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On this day in history - May 7

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.

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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

    Russian composer

  • 1812 Robert Browning

    English poet

  • 1711 David Hume

    Scottish economist, historian, philosopher

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Deaths On This Day,
May 7

  • 2011 Seve Ballesteros

    Spanish golfer

  • 1940 George Lansbury

    English politician

  • 1840 Caspar David Friedrich

    German painter

  • 1825 Antonio Salieri

    Italian composer

  • 973 Otto I, Holy Roman Emperor