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

1939 – Lou Gehrig establishes a major-league baseball record by playing his 2,130th consecutive game (More info)

1945 – The Soviet Union announces the fall of Berlin during World War Two (More info)

1946 – The Battle of Alcatraz takes place after a failed escape, killing two guards and three inmates (More info)

1994 – Nelson Mandela wins in South Africa’s first multiracial election (More info)

2011 – US troops and CIA operatives find, shoot and kill Osama bin Laden, the suspected mastermind of the September 11 attacks (More info)