On This Day in History for May 7

Events in History

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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 Captain Robert Gray discovers Grays Harbor (Washington)
  • 1800 Indiana Territory organized
  • 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 (Philadelphia)
  • 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)

MurderAssassination Attempt

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

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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 Russian scientist Alexander Stepanovich Popov demonstrates to the Russian Physical and Chemical Society his invention - the world's first radio receiver in St. Petersberg. Celebrated as Radio Day in Russia.
  • 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)
  • 1912 Columbia University approves plans for awarding the Pulitzer Prize in several categories, after 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 RMS Lusitania sunk by German submarine off the southern coast of Ireland; 1198 lives lost
  • 1919 A draft of the Versailles Treaty is shown to Germans
  • 1920 USSR recognizes Georgia's independence
  • 1923 Mine strike at Belgian Borinage railroad
  • 1924 Peruvian Torre forms APRA, Alianza Popular Revolutionaria Americana
  • 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
  • 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 Dutch Minister of Justice Goseling calls fugitives of Nazi-Germany "undesired strangers"
  • 1939 Germany and Italy announce 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
  • 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 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.

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1947 General MacArthur approves Japanese constitution

US WWII General Douglas MacArthur
US WWII General
Douglas MacArthur
  • 1947 Paraguayian government unleashes contra revolt
  • 1948 Nazi collaborator V-Mann Antonius van de Waals sentence to death
  • 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 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 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
  • 1958 US Air Force Major Howard Johnson sets world aircraft altitude record in a Lockhead F-104 Starfighter at 27,810 m
  • 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 President of USSR

Soviet General Secretary Leonid Brezhnev
Soviet General Secretary
Leonid Brezhnev

Birthdays in History

  • 1328 Louis VI the Roman, Duke of Bavaria (d. 1365)
  • 1530 Louis I Condé, French prince/leader of hugenots

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1553 Albert Frederick, Duke of Prussia (1568–1618), born in Konigsberg, Duchy of Prussia (d. 1618)

Duke of Prussia Albert Frederick
Duke of Prussia
Albert Frederick
  • 1574 Innocent X, [Giambattista Pamfili], 236th pope (1644-55)
  • 1643 Stephanus Van Cortlandt, American politician (d. 1700)
  • 1700 Gerard van Swieten, Dutch botanist
  • 1724 Dagobert Sigmund von Wurmser, Austrian general (d. 1797)
  • 1740 Nikolai Arkharov, Russian general (d. 1814)
  • 1748 Olympe de Gouges, playwright and feminist revolutionary (d. 1793)
  • 1763 Józef Antoni Poniatowski, Polish general/marshal of France (d. 1813)
  • 1767 Princess Frederica Charlotte of Prussia, Duchess of York and Albany (d. 1820)
  • 1774 William Bainbridge, American Commodore (d. 1833)
  • 1787 Jacques Viger, French Canadian politician, first mayor of Montreal (d. 1858)
  • 1795 Gerhard M Roentgen, industrialist (founder dockyard Fijenoord)

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1812 Robert Browning, poet (Pied Piper), born in London, England

  • 1826 Varina Howell Davis, 1st lady (Confederacy), (d. 1905)
  • 1827 Francis Engle Patterson, Brigadier General (Union volunteers), (d. 1862)
  • 1832 Carl G Neumann, German mathematician/physicist (Neumann-functions)
  • 1845 Jacob van Stolk Azn, timber merchant/art collector

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1847 Archibald Primrose, 5th Earl of Rosebery, British Prime Minister (Liberal: 1894-95), born in London (d. 1929)

British Prime Minister Archibald Primrose
British Prime Minister
Archibald Primrose
  • 1857 William A. MacCorkle, American politician (d. 1930)
  • 1866 Cornelis J K van Aalst, president (Dutch Trading Company)
  • 1882 Willem Elsschot, [Alfons J de Ridder], Flemish writer (Mend)
  • 1883 Martin Albertz, German theologist (Church Jesus Christ)
  • 1887 Henri Pourrat, French writer (Gaspard of the Montagnes)
  • 1891 Harry McShane, Scottish socialist (d. 1988)
  • 1892 Archibald MacLeish, Glencoe Ill, polit essayist/poet/dramatist (JB)
  • 1892 Josip Broz Tito, WW II partisan, leader of Yugoslavia (1943-80)
  • 1896 Pavel Sergeevich Aleksandrov, Russian mathematician (topology), born in Moscow, Russia
  • 1898 Vera Chapman, English writer and Tolkien Society founder, born in Bournemouth (d. 1996)
  • 1900 Bauke Tuinstra, Dutch/Frisian notary/author (Earste Keur)
  • 1901 L T Coggeshall, medical scientist/ US Secretary of HEW (1956-58)
  • 1903 Basil Nield, judge/politician

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1909 Edwin Land, American inventor of instant photography and co-founder of the Polaroid Corporation, born in Bridgeport, Connecticut (d. 1991)

Scientist and Inventor Edwin Land
Scientist and Inventor
Edwin Land
  • 1912 Paul H F Brenneker, Neth/Antillian photographer/folklorist
  • 1914 Sir Arthur Snelling, British Ambassador (d. 1996)
  • 1917 William Geoffrey Biddle, bomb disposal expert
  • 1922 Joe O'Donnell, American documentary photographer, photojournalist (d. 2007)
  • 1923 Anne Baxter, Mich City Ind, actress (Myra-Marcus Welby, Victoria-Hotel)
  • 1923 Pete V Domenici, (Sen-R-NM, 1973- )
  • 1927 Jim Lowe, DJ (WNEW) "King of Trivia", born in Springfield, Massachusetts
  • 1928 Marvin Mitchelson, attorney
  • 1929 Sally L Smith, educator/founder (Lab School of Wash)
  • 1930 Aviard Gavrilovich Fastovets, Russia, cosmonaut
  • 1930 Horst Bienek, German poet
  • 1930 Totie Fields, American comedienne (d. 1978)
  • 1931 Gene [Rodman] Wolfe, US, sci-fi author (Soldier of Arete)
  • 1931 Nel J Ginjaar-Maas, Dutch under-secretary of Education (VVD)
  • 1932 Pete Domenici, Republican senator from New Mexico
  • 1934 Willard Scott, weatherman (Today)
  • 1935 Isobel Warren, Canadian author
  • 1939 Rudolphus FM "Ruud" Lubbers, director Dutch/CDA-premier (1982-94)
  • 1939 Volker Braun, German writer (Provocation for me), born in Dresden
  • 1939 Sidney Altman, Canadian molecular biologist, Nobel laureate
  • 1940 Angela Carter, English novelist and journalist (d. 1992)
  • 1940 Jim Connors, American Radio personality, born in Pawtucket, Rhode Island (d. 1987)
  • 1943 Peter Horak, jetboat jumper
  • 1943 Peter Carey, Australian author (True History of the Kelly Gang), born in Bacchus Marsh, Victoria
  • 1945 Wim A Mateman, Dutch MP (CDA)
  • 1945 Christy Moore, Irish folk artist
  • 1946 Richard L Brodsky, US lawyer/NY State Assemblyman (D) (1983- )
  • 1946 Brian Turner, English celebrity chef
  • 1949 Stuart Marshall, director (Desire)
  • 1951 David Whitton, campaigner
  • 1952 Amy Heckerling, dir (Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Clueless), born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1953 Pat McInally, American National Football League player
  • 1953 Ian McKay, British soldier (VC recipient) (d. 1982)
  • 1954 Philippe Geluck, Belgian cartoonist
  • 1954 Amy Heckerling, American director
  • 1955 Kevin Reed, American theologian
  • 1956 Jan Peter Balkenende, Prime Minister of the Netherlands
  • 1959 Tamara E Jernigan, Chattoonaga, PhD/astro (STS 40, 52, 67, 80)
  • 1960 Arnon Ohad, co-pilot (El Al) plane that crashed on Bijlmer Amsterdam
  • 1960 Almudena Grandes, Spanish novelist
  • 1962 Robbie Knievel, daredevil, son of Evel (Chips Something Special)
  • 1964 Mustapha Zerqti, Moroccan/Neth writer (Ihtidaar hub fi el-mahd)
  • 1967 Joe Rice, legislator in the U.S. state of Colorado
  • 1969 Rick Porras, American co-producer
  • 1971 Thomas Piketty, French economist and author ("Capital in the Twenty-First Century"), born in Clichy
  • 1972 Frank Trigg, American Mixed Martial Arts Fighter
  • 1975 Zee, American hip hop artist
  • 1978 Brian Clevinger, American author
  • 1987 Katie Danza, daughter of Tony & Tracy Danza

Weddings in History


HeartWedding of Interest

1883 US Senator Albert B. Fall (21) weds Emma Garland Morgan in Clarksville, Texas

United States Senator Albert B. Fall
United States Senator
Albert B. Fall
  • 1914 28th US President Woodrow Wilson's daughter Eleanor marries in The White House
  • 1994 Gary Hart's girlfriend Donna Rice (36) weds Jack Hughes (42)
  • 2005 Lawyer Bobby Shriver (51) weds artist Malissa Feruzzi (41) in Los Angeles
  • 2011 "The Amazing Race" winners Meghan Rickey and Cheyne Whitney marry at the Hard Rock Hotel, San Diego
  • 2016 Rich Kids of Beverly Hills star Morgan Stewart (27) weds cast-mate and real estate agent Brendan Fitzpatrick at the Hummingbird Nest Ranch in Santa Susana, California

Deaths in History

  • 685 Marwan I ibn al-Hakam, 4th kalief of Omajjaden (684-85), dies
  • 973 Otto I the Great, Holy Roman Emperor (962-973), dies at 60
  • 1092 Remigius de Fécamp, first bishop of Lincoln (b. unknown)
  • 1166 Willem I, the Bad, king of Sicily (1154-66)
  • 1205 Ladislaus III Arpad, King of Hungary (1204-05), dies at 5 or 6
  • 1427 Thomas la Warr, 5th Baron De La Warr, English churchman
  • 1523 Franz von Sickingen, Germ knight/protect of poor, dies of wounds at 42
  • 1539 Ottaviano Petrucci, Italian printer (b. 1466)
  • 1617 David Fabricius, German astronomer, dies at 53
  • 1671 Pieter Stockmans, Flemish chairman of Opperkrijgshof, dies at 62
  • 1673 Johannes Teellinck, Dutch vicar, dies at about 58
  • 1682 Tsar Feodor III of Russia (b. 1661)
  • 1718 Mary of Modena, wife of James II of England (b. 1658)
  • 1792 Aert Schouman, Dutch bird/portrait painter, dies at 82
  • 1793 Johan A Zoutman, Dutch lt admiral (battle of Doggersbank), dies at 68
  • 1800 Laurens P van Spiegel, regent/pension advisor (1787-95), dies at 64

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1805 William Petty, 2nd Earl of Shelburne, Prime Minister of Great Britain (1782-83), dies at 68

British Prime Minister William Petty
British Prime Minister
William Petty
  • 1840 Caspar David Friedrich, German painter (b. 1774)
  • 1863 Amiel Weeks Whipple, US Union gen-major, dies of injuries at 46
  • 1868 Henry Peter Brougham, Lord High Chancellor of Great Britain (b. 1778)
  • 1871 Louis Papineau, political reformer, dies
  • 1876 William Buell Sprague, American clergyman and author (b. 1795)
  • 1884 Judah P Benjamin, confederate minister of War, dies at 72
  • 1887 C. F. W. Walther, American Lutheran theologian (b. 1811)
  • 1890 James Nasmyth, Scottish Engineer and Inventor of the steam hammer, dies at 81

BattleExecution

1896 H. H. Holmes [Herman Webster Mudgett], American serial killer executed by hanging at 34

Serial Killer H. H. Holmes
Serial Killer
H. H. Holmes
  • 1904 Peter Hille, writer, dies
  • 1915 Alfred G Vanderbilt, US millionaire, dies aboard Lusitania
  • 1915 Alfred Scott Witherbee Jr, US Lusitania officer, dies
  • 1915 Charles Frohman, dies aboard Lusitania
  • 1925 William Hesketh Lever, First Viscount Leverhulme (b. 1851)
  • 1929 Albert Anselmi, US gangster, murdered by Al Capone
  • 1929 John Scalise, US gangster, murdered by Al Capone
  • 1929 Joseph "Top Toad" Giunta, US gangster, murdered by Al Capone
  • 1932 Albert Thomas, French socialist politician (Minister of Armament WW1), dies at 53
  • 1940 George Lansbury, Labour Party Leader (b. 1859)
  • 1941 David Wijnkoop, revolutionary socialist, dies
  • 1941 Sir James George Frazer, Scottish anthropologist (b. 1854)
  • 1946 Anton A Mussert, engineer/NSB leader, executed
  • 1958 Nyogen Senzaki, 1st Zen teacher to reside in USA, dies at 81
  • 1962 Jimmy Conlin, dies at 77
  • 1967 Judith Evelyn, dies of cancer at 54
  • 1968 Lurleen Burns, wife of George Wallace/gov of Alabama, dies at 41
  • 1971 Willem Banning, Dutch theologist/sociologist (Karl Marx), dies at 83
  • 1982 Alfred Adam, dies at 72
  • 1983 Peter Edel, writer, dies
  • 1986 Gaston Deferre, French politician, dies at 75
  • 1987 Colin Blakely, dies at 56
  • 1988 Harris Glenn Divine, dies of natural causes at 42
  • 1994 Clement Greenberg, US art critic (Art & Culture), dies at 85
  • 1994 Margaret Skeete, oldest American, dies at 115
  • 1995 Ernest H Martin, impressario, dies at 75
  • 1995 Lawrence Josset, engraver, dies at 84
  • 1995 Maria Luisa Bemberg, fil maker, dies at 73
  • 1996 Albert Meltzer, anarchist, dies at 76
  • 1996 Henry Diamond, Irish Nationalist MP, dies at 87
  • 1996 Howard Frank Trayton Smith, diplomat/head of MI5, dies at 76
  • 1998 Allan McLeod Cormack, South African physicist, Nobel laureate (b. 1924)
  • 2002 Kevyn Aucoin, Makeup Artist and Photographer (b. 1962)
  • 2004 Waldemar Milewicz, Polish reporter (b. 1956)
  • 2005 Peter W. Rodino, American politician (b. 1909)
  • 2006 Richard Carleton, Australian news reporter (b.1943)
  • 2006 Joan C. Edwards, American philanthropist (b. 1918)
  • 2007 Octavian Paler, Romanian writer and journalist (b. 1926)
  • 2007 Yahweh ben Yahweh, American cult leader (b. 1935)
  • 2009 David Mellor, English cutlery designer (b. 1930)
  • 2013 Ray Harryhausen, American visual effects creator, dies at 92
  • 2016 Harold Kroto, English chemist, (Nobel Prize laureate 1996), dies at 76