Joan of Arc leads the French to victory, the Germans sink the Lusitania, the Nazis surrender, the 27th Amendment is ratified after two centuries, and Mercedes-Benz and Chrysler announce a $40 billion merger, all on this day.
1945: As a representative for German president Karl Dönitz, Gen. Alfred Jodl (center) signs unconditional surrender terms at Reims, France, ending Germany's participation in World War II. The document takes effect the next day. After the war, Jodl would be tried, sentenced to death and hanged as a war criminal at Nuremberg.
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