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May 7 - Today in History
By Staff
May 7, 2014 - 12:00:00 AM

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0685 - Marwan I ibn al-Hakam, 4th Kalif of Omajjaden (684-85), dies
0973 - Otto I the Great, Holy Roman Emperor (962-973), dies at 60
1166 - Willem I, the Bad, King of Sicily (1154-66)
1205 - Ladislaus III Arpad, King of Hungary (1204-05), dies at 5 or 6
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
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
1700 - William Penn began monthly meetings for Blacks advocating emancipation
1727 - Jews are expelled from Ukraine by Empress Catherine I of Russia
1748 - French troops conquer Maastricht
1765 - Adm Nelsons sailboat HMS Victory runs aground
1771 - Samuel Hearne explores Copper Mine River of Canada
1775 - Turkish state of Bukovina secedes from Austria
1789 - First inaugurational 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 republic
1832 - Otto of Bavaria is chosen king of Greece
1840 - Tornado strikes Natchez, Mississippi, killing 317
1847 - American Medical Association organizes (Philadelphia)
1848 - Prussians stop insurrection in Varsovia
1856 - Argentine and Brazilian sign a navigation pact
1861 - Riot occurs between prosecessionist and Union supporters in Knoxville TN
1862 - Battle of West Point, Virginia (Eltham's Landing, Barnhamsville)
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 assassin attempt
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 - Cin Enquirer, first uses term "Bullpen" to indicate foul territory
1885 - John E W Thompson, named minister to Haiti
1888 - George Eastman patents "Kodak box camera"
1891 - Battle in Bunyoro: Capt F Lugard stops Moslem rebellion, 300 killed
1902 - Soufriere volcano on St Vincent kills 2-5,000
1904 - Flexible Flyer trademark registered
1907 - Charles Collier wins first Isle of Man TT Race: (38.22 mph)
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 woman's right to vote
1914 - US Congress establishes mother's day
1914 - Woodrow Wilson's daughter Eleanor marries in White House
1915 - Lusitania sunk by German submarine; 1198 lives lost
1917 - Red Sox Babe Ruth beats Washington 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
1928 - England lowers age of women voters from 30 to 21
1928 - Pulitzer prize awarded to Thornton Wilder for (Bridge of San Luis Rey)
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
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 - Neth Princess Juliana 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 and Italy announced an alliance known as the Rome-Berlin Axis
1940 - Winston Churchill becomes PM of Britain
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 Huzaren occupies Tunis Tunisia
1943 - Dutch men 18-35 obliged to report to labor camps
1943 - Liberty Ship George Washington Carver, named after scientist, launched
1943 - US First 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 - Formal undertaking of complete German surrender
1945 - Mauthausen Concentration Camp liberated
1945 - Nazi generals Jodl and Von Friedenburg surrender
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 first black governor of Virgin Islands
1947 - "Kraft Television Theater" premieres on NBC
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)
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 and 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 and Great-Britain
1955 - West Europe Union established
1956 - Battle at Oran, Algeria, kills 300
1956 - NY Giant Bill White, homers in his first at bat
1956 - Pulitzer prize awarded to Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett
1957 - Indians' pitcher Herb Score is hit by a line drive off Gil McDougald
1957 - Maj Johnson, USAAF flies a Lockheed Starfight to 17.28 miles (27.8 K)
1958 - Howard Johnson sets aircraft altitude record in F-104, 27,810 m
1959 - "Roy Campanella Night" Largest baseball crowd (93,103 in LA Coliseum) sees Dodgers' Sandy Koufax beat Yankees 6-2 in exhibition
1960 - 86th Kentucky Derby: Bill Hartack on Venetian Way wins in 2:02.4
1960 - Dodgers Larry and 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 President of USSR
1960 - Michael Tal beats Botvinnik 12�-8� for world chess championship
1960 - USSR announces Francis Gary Powers confessed to being a CIA spy
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))
1966 - 92nd Kentucky Derby: Donald Brumfield aboard Kauai King wins in 2:02
1966 - Mamas and 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 and 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 - President Ford declares an end to "Vietnam Era"
1975 - Small Astronomy Satellite Explorer 53 launched to study X-rays
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
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 Conf 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 first #8 seed to beat a #1 seed (Seattle)
1994 - Edvard Munchs painting "The Scream" recovered 3 months after stolen
1994 - Gary Hart's girlfriend Donna Rice (36) weds Jack Hughes (42)
1994 - Matlock actor Daniel Roebuck (30) weds Kelly Durst (24)
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 and 36 minutes
1996 - Comedian Martin Lawrence suffers a nervous breakdown
1997 - Expos scores 13 in 6th at Giants
1997 - Galileo, 4th Ganymede Flyby (Orbit 8)
1998 - The parent company of Mercedes-Benz agreed to buy Chrysler Corporation for more than $37 billion
1999 - NATO jets struck the Chinese embassy in Belgrade, killing three people and injuring 20; President Bill Clinton called the attack a "tragic mistake"
2000 - President Vladimir Putin took the oath of office in Russia's first democratic transfer of power
2001 - Ronnie Biggs, the "Great Train Robber" who had eluded capture for decades following his prison escape in 1965, returned to Britain, where he was arrested and jailed to complete the 28 remaining years of his sentence

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