Irving Berlin was born on MAY 11, 1888. He wrote "God Bless America" in 1917, saying, "To me, 'God Bless America' was not just a song but an expression of my feeling toward the country to which I owe what I have and what I am."
A surprise attack before dawn on MAY 10, 1775, gave America one of its first victories of the Revolutionary War. Fort Ticonderoga was later captured. Harvard President Samuel Langdon said, "If God be for us, who can be against us?"
The first National Mothers' Day was proclaimed on May 9, 1914 by President Woodrow Wilson as a "public expression of love and reverence for the mothers of our country."
"I ask only to be a good and faithful servant of my Lord and my people." Harry Truman, the 33rd President of the United States, was born on MAY 8, 1884.
General Dwight Eisenhower met National Socialist Workers Party emissaries in France where they signed an unconditional surrender, ending World War II in Europe, MAY 7, 1945.