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Events

  • 2007 – Israeli archaeologists discover the tomb of Herod the Great south of Jerusalem.
  • 2004 – American businessman Nick Berg, is beheaded by Islamic militants. The act is recorded on videotape and released on the Internet.
  • 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.
  • 1992 – The Space Shuttle Endeavour is launched on its first mission, STS-49.
  • 1992 – Three employees at a McDonald's Restaurant in Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada, are brutally murdered and a fourth permanently disabled after a botched robbery. It is the first "fast-food murder" in Canada.
  • 1986 – Canadian Patrick Morrow becomes the first person to climb each of the Seven Summits.
  • 1960 – Cold War: U-2 Crisis of 1960: Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev announces that his nation is holding American U-2 pilot Gary Powers.
  • 1952 – The concept of the integrated circuit, the basis for all modern computers, is first published by Geoffrey Dummer.
  • 1948 – The Council of Europe is founded during the Hague Congress.
  • 1946 – Tokyo Telecommunications Engineering (later renamed Sony) is founded with around 20 employees.
  • 1942 – During the Battle of the Coral Sea, United States Navy aircraft carrier aircraft attack and sink the Imperial Japanese 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.
  • 1920 – The Art Gallery of Ontario, in Toronto, opens the first exhibition by the Group of Seven.
  • 1915 – World War I: German submarine U-20 sinks RMS Lusitania, killing 1,198 people, including 128 Americans. Public reaction to the sinking turns many formerly pro-Germans in the United States against the German Empire
  • 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.
  • 1846 – The Cambridge Chronicle, America's oldest surviving weekly newspaper, is published for the first time in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • 1840 – The Great Natchez Tornado strikes Natchez, Mississippi killing 317 people. It is the second deadliest tornado in United States history.
  • 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.
  • 1718 – The city of New Orleans is founded by Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne, Sieur de Bienville.

Births

  • 1985 – Drew Neitzel, American basketball player. Drew Neitzel (born May 7, 1985) is an American former professional basketball player.
  • 1984 – Alex Smith, American football player. Alexander Douglas Smith (born May 7, 1984) is an American football quarterback for the Washington Redskins of the National Football League (NFL).
  • 1984 – James Loney, American baseball player. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Los Angeles Dodgers, Boston Red Sox, Tampa Bay Rays, and New York Mets, and in Korea Baseball Organization's (KBO) KBO League for the LG Twins.
  • 1979 – Katie Douglas, American basketball player. She was known league-wide as one of the most prominent two-way players for her long-range shooting and high scoring abilities on offence as well as her defensive abilities.
  • 1978 – Shawn Marion, American basketball player. Shawn Dwayne Marion (born May 7, 1978) is an American former professional basketball player who played 16 seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA).
  • 1976 – Calvin Booth, American basketball player. He is currently the Assistant General Manager for the Denver Nuggets of the NBA.
  • 1976 – Michael P. Murphy, American lieutenant, Medal of Honor recipient (d. 2005), was a United States Navy SEAL officer who was awarded the U.S. military's highest decoration, the Medal of Honor, for his actions during the War in Afghanistan. He was the first member of the U.S.
  • 1972 – Frank Trigg, American mixed martial artist and wrestler. Trigg is a veteran of the UFC, Pride Fighting Championships, Rumble on the Rock, Icon Sport, BAMMA, World Fighting Alliance, and has made professional wrestling appearances in Total Nonstop Action Wrestling.
  • 1969 – Jun Falkenstein, American director, producer, and screenwriter. Falkenstein graduated from the USC School of Cinematic Arts.
  • 1968 – Traci Lords, American actress and singer. Traci Elizabeth Lords (born Nora Louise Kuzma; May 7, 1968) is an American actress, former pornographic actress, singer, model, writer, producer, and director.
  • 1967 – Joe Rice, American colonel and politician. Joe Rice (born May 7, 1967) is a former legislator in the U.S. state of Colorado, an Iraq War veteran, and a former mayor of Glendale, Colorado.
  • 1964 – Leslie O'Neal, American football player, was a defensive end for 13 years in the National Football League (NFL). He spent the majority of his career with the San Diego Chargers before finishing with the St.
  • 1964 – Ronnie Harmon, American football player. A 6 foot tall, 220-lb. running back, Harmon was selected by the Buffalo Bills in the 1st round (16th overall) of the 1986 NFL Draft.
  • 1963 – Johnny Lee Middleton, American bass player and songwriter. Petersburg, FL) is an American musician and songwriter, best known as the bass guitar player for Savatage and Trans-Siberian Orchestra.
  • 1962 – Judith Donath, American computer scientist and academic. Judith Stefania Donath (born May 7, 1962) is a fellow at Harvard's Berkman Center, and the founder of the Sociable Media Group at the MIT Media Lab.
  • 1962 – Tony Campbell, American basketball player and coach. Anthony Campbell (born May 7, 1962) is a retired American National Basketball Association (NBA) player.
  • 1960 – Adam Bernstein, American director and screenwriter. In 2007, he won a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series for his work on 30 Rock.
  • 1959 – Michael E. Knight, American actor. Michael Edward Knight (born May 7, 1959) is an American actor, best known for his role as Tad Martin on ABC soap opera All My Children.
  • 1958 – Mark G. Kuzyk, American physicist and academic. Kuzyk (born May 7, 1958 in Chester, Pennsylvania) is an American physicist.
  • 1957 – Kristina M. Johnson, American business executive, engineer, academic and government official. She has been a leader in the development of optoelectronic processing systems, 3-D imaging, and color-management systems.
  • 1955 – Ben Poquette, American basketball player. He was drafted by the Detroit Pistons in the second round (36th pick) of the 1977 NBA Draft, and played for them in 1978–79.
  • 1954 – Amy Heckerling, American director, producer, and screenwriter. An alumna of both New York University and the American Film Institute, she directed the commercially successful films Fast Times at Ridgemont High, National Lampoon's European Vacation, Look Who's Talking, and Clueless.
  • 1953 – Pat McInally, American football player and coach. John Patrick "Pat" McInally (born May 7, 1953) is a former punter and wide receiver for the National Football League's Cincinnati Bengals.
  • 1950 – Prairie Prince, American rock drummer and graphic artist. He came to prominence in the 1970s as a member of the San Francisco based rock group the Tubes, was a member of Jefferson Starship from 1992–2008, and has worked with a wide range of other performers as a session musician.
  • 1950 – Randall "Tex" Cobb, American boxer and actor. He began his fighting career in full contact kickboxing in 1975 before making the jump to professional boxing two years later.
  • 1950 – Tim Russert, American television journalist and lawyer (d. 2008), was an American television journalist and lawyer who appeared for more than 16 years as the longest-serving moderator of NBC's Meet the Press. He was a senior vice president at NBC News, Washington bureau chief and also hosted an eponymous CNBC/MSNBC weekend interview program.
  • 1949 – Deborah Butterfield, American sculptor. She is known for her sculptures of horses made from found objects, like metal, and especially pieces of wood.
  • 1949 – Kathy Ahern, American golfer (d. 1996), was an American professional golfer on the LPGA Tour.
  • 1946 – Bill Kreutzmann, American drummer (The Grateful Dead). He played with the Grateful Dead for its entire thirty-year career, usually alongside fellow drummer Mickey Hart, and has continued to perform with former members of the Grateful Dead in various lineups, and with his own bands BK3, 7 Walkers and Billy & the Kids.
  • 1946 – Marv Hubbard, American football player (d. 2015), was a professional American football player. He played fullback for the American Football League's and later National Football League's Oakland Raiders from 1969 through 1976, and the Detroit Lions in 1977.
  • 1946 – Thelma Houston, American R&B/disco singer and actress. She scored a number-one hit in 1977 with her recording of "Don't Leave Me This Way", which won the Grammy for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance.
  • 1945 – Robin Strasser, American actress. Robin Strasser (born May 7, 1945) is an American actress, best known for her role as Dorian Lord on the ABC daytime soap opera One Life to Live.
  • 1939 – Johnny Maestro, American pop/doo-wop singer (d. 2010). Johnny Maestro & the Brooklyn Bridge (known as The Brooklyn Bridge Band since 2010) is an American musical group, best known for their million-selling rendition of Jimmy Webb's "Worst That Could Happen" (1968).
  • 1939 – Sidney Altman, Canadian-American biologist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate. Cech for their work on the catalytic properties of RNA.
  • 1936 – Jimmy Ruffin, American soul singer (d. 2014), was an American soul singer, and elder brother of David Ruffin of the Temptations. He had several hit records between the 1960s and 1980s, the most successful being the Top 10 hits "What Becomes of the Brokenhearted" and "Hold On (To My Love)".
  • 1933 – Johnny Unitas, American football player and sportscaster (d. 2002), was an American professional football player in the National Football League (NFL). He spent the majority of his career playing for the Baltimore Colts.
  • 1932 – Pete Domenici, American lawyer and politician, 37th Mayor of Albuquerque, was an American attorney and politician from New Mexico. A Republican, Domenici served six terms in the United States Senate, from 1973 to 2009, the longest tenure in the state's history.
  • 1931 – Gene Wolfe, American author, was an American science fiction and fantasy writer. He was noted for his dense, allusive prose as well as the strong influence of his Catholic faith.
  • 1931 – Teresa Brewer, American singer (d. 2007), was an American singer whose style incorporated pop, country, jazz, R&B, musicals, and novelty songs. She was one of the most prolific and popular female singers of the 1950s, recording nearly 600 songs.
  • 1930 – Babe Parilli, American football player and coach, was an American gridiron football player. He played quarterback for five seasons in the National Football League (NFL) and three in the Canadian Football League (CFL) in the 1950s, and then in the American Football League (AFL) for all ten seasons in the 1960s.
  • 1930 – Totie Fields, American comedian and author (d. 1978). Fields was born Sophie Feldman in Hartford, Connecticut.
  • 1929 – Dick Williams, American baseball player, coach, and manager (d. 2011). Richard Hirschfeld Williams (May 7, 1929 – July 7, 2011) was an American left fielder, third baseman, manager, coach and front office consultant in Major League Baseball.
  • 1927 – Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, German-American author and screenwriter (d. 2013), was a German-born British and American Booker prize-winning novelist, short story writer and two-time Academy Award-winning screenwriter. She is perhaps best known for her long collaboration with Merchant Ivory Productions, made up of director James Ivory and producer Ismail Merchant.
  • 1925 – Lauri Vaska, Estonian-American chemist and academic (d. 2015), was an Estonian-American chemist who has made noteworthy contributions to organometallic chemistry. He was born in Rakvere, Estonia.
  • 1924 – Albert Band, French-American director and producer (d. 2002), was an American film director and film producer. He was the son of artist Max Band, father of filmmaker Charles Band and of film composer Richard Band.
  • 1923 – Anne Baxter, American actress (d. 1985), was an American actress, star of Hollywood films, Broadway productions, and television series. She won an Academy Award and a Golden Globe, and was nominated for an Emmy.
  • 1923 – Jim Lowe, American singer-songwriter, disc jockey, and radio host (d. 2016), was an American singer-songwriter, best known for his 1956 number-one hit song, "Green Door". He also served as a disc jockey and radio host and personality, and was considered an expert on the popular music of the 1940s and 1950s.
  • 1922 – Darren McGavin, American actor and director (d. 2006). He was known for his portrayals of worldly, often somewhat gruff characters.
  • 1919 – Eva Perón, Argentinian actress, 25th First Lady of Argentina (d. 1952), was the wife of Argentine President Juan Perón (1895–1974) and First Lady of Argentina from 1946 until her death in 1952. She was born in poverty in the rural village of Los Toldos, in the Pampas, as the youngest of five children.
  • 1913 – John Spencer Hardy, American general (d. 2012). John Spencer Hardy, Sr. (May 7, 1913 – May 1, 2012), was a lieutenant general who served as chief of operations for the United States Army Air Corps in the Mediterranean Sea during World War II.
  • 1913 – Simon Ramo, American physicist and engineer (d. 2016), was an American engineer, businessman, and author. He led development of microwave and missile technology and is sometimes known as the father of the intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM).
  • 1909 – Edwin H. Land, American scientist and inventor, co-founded the Polaroid Corporation (d. 1991), was an American scientist and inventor, best known as the co-founder of the Polaroid Corporation. He invented inexpensive filters for polarizing light, a practical system of in-camera instant photography, and the retinex theory of color vision, among other things.
  • 1906 – Eric Krenz, American discus thrower and shot putter (d. 1931), was an American shot putter and discus thrower. Krenz set two world records in the discus and was considered a favorite for the 1932 Summer Olympics, but his career was cut short when he drowned at age 25.
  • 1904 – Kurt Weitzmann, German-American historian and author (d. 1993), was a highly influential art historian who studied Byzantine and medieval art.
  • 1901 – Gary Cooper, American actor (d. 1961), was an American actor known for his natural, authentic, understated acting style and screen performances, Cooper's career spanned 36 years, from 1925 to 1961, and included leading roles in 84 feature films. He was a major movie star from the end of the silent film era through to the end of the golden age of Classical Hollywood.
  • 1892 – Archibald MacLeish, American poet, playwright, and lawyer (d. 1982), was an American poet and writer who was associated with the modernist school of poetry. MacLeish studied English at Yale University and law at Harvard University.
  • 1885 – George "Gabby" Hayes, American actor (d. 1969). He began as something of a leading man and a character player, but he was best known for his numerous appearances in B-Western film series as the bewhiskered, cantankerous, woman-hating, but ever-loyal and brave comic sidekick of the cowboy stars Hopalong Cassidy and Roy Rogers.
  • 1881 – George E. Wiley, American cyclist (d. 1954), was an American racing cyclist who competed in the early twentieth century.
  • 1875 – Bill Hoyt, American pole vaulter (d. 1951), was an American track and field athlete. He competed at the 1896 Summer Olympics in Athens.
  • 1857 – William A. MacCorkle, American lawyer and politician, 9th Governor of West Virginia (d. 1930), was a United States teacher, lawyer, prosecutor, the ninth Governor of West Virginia and state legislator of West Virginia, and financier.
  • 1845 – Mary Eliza Mahoney, African American nurse and activist (d. 1926), was the first African American to study and work as a professionally trained nurse in the United States, graduating in 1879. Mahoney was one of the first African Americans to graduate from a nursing school, and she prospered in a predominantly white society.
  • 1836 – Joseph Gurney Cannon, American lawyer and politician, 40th Speaker of the United States House of Representatives (d. 1926), was a United States politician from Illinois and leader of the Republican Party. Cannon served as Speaker of the United States House of Representatives from 1903 to 1911, and many consider him to be the most dominant Speaker in United States history, with such control over the House that he could often control debate.
  • 1774 – William Bainbridge, American commodore (d. 1833), was a Commodore in the United States Navy. During his long career in the young American Navy he served under six presidents beginning with John Adams and is notable for his many victories at sea.
  • 1643 – Stephanus Van Cortlandt, American politician, 10th Mayor of New York City (d. 1700), was the first native-born mayor of New York City, a position which he held from 1677 to 1678 and from 1686 to 1688. He was the patroon of Van Cortlandt Manor and was on the governor's executive council from 1691 to 1700.

Deaths

  • 2015 – Frank DiPascali, American businessman (b. 1956)
  • 2015 – John Dixon, Australian-American author and illustrator (b. 1929)
  • 2014 – Dick Welteroth, American baseball player (b. 1927)
  • 2013 – George Sauer, Jr., American football player (b. 1943)
  • 2012 – Dennis E. Fitch, American captain and pilot (b. 1942)
  • 2009 – Danny Ozark, American baseball player, coach, and manager (b. 1923)
  • 2007 – Diego Corrales, American boxer (b. 1977)
  • 2007 – Yahweh ben Yahweh, American cult leader, founded the Nation of Yahweh (b. 1935)
  • 2006 – Joan C. Edwards, American singer and philanthropist (b. 1918)
  • 2005 – Peter Rodino, American captain and politician (b. 1909)
  • 2005 – Tristan Egolf, American author and activist (b. 1971)
  • 1998 – Eddie Rabbitt, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1941)
  • 1995 – Ray McKinley, American drummer, singer, and bandleader (Glenn Miller Orchestra) (b. 1910)
  • 1994 – Clement Greenberg, American art critic (b. 1909)
  • 1993 – Duane Carter, American racing driver (b. 1913)
  • 1987 – Paul Popham, American soldier and activist, co-founded Gay Men's Health Crisis (b. 1941)
  • 1978 – Mort Weisinger, American journalist and author (b. 1915)
  • 1967 – Margaret Larkin, American writer and poet (b. 1899)
  • 1951 – Warner Baxter, American actor (b. 1889)
  • 1887 – C. F. W. Walther, German-American religious leader and theologian (b. 1811)
  • 1876 – William Buell Sprague, American clergyman, historian, and author (b. 1795)
  • 1872 – Alexander Loyd, American carpenter and politician, 4th Mayor of Chicago (b. 1805)
  • 1815 – Jabez Bowen, American colonel and politician, 45th Deputy Governor of Rhode Island (b. 1739)
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