On This Day in History, May 07

National Teacher Appreciation Week falls through May 7. A time to fondly remember teachers for their immense contribution. Reach out to your favorite teacher this day!

Brush your history knowledge with this list of factual events that occurred on May 7.

  • 1895-Alexander Popov demonstrated the world’s first radio receiver.
  • 1912-The first airplane equipped with a machine gun flew over College Park, MD.
  • 1912-Columbia University approved plans for awarding the Pulitzer Prize in several categories, after established by Joseph Pulitzer.
  • 1915-A German U-Boat sank the RMS Lusitania.
  • 1940-Winston Churchill became British Prime Minister.
  • 1943-Liberty Ship George Washington Carver, named after scientist, launched.
  • 1945-Germany’s regime surrendered unconditionally.
  • 1946-Tokyo Telecommunications Engineering Corp. was founded.
  • 1946-Sony was founded.
  • 1958-Howard Johnson set an aircraft altitude record in F-104.
  • 1960-Leonid Brezhnev became president of the Soviet Union.
  • 1984-A $180 million out-of-court settlement was announced in the Agent Orange class-action suit brought by Vietnam veterans who claimed they had suffered injury from exposure to the defoliant while serving in the armed forces.
  • 1989-Panamanian voters rejected dictator Manuel Noriega’s bid for the presidency.
  • 1996-The trial of Serbian police officer Dusan Tadic opened in the Netherlands.
  • 1998-Daimler-Benz bought Chrysler Corp. for close to $40 billion.
  • 1998-Residents of London voted to elect their own mayor for the first time in history.
  • 2000-Vladimir Putin became President of Russia.
  • 2008-Dmitry Medvedev was sworn in as the 3rd President of the Russian Federation.
  • 2003In Washington, DC, General Motors Corp. delivered six fuel cell vehicles to Capitol Hill for lawmakers and others to test drive during the next two years.
  • 2013-The Dow Jones industrial average closed at 15,056.20.

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