On This Day in History – Sunday, May 7, 2017

On May 7, 1945, U.S. Army Gen. Dwight Eisenhower accepted the unconditional surrender of Nazi Germany from Gen. Alfred Jodl.

Today is Sunday, May 7, the 127th day of 2017 with 238 to follow.

The moon is waxing. Morning stars are Mercury, Venus, Mars, Uranus, and Neptune. Evening stars are Jupiter and Saturn.

Those born on this date are under the sign of Taurus. They include Scottish philosopher David Hume in 1711; English poet Robert Browning in 1812; German composer Johannes Brahms in 1833; Russian composer Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky in 1840; Western actor George “Gabby” Hayes in 1885; poet Archibald MacLeish in 1892; Yugoslav leader Josip Broz Tito in 1892; actor Gary Cooper in 1901; Edwin Land, inventor of the Polaroid instant camera, in 1909; Argentine political figure Eva Peron in 1919; actor Darren McGavin in 1922; actor Anne Baxter in 1923; singer Teresa Brewer in 1931; Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback Johnny Unitas in 1933; singer Johnny Maestro in 1939; singer Jimmy Ruffin in 1939; television journalist Tim Russert in 1950; filmmaker Amy Heckerling in 1954 (age 63); musician Eagle Eye Cherry in 1969 (age 48); Medal of Honor recipient Mike Murphy in 1976; actor Alexander Ludwig in 1992 (age 25).

On this date in history:

In 1718, city of New Orleans was founded.

In 1789, the first U.S. presidential inaugural ball, celebrating the inauguration of George Washington, was conducted in New York City.

In 1824, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony was performed for the first time.

In 1913, homemade bombs found under the bishop’s throne in St. Paul’s Cathedral and opposite the offices of Evening Star in Bouverie Street, were deemed by police to have been the work of suffragettes.

In 1915, a German U-boat sank the British liner Lusitania off the coast of Ireland, killing nearly 1,200 people.

In 1921, in an exclusive interview with the United Press, Sun Yat Sen, president of the Canton Chinese government, outlined his policy proposals as he sought recognition for his fledgling government.

In 1945, U.S. Army Gen. Dwight Eisenhower accepted the unconditional surrender of Nazi Germany from Gen. Alfred Jodl.

In 1987, Rep. Stewart McKinney, R-Conn., died at age 56, the first member of Congress identified as a victim of AIDS. McKinney contracted the virus following a tainted blood transfusion.

In 1995, Jacques Chirac, mayor of Paris and former French premier, was elected president of France on his third try.

In 2000, Vladimir Putin was sworn in as Russia’s second president in the first democratic transfer of executive power in the nation’s 1,000-year history.

In 2005, Giacomo, a 50-to-1 shot, won the Kentucky Derby over Closing Argument, which went off at 71-1.

In 2007, officials reported no survivors in the crash of a Kenyan Airlines plane that went down in a Cameroon mangrove swamp with 114 people aboard.

In 2008, in Russia, Dmitri Medvedev was sworn in as president, succeeding Vladimir Putin. Putin was named prime minister the next day.

In 2011, the U.S. government said videos taken from the Pakistan hideout of terror mastermind Osama bin Laden, killed a week earlier in a U.S. commando raid, showed him directly running al-Qaida operations and constituted the greatest intelligence bonanza collected from a top terrorist.

In 2012, Vladimir Putin was sworn in to a six-year term as president of Russia. He also was president from 2000 to 2008.

In 2013, Mark Sanford, whose governorship had been tarnished by a sex scandal, was elected to Congress in South Carolina.

In 2014, a Thai court, in an abuse-of-power ruling, removed Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra from office.

A thought for the day: Vladimir Lenin said, “There are no morals in politics; there is only expedience.”

Source: On This Day in History – May 7th – Almanac – UPI.com

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