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Tunnel connects Britain and the European mainland

Each day, about 30,000 people, 6,000 cars and 3,500 trucks journey through the Chunnel.
May 2017

On May 5, 1776, British Lt. Gen. Henry Clinton issues a proclamation denouncing North Carolina patriots' "wicked rebellion" and recommends that the inhabitants return their allegiance to the king. Although he offered full pardons to all persons, it was not a success and he abandoned the area.

On May 6, 1994, a rail tunnel under the English Channel officially opens, connecting Britain and the European mainland for the first time since the Ice Age. The "Chunnel" runs below the seabed for 23 miles. Each day, about 30,000 people, 6,000 cars and 3,500 trucks journey through the Chunnel.

On May 7, 1945, Gen. Alfred Jodl of the German High Command signs the unconditional surrender of German forces. Jodl had hoped to limit the terms of German surrender, but Allied commander Gen. Dwight Eisenhower demanded complete surrender.

On May 8, 1945, both Great Britain and the United States celebrate Victory in Europe Day. Both nations, as well as formerly occupied countries in Western Europe, rejoiced in the defeat of the Nazi war machine, when German troops throughout Europe laid down their arms.

On May 9, 1960, the Food and Drug Administration approves Enovid-10, the world's first commercially produced birth-control pill. Development of "the pill" was first commissioned by birth-control pioneer Margaret Sanger and funded by heiress Katherine McCormick.

On May 10, 1980, the U.S. Treasury announces the approval of $1.5 billion in federal loan guarantees for the nearly bankrupt Chrysler Corporation. At the time, it was the largest rescue package ever granted by the U.S. government to an American corporation.

On May 11, 1864, at the Battle of Yellow Tavern near Richmond, Virginia, a Union trooper fatally wounds Confederate Gen. J.E.B. Stuart, who dies the next day. Stuart's leadership helped the Confederates maintain a superior cavalry force in Virginia for most of the war.


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