About May 7

May 7, 2021 is the 127th day of the year 2021 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 238 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Friday.

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Taurus is the sun sign of a person born on this day. Emerald is the modern birthstone for this month. Sapphire is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 270 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

What Happened On May 7

  • 558
    In Constantinople, the dome of the Hagia Sophia collapses. Justinian I immediately orders that the dome be rebuilt.
  • 1274
    In France, the Second Council of Lyons opens to regulate the election of the Pope.
  • 1348
    Charles University in Prague (Universitas Carolina/Univerzita Karlova) is established as the first university in Central Europe.
  • 1664
    Louis XIV of France inaugurates the Palace of Versailles.
  • 1718
    The city of New Orleans is founded by Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville.
  • 1794
    French Revolution: Robespierre introduces the Cult of the Supreme Being in the National Convention as the new state religion of the French First Republic.
  • 1824
    World premiere of Ludwig van Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony in Vienna, Austria. The performance is conducted by Michael Umlauf under the composer’s supervision.
  • 1832
    The independence of Greece is recognized by the Treaty of London. Otto of Wittelsbach, Prince of Bavaria is chosen King.
  • 1840
    The Great Natchez Tornado strikes Natchez, Mississippi killing 317 people. It is the second deadliest tornado in United States history.
  • 1864
    American Civil War: The Army of the Potomac, under General Ulysses S. Grant, breaks off from the Battle of the Wilderness and moves southwards.
  • 1920
    The Art Gallery of Ontario, in Toronto, opens the first exhibition by the Group of Seven.
  • 1942
    During the Battle of the Coral Sea, United States Navy aircraft carrier aircraft attack and sink the Japanese Imperial Navy light aircraft carrier Shōhō. The battle marks the first time in the naval history that two enemy fleets fight without visual contact between warring ships.
  • 1945
    World War II: General Alfred Jodl signs unconditional surrender terms at Reims, France, ending Germany’s participation in the war. The document takes effect the next day.
  • 1948
    The Council of Europe is founded during the Hague Congress.
  • 1960
    Cold War: U-2 Crisis of 1960 – Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev announces that his nation is holding American U-2 pilot Gary Powers.
  • 1992
    Michigan ratifies a 203-year-old proposed amendment to the United States Constitution making the 27th Amendment law. This amendment bars the U.S. Congress from giving itself a mid-term pay raise.
  • 1998
    Mercedes-Benz buys Chrysler for $40 billion USD and forms DaimlerChrysler in the largest industrial merger in history.
  • 1999
    In Guinea-Bissau, President João Bernardo Vieira is ousted in a military coup.
  • 2004
    American businessman Nick Berg is beheaded by Islamic militants. The act is recorded on videotape and released on the Internet.
  • 2009
    Over 100 New Zealand Police officers begin a 40-hour siege of a lone gunman in Napier, New Zealand.

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