On This Day

On This Day in History for May 7 (Part 2)

Events in History


Event of interestEvent of Interest

1960 Leonid Brezhnev replaces Kliment Voroshilov as President of USSR

Soviet General Secretary Leonid Brezhnev
Soviet General Secretary
Leonid Brezhnev

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1960 USSR announces Francis Gary Powers confesses to being a CIA spy

Pilot and Spy Francis Gary Powers
Pilot and Spy
Francis Gary Powers
  • 1962 Pulitzer prize awarded to Theodore H. White (Making of President 1960)
  • 1962 US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Christmas Island
  • 1963 SETC Telstar 2 launched (apogee 6,700 miles (10,800 km))
  • 1969 Lt General Robert E Cushman, Jr, USMC, becomes deputy director of CIA
  • 1973 Pulitzer prize awarded to Eudora Welty (Optimist's Daughter)
  • 1974 Pulitzer prize awarded to Robert Lowell (Dolphin)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1975 US President Gerald Ford declares an end to "Vietnam Era"

38th US President Gerald Ford
38th US President
Gerald Ford
  • 1975 Small Astronomy Satellite Explorer 53 launched to study X-rays
  • 1979 5th UNCTAD-conference opens in Manila

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1980 Yugoslav President Josip Tito is buried

President of Yugoslavia and Revolutionary Josip Broz Tito
President of Yugoslavia and Revolutionary
Josip Broz Tito
  • 1980 Samm-Art Williams' "Home" premieres in NYC
  • 1982 IBM releases PC-DOS version 1.1
  • 1982 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 1983 August Hoffman performs record 29,051 consecutive sit-ups

VietnamAgent Orange in Vietnam

1984 $180m out-of-court settlement reached in Agent Orange suit

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American C-123 spraying chemical defoliant, Agent Orange, on a dense Vietnamese jungle
American C-123 spraying chemical defoliant, Agent Orange, on a dense Vietnamese jungle
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  • 1986 Iraq bombs a Tehran oil refiner
  • 1987 105°F in Sacramento, CA
  • 1988 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
  • 1989 Mark Merrony (Wales) cycles for 30 mins in Nepal at 21,030 feet

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1989 Panamanian voters reject dictator Manuel Noriega's bid for presidency

Panamanian General and Dictator Manuel Noriega
Panamanian General and Dictator
Manuel Noriega
  • 1991 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • 1992 5 NYC cops arrested in Hauppauge, Long Island, for selling cocaine
  • 1992 Constitutional amendment barring mid-term congressional raises passes
  • 1992 US space shuttle STS-49 launched (maiden voyage of Endeavour)
  • 1993 South Africa agrees to multi-racial elections

Person of InterestThe Scream

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

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The Scream, pastel on cardboard by Edvard Munch
The Scream, pastel on cardboard by Edvard Munch
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Electoral defeatElection of Interest

1995 Jacques Chirac wins French presidential election

President of France Jacques Chirac
President of France
Jacques Chirac
  • 1995 Twins beat Indians 10-9 in 17 innings, 6 hours & 36 minutes
  • 1997 Expos scores 13 in 6th at Giants
  • 1997 Galileo, 4th Ganymede Flyby (Orbit 8)
  • 1998 Mercedes-Benz buys Chrysler for $US40 billion and forms DaimlerChrysler in the then 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.

BeatificationPapal Visit

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 Jury finds "The Jenny Jones Show" and Warner Bros. liable in death of Scott Amedure, after purposely deceiving Jonathan Schmitz to appear on a same-sex crush episode. Schmitz later kills Amedure, jury awards Amedure's family $25 million
  • 2002 A China Northern Airlines MD-82 plunges into the Yellow Sea, killing 112 people.
  • 2007 Ehud Netzer of Hebrew University announces he has discovered the tomb of Herod the Great at Herodium, West Bank

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2008 Dmitry Medvedev is sworn in as the 3rd President of the Russian Federation

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev
Russian President
Dmitry Medvedev
  • 2012 NATO air strike kills 14 and woulds 6 civilians in Afghanistan's Badghis Province

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2012 Vladimir Putin sworn in for third six-year term as President of Russia

Russian President Vladimir Putin
Russian President
Vladimir Putin
  • 2012 Paeleoclimatological research claims dinosaur flatulence may have warmed the earth
  • 2013 55 people are killed by a Boko Haram attack in Nigeria
  • 2013 The Dow Jones Industrial average and S&P 500 set record highs
  • 2013 4 people are killed after the Mayon Volcano erupts in the Philippines
  • 2013 20 people are killed and 36 are injured after a gas tanker explodes in Ecatepec de Morelos, Mexico
  • 2013 8 people are killed and a dozen are injured after bear attacks in Orissa, India
  • 2013 Jolly Nero, an Italian cargo ship, crashes into the port of Genoa, killing seven people
  • 2013 Delaware becomes the 11th US State to legalize same-sex marriage
  • 2014 Fighting between pro-Russian and Kiev forces continue amid fears internationally of a civil war in the Ukraine

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

2015 British General Elections: Conservative Party win outright majority and David Cameron returns as Prime Minister

British Prime Minister David Cameron
British Prime Minister
David Cameron

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2015 Underwater explorers discover a silver ingot of Captain William Kidd's treasure near Madagascar

Pirate Legend William Kidd
Pirate Legend
William Kidd

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

2017 Emmanuel Macron wins France's presidential election defeating Marine Le Pen

President of France Emmanuel Macron
President of France
Emmanuel Macron
President of the National Front Party Marine Le Pen
President of the National Front Party
Marine Le Pen
  • 2018 Vladimir Putin is sworn in as Russian President for another 6 years
  • 2018 More mudslides in Rwanda kill 18 people bringing the year's death toll to 200

  • 2018 Global tourism accounts for 8% of the world's carbon emissions according to a University of Sydney study

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2018 Iran-Contra figure Oliver North announced as the new President of the US National Rifle Association

Political Commentator and Iran-Contra Figure Oliver North
Political Commentator and Iran-Contra Figure
Oliver North
  • 2019 Denver is the first US city to decriminalize psilocybin "magic mushrooms"
  • 2019 Turkish electoral body decides to re-run the Istanbul mayoral election, won by the opposition, amid worldwide criticism
  • 2019 Venezuela's Congress strips opposition lawmakers of immunity and accuses them of treason
  • 2019 Hackers seize control of the computer system of the US city of Baltimore, demanding a ransom in Bitcoins to unlock them
  • 2020 UK economy heading for its worst crash in 300 years (-14%), since 1706, according to Bank of England forecast
  • 2020 US Father and son arrested for the murder of Ahmaud Arbery in Brunswick, Georgia, after video of the killing surfaces
  • 2020 Toxic leak at Indian chemical factory near Visakhapatnam kills at least 13 and injures many when it tried to reopen after lockdown
  • 2020 US unemployment claims hit 33.3 million or 20% of the workforce, vs two months ago unemployment 3.5%, a 50-year low

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2021 Philadelphia Museum of Art unveils major interior renovation and expansion designed by American architect Frank Gehry

Architect Frank Gehry
Architect
Frank Gehry
  • 2021 The World Health Organization approves the Chinese COVID-19 vaccine Sinopharm, its first made by a non-western country
  • 2021 Ransomware attack on US Colonial pipeline by the DarkSide criminal group stops supply to half of east coast
  • 2021 Former police officer and suspected serial killer Hugo Ernesto Osorio Chávez arrested in Chalchuapa, El Salvador, after a mass grave of 15-40 bodies found at his house

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