What Happened On This Day – May 7
2000 Vladimir Putin becomes President of Russia
The former KGB officer enjoys high approval ratings in his country as living standards in Russia have improved drastically under his rule. Internationally, he has been criticized for his authoritarian style of government.
1946 Sony is founded
The company started as Tokyo Telecommunications Engineering. It is now one of the leading manufacturers of electronic products.
1945 Germany's Nazi regime surrenders unconditionally
The capitulation ended World War II, one of the bloodiest conflicts of all time. According to estimates, between 40 and 71 million people died in the war and the Holocaust initiated by Adolf Hitler's Nazi regime.
1915 A German U-Boat sinks the RMS Lusitania
1198 lives were lost in the attack, making it the deadliest shipwreck during World War I. The fact that some of the dead were U.S. citizens influenced the country's decision to enter the war in 1917.
1895 Alexander Popov demonstrates the world's first radio receiver
The Russian physicist had initially built the device as a lightning detector. He achieved the first radio transmission between two buildings the following year.
Births On This Day – May 7
1892 Josip Broz Tito
Yugoslav marshal, politician, 1st President of Yugoslavia
1861 Rabindranath Tagore
Indian author, poet, Nobel Prize laureate
1840 Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
1812 Robert Browning
1711 David Hume
Scottish economist, historian, philosopher
Deaths On This Day – May 7
2011 Seve Ballesteros
1940 George Lansbury
1840 Caspar David Friedrich
1825 Antonio Salieri
973 Otto I, Holy Roman Emperor