Radio Day is an observance dedicated to the invention of radio. It is celebrated on May 7 in Russia (as Communication Workers' Day), some other post-Soviet republics and Bulgaria (as Radio and Television Day).
Dien Bien Phu Victory Day is observed in Vietnam on May 7. It marks the victory of Vietnam over French forces in 1954, which influenced the negotiations over the future of Indochina during the Geneva Conference.
May 7 is National Roast Leg of Lamb Day. Today you could make any kind of dish, but we recommend you roast lamb, as far as this is the best way to cook it.
This Day in History
2011Died: Willard Boyle, Canadian physicist, Nobel Prize laureate for invention of an imaging semiconductor circuit - the CCD sensor.
2007The Israeli archaeologists discovered the tomb of Herod the Great south of Jerusalem. Herod the Great was described as a madman who murdered his own family and a great many of rabbis and known for colossal building projects throughout Judea.
2002China Northern Airlines Flight 6136 from Beijing to Dailan, China plunged into the Yellow Sea. All 103 passengers and 9 crew members died.
1998Died: Eddie Rabbitt, American singer-songwriter and guitarist. His songs were sung by Elvis Presley (Kentucky Rain), Ronnie Milsap (Pure Love) and other famous singers.
1998The largest industrial merger in history: Mercedes-Benz bought Chrysler for $40 billion USD to form DaimlerChrysler AG.
1992The space shuttle Endeavour was launched on its first mission STS-49. The goal of the mission was to retrieve an Intelsat VI satellite, attach it to a new upper stage and relaunch it to its intended geosynchronous orbit.
1986Canadian mountain climber Patrick Morrow became the first person to climb the Seven Summits, seven highest mountains of each seven continents.
1966Died: Stanisław Jerzy Lec, Polish poet and aphorist, one of the greatest writers of post-war Poland. He is known for lyrical poetry and skeptical philosophical-moral aphorisms, often with a political subtext.
1964A suicidal passenger shot the pilot and co-pilot of Pacific Air Lines Flight 773 en route from Reno to San Francisco, USA. The aircraft crashed near San Ramon, California, all 44 people aboard died.
1951Died: Warner Baxter, American actor and singer, best remembered for role as The Cisco Kid in In Old Arizona. He frequently played charismatic Latin bandit types in westerns.
1946Tokyo Telecommunications Engineering was founded with around 20 employees. The enterprise later changed its name to modern world-known Sony.
1931Born: Gene Wolfe, American science fiction and fantasy writer, noted for his dense and allusive proses and strong influence of the Catholic faith. He is most famous for The Book of the New Sun, that was ranked third-best fantasy novel before 1990.
1920Soviet Russia recognized the independence of the Democratic Republic of Georgia only to invade it six months later.
1919Born: Eva Perón, or Evita, one of the highest-paid Argentinian radio and film actresses in the nation. After marriage with President Juan Perón, she became the First Lady of Argentina.
1909Born: Edwin H. Land, American scientist and inventor, co-founder of the Polaroid Corporation. He invented numerous things concerning photography industry, among them were inexpensive filters for polarizing light and a practical system of in-camera instant photography.
1902Died: Agostino Roscelli, Italian priest and saint. Roscelli is known for inspiration of social changes in Genoa, Italy for children and disadvantaged women. Pope John Paul II canonized him in 2001.
1901Born: Gary Cooper, American actor and singer, a major star movie from the end of the silent film era through the end of the golden age of Classical Hollywood.
1867Born: Władysław Reymont, Polish author, Nobel Prize laureate for his great national epic The Peasants.
1861Born: Rabindranath Tagore, Indian author and poet. He became the first non-European, who received the Nobel Prize.
1840Died: Caspar David Friedrich, German painter, generally considered as the most important German artist of his generation. Friedrich is best known for his mid-period allegorical landscapes that featured figures silhouetted against night skies, morning mists, barren trees or Gothic ruins.
1840Born: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Russian composer and educator, the first Russian composer, whose music made a lasting impression internationally. Tchaikovsky composed during his lifetime numerous symphonies, concertos, operas, ballets, chamber music, among them best known Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker, Undina.
1840The second deadliest tornado in the history of US: the Great Natchez Tornado stroke Natchez, Mississippi. 317 were killed.
1833Born: Johannes Brahms, German composer and pianist. He is often considered both a traditionalist and an innovator composer. Brahms worked in almost all genres except opera, and created more than eighty diverse compositions.
1825Died: Antonio Salieri, Italian composer and conductor, a pivotal figure in the development of late 18th-century opera.
1824Ninth Symphony by Ludwig van Beethoven was premiered in Vienna, Austria. The performance was conducted by Michael Umlauf under the composer's supervision.
1812Born: Robert Browning, English poet. His mastery of dramatic verse made him one of the foremost Victorian poets.
1800Died: Niccolò Piccinni, Italian composer. Piccinni is somewhat obscure even to modern music lovers, however, he was one of the most popular composers of opera of his day.
1748Born: Olympe de Gouges, French playwright and political activist, whose feminist and abolitionist writings reached a large audience. De Gouges is known as one of the earliest feminists in France.
1667Died: Johann Jakob Froberger, German organist and composer, one of the most famous composers of his era. He influenced practically every major composer in Europe by developing the genre of keyboard suite.
1523Died: Franz von Sickingen, German knight, one of the most notable figures of the first period of the Protestant Reformation.