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May 07th Today's Highlights in History

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Friday, May 07th
The 127th day of 2010.
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Today's Highlights in History

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   On May 7, 1945, Germany signed an unconditional surrender at Allied headquarters in Rheims, France, to take effect the following day, ending the European conflict of World War II. (Go to article.)

On May 7, 1919, Eva Peron, who was a powerful political influence as the wife of the president of Argentina, was born. Following her death on July 26, 1952, her obituary appeared in The Times. (Go to obit. | Other Birthdays)
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   On May 7, 1881, Harper's Weekly featured a cartoon about the New York National Guard. (See the cartoon and read an explanation.)
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1833    Composer Johannes Brahms was born in Hamburg, Germany.

1840    Composer Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky was born in Votkinsk, Russia.

1915    A German torpedo sank the British liner Lusitania off the Irish coast, killing nearly 1,200 people.

1939    Germany and Italy announced a military and political alliance, the Rome-Berlin Axis.

1954    The Battle of Dien Bien Phu in Vietnam ended after 55 days with Vietnamese insurgents overrunning French forces.

1977    Seattle Slew won the Kentucky Derby on his way to horse racing's Triple Crown.

1984    A $180 million out-of-court settlement was announced in the Agent Orange class-action suit brought by Vietnam veterans.

1992    A 203-year-old proposed constitutional amendment barring Congress from giving itself a midterm pay raise was ratified when Michigan became the 38th state to approve it.

1998    The parent company of Mercedes-Benz agreed to buy Chrysler Corp. for more than $37 billion.

1999    NATO jets struck the Chinese embassy in Belgrade, killing three people and injuring 20; President Bill Clinton called the attack a "tragic mistake."

2000    President Vladimir Putin took the oath of office in Russia's first democratic transfer of power.

2001    Ronnie Biggs, the "Great Train Robber" who had eluded capture for decades following his prison escape in 1965, returned to Britain, where he was arrested and jailed to complete the 28 remaining years of his sentence.

2008    Dmitry Medvedev was sworn in as Russia's president.

Current Birthdays

Alex Smith turns 26 years old today.

AP Photo/Elaine Thompson San Francisco '49ers quarterback Alex Smith turns 26 years old today.

81    Dick Williams
Hall of Fame baseball manager

78    Pete Domenici
Former U.S. senator, R-N.M.

64    Thelma Houston
R&B singer

64    Bill Kreutzmann
Rock musician (The Grateful Dead)

59    Robert Hegyes
Actor ("Welcome Back, Kotter")

56    Amy Heckerling
Writer, director ("Clueless," "Fast Times at Ridgemont High")

41    Traci Lords

36    Breckin Meyer

Historic Birthdays

Eva Peron

5/7/1919 - 7/26/1952
Argentine wife of Juan Peron; developed independent political power base
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86    Germain Boffrand
5/7/1667 - 3/18/1754
French architect; worked in the Baroque and Rococo styles

65    David Hume
5/7/1711 - 8/25/1776
Scottish philosopher, historian, economist and essayist

77    Robert Browning
5/7/1812 - 12/12/1889
English poet and writer

63    Johannes Brahms
5/7/1833 - 4/3/1897
German composer

78    Oskar von Miller
5/7/1855 - 4/9/1934
German engineer; founded the Munich Museum of Science and Technology

57    Marcus Loew
5/7/1870 - 9/5/1927
American film executive and movie theatre chain owner

89    Archibald MacLeish
5/7/1892 - 4/20/1982
American poet, playwright and government official

96    Kitty Godfree
5/7/1896 - 6/19/1992
English tennis player; won Olympic gold medal in 1920

60    Gary Cooper
5/7/1901 - 5/13/1961
American motion-picture actor

81    Edwin Herbert Land
5/7/1909 - 3/1/1991
American inventor and physicist; developed the Polaroid Land Camera

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