Thursday, May 7, 2015

Today in History: Thursday, May 07, 2015

AP Highlight in History:
On May 7, 1945, Germany signed an unconditional surrender at Allied headquarters in Rheims, France, bringing an end to World War II in Europe.

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On this date in:
1812English poet Robert Browning was born in London.
1833Composer Johannes Brahms was born in Hamburg, Germany.
1840Composer Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky was born in Votkinsk, Russia.
1915A German torpedo sank the British liner Lusitania off the Irish coast, killing nearly 1,200 people.
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1939Germany and Italy announced a military and political alliance, the Rome-Berlin Axis.
1954The Battle of Dien Bien Phu in Vietnam ended after 55 days with Vietnamese insurgents overrunning French forces.
1977Seattle Slew won the Kentucky Derby on his way to horse racing's Triple Crown.
1984A $180 million out-of-court settlement was announced in the Agent Orange class-action suit brought by Vietnam veterans.
1992A 203-year-old proposed constitutional amendment barring Congress from giving itself a midterm pay raise was ratified when Michigan became the 38th state to approve it.
2000President Vladimir Putin took the oath of office in Russia's first democratic transfer of power.
2008Dmitry Medvedev was sworn in as Russia's president.
Highlights of This Day in History
Today's Birthdays:
Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith turns 31 years old today.
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Pete DomeniciFormer U.S. senator, R-N.M.83
Thelma HoustonR&B singer72
Bill KreutzmannRock musician (Grateful Dead)69
Amy HeckerlingWriter, director ("Clueless," "Fast Times at Ridgemont High")63
Traci LordsActress47
Breckin MeyerActor41
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