Today in History- May 7th, End of Battle of Wilderness, World War II and more


Formation of AMA

The American Medical Association is formed in Philadelphia as a national professional medical organization by Nathan Smith Davis. The organization was established to improve public health and advance scientific research and improve medical education standards. It was founded by 250 delegates representing more than 40 medical societies and 28 colleges. In the early 21st century the AMA had about 240,000 members. Its headquarters are in Chicago.


The Battle of the Wilderness ends

This battle was started on 5 May 1864 and ended on 7 May 1864 with heavy losses of both sides, Lt. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant’s 1864 Virginia Overland Campaign, Gen. Robert E. Lee and the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia. The name got the appellation from the region itself which was a tangled wild forest.


Germany – Italy Alliance:

On this day, Germany and Italy announced an alliance known as the Rome-Berlin Axis. On May 22, 1939, Germany and Italy signed the so-called Pact of Steel, formalizing the Axis alliance with military provisions. The pact was initially drafted as a tripartite military alliance between Japan, Italy, and Germany. The Axis powers also known as “Rome–Berlin–Tokyo Axis were the nations that fought in World War II against the Allies. The Axis powers agreed on their opposition to the Allies, but did not completely coordinate their activity. The Axis grew out of the diplomatic efforts of GermanyItaly, and Japan.


Germany surrenders in WW II

Germany signs an unconditional surrender to the Allies, effectively ending World War II in Europe. It included the phrase “All forces under German control to cease active operations at 2301 hours Central European Time on May 8, 1945.”

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