Lost and Found – May 7th Edition

What to remember about May 7th…

  • 1789  President Washington attends ball held in his honor; event becomes model for inaugural balls
  • 1847  American Medical Association is founded in Philadelphia
  • 1864  Union forces under General Grant break off from Battle of the Wilderness to move southward
  • 1915  British ocean liner Lusitania is torpedoed without warning by German submarine off the coast of Ireland; 128 of 1198 dead are American
  • 1945  Near Reims, France, German general signs unconditional surrender of all German forces after conferring with Hitler’s successor
  • 1954  Ho Chi Minh’s communist Viet Minh forces defeat French at Dien Bien Phu after 57 days of siege
  • 1960  Premier Nikita Khrushchev announces that Soviet Union is holding American U-2 pilot Gary Powers
  • 1992  27th Amendment to the Constitution ratified with final passage in Michigan; prevents salary changes for Congressmen from taking effect during the current term; amendment originally submitted in 1789
  • 1998  German auto manufacturer Daimler-Benz announces $36 billion merger with the U.S. based Chrysler Corporation
  • 2000  Former KGB officer Vladimir Putin is inaugurated as president of Russia
  • 2004  American businessman Nick Berg is beheaded by Islamic terrorists in Iraq; murder is videotaped and released on the Internet

Lusitania

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