ON THIS DAY IN RECENT HISTORY ~ MAY 7
1885 - George "Gabby" Hayes, Wellesvile NY, actor (In Old Santa Fe, El Paso) is born.
1888 - George Eastman patents "Kodak box camera".
1895 - In Saint Petersburg, Russian scientist Alexander Stepanovich Popov demonstrates to the Russian Physical and Chemical Society his invention - the world's first radio receiver. In the former Soviet Union the anniversary of this day is celebrated as Radio Day.
1901 - Gary Cooper, Montana, actor (2 Acad Awards-Sgt York, High Noon) is born.
Gary Cooper with Shirley Temple
1904 - Flexible Flyer trademark registered.
1912 - Columbia University approves plans for awarding the Pulitzer Prize in several categories The award is established by Joseph Pulitzer.
1913 - British House of Commons rejects woman's right to vote.
1914 - US Congress establishes mother's day.
1915 - Lusitania sunk by German submarine; 1198 lives lost.
1919 - Eva Peron-Duarte [Evita], Argentina, 1st lady/actress, (d. 1952) is born.
1922 - Darren McGavin, Spokane Wash, actor (Night Stalker, Tribes, Turk 182) is born.
1927 - SF Municipal Airport (Mills Field) dedicated.
1928 - Pulitzer prize awarded to Thornton Wilder for (Bridge of San Luis Rey).
1930 - Totie Fields, American comedienne (d. 1978) is born.
1934 - World's largest pearl (6.4 kg) found at Palawan, Philippines.
1938 - Dutch Minister of Justice Goseling calls fugitives of nazi-Germany "undesired strangers."
1939 - Germany & Italy announced an alliance known as the Rome-Berlin Axis.
1941 - British House of Commons votes for Churchill (477-3).
1941 - Glenn Miller records "Chattanooga Choo Choo" for RCA.
1942 - Battle of Coral Sea ends stopping Japanese expansion.
1942 - Nazi decree orders all Jewish pregnant women of Kovno Ghetto executed.
1943 - Dutch men 18-35 obliged to report to labor camps.
1945 - Mauthausen Concentration Camp liberated.
1946 - Bill Danoff, Springfield Mass, vocalist (Starland Vocal Band) is born.
1946 - Bill Kreutzmann, Palo Alto CA, American rock drummer (Grateful Dead) is born.
1947 - "Kraft Television Theater" premieres on NBC.
1947 - General MacArthur approves Japanese constitution.
1951 - Robert Hegyes, NJ, actor (Underground Aces, Welcome Back Kotter) (d. 2012) is born.
1952 - The concept of the integrated circuit, the basis for all modern computers, is first published by Geoffrey W.A. Dummer.
1953 - "Can Can" opens at Shubert Theater NYC for 892 performances.
1955 - "Rock Around The Clock" is released by Bill Haley & His Comets.
1960 - "Flower Drum Song" closes at St James Theater NYC after 602 perfs.
1966 - Mamas & Papas "Monday Monday" hits #1.
1966 - Yankees fire manager Johnny Keene.
1968 - Reginald Dwight decides to change his name to Elton John.
1970 - "Long & Winding Road" becomes Beatles' last American release.
1971 - The Rolling Stones release "Brown Sugar"in the U.S. It is the first record on their own label, Rolling Stones Records.
1973 - Pulitzer prize awarded to Eudora Welty (Optimist's Daughter).
1975 - Pres Ford declares an end to "Vietnam Era."
1975 - Small Astronomy Satellite Explorer 53 launched to study X-rays.
1982 - IBM releases PC-DOS version 1.1.
1982 - Diana Ross receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
1987 - Diane Chambers' (Shelley Long) final episode on Cheers.
1991 - A judge in Macon, Georgia dismisses a wrongful death suit against Ozzy Osbourne. A local couple failed to prove their son was inspired to attempt suicide by Ozzy's music.
1992 - 5 NYC cops arrested in Hauppauge Long Island for selling cocaine.
1992 - Constitutional amendment barring mid-term congressional raises passes.
1992 - Jockey Angel Cordero retires after winning over 7,000 horse races.
1992 - US space shuttle STS-49 launched (maiden voyage of Endeavour).
1994 - Edvard Munchs painting "The Scream" recovered 3 months after stolen.
1995 - Jacques Chirac wins French presidential election.
1995 - The final episode of "Matlock" airs on NBC.
1996 - Comedian Martin Lawrence suffers a nervous breakdown.
1998 - Mercedes-Benz buys Chrysler for $40 billion USD and forms DaimlerChrysler in the largest industrial merger in history.
1998 - Eddie Rabbitt, American musician (I Love a Rainy Night)(b. 1941) dies.
1998 - Steve Perry leaves Journey.
1999 - A jury finds The Jenny Jones Show and Warner Bros. liable in the shooting death of Scott Amedure, after the show purposely deceived Jonathan Schmitz to appear on a secret same-sex crush episode. Schmitz later killed Amedure and the jury awarded Amedure's family $25 million.
2000 - Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., American actor (b. 1909) dies.
2002 - A China Northern Airlines MD-82 plunges into the Yellow Sea, killing 112 people.
2003 - Pete Townshend is cleared of child abuse. He is placed on a national register of sex offenders for five years. Police determined that he did not possess images of child abuse but that he was guilty of accessing a child pornography Internet site in 1999.
2007 - The tomb of Herod the Great is discovered.
2012 - NATO air strike kills 14 and wounds 6 civilians in Afghanistan's Badghis Province.
2012 - Vladimir Putin sworn in for third six year term as President of Russia.
2012 - Paeleoclimatological research claims dinosaur flatulence may have warmed the earth.