Germany surrendered and VE Day Riots occurred on May 7 to 8 in Halifax. Several thousand servicemen, merchant seamen and civilians went on a looting rampage of the City of Halifax. Twenty-five thousand servicemen were in the city at the time and wanted to celebrate the war’s end — the only problem was authorities decided to shut down the liquor commission outlets to prevent “trouble,” and restaurants, retailers, and movie theatres followed suit. (Photo: The unofficial VE Day celebrations and riots in Halifax, May 7–8, 1945. N.S. Archives).