What Happened on May 7

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Historical Events

1579 – Congress of Cologne forms in Netherlands
1913 – Plot by English suffragettes to blow up part of St Paul’s cathedral thwarted when the bomb is discovered
1960 – 86th Kentucky Derby: Bill Hartack on Venetian Way wins in 2:02.4
1979 – 5th UNCTAD-conference opens in Manila
1994 – Edvard Munch’s painting “The Scream” is recovered 3 months after it was stolen
2012 – Vladimir Putin sworn in for third six-year term as President of Russia

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Famous Birthdays

1748 – Olympe de Gouges [Marie Gouze], French playwright and revolutionary (Declaration of the Rights of Woman and of the Female Citizen), born in Montauban, France (d. 1793)
1763 – Józef Antoni Poniatowski, Polish general and marshal of France, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1813)
1873 – Clarence Dickinson, American composer, born in Lafayette, Indiana (d. 1969)
1882 – Willem Elsschot [Alfons Josephus de Ridder], Flemish writer (Mend), born in Antwerp, Belgium (d. 1960)
1901 – Gary Cooper, American actor (Sgt York, High Noon), born in Helena, Montana (d. 1961)
1945 – Robin Strasser, American actress (Dorian-One Life to Live, Another World), born in NYC, New York

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Famous Deaths

1673 – Johannes Teellinck, Dutch vicar, dies at about 58
1884 – Judah P. Benjamin, 3rd Confederate States Secretary of State and 2nd Confederate States Secretary of War, dies at 72
1932 – Albert Thomas, French socialist politician (Minister of Armament WW1), dies at 53
1956 – Josef Hoffmann, Austrian architect (Vienna Secession Movement), dies at 85
1957 – Wilhelm Filchner, German explorer who led the German Antarctic expedition of 1911–12, dies at 79
2000 – Douglas Fairbanks Jr, American actor (Prisoner of Zenda; Gunga Din), and decorated US naval officer (WWII Beach Jumpers), dies of a heart attack at 90

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