On this day in history – May 7 – Almanac

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German General Gustav Jodl (C) signs the documents of unconditional surrender May 7, 1945 in Reims, France, ending the war in Europe. He is flanked by Colonel Wilhelm Oxenius (L), his assistant, and German Adm. Hans Georg von Friedeburg. UPI file photo

Today is Saturday, May 7, the 127th day of 2022 with 238 to follow.

The moon is growing. The morning stars are Jupiter, Mars, Neptune, Saturn and Venus. The evening stars are Mercury and Uranus.


People born on this date are under the sign of Taurus. They include Pope Innocent X in 1574; the Scottish philosopher David Hume in 1711; the English poet Robert Browning in 1812; German composer Johannes Brahms in 1833; the Russian composer Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky in 1840; Western actor George “Gabby” Hayes in 1885; Yugoslav leader Josip Broz Tito in 1892; actor Gary Cooper in 1901; Argentine political figure Eva Peron in 1919; actor Anne Baxter in 1923; singer Teresa Brewer in 1931; singer Johnny Maestro in 1939; author Peter Carey in 1943 (age 79); television journalist Tim Russert in 1950; filmmaker Amy Heckerling in 1954 (age 68); musician Eagle-Eye Cherry in 1968 (age 54); actor Breckin Meyer in 1974 (age 48); Medal of Honor recipient Mike Murphy in 1976; singer J Balvin in 1985 (age 37); country singer Russell Dickerson in 1987 (age 35); comedian/actor Aidy Bryant in 1987 (age 35); actor Alexander Ludwig in 1992 (30 years old); rapper Rico Nasty, born Maria-Cecilia Simone Kelly, in 1997 (25 years old).


On this historical date:

In 1718, the city of New Orleans was founded.

In 1789, the first American presidential inaugural ball, celebrating the inauguration of George Washington, was held in New York.

In 1824, Beethoven Ninth Symphony was performed for the first time.

In 1913, pipe bombs found under the bishop’s throne in St. Paul’s Cathedral and opposite the offices of the Evening Star in Rue Bouverie, were believed by police to be the work of suffragettes.

In 1915, a German submarine sank the British liner Lusitania off Ireland, killing nearly 1,200 people.

In 1921, in an exclusive interview with United Press, Sun Yat Sen, president of China’s Canton government, outlined his policy proposals as he sought recognition for his fledgling government.

In 1945, US Army General Dwight Eisenhower accepted General Alfred Jodl’s unconditional surrender to Nazi Germany.

In 1954, Viet Minh rebel forces invaded the French stronghold of Dien Bien Phu, causing the end of French control in Indochina and creating the division of Vietnam.

In 1987, Rep. Stewart McKinney, R-Conn., died at age 56, the first congressman identified as a victim of AIDS. McKinney contracted the virus through a contaminated blood transfusion.

In 1994, The Scream, the famous expressionist painting by Edvard Munch, was found in a hotel room south of Oslo, the Norwegian capital, three months after it was stolen. Thieves stole the painting again in 2004 and it was found a second time in 2006.

In 2000, Vladimir Putin was sworn in as Russia’s second president in the first democratic transfer of executive power in the nation’s 1,000-year history.

In 2007, authorities reported no survivors when a Kenyan Airlines plane crashed into a Cameroonian mangrove with 114 people on board.

In 2014, a Thai court, in an abuse of power ruling, removed Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra from office.

In 2017, France elected Emmanuel Macron, from La République En Marche! Party, president on Marine Le Pen of the National Front.

In 2021, a cyberattack by European crime group Darkside knocked the Colonia pipeline offline, causing gas shortages in the United States. The Georgia-based company resumed normal operations a week later.


Thought for the day: “Vanity is bragging about yourself. Confidence means you believe you can do the job.” — American football player Johnny Unitas

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