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5/7/2022 12:01:00 AM
Today In History - May 7

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Today in History in 1901 actor Gary Cooper was born in Montana; in 1912 Columbia University approved plans for awarding the Pulitzer Prize in several categories established by Joseph Pulitzer; in 2000 actor Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. died.

Our on this day in history archives contain over 200,000 events, birthdays and deaths from 6,000 years of history. Here is a roundup of a few of them:

Historical Events

  • 1429 - English siege of Orleans broken by Joan of Arc and the French army
  • 1912 - Columbia University approves plans for awarding the Pulitzer Prize in several categories The award is established by Joseph Pulitzer
  • 1915 - SS Lusitania sunk by German submarine; 1198 lives lost
  • 1939 - Germany & Italy announced an alliance known as the Rome-Berlin Axis
  • 1945 - WWII: unconditional German surrender to the Allies signed by General Alfred Jodl at Rheims
  • 1952 - The concept of the integrated circuit, the basis for all modern computers, is first published by Geoffrey Dummer.

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Famous Birthdays

  • 1553 - Albert Frederick, Duke of Prussia, born in Konigsberg
  • 1812 - Robert Browning, poet (Pied Piper), born in London, England
  • 1840 - Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Votkinsk, Russia, composer (1812 Overture, Swan Lake), (d. 1893) [NS]
  • 1901 - Gary Cooper, Montana, actor (2 Acad Awards-Sgt York, High Noon)
  • 1909 - Edwin Land, inventor (instant photography (Polaroid))
  • 1919 - Eva Perón [Evita], Argentine First Lady and actress, born in Los Toldos (d. 1952)
  • 1933 - Johnny Unitas, NFL QB (Balt Colts, San Diego); one of the greats, born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1950 - Tim Russert, American television journalist and host of NBC's Meet the Press, born in Buffalo, New York (d. 2008)

Famous Weddings

  • 1914 - 28th US President Woodrow Wilson's daughter Eleanor marries in The White House
  • 1950 - Actor Jack Lemmon (25) weds tv actress Cynthia Stone (24)
  • 1958 - "The Mark of Zorro" actor Tyrone Power (44) weds Debbie Ann Minardos
  • 1994 - Gary Hart's girlfriend Donna Rice (36) weds Jack Hughes (42)
  • 1994 - Matlock actor Daniel Roebuck (30) weds Kelly Durst (24)

Famous Deaths

  • 1825 - Antonio Salieri, Italian composer, dies in Vienna at 74
  • 1896 - H. H. Holmes [Herman Webster Mudgett], American serial killer executed by hanging at 34
  • 1998 - Eddie Rabbitt, American musician (b. 1941)
  • 2000 - Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., American actor (b. 1909)
  • 2002 - Seattle Slew, American racehorse (b. 1974)
  • 2011 - Seve Ballesteros, Spanish golfer, dies of brain cancer at 54

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