What happened on May 7? There are more than 251 events that were made this day in history. Here are the important historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

Interesting Facts & Myths About May 7

May 7 In HistoryMay 7 is the 128th day of the year 2020. There are 238 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Thursday. This day falls under the 19th week of the year 2020.

On this day in Glenford, New York 12433 sunrise occured at 05:43 AM and sunset occured at 08:02 PM (local time).

The zodiac sign of a person born on this day is Taurus. The modern birthstone for this month is Emerald while the mystical birthstone is Sapphire.

According to the Chinese calendar, there are 281 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year (February 12, 2021).

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Historical Events For May 7

  • 351
    The Jewish revolt against Gallus breaks out. After his arrival at Antioch, the Jews begin a rebellion in Palestine.
  • 558
    In Constantinople, the dome of the Hagia Sophia collapses. Justinian I immediately orders that the dome be rebuilt.
  • 1274
    In France, the Second Council of Lyons opens to regulate the election of the Pope.
  • 1348
    Charles University in Prague (Universitas Carolina/Univerzita Karlova) is established as the first university in Central Europe.
  • 1429
    Joan of Arc ends the Siege of Orléans, pulling an arrow from her own shoulder and returning, wounded, to lead the final charge. The victory marks a turning point in the Hundred Years’ War.
  • 1664
    Louis XIV of France inaugurates the Palace of Versailles.
  • 1697
    Stockholm’s royal castle (dating back to medieval times) is destroyed by fire. It is replaced by the current Royal Palace in the eighteenth century.
  • 1718
    The city of New Orleans is founded by Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville.
  • 1763
    Indian Wars: Pontiac’s Rebellion begins – Chief Pontiac begins the “Conspiracy of Pontiac” by attacking British forces at Fort Detroit.
  • 1794
    French Revolution: Robespierre introduces the Cult of the Supreme Being in the National Convention as the new state religion of the French First Republic.
  • 1824
    World premiere of Ludwig van Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony in Vienna, Austria. The performance is conducted by Michael Umlauf under the composer’s supervision.
  • 1832
    The independence of Greece is recognized by the Treaty of London. Otto of Wittelsbach, Prince of Bavaria is chosen King.
  • 1840
    The Great Natchez Tornado strikes Natchez, Mississippi killing 317 people. It is the second deadliest tornado in United States history.
  • 1846
    The Cambridge Chronicle, America’s oldest surviving weekly newspaper, is published for the first time in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • 1847
    The American Medical Association is founded in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
  • 1864
    American Civil War: The Army of the Potomac, under General Ulysses S. Grant, breaks off from the Battle of the Wilderness and moves southwards.
  • 1895
    In Saint Petersburg, Russian scientist Alexander Stepanovich Popov demonstrates to the Russian Physical and Chemical Society his invention, the Popov lightning detector — a primitive radio receiver. In some parts of the former Soviet Union the anniversary of this day is celebrated as Radio Day.
  • 1915
    World War I: German submarine SMU U-20 sinks RMS Lusitania, killing 1,198 people including 128 Americans. Public reaction to the sinking turns many formerly pro-Germans in the United States against the German Empire.
  • 1920
    Kiev Offensive: Polish troops led by Józef Piłsudski and Edward Rydz-Śmigły and assisted by a symbolic Ukrainian force capture Kiev only to be driven out by the Red Army counter-offensive a month later.
  • 1920
    The Art Gallery of Ontario, in Toronto, opens the first exhibition by the Group of Seven.
  • 1920
    Treaty of Moscow: Soviet Russia recognizes the independence of the Democratic Republic of Georgia only to invade the country six months later.
  • 1937
    Spanish Civil War: The German Condor Legion, equipped with Heinkel He 51 biplanes, arrives in Spain to assist Francisco Franco’s forces.
  • 1940
    The Norway Debate in the British House of Commons begins, and leads to the replacement of Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain with Winston Churchill three days later.
  • 1942
    During the Battle of the Coral Sea, United States Navy aircraft carrier aircraft attack and sink the Japanese Imperial Navy light aircraft carrier Shōhō. The battle marks the first time in the naval history that two enemy fleets fight without visual contact between warring ships.
  • 1945
    World War II: General Alfred Jodl signs unconditional surrender terms at Reims, France, ending Germany’s participation in the war. The document takes effect the next day.
  • 1946
    Tokyo Telecommunications Engineering (later renamed Sony) is founded with around 20 employees.
  • 1948
    The Council of Europe is founded during the Hague Congress.
  • 1952
    The concept of the integrated circuit, the basis for all modern computers, is first published by Geoffrey W.A. Dummer.
  • 1954
    Indochina War: The Battle of Dien Bien Phu ends in a French defeat (the battle began on March 13).
  • 1960
    Cold War: U-2 Crisis of 1960 – Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev announces that his nation is holding American U-2 pilot Gary Powers.
  • 1964
    Pacific Air Lines Flight 773, a Fairchild F-27 airliner, crashes near San Ramon, California, killing all 44 aboard; the FBI later reports that a cockpit recorder tape indicates that the pilot and co-pilot had been shot by a suicidal passenger.
  • 1974
    West German Chancellor Willy Brandt resigns.
  • 1986
    Canadian Patrick Morrow became the first person to climb each of the Seven Summits.
  • 1992
    Michigan ratifies a 203-year-old proposed amendment to the United States Constitution making the 27th Amendment law. This amendment bars the U.S. Congress from giving itself a mid-term pay raise.
  • 1992
    The Space Shuttle Endeavour is launched on its first mission (STS-49).
  • 1992
    Three employees at a McDonald’s Restaurant in Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada, are brutally murdered and a fourth permanently disabled after a botched robbery. It is the first “fast-food murder” in Canada.
  • 1994
    Edvard Munch’s iconic painting The Scream is recovered undamaged after having been stolen from the National Gallery of Norway in February.
  • 1998
    Mercedes-Benz buys Chrysler for $40 billion USD and forms DaimlerChrysler in the largest industrial merger in history.
  • 1999
    In Guinea-Bissau, President João Bernardo Vieira is ousted in a military coup.
  • 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
    Pope John Paul II travels to Romania becoming the first pope to visit a predominantly Eastern Orthodox country since the Great Schism in 1054.
  • 2000
    Vladimir Putin is inaugurated president of Russia
  • 2002
    A China Northern Airlines MD-82 plunges into the Yellow Sea, killing 112 people.
  • 2004
    American businessman Nick Berg is beheaded by Islamic militants. The act is recorded on videotape and released on the Internet.
  • 2007
    Israeli archaeologists discover the tomb of Herod the Great south of Jerusalem.
  • 2009
    Over 100 New Zealand Police officers begin a 40-hour siege of a lone gunman in Napier, New Zealand.

Who Were Born On May 7?

  • 1328
    Louis VI the Roman, Duke of Bavaria (d. 1365)
  • 1397
    Sejong the Great, was the fourth king of the Joseon Dynasty of Korea (d. 1450)
  • 1530
    Louis I de Bourbon, Prince de Condé, French Huguenot general (d. 1569)
  • 1605
    Patriarch Nikon, 7th patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church (d. 1681)
  • 1643
    Stephanus Van Cortlandt, American politician (d. 1700)
  • 1700
    Gerard van Swieten, Dutch-born physician (d. 1772)
  • 1711
    David Hume, Scottish philosopher and historian (d. 1776)
  • 1724
    Dagobert Sigmund von Wurmser, Austrian general (d. 1797)
  • 1740
    Nikolai Arkharov, Russian general (d. 1814)
  • 1748
    Olympe de Gouges, French playwright and feminist revolutionary (d. 1793)
  • 1763
    Józef Antoni Poniatowski, Polish prince (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)
  • 1812
    Robert Browning, English poet (d. 1889)
  • 1826
    Varina Davis, First Lady of the Confederate States of America (d. 1906)
  • 1833
    Johannes Brahms, German composer (d. 1897)
  • 1836
    Joseph Gurney Cannon, American politician (d. 1926)
  • 1840
    Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Russian composer (d. 1893)
  • 1847
    Archibald Primrose, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (d. 1929)
  • 1857
    William A. MacCorkle, American politician (d. 1930)
  • 1860
    Tom Norman, English freak showman (d. 1930)
  • 1861
    Rabindranath Tagore, Indian writer, Nobel laureate (d. 1941)
  • 1867
    Władysław Reymont, Polish writer, Nobel laureate (d. 1925)
  • 1882
    Willem Elsschot, Flemish writer (d. 1960)
  • 1885
    George ‘Gabby’Hayes, American actor (d. 1969)
  • 1891
    Harry McShane, Scottish socialist (d. 1988)
  • 1892
    Archibald MacLeish, American Librarian of Congress (d. 1982)
  • 1892
    Josip Broz Tito, President of Yugoslavia (d. 1980)
  • 1893
    Frank J. Selke, Canadian ice hockey manager (d. 1985)
  • 1901
    Gary Cooper, American actor (d. 1961)
  • 1909
    Edwin H. Land, American inventor (d. 1991)
  • 1911
    Ishirō Honda, Japanese film director (d. 1993)
  • 1912
    Pannalal Patel, Gujarati author (d. 1989)
  • 1914
    Sir Arthur Snelling, British Ambassador (d. 1996)
  • 1916
    Huw Wheldon, British broadcaster (d. 1986)
  • 1917
    David Tomlinson, English film actor (d. 2000)
  • 1919
    Eva Perón, Argentine first lady (d. 1952)
  • 1919
    La Esterella, Flemish singer (d. 2011)
  • 1921
    Gaston Rébuffat, French mountaineer (d. 1985)
  • 1922
    Darren McGavin, American actor (d. 2006)
  • 1922
    Joe O'Donnell, American documentary photographer and photojournalist (d. 2007)
  • 1922
    Lew Anderson, American actor and bandleader (d. 2006)
  • 1923
    Anne Baxter, American actress (d. 1985)
  • 1924
    Albert Band, American film director (d. 2002)
  • 1926
    Val Bisoglio, Italian-American actor
  • 1927
    Jim Lowe, American singer
  • 1927
    Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, German screenwriter
  • 1928
    John Ingle, American actor
  • 1929
    Babe Parilli, American football player
  • 1929
    Dick Williams, American baseball player, manager and coach (d. 2011)
  • 1930
    Totie Fields, American comedienne (d. 1978)
  • 1931
    Gene Wolfe, American science fiction author
  • 1931
    Teresa Brewer, American pop and jazz singer (d. 2007)
  • 1932
    Pete Domenici, American politician
  • 1933
    Johnny Unitas, American football player (d. 2002)
  • 1933
    Nexhmije Pagarusha, Albanian singer
  • 1935
    Isobel Warren, Canadian author
  • 1936
    Bobby Joe Green, American football player (d. 1993)
  • 1937
    Claude Raymond, Quebec baseball player
  • 1939
    Jimmy Ruffin, American singer
  • 1939
    Johnny Maestro, American pop singer (d. 2010)
  • 1939
    Ruggero Deodato, Italian film director, actor and screen writer
  • 1939
    Ruud Lubbers, Former Prime Minister of the Netherlands
  • 1939
    Sidney Altman, Canadian molecular biologist, Nobel laureate
  • 1940
    Angela Carter, English novelist and journalist (d. 1992)
  • 1940
    Jim Connors, American radio personality (d. 1987)
  • 1940
    Vasilis N. Triantafillidis, Greek comedian and actor
  • 1941
    Catherine P. Saxton, British-born American public relations executive
  • 1943
    Harvey Andrews, English singer and songwriter
  • 1943
    Peter Carey, Australian author
  • 1943
    Terry Allen, American country music singer
  • 1944
    Eva Norvind, Mexican actress (d. 2006)
  • 1944
    Richard O'Sullivan, British actor
  • 1945
    Christy Moore, Irish folk artist
  • 1945
    Robin Strasser, American TV soap opera actress
  • 1946
    Bill Kreutzmann, American drummer (Grateful Dead)
  • 1946
    Brian Turner, English chef
  • 1946
    Jerry Nolan, American musician (The New York Dolls, Johnny Thunders and The Heartbreakers) (d. 1992)
  • 1946
    Marv Hubbard, American football player
  • 1946
    Michael Rosen, English children’s poet
  • 1946
    Thelma Houston, American singer
  • 1948
    Susan Atkins, American murderer (d. 2009)
  • 1949
    Marilyn Cole, English model
  • 1950
    Randall ‘Tex’Cobb, American boxer and actor
  • 1950
    Tim Russert, American television host (d. 2008)
  • 1951
    Bernie Marsden, English musician
  • 1951
    Robert Hegyes, American actor
  • 1953
    Ian McKay, British soldier, Victoria Cross recipient (d. 1982)
  • 1953
    Pat McInally, American football player
  • 1954
    Amy Heckerling, American director
  • 1954
    Philippe Geluck, Belgian cartoonist
  • 1955
    Ben Poquette, American basketball player
  • 1955
    Kevin Reed, American theologian
  • 1955
    Peter Reckell, American actor
  • 1956
    Anne Dudley, British composer
  • 1956
    Jan Peter Balkenende, Prime Minister of the Netherlands
  • 1956
    Jean Lapierre, Canadian politician and television host
  • 1957
    Ned Bellamy, American actor
  • 1957
    Ray Fernandez, American wrestler (d. 2004)
  • 1958
    Mark G. Kuzyk, American physicist
  • 1959
    Barbara Yung Mei-ling, Hong Kong actress (d. 1985)
  • 1959
    Michael E. Knight, American actor
  • 1960
    Adam Bernstein, American music video/television director
  • 1960
    Almudena Grandes, Spanish novelist
  • 1961
    Hans-Peter Bartels, German politician
  • 1961
    Phil Campbell, British musician (Motörhead)
  • 1962
    Tony Campbell, American basketball player
  • 1963
    Johnny Lee Middleton, American musician (Savatage, Trans-Siberian Orchestra)
  • 1964
    Doug Benson, American comedian
  • 1964
    Leslie O'Neal, American football player
  • 1964
    Ronnie Harmon, American football player
  • 1965
    Norman Whiteside, Northern Irish footballer
  • 1965
    Owen Hart, Canadian professional wrestler (d. 1999)
  • 1965
    Reuben Davis, American football player
  • 1967
    Joe Rice, American politician
  • 1967
    Martin Bryant, Australian mass murderer
  • 1968
    Traci Lords, American actress
  • 1969
    Eagle-Eye Cherry, Swedish musician
  • 1969
    Jun Falkenstein, American film director
  • 1969
    Rick Porras, American film producer
  • 1970
    Kim Su-ro, South Korean actor
  • 1971
    Horgh, Norwegian drummer (Immortal, Hypocrisy)
  • 1972
    Frank Trigg, American mixed martial artist
  • 1972
    Peter Dubovský, Slovak footballer (d. 2000)
  • 1973
    Kristian Lundin, Swedish songwriter
  • 1973
    Paolo Savoldelli, Italian cyclist
  • 1974
    Breckin Meyer, American actor
  • 1974
    Ian Pearce, English footballer
  • 1975
    Jason Tunks, Canadian discus thrower
  • 1975
    Zee, American hip hop artist
  • 1976
    Andrea Lo Cicero, Italian rugby player
  • 1976
    Calvin Booth, American basketball player
  • 1977
    Lisa Kelly, Irish singer
  • 1978
    Brian Clevinger, American author
  • 1978
    Shawn Marion, American basketball player
  • 1978
    Stephanie Pohl, German beach volleyball player
  • 1978
    Stian Arnesen, Norwegian musician
  • 1979
    Katie Douglas, American basketball player
  • 1980
    Johan Kenkhuis, Dutch swimmer
  • 1980
    Kate Lawler, English reality television personality
  • 1982
    Ákos Buzsáky, Hungarian footballer
  • 1984
    Alex Smith, American football player
  • 1984
    Drew Stanton, American football player
  • 1984
    James Loney, American baseball player
  • 1984
    May7ven, Nigerian-born British singer-songwriter and dancer
  • 1985
    Dan Sweetman, Australian television host
  • 1985
    Drew Neitzel, American basketball player
  • 1986
    Mark Furze, Australian actor
  • 1986
    Matt Helders, English drummer (Arctic Monkeys)
  • 1987
    Jérémy Ménez, French footballer
  • 1987
    Michael Maidens, English footballer (d. 2007)
  • 1987
    Serge Gakpé, Togolese footballer
  • 1988
    Natalie Mejia, American dancer and singer (Girlicious)
  • 1989
    Master Shortie, British hip-hop and R&B singer-songwriter and rapper
  • 1992
    Alexander Ludwig, Canadian actor
  • 2000
    Maxwell Perry Cotton, American actor

Who Died On May 7?

  • 973
    Otto I, Holy Roman Emperor (b. 912)
  • 1092
    Remigius de Fécamp, first bishop of Lincoln (b. unknown)
  • 1427
    Thomas la Warr, 5th Baron De La Warr, English churchman
  • 1523
    Franz von Sickingen, German soldier (b. 1481)
  • 1539
    Ottaviano Petrucci, Italian printer (b. 1466)
  • 1615
    Sanada Yukimura, Japanese samurai (b. 1567)
  • 1617
    David Fabricius, German astronomer (b. 1564)
  • 1667
    Johann Jakob Froberger, German composer (b. 1616)
  • 1682
    Tsar Feodor III of Russia (b. 1661)
  • 1718
    Mary of Modena, wife of James II of England (b. 1658)
  • 1793
    Pietro Nardini, Italian composer (b. 1722)
  • 1800
    Niccolò Piccinni, Italian composer (b. 1728)
  • 1805
    William Petty, 2nd Earl of Shelburne, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (b. 1737)
  • 1825
    Antonio Salieri, Italian composer (b. 1750)
  • 1840
    Caspar David Friedrich, German painter (b. 1774)
  • 1868
    Henry Peter Brougham, Lord High Chancellor of Great Britain (b. 1778)
  • 1876
    William Buell Sprague, American clergyman and author (b. 1795)
  • 1887
    C. F. W. Walther, American Lutheran theologian (b. 1811)
  • 1896
    H. H. Holmes (Herman Webster Mudgett), American serial killer (b. 1860)
  • 1922
    Max Wagenknecht, German composer (b. 1857)
  • 1925
    William Hesketh Lever, First Viscount Leverhulme (b. 1851)
  • 1940
    George Lansbury, British Labour Party leader (b. 1859)
  • 1941
    Sir James George Frazer, Scottish anthropologist (b. 1854)
  • 1942
    Felix Weingartner, Yugoslavian conductor (b. 1863)
  • 1951
    Warner Baxter, American actor (b. 1889)
  • 1986
    Jeffrey Mylett, American actor (b. 1949)
  • 1987
    Colin Blakely, British actor (b. 1930)
  • 1989
    Guy Williams, American actor (b. 1924)
  • 1995
    Ray McKinley, American jazz drummer, singer and bandleader (b. 1910)
  • 1998
    Allan McLeod Cormack, South African physicist, Nobel laureate (b. 1924)
  • 1998
    Eddie Rabbitt, American musician (b. 1941)
  • 2000
    Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., American actor (b. 1909)
  • 2002
    Kevyn Aucoin, American makeup artist and photographer (b. 1962)
  • 2002
    Seattle Slew, American racehorse (b. 1974)
  • 2004
    Waldemar Milewicz, Polish reporter (b. 1956)
  • 2005
    Otilino Tenorio, Ecuadorian footballer (b. 1980)
  • 2005
    Peter W. Rodino, American politician (b. 1909)
  • 2005
    Tristan Egolf, American writer (b. 1971)
  • 2006
    Joan C. Edwards, American philanthropist (b. 1918)
  • 2006
    Machiko Soga, Japanese actress (b. 1943)
  • 2006
    Richard Carleton, Australian news reporter (b. 1943)
  • 2007
    Diego Corrales, American boxer (b. 1977)
  • 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)
  • 2011
    Allyson Hennessy, Trindadian television presenter
  • 2011
    Big George, British broadcaster, composer, bandleader and musician (b. 1957)
  • 2011
    Seve Ballesteros, Spanish golfer (b. 1957)

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