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This Day in History - May 7

May 7

558 – The dome of the church of St. Sophia in Constantinople collapses, and Justinian orders it rebuilt immediately

973 – Otto I, Holy Roman Emperor dies

1274 – The Second Council of Lyons opens in France to regulate the election of the pope

1429 – Joan of Arc breaks the English siege of Orleans

1525 – The German peasants’ revolt is crushed by the ruling class and church

1711 – Economist, historian, and philosopher, David Hume

1763 – Indian Chief Pontiac begins his attack on a British fort in present-day Detroit

1789 – President George Washington attends a ball in his honor, becoming the model for the first inaugural ball

1800 – Congress divides the Northwest Territory into two parts

1812 – English poet Robert Browning is born

1824 – Beethoven’s “Ninth Symphony” premieres in Vienna

1825 – Italian composer Antonio Salieri dies

1833 – German composer Johannes Brahms is born

1840 – Russian composer Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky is born

1840 – German painter Caspar David Friedrich dies

1847 – The American Medical Association is formed in Philadelphia

1861 – Nobel Prize-winning author and poet Rabindranath Tagore is born

1862 – Confederate troops strike Union troops at the Battle of Eltham’s Landing in Virginia

1864 – The Battle of the Wilderness ends with heavy losses on both sides

1870 – Film executive who consolidated studios to create MGM, Marcus Loew is born

1877 – Indian Chief Sitting Bull enters Canada with a trail of Indians after the Battle of Little Bighorn

1892 – Leader of Yugoslavia during WWII, Josip Broz is born

1892 – American poet and statesman Archibald MacLeish is born

1895 – Alexander Popov demonstrates the world’s first radio receiver

1896 – Dr. HH Holmes, one of America’s first well-known serial killers, is hanged in Pennsylvania. Authorities discovered the remains of over 200 victims in his property, mostly women who had rented out rooms of his elaborate home that he had purchased with monies received from insurance scams

1901 – Actor Gary Cooper is born

1902 – Martinique’s Mount Pele begins the deadliest volcanic eruption in the 20th century. The following day, the city of Saint Pierre, aka the Paris of the Caribbean, was virtually wiped off the map

1909 – Inventor of the Polaroid Land Camera, Edwin Herbert Land is born

1912 – Columbia University approves plans for awarding the Pulitzer Prize in several categories

1915 – The German submarine U-20 torpedoes the passenger ship Lusitania, sinking her in 21 minutes with 1,978 on board

1919 – First lady of Argentina, Eva Peron is born

1932 – Poet and novelist Jenny Joseph is born

1937 – The German Condor Legion arrives in Spain to assist Francisco Franco’s forces

1939 – Germany and Italy announce an alliance known as the Rome-Berlin Axis

1940 – English politician George Lansbury dies

1942 – In the Battle of the Coral Sea, Japanese and American navies attack each other with carrier-launched warplanes, marking the first time in history of naval warfare where two fleets fought without seeing each other and the turning point in the war in the Pacific

1943 – The last major German strongholds in North Africa, Tunis, and Bizerte, fall to Allied forces

1943 – Australian writer Peter Carey is born

1945 – Germany signs an unconditional surrender, ending WWII in Europe

1946 – Sony is founded, at first being called Tokyo Telecommunications Engineering

1952 – In Korea, Communist POWs at Koje-do riot against their American captors

1952 – The concept of integrated circuit, the basis for all modern computers, is first published by Geoffrey Dummer

1954 – The French are defeated at Dien Bien Phu

1958 – Howard Johnson sets an aircraft record altitude in an F-104

1960 – Leonid Brezhnev becomes president of the Soviet Union

1994 – Edvard Munch’s “The Scream” was recovered almost three months after it was stolen from a museum in Oslo

1995 – Indiana Pacers guard Reggie Miller scores eight points in eleven seconds to lead his team over the New York Knicks 107-105 on this day

1998 – Daimler-Benz, the maker of Mercedes-Benz, announces a merger with Chrysler Corp

2000 – Vladimir Putin becomes President of Russia

2011 – Spanish golfer Seve Ballesteros dies


Written by Crystal McCann

Crystal is the Chief Operating Officer of Lanterns Media Network and the owner of Madisons Media. She lives in Texas with her husband and dogs and is the proud mother of two adult children.


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