May 7th

2008
Dmitry Medvedev was sworn in as Russia's president.
Russian presidential inauguration
2000
Vladimir Putin becomes President of Russia. The former KGB officer enjoys high approval ratings in his country as living standards in Russia have improved drastically under his rule. Internationally, he has been criticized for his authoritarian style of government.
Russian presidential election, 2000
1999
During action against Yugoslavia, NATO jets mistakenly bombed the Chinese embassy in Belgrade, killing three and injuring 20.
United States bombing of the Chinese embassy in Belgrade ...
1994
Edvard Munch's painting, The Scream was recovered a few months after it had been stolen.
The Scream
1992
A 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.
Barack Obama
1984
A $180 million out-of-court settlement was announced in the Agent Orange class-action suit brought by Vietnam veterans.
Agent Orange
1977
Seattle Slew won the Kentucky Derby on his way to horse racing's Triple Crown.
Seattle Slew
1954
The 56-day-long battle of Dienbienphu ended with Ho Chi Minh's forces defeating the French, signaling the end of French power in Indochina.
CIA activities in Vietnam
1952
The concept of the integrated circuit, the basis for all modern computers, is first published by Geoffrey Dummer.
Geoffrey Dummer
1946
Sony is founded. The company started as Tokyo Telecommunications Engineering. It is now one of the leading manufacturers of electronic products.
Sony
1945
Germany's Nazi regime surrenders unconditionally. The capitulation ended World War II, one of the bloodiest conflicts of all time. According to estimates, between 40 and 71 million people died in the war and the Holocaust initiated by Adolf Hitler's Nazi regime.
End of World War II in Europe
1939
Germany and Italy announced a military and political alliance, the Rome-Berlin Axis.
Axis powers
1915
A German U-Boat sinks the RMS Lusitania. 1198 lives were lost in the attack, making it the deadliest shipwreck during World War I. The fact that some of the dead were U.S. citizens influenced the country's decision to enter the war in 1917.
RMS Lusitania
1912
Columbia University approves plans for awarding the Pulitzer Prize in several categories, after established by Joseph Pulitzer.
Rice University
1895
Alexander Popov demonstrates the world's first radio receiver. The Russian physicist had initially built the device as a lightning detector. He achieved the first radio transmission between two buildings the following year.
Alexander Stepanovich Popov
1847
The American Medical Association was organized in Philadelphia, Pa.
American Medical Association
1840
Composer Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky was born in Votkinsk, Russia.
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
1833
Composer Johannes Brahms was born in Hamburg, Germany.
Johannes Brahms
1824
Beethoven's 9th Symphony premiered in Vienna.
Symphony No. 9 (Beethoven)
1812
English poet Robert Browning was born in London.
Robert Browning
1429
English siege of Orleans broken by Joan of Arc and the French army.
Siege of Orléans