- 1429 English siege of Orleans broken by Joan of Arc and the French army
- 1867 Swedish chemist Alfred Nobel patents dynamite in England, the first of three patents he would receive for the explosive material
- 1912 Columbia University approves plans for awarding the Pulitzer Prize in several categories, after established by Joseph Pulitzer
- 1915 RMS Lusitania sunk by German submarine off the southern coast of Ireland; 1198 lives lost
- 1945 World War II: Unconditional German surrender to the Allies signed by General Alfred Jodl at Rheims
- 1952 The concept of the integrated circuit, the basis for all modern computers, is first published by Geoffrey Dummer
- 2017 Emmanuel Macron wins France's presidential election defeating Marine Le Pen
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May 7 in Film & TV
- 2017 “Baahubali 2: The Conclusion” becomes the highest grossing Indian box office film ever earning $120 million
May 7 in Music
- 1824 Ludwig van Beethoven's 9th (Choral) Symphony, often regarded as his greatest work, premieres in Vienna
May 7 in Sport
- 1992 Champion Puerto Rican jockey Ángel Cordero Jr. retires after winning 7,057 thoroughbred horse races
Did You Know?
First printed copies of "Poems" by Emily, Charlotte and Anne Brontë received, published under pseudonym of Acton, Currer and Ellis Bell (2 copies sold)
On May 7, 1846
Would You Believe?
Paeleoclimatological research claims dinosaur flatulence may have warmed the earth
On May 7, 2012
- 1883 US Senator Albert B. Fall (21) weds Emma Garland Morgan in Clarksville, Texas
- 1914 28th US President Woodrow Wilson's daughter Eleanor marries in The White House
- 1950 Actor Jack Lemmon (25) weds tv actress Cynthia Stone (24)
Articles, Photos and Quiz
Hero Millionaire Saves Lusitania ChildrenAmerican millionaire Alfred Vanderbilt died a hero on this day trying to save women and children aboard the liner Lusitania, which was sunk by a German U-boat.
May 7, 1915
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