Holidays Calendar for May 7, 2016

Defender of the Fatherland Day is a public holiday in Kazakhstan celebrated annually on May 7. It honors the former and current members of the country’s armed forces.

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).

Lithuanian Press Restoration, Language and Book Day is observed on May 7. It commemorates the lifting of the Lithuanian press ban in 1904.

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.

The first Saturday of May is Free Comic Book Day in the USA. This an annual promo effort by the North American comic book industry aimed to find new readers and attract them to comic book stores.


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

  • 2011 Died: Willard Boyle, Canadian physicist, Nobel Prize laureate for invention of an imaging semiconductor circuit - the CCD sensor.
  • 2007 The 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.
  • 2002 China Northern Airlines Flight 6136 from Beijing to Dailan, China plunged into the Yellow Sea. All 103 passengers and 9 crew members died.
  • 1998 Died: Eddie Rabbitt, American singer-songwriter and guitarist. His songs were sung by Elvis Presley (Kentucky Rain), Ronnie Milsap (Pure Love) and other famous singers.
  • 1998 The largest industrial merger in history: Mercedes-Benz bought Chrysler for $40 billion USD to form DaimlerChrysler AG.
  • 1992 The 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.
  • 1986 Canadian mountain climber Patrick Morrow became the first person to climb the Seven Summits, seven highest mountains of each seven continents.
  • 1966 Died: 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.
  • 1964 A 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.
  • 1951 Died: 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.
  • 1946 Tokyo Telecommunications Engineering was founded with around 20 employees. The enterprise later changed its name to modern world-known Sony.
  • 1931 Born: 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.
  • 1920 Soviet Russia recognized the independence of the Democratic Republic of Georgia only to invade it six months later.
  • 1919 Born: 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.
  • 1909 Born: 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.
  • 1902 Died: 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.
  • 1901 Born: 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.
  • 1867 Born: Władysław Reymont, Polish author, Nobel Prize laureate for his great national epic The Peasants.
  • 1861 Born: Rabindranath Tagore, Indian author and poet. He became the first non-European, who received the Nobel Prize.
  • 1840 Died: 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.
  • 1840 Born: 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.
  • 1840 The second deadliest tornado in the history of US: the Great Natchez Tornado stroke Natchez, Mississippi. 317 were killed.
  • 1833 Born: 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.
  • 1825 Died: Antonio Salieri, Italian composer and conductor, a pivotal figure in the development of late 18th-century opera.
  • 1824 Ninth Symphony by Ludwig van Beethoven was premiered in Vienna, Austria. The performance was conducted by Michael Umlauf under the composer's supervision.
  • 1812 Born: Robert Browning, English poet. His mastery of dramatic verse made him one of the foremost Victorian poets.
  • 1800 Died: 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.
  • 1748 Born: 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.
  • 1667 Died: 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.
  • 1523 Died: Franz von Sickingen, German knight, one of the most notable figures of the first period of the Protestant Reformation.