Saturday, May 6, 2017

May 7

  • May 7, 973
    Otto I, Holy Roman Emperor, dies at age 60
  • May 7, 1274
    The Second Council of Lyon, 14th ecumenical council, is opened in France to regulate the election of the pope
  • May 7, 1583
    The construction of Nesvizh Castle, a residential castle of the Radziwiłł family, is started by Mikołaj Krzysztof "the Orphan" Radziwiłł in Nesvizh, modern-day Belarus
  • May 7, 1664
    Building of the Palace of Versailles begins
  • May 7, 1697
    The Royal Palace in Stockholm, Sweden, burns down
  • May 7, 1718
    City of New Orleans is founded by the French Mississippi Company, under the direction of Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville in North America
  • May 7, 1727
    Jews are expelled from Ukraine by Empress Catherine I of Russia
  • May 7, 1763
    Indian chief Pontiac begins his unsuccessful attack on a British fort in present-day Detroit, Michigan
  • May 7, 1775
    Turkish state of Bukovina is annexed by Habsburg Monarchy from the Principality of Moldavia
  • May 7, 1824
    Beethoven's 9th Symphony, containing the famous a melody inspired by Friedrich Schiller's poem "Ode to Joy", premieres in Vienna and becomes the first example of a major composer using voices in a symphony
  • May 7, 1832
    The Treaty of London, signed by Britain, France and Russia, establishes a stable government in Greece, making King of Greece Otto of Bavaria, and defines Greece as an independent kingdom
  • July 21, 1832
    Treaty of Constantinople grants Greek independence
  • May 7, 1840
    Tornado strikes Natchez Mississippi and kills 317, most of whom are on flatboats
  • May 7, 1895
    Russian physicist Alexander Popov presents the paper "On the Relation of Metallic Powders to Electric Oscillations", describing a radio based lightning detector
  • May 7, 1896
    Henry Howard Holmes, the first documented American serial killer, murdered over 200 victims, is hanged to death in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • May 7, 1915
    The RMS Lusitania, briefly the world's biggest ship, is torpedoed and sunk by a German U-boat, causing the deaths of 1,198 passengers and crew
  • May 7, 1934
    Pearl of Lao Tzu, the world's largest pearl with mass of 6.4kg, is found at Palawan, Philippines
  • May 7, 1943
    United States 9th Infantry division occupies Bizerte, Tunisia
  • May 7, 1954
    French forces of the French Far East Expeditionary Corps surrender to Viet Minh forces at the Battle of Dien Bien Phu during First Indochina War, terminating French involvement in Indochina
  • May 7, 1995
    Jacques Chirac wins French presidential election
  • May 7, 2010
    Scientists conducting the Neanderthal genome project announce that they have sequenced enough of the Neanderthal genome to suggest that Neanderthals and humans may have interbred

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