On This Day: May 7th

I’ll be posting a few fun little things that happened on this day in history. I’ll also add my own commentary to the mix now and then as well.

Note: Not all events will be pleasant, but I promise to throw in as many quirky and pleasant ones as I can to balance.

May 7th:

1945 World War II: Unconditional German surrender to the Allies signed by General Alfred Jodl at Rheims

1915 RMS Lusitania sunk by German submarine off the southern coast of Ireland; 1198 lives lost

1429 English siege of Orleans broken by Joan of Arc and the French army

1789 First US Presidential inaugural ball (for George Washington in NYC)

1832 Greece becomes independent, Otto of Bavaria is chosen as king

1840 Tornado strikes Natchez, Mississippi, kills 317

1846 First printed copies of “Poems” by Emily, Charlotte and Anne Brontë received, published under pseudonym of Acton, Currer and Ellis Bell (2 copies sold)

1866 German premier Otto von Bismarck seriously wounded in assassination attempt

1917 In a testament to his pitching ability, future Baseball Hall of Fame slugger Babe Ruth leads Boston Red Sox to a 1-0 victory against Washington Senators legend Walter Johnson

1920 USSR recognizes Georgia’s independence

1943 Dutch men 18-35 obliged to report to labor camps

1946 William H Hastie inaugurated as 1st black governor of Virgin Islands

My source and more facts at On This Day

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