7 MAY
   
 

Born On This Day:

  • Robert Browning, 1812
  • Johannes Brahms, 1833
  • Peter I. Tchaikovsky, 1840
  • Marcus Loew, 1870
  • Gabby Hayes, 1885
  • Archibald MacLeish, 1892
  • Gary Cooper, 1901
  • Edwin Land, 1909
  • Evita Peron, 1919
  • Darren McGavin, 1922
  • Anne Baxter, 1923
  • Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, 1927
  • Marvin Mitchelson, 1928
  • Teresa Brewer, 1931
  • Johnny Unitas, 1933
  • Peter Carey, 1943
  • Amy Heckerling, 1954
  • Tracy Lords, 1968

Died On This Day:

  • Saint John of Beverley, AD 721
  • Emperor Otto the Great, AD 973
  • King William the Bad of Sicily, 1166
  • Antonio Salieri, 1825
  • Elbert Hubbard, 1915
  • John Henry Patterson, 1922
  • Monty Woolley, 1963
  • Stanislaw Lec, 1966
  • Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., 2000
  • Ming Ming (China's oldest living panda, 34), 2011
  • Ray Harryhausen, 2013

Today's Events:

  • 1663 - The first of a series of playhouses called 'Theatre Royal' opens in Drury Lane, Covent Garden, London.
  • 1763 - Uprising of the Indians under Ottawa Indian Chief Pontiac near Detroit against British.
  • 1789 - First inaugural ball in America honoring President George Washington held in New York.
  • 1821 - Sierra Leone, Gambia & Gold Coast taken over by British forming British West Africa.
  • 1824 - Beethoven's Ninth Symphony ('The Choral') with famous tune 'Ode to Joy' premieres in Vienna
  • 1832 - Greece proclaimed an independent kingdom.
  • 1915 - Passenger ship Lusitania torpedoed by Germans-1,198 die, cost $10M; brings U.S. to brink of war.
  • 1918 - Rumania forced to sign humiliating Treaty of Bucharest with Germans.
  • 1934 - Pearl of Allah, 9.5 inches long, 5.5 inches in diameter found in shell of giant clam in Philippines.
  • 1943 - 'The Fountainhead' by Ayn Rand published.
  • 1945 - Germany surrenders unconditionally in Reims, France, ending World War II in Europe. (see tomorrow)
  • 1953 - World record swordfish weighing 1,182 lbs caught off Iquique, Chile by L. Marron.
  • 1954 - Dien Bien Phu falls to the Viet Minh ending French attempt to hold Vietnam & despite U.S. aid.
  • 1992 - Hank Ferguson catches world record striped bass weighing 67 lbs 8 oz in O'Neill Forebay, San Luis, CA.
  • 2004 - 51 million viewers tune in for the final episode of 10-year run of "Friends" on NBC.

Feast Day of Saint:

  • Stanislas of Cracow

Holiday:

  • Evita's birthday celebrated as Peronist Day in Argentina

Non-Specific Holiday:

  • VESAK (Commemoration of birth, enlightenment and death of Buddha) celebrated Southeast Asia.
  • MOTHER'S DAY (U.S.), second Sunday in May
  • FESTIVAL OF JOAN OF ARC in France, second Sunday in May
  • MEMORIAL DAY (U.S.), Last Monday in May
  • PROCESSION OF THE HOLY BLOOD in Belgium on first Monday after May 2.
  • TANO FESTIVAL (Korea) on 5th day of 5th lunar month.
  • TUAN WU CHIEH or Dragon Boat Festival (China) 5th day of 5th lunar month.
  • ASCENSION DAY (Christian) 40th day after Easter.
  • PENTACOST (Christian) or Whitsunday (Anglican) 50 days after Easter.
  • TRINITY SUNDAY (Christian), Sunday after Pentecost.
  • CORPUS CHRISTI (Christian), Thursday after Trinity Sunday.
  • I'D AL-HAJJ, Muslim Festival
  • ARANYA SHASHTI, Hindu Festival honoring god of the forest
  • BUDDHA PURNIMA, Hindu Festival, celebrated early May
  • GANGA DASSHERA, Hindu Festival, celebrated end of May
  • ARMED FORCES DAY in US - third Saturday in May
  • NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER in US - first Thursday in May
  • NATIONAL DEFENSE TRANSPORTATION DAY - third Friday in May in US
  • NATIONAL TEACHER'S DAY - Tuesday in the first full week in May in US
  • VICTORIA DAY - first Monday before May 25, celebrating Queen Victoria's birthday in Canada
  • WESAK FESTIVAL celebrated in the eastern hemisphere at the Taurus full moon, beginning of May
  • GOODWILL FESTIVAL celebrated at the Gemini full moon, end of May

 

 
   
 
 
 
 
 
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