1450 – A rebellion starts in Southern England against King Henry VI. Led by an man named Jack Cade, they accused the king of corruption and various injustices. All the rebels would executed as traitors.
1945 – German forces unconditionally surrender in France, ending World War II in Europe. Called Victory in Europe, or V-E Day, people took to the streets across the world when the news hit their shores. Britain’s own royal family appeared on the balcony of Buckingham Palace alongside Prime Minister Winston Churchill.
1935 – In not so dead royals, Princess Elisabeth of Denmark is born in Copenhagen to Danish Hereditary Prince Knud and Princess Caroline-Mathilde. She is the first cousin of the current Queen, Margrethe II. She never married, and has retained her place in the succession, albeit being last in line. She is the patron and head of several cultural organizations.
1319 – Norwegian king Haakon V died in Oslo. He had become king in 1299 after the death of his brother, Eric II. They were sons of Magnus VI. He was able to consolidate power of the crown and ended the wars with the Danish. The Akershus Fortress also began construction under him. He would be succeeded by his infant grandson, Magnus VII.
1819 – Hawaiian king Kamehameha I died near Kona, Hawaii. His body was hidden by those close to him, who refused to say where they buried him, per the old Hawaiian custom. The whereabouts of his body is still unknown. In the late 18th century, he began his conquest of the Hawaiian islands and ended with their unification and his declaration as king. He began modernizing the laws of the islands, and is still called “Kamehameha the Great”.