Historical Events on 7th May

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558 In Constantinople, the dome of the Hagia Sophia collapses. Justinian I immediately orders the dome rebuilt.

Eastern Roman Emperor Justinian I
Eastern Roman Emperor
Justinian I
  • 1274 2nd Council of Lyons (14th ecumenical council) opens
  • 1355 1,200 Jews of Toledo Spain killed by Count Henry of Trastamara
  • 1416 Monk Nicolaas Serrurier arrested because of heresy at Tournay

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1429 English siege of Orleans broken by Joan of Arc and the French army

French Soldier and National Heroine Joan of Arc
French Soldier and National Heroine
Joan of Arc
  • 1579 Congress of Cologne forms in Netherlands
  • 1624 Admiral Hermites conquering fleet reaches Callao the Lima, Peru
  • 1638 Cornelis S Goyer takes possession of Mauritius (uninhabited)
  • 1660 Isaack B Fubine of Savoy, in The Hague, patents macaroni
  • 1663 Theatre Royal in Drury Lane London opens

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1664 Louis XIV of France inaugurates The Palace of Versailles.

The Sun King of France Louis XIV
The Sun King of France
Louis XIV
  • 1697 Stockholm's royal castle (dating back to medieval times) is destroyed by fire (in the 18th century, it is replaced by the current Royal Palace).

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1700 William Penn began monthly meetings for blacks advocating emancipation

English Philosopher and Founder of Pennsylvania William Penn
English Philosopher and Founder of Pennsylvania
William Penn
  • 1718 The city of New Orleans was founded by Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville .
  • 1727 Jews are expelled from Ukraine by Empress Catherine I of Russia
  • 1748 French troops conquer Maastricht in the War of the Austrian Succession
  • 1765 HMS Victory (Admiral Nelson's flagship at Trafalgar, 40 years later) launched
  • 1771 Samuel Hearne explores Copper Mine River of Canada
  • 1775 Turkish state of Bukovina secedes from Austria

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1789 First US Presidential inaugural ball (for George Washington in NYC)

First US President George Washington
First US President
George Washington
  • 1792 Capt Robert Gray discovers Grays Harbor (Washington)
  • 1800 Indiana Territory organized

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1824 Beethoven's 9th (Chorale) Symphony, premieres in Vienna

  • 1832 Greece becomes independent, Otto of Bavaria is chosen as king
  • 1836 The settlement of Mayagüez, Puerto Rico, is elevated to the royal status of villa by the government of Spain.
  • 1840 Tornado strikes Natchez, Miss, kills 317
  • 1847 American Medical Association organizes (Phila)
  • 1848 Prussians stop insurrection in Varsovia
  • 1856 Argentina & Brazil sign a navigation pact
  • 1861 Riot occurs between prosecessionist & Union supporters in Knoxville TN
  • 1862 Battle of West Point, VA (Eltham's Landing, Barnhamsville)
  • 1862 Much of Enschede, Netherlands, destroyed by fire
  • 1864 Battle of Wilderness ends (total losses: USA-17,666; CSA-7,500)
  • 1864 Skirmish at Port Walthall Junction Virginia (Drewry's Bluff)

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1866 German premier Otto Von Bismarck seriously wounded in assassination attempt

German Statesman Otto Von Bismarck
German Statesman
Otto Von Bismarck
  • 1867 Blacks stage ride-in to protest segregation in New Orleans
  • 1873 US marines attack Panama
  • 1875 German SS Schiller sinks near Scilly Islands, 312 killed
  • 1877 Cincinnati Enquirer first uses term "Bullpen" to indicate foul territory
  • 1885 John E W Thompson named US minister to Haiti
  • 1888 Edouard Lalo's opera "Le roi d'Ys" premieres in Paris

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1888 George Eastman patents "Kodak box camera"

Founder of the Eastman Kodak Company George Eastman
Founder of the Eastman Kodak Company
George Eastman
  • 1891 Battle in Bunyoro: Capt F Lugard stops Muslim rebellion, 300 killed
  • 1895 In Saint Petersburg, Russian scientist Alexander Stepanovich Popov demonstrates to the Russian Physical and Chemical Society his invention - the world's first radio receiver. In the former Soviet Union the anniversary of this day is celebrated as Radio Day.
  • 1902 La Soufrière volcano on St Vincent kills 1,680 people
  • 1904 Flexible Flyer trademark registered
  • 1907 Charles Collier wins 1st Isle of Man TT Race: (38.22 mph)
  • 1908 Emperor Franz-Joseph celebrates his golden jubilee with festivities throughout the Austro-Hungarian empire
  • 1909 Construction begins on first 100 houses in Ahuzat Bayit (Tel Aviv)
  • 1910 35th Preakness: R Estep aboard Layminster wins in 1:40.6
  • 1912 Columbia University approves plans for awarding the Pulitzer Prize in several categories The award is established by Joseph Pulitzer
  • 1913 British House of Commons rejects women's right to vote
  • 1913 An ambassadorial conference in St Petersburg, Russia, awards the town of Silistria to Rumania in compensation for Bulgaria's other territorial gains in the First Balkan War
  • 1914 US Congress establishes mother's day
  • 1915 SS Lusitania sunk by German submarine; 1198 lives lost

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1917 Red Sox Babe Ruth beats Wash Senator Walter Johnson, 1-0

MLB Pitcher Walter Johnson
MLB Pitcher
Walter Johnson
  • 1919 A draft of the Versailles Treaty is shown to Germans
  • 1920 USSR recognizes Georgia's independence
  • 1921 47th Kentucky Derby: Charles Thompson on Behave Yourself wins 2:04.2
  • 1922 Belgian soccer team defeats Netherlands: 1-2
  • 1922 NY Giant Jesse Barnes no-hits Phillies, 2-0
  • 1923 Mine strike at Belgian Borinage railroad
  • 1924 Peruvian Torre forms APRA, Alianza Popular Revolutionaria Americana
  • 1925 Phillies have their 8th game postponed in a row
  • 1925 Pirate shortstop Glenn Wright makes an unassisted triple play
  • 1927 SF Municipal Airport (Mills Field) dedicated
  • 1927 Angelos Sikelianos organizes the first Delphic Festival in Delphi to celebrate the ancient Greek Delphic ideal.
  • 1928 The United Kingdom lowers age of women voters from 30 to 21
  • 1928 Pulitzer prize awarded to Thornton Wilder for (Bridge of San Luis Rey)
  • 1930 Duleepsinhji scores 333 for Sussex v Northants in 330 mins
  • 1932 58th Kentucky Derby: Eugene James aboard Burgoo King wins in 2:05.2
  • 1934 Princess Juliana of the Netherlands opens Juliana Canal between Maastricht and Maasbracht.
  • 1934 Part of Khabarovsk becomes a Jewish Autnomous Region
  • 1934 Pulitzer prize awarded to Sidney Kingsley (Men in White)
  • 1934 World's largest pearl (6.4 kg) found at Palawan, Philippines
  • 1938 64th Kentucky Derby: Eddie Arcaro aboard Lawrin wins in 2:04.8
  • 1938 Dutch Minister of Justice Goseling calls fugitives of Nazi-Germany "undesired strangers"
  • 1939 Germany & Italy announced an alliance known as the Rome-Berlin Axis
  • 1941 British House of Commons votes for Churchill (477-3)
  • 1941 Cornerstone of B of A building at 300 Montgomery laid
  • 1941 Glenn Miller records "Chattanooga Choo Choo" for RCA
  • 1942 Battle of Coral Sea ends stopping Japanese expansion
  • 1942 Nazi decree orders all Jewish pregnant women of Kovno Ghetto executed
  • 1943 British 11th Hussars occupy Tunis
  • 1943 Dutch men 18-35 obliged to report to labor camps
  • 1943 Liberty Ship George Washington Carver, named after scientist, launched
  • 1943 US 1st Armour division occupies Ferryville, Tunisia
  • 1943 US 9th Infantry division occupies Bizerta/Bensert, Tunisia
  • 1944 German assault on Tito's hideout in Drvar Bosnia
  • 1945 Branch Rickey announces formation of the US Negro Baseball League
  • 1945 WWII: British troops enter Utrecht, Netherlands
  • 1945 WWII: unconditional German surrender to the Allies signed by General Alfred Jodl at Rheims
  • 1945 Princess Irene Brigade moves into the Hague Neth
  • 1945 Pulitzer prize awarded to John Hersey (Bell for Adano)
  • 1945 SS open fire on crowd in Amsterdam, killing 22
  • 1946 William H Hastie inaugurated as 1st black governor of Virgin Islands
  • 1946 Tokyo Telecommunications Engineering (later renamed Sony) is founded with around 20 employees.
  • 1947 "Kraft Television Theater" premieres on NBC

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1947 General MacArthur approves Japanese constitution

WW2 General Douglas MacArthur
WW2 General
Douglas MacArthur
  • 1947 Paraguayian government unleashes contra revolt
  • 1948 Nazi collaborator V-Mann Antonius van de Waals sentence to death
  • 1949 75th Kentucky Derby: Steve Brooks aboard Ponder wins in 2:04.2
  • 1951 Intl Olympic committee allows Russia to participate in 1952 Olympics
  • 1951 Pulitzer prize awarded to Conrad Richter (The Town)
  • 1952 The concept of the integrated circuit, the basis for all modern computers, is first published by Geoffrey Dummer.
  • 1953 "Can Can" opens at Shubert Theater NYC for 892 performances
  • 1953 Record 537-kg swordfish is caught by LE Marron, in Chile
  • 1954 French surrender to Vietminh after 55-day siege at Dien Bien Phu
  • 1954 US, Great Britain & France reject Russian membership of NATO
  • 1955 81st Kentucky Derby: Bill Shoemaker aboard Swaps wins in 2:01.8
  • 1955 USSR signs peace treaty with France & Great Britain
  • 1955 West European Union established
  • 1956 Battle at Oran, Algeria, kills 300
  • 1956 NY Giant Bill White, homers in his 1st at bat
  • 1956 Pulitzer prize awarded to Frances Goodrich & Albert Hackett
  • 1957 Indians' pitcher Herb Score is hit by a line drive off Gil McDougald
  • 1958 US Air Force Major Howard Johnson sets world aircraft altitude record in a Lockhead F-104 Starfighter at 27,810 m

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1959 "Roy Campanella Night" Largest baseball crowd (93,103 in LA Coliseum) sees Dodgers' Sandy Koufax beat Yankees 6-2 in exhibition

MLB Catcher Roy Campanella
MLB Catcher
Roy Campanella
  • 1960 "Christine" closes at 46th St Theater NYC after 12 performances
  • 1960 "Flower Drum Song" closes at St James Theater NYC after 602 performances
  • 1960 "From A to Z" closes at Plymouth Theater NYC after 21 performances
  • 1960 86th Kentucky Derby: Bill Hartack on Venetian Way wins in 2:02.4
  • 1960 Dodgers Larry & Norm Sherry are baseball's 10th brother battery
  • 1960 LA Dodger Norm Sherry's 11th HR wins the game for brother Larry

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1960 Leonid Brezhnev replaces Kliment Voroshilov as pres of USSR

Soviet General Secretary Leonid Brezhnev
Soviet General Secretary
Leonid Brezhnev
  • 1960 Michael Tal beats Botvinnik 12½-8½ for world chess championship
  • 1960 USSR announces Francis Gary Powers confessed to being a CIA spy
  • 1961 "Young Abe Lincoln" closes at Eugene O'Neill NYC after 27 performances
  • 1961 Ruth Jessen wins LPGA Peach Blossom Golf Open
  • 1962 Pulitzer prize awarded to Theodore H White (Making of President 1960)
  • 1962 US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Christmas Island
  • 1963 Bruno Sammartino becomes WWF champ
  • 1963 SETC Telstar 2 launched (apogee 6,700 miles (10,800 km))
  • 1965 WAOW TV channel 9 in Wausau, WI (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1966 92nd Kentucky Derby: Donald Brumfield aboard Kauai King wins in 2:02
  • 1966 Mamas & Papas "Monday Monday" hits #1
  • 1966 Yankees fire manager Johnny Keene
  • 1967 Carol Mann wins LPGA Tall City Golf Open
  • 1969 2nd ABA championship: Oakland Oaks beat Indiana Pacers, 4 games to 1
  • 1969 Lt General Robert E Cushman, Jr, USMC, becomes deputy director of CIA
  • 1970 "Long & Winding Road" becomes Beatles' last American release
  • 1972 26th NBA Championship: LA Lakers beat NY Knicks, 4 games to 1
  • 1972 Betty Burfeindt wins Sealy LPGA Golf Classic
  • 1973 Pulitzer prize awarded to Eudora Welty (Optimist's Daughter)
  • 1974 Pulitzer prize awarded to Robert Lowell (Dolphin)
  • 1975 Flyers 3-Isles 4 (OT)-Semifinals-Flyers hold 3-1 lead
  • 1975 Pres Ford declares an end to "Vietnam Era"
  • 1975 Small Astronomy Satellite Explorer 53 launched to study X-rays
  • 1977 "Happy End" opens at Martin Beck Theater NYC for 75 performances
  • 1977 103rd Kentucky Derby: Jean Cruguet on Seattle Slew wins in 2:02.2
  • 1977 22nd Eurovision Song Contest: Marie Myriam for France wins singing "L'oiseau et l'enfant" in London
  • 1979 5th UNCTAD-conference opens in Manila
  • 1979 Gary Roenicke hits into Orioles 13th triple play (Oakland)
  • 1980 Josip Tito, Yugoslav president, buried
  • 1980 Samm-Art Williams' "Home" premieres in NYC
  • 1982 "Is There Life after High School?" opens at Barrymore NYC for 12 performances
  • 1982 Federal jury rules NFL violates antitrust laws in preventing
  • 1982 IBM releases PC-DOS version 1.1
  • 1982 Oakland Raiders to move to LA
  • 1982 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 1983 109th Kentucky Derby: Ed Delahoussaye on Sunny's Halo wins in 2:02.2
  • 1983 August Hoffman performs record 29,051 consecutive sit-ups
  • 1983 Bruins 4-Isles 8-Wales Conference Championship-Isles win series 4-2
  • 1983 NHL Prince of Wales Conference Final: New York Islanders beat Boston Bruins, 4 games to 2
  • 1984 $180m out-of-court settlement reached in Agent Orange suit
  • 1984 Sharon Barrett wins LPGA Potamkin Cadillac Golf Classic
  • 1986 Phillies outfielder Garry Maddox, retires
  • 1986 Iraq bombs a Tehran oil refiner
  • 1986 30th European Cup: Steaua Bucuresti beats Barcelona (0-0, 2-0 on penalties) at Seville
  • 1987 105°F in Sacramento, CA
  • 1987 Diane Chambers' (Shelley Long) final episode on "Cheers"
  • 1988 114th Kentucky Derby: Gary Stevens on Winning Colors wins in 2:02.2
  • 1988 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
  • 1989 Juli Inkster wins LPGA Crestar Golf Classic
  • 1989 Mark Merrony (Wales) cycles for 30 mins in Nepal at 21,030 feet
  • 1989 Panamanian voters reject dictator Manuel Noriega's bid for presidency
  • 1991 France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island
  • 1991 Haryana beat Bombay in the Ranji Cricket Trophy final by 2 runs
  • 1992 5 NYC cops arrested in Hauppauge, Long Island, for selling cocaine
  • 1992 Constitutional amendment barring mid-term congressional raises passes
  • 1992 Jockey Angel Cordero retires after winning over 7,000 horse races
  • 1992 US space shuttle STS-49 launched (maiden voyage of Endeavour)
  • 1993 South Africa agrees to multi-racial elections
  • 1994 120th Kentucky Derby: Chris McCarron on Go For Gin wins in 2:03.6
  • 1994 Denver Nuggets become NBA's 1st #8 seed to beat a #1 seed (Seattle)

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1994 Edvard Munch's painting "The Scream" is recovered 3 months after it was stolen

Painter and Print Maker Edvard Munch
Painter and Print Maker
Edvard Munch
  • 1995 "On the Waterfront" closes at Atkinson Theater NYC after 8 performances
  • 1995 Jacques Chirac wins French presidential election
  • 1995 Michelle McGann wins LPGA Sara Lee Golf Classic
  • 1995 Twins beat Indians 10-9 in 17 innings, 6 hours & 36 minutes

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1996 Comedian Martin Lawrence suffers a nervous breakdown

Comedian Martin Lawrence
Comedian
Martin Lawrence
  • 1997 Expos scores 13 in 6th at Giants
  • 1997 Galileo, 4th Ganymede Flyby (Orbit 8)
  • 1998 Mercedes-Benz buys Chrysler for $40 billion USD and forms DaimlerChrysler in the largest industrial merger in history.
  • 1999 Kosovo War: In Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, three Chinese citizens are killed and 20 wounded when a NATO aircraft bombs the Chinese embassy in Belgrade.
  • 1999 In Guinea-Bissau, President João Bernardo Vieira is ousted in a military coup.

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1999 Pope John Paul II travels to Romania becoming the first pope to visit a predominantly Eastern Orthodox country since the Great Schism in 1054.

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II
  • 1999 A jury finds The Jenny Jones Show and Warner Bros. liable in the shooting death of Scott Amedure, after the show purposely deceived Jonathan Schmitz to appear on a secret same-sex crush episode. Schmitz later killed Amedure and the jury awarded Amedure's family $25 million USD.
  • 2002 A China Northern Airlines MD-82 plunges into the Yellow Sea, killing 112 people.
  • 2005 131st Kentucky Derby: Mike Smith aboard Giacomo wins in 2:02.75