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.
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
1429 - English siege of Orleans broken by Joan of Arc and the French army
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
1664 - Louis XIV of France inaugurates The Palace of Versailles.
The Sun King of France Louis XIVThe 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).
1700 - William Penn began monthly meetings for blacks advocating emancipation
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
English Philosopher and Founder of Pennsylvania William PennEnglish Philosopher and Founder of Pennsylvania William Penn 1775 - Turkish state of Bukovina secedes from Austria
1789 - First US Presidential inaugural ball (for George Washington in NYC)
1792 - Capt Robert Gray discovers Grays Harbor (Washington)
1800 - Indiana Territory organized
1824 - Beethoven's 9th (Chorale) Symphony, premieres in Vienna
1832 - Greece becomes independent
1832 - Otto of Bavaria is chosen king of Greece
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
First US President George WashingtonFirst US President George Washington 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)
1866 - German premier Otto Von Bismarck seriously wounded in assassination attempt
1867 - Blacks stage ride-in to protest segregation in New Orleans
1873 - US marines attack Panama
German Statesman Otto Von BismarckGerman Statesman Otto Von Bismarck 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
1888 - George Eastman patents "Kodak box camera"
1891 - Battle in Bunyoro: Capt F Lugard stops Moslem 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.
Founder of the Eastman Kodak Company George EastmanFounder of the Eastman Kodak Company George Eastman 1902 - Soufriere volcano on St Vincent kills 2-5,000
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
MLB Pitcher Walter JohnsonMLB Pitcher Walter Johnson 1917 - Red Sox Babe Ruth beats Wash Senator Walter Johnson, 1-0
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
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 - Mauthausen Concentration Camp liberated
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
WW2 General Douglas MacArthurWW2 General Douglas MacArthur 1947 - General MacArthur approves Japanese constitution
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 W.A. 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 in 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
MLB Catcher Roy CampanellaMLB Catcher Roy Campanella 1959 - "Roy Campanella Night" Largest baseball crowd (93,103 in LA Coliseum) sees Dodgers' Sandy Koufax beat Yankees 6-2 in exhibition
1960 - "Christine" closes at 46th St Theater NYC after 12 performances
1960 - "Flower Drum Song" closes at St James Theater NYC after 602 perfs
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
1960 - Leonid Brezhnev replaces Kliment Voroshilov as pres of USSR
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 perfs
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
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 perfs
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
1984 - $180m out-of-court settlement reached in Agent Orange suit
1984 - Sharon Barrett wins LPGA Potamkin Cadillac Golf Classic
1986 - Bucharest wins 31st Europe Cup I
1986 - Phillies outfielder Garry Maddox, retires
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)
1994 - Edvard Munch's painting "The Scream" recovered 3 months after stolen
1995 - "On the Waterfront" closes at Atkinson Theater NYC after 8 perfs
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
Comedian Martin LawrenceComedian Martin Lawrence 1996 - Comedian Martin Lawrence suffers a nervous breakdown
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.
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 II264th 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
2007 - The tomb of Herod the Great is discovered.
2011 - 137th Kentucky Derby: John Velazquez aboard Animal Kingdom wins in 2:02.04

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