Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1877 – The first Westminster Dog Show is held (More info)

1902 – On the Caribbean island of Martinique, Mount Pelee erupts, destroying the town of St. Pierre and killing nearly 40,000 people (More info)

1945 – V-E Day marks the European victory of the Allies in World War II (More info)

1980 – The eradication of smallpox is endorsed by the World Health Organization (More info)

1999 – Nancy Mace becomes the first female cadet to graduate from The Citadel in South Carolina (More info)