Today in History, May 7, 2021 | New
Germany signed an unconditional surrender at Allied headquarters in Reims, France, ending its role in World War II.
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Composer Johannes Brahms was born in Hamburg, Germany.
Composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky was born in Votkinsk, Russia.
A German U-boat torpedoed and sunk the British liner RMS Lusitania off the south coast of Ireland, killing 1,198 people, including 128 Americans, out of nearly 2,000 on board.
The minimum voting age for British women has been lowered from 30 to 21 – the same age as men.
Germany and Italy announced a military and political alliance known as the Rome-Berlin Axis.
Sony Corp. got its start when Tokyo Telecommunications Engineering Corp. was founded in the Japanese capital by Akio Morita and Masaru Ibuka.
The 55-day battle of Dien Bien Phu in Vietnam ended with Vietnamese insurgents invading French forces.
The United States has launched the Telstar 2 communications satellite.
President Gerald R. Ford has officially declared the end of the âVietnam eraâ. In Ho Chi Minh City – formerly Saigon – the Viet Cong celebrated its takeover.
Mercedes-Benz parent company has agreed to buy Chrysler Corp. for over $ 37 billion. Londoners voted overwhelmingly to elect their own mayor for the first time in history. (In May 2000, Ken Livingstone was elected.)
A BP-chartered vessel lowered a 100-ton concrete and steel vault over the ruptured Deepwater Horizon well in an unprecedented, and ultimately unsuccessful, attempt to stop most of the spouting crude fouling the sea.
The United States has released videos seized from Osama Bin Laden’s hideout showing the terrorist leader watching news reports about himself in a seedy environment.
Justin Verlander kicked off his second hitting career, leading the Detroit Tigers to a 9-0 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays.
World Golf Hall of Fame member Seve Ballesteros, 54, has died in Pedrena, Spain.
A Tesla Model S sedan that was in autonomous driving mode crashed into the side of a semi-trailer in Williston, Florida, killing its occupant, Joshua D. Brown.
President Barack Obama told the Howard University Class in Washington, DC that the country was “a better place” than when he left college more than 30 years earlier, but acknowledged the gaps persisted. , citing racism and inequality.
Two gunmen opened fire inside a charter school in a Denver suburb near Columbine High School, killing student Kendrick Castillo, 18, who authorities said charged the shooters with protect his classmates; two students from the school were charged in the attack. (16-year-old Alec McKinney pleaded guilty to 17 felonies and was sentenced to life in prison over 38 years; Devon Erickson, 19, pleaded not guilty to the same counts; his trial was delayed by the coronavirus pandemic.)
Georgian authorities arrested a white father and son and charged them with murder in the shooting death of Ahmaud Arbery, a black man they chased in a truck after spotting him running in their home. neighborhood near the port city of Brunswick.
In a brutal about-face, the Justice Department dropped a criminal case against Michael Flynn, President Donald Trump’s senior national security adviser, accused of lying to the FBI about conversations with the Russian ambassador. The White House said a member of the military serving as one of Trump’s henchmen tested positive for the coronavirus.
Texas barber shop owner Shelley Luther, sentenced to one week behind bars for keeping his business open despite emergency orders from Governor Greg Abbott, released after less than 48 hours; Abbott had abolished prison as a punishment for defying virus protection measures.
A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine found no evidence of benefit from a malaria drug promoted as a treatment for coronavirus. Neiman Marcus said he filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, becoming the first department store chain to be toppled by the pandemic.
R&B singer Thelma Houston is 78 years old. Actor Robin Strasser is 76 years old. Singer-songwriter Bill Danoff is 75 years old. Rock musician Bill Kreutzmann (Grateful Dead) is 75 years old. Former Utah Governor Gary Herbert is 74 years old. Rock musician Prairie Prince is 71 years old. – Director Amy Heckerling is 69 years old. Actor Michael E. Knight is 62 years old. Rock musician Phil Campbell (Motorhead) is 60 years old. The singer-rock musician Chris O’Connor (Primitive Radio Gods) is 56 years old. Actor Traci Lords is 53 years old. Actor Morocco Omari is 51 years old. The singer Eagle-Eye Cherry is 50 years old. Actor Breckin Meyer is 47 years old. Rock musician Matt Helders (Arctic Monkeys) is 35 years old. Actor and comedian Aidy Bryant is 34 years old. Actor Taylor Abrahamse is 30 years old. Actor Alexander Ludwig is 29 years old. Actor Dylan Gelula is 27 years old.