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May 7 – History, Events, Births, Deaths, Holidays and Observances On This Day

  •  – The Jewish revolt against Constantius Gallus breaks out after his arrival at Antioch.
  • – In Constantinople, the dome of the Hagia Sophia collapses, twenty years after its construction. Justinian I immediately orders that the dome be rebuilt.
  •  – In , the Second Council of Lyon opens to regulate the election of the Pope.
  •  – The Siege of Málaga commences during the Spanish Reconquista.
  •  – The Burning of Edinburgh by an army is the first action of the Rough Wooing.
  •  – Louis XIV of France begins construction of the Palace of Versailles.
  •  – Battle of Vrtijeljka between rebels and Ottoman forces.
  •  – Stockholm’s royal castle (dating back to medieval times) is destroyed by fire. It is replaced in the 18th century by the current Royal Palace.
  •  – The city of New Orleans is founded by Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne, Sieur de Bienville.
  •  – Pontiac’s War begins with Pontiac’s attempt to seize Fort Detroit from the British.
  •  – French Revolution: Robespierre introduces the Cult of the Supreme Being in the National Convention as the new state  of the French First Republic.
  •  – premiere of Ludwig van Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony in Vienna, . The performance is conducted by Michael Umlauf under the composer’s supervision.
  •  – ’s independence is recognized by the Treaty of London.
  •  – The Great Natchez Tornado strikes Natchez, Mississippi killing people. It is the second deadliest tornado in history.
  •  – The Cambridge Chronicle, ’s oldest surviving weekly , is published for the first time in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
  •  –  Civil War: The Army of the Potomac, under  Ulysses S. Grant, breaks off from the Battle of the Wilderness and moves southwards.
  • 1864 – The world’s oldest surviving clipper ship, the City of Adelaide is launched by William Pile, Hay and Co. in Sunderland, England, for transporting passengers and goods between Britain and .
  •  – In Saint Petersburg, Russian  Alexander Stepanovich Popov demonstrates to the Russian Physical and Chemical Society his invention, the Popov lightning detector—a primitive  receiver. In some parts of the former  the anniversary of this day is celebrated as  Day.
  •  – :  submarine U-20 sinks RMS Lusitania, killing 1,198 people, including 128 Americans. Public reaction to the sinking turns many former pro-Germans in the United States against the German Empire.
  • 1915 – The Republic of  accedes to 13 of the 21 Demands, extending the Empire of ‘s control over Manchuria and the economy.
  •  – Kiev Offensive: Polish troops led by Józef Piłsudski and Edward Rydz-Śmigły and assisted by a symbolic Ukrainian force capture Kiev only to be driven out by the Red Army counter-offensive a month later.
  • 1920 – Treaty of : Soviet  recognizes the independence of the  Republic of  only to invade the six months later.
  • 1920 – Morecambe Football Club was founded during a meeting at the West View Hotel on the town’s promenade.
  •  – The 7.1 Mw  Salmas earthquake shakes northwestern Iran and southeastern Turkey with a maximum Mercalli intensity of IX (Violent). Up to three-thousand people were killed.
  •  – The stand-off between criminal Francis Crowley and 300 members of the  Police Department takes place in his fifth-floor apartment on West 91st Street,  City.
  •  – Spanish Civil War: The German Condor Legion, equipped with Heinkel He 51 biplanes, arrives in to assist Francisco Franco’s forces.
  •  – : The Norway Debate in the British House of Commons begins, and leads to the replacement of Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain with Winston Churchill three days later.
  •  – World War II: During the Battle of the Coral Sea, United States Navy aircraft carrier aircraft attack and sink the Imperial Navy light aircraft carrier Shōhō; the battle marks the first time in naval history that two enemy fleets fight without visual contact between warring ships.
  •  – World War II: Last German U boat attack of the war, two freighters are sunk off the Firth of Forth, .
  • 1945 – World War II: General Alfred Jodl signs unconditional surrender terms at Reims, France, ending ’s participation in the war. The document takes effect the next day.
  •  – Tokyo Telecommunications Engineering (later renamed Sony) is founded
  •  – The Council of Europe is founded during the Hague Congress.
  •  – The concept of the integrated circuit, the basis for all modern computers, is first published by Geoffrey Dummer.
  •  – Indochina War: The Battle of Dien Bien Phu ends in a French defeat and a Viet Minh victory (the battle began on ).
  • 1 – Cold War: U-2 Crisis of 1: Soviet leader  announces that his nation is holding American U-2 pilot Gary Powers.
  •  – The Honda Accord is officially launched.
  •  – Canadian Patrick Morrow becomes the first person to climb each of the Seven Summits.
  •  – Michigan ratifies a 203-year-old proposed amendment to the United States Constitution making the 27th Amendment . This amendment bars the U.S. Congress from giving itself a mid-term pay raise.
  • 1992 – Space Shuttle program: The Space Shuttle Endeavour is launched on its first mission, STS-49.
  • 1992 – Three employees at a McDonald’s Restaurant in Sydney, Nova Scotia, , are brutally murdered and a fourth permanently disabled after a botched robbery. It is the first “-food murder” in .
  •  – Edvard Munch’s painting The Scream is recovered undamaged after being stolen from the National Gallery of Norway in February.
  •  – Mercedes-Benz buys Chrysler for $40 billion and forms DaimlerChrysler in the largest industrial merger in history.
  •  – Pope John Paul II travels to Romania, becoming the first pope to visit a predominantly Eastern Orthodox country since the Great Schism in .
  • 1999 – Kosovo War: Three Chinese citizens are killed and 20 wounded when a NATO aircraft apparently inadvertently bombs the Chinese embassy in Belgrade, .
  • 1999 – In Guinea-Bissau,  João Bernardo Vieira is ousted in a .
  •  – Vladimir Putin is inaugurated as president of Russia.
  •  – An EgyptAir Boeing - crashes on approach to Tunis–Carthage Airport, killing 14 people.
  • 2002 – A China Northern Airlines MD-82 plunges into the Yellow Sea, killing 112 people.
  •  –  Nick Berg is beheaded by Islamic militants. The act is recorded on videotape and released on the Internet.

Births on May 7

  • Before 160 – Julia Maesa, Roman noblewoman (d. )
  •  – John III of the Palatinate, archbishop of Regensburg (d. )
  •  – Louis, Prince of Condé (d. )
  •  – Albert Frederick, Duke of  (d. )
  •  – Patriarch Nikon of Moscow (d. )
  •  – Stephanus Van Cortlandt, , 10th Mayor of New York City (d. )
  • 1700 – Gerard van Swieten, -Austrian physician (d. )
  •  – Carl Heinrich Graun, German tenor and composer (d. )
  •  – David Hume, Scottish economist, historian, and philosopher (d. )
  •  – Dagobert Sigmund von Wurmser, French-Austrian field marshal (d. )
  •  – Nikolai Arkharov, Russian police officer and general (d. )
  •  – Olympe de Gouges, French playwright and philosopher (d. )
  • 1763 – Józef Poniatowski, Polish general (d. )
  •  – Princess Frederica Charlotte of Prussia (d. )
  •  – William Bainbridge, American commodore (d. )
  •  – Jacques Viger, Canadian archaeologist and politician, 1st mayor of Montreal (d. )
  •  – Robert Browning, English poet and playwright (d. )
  • 1 – Johannes Brahms, German pianist and composer (d. )
  •  – Joseph Gurney Cannon, and politician, 40th Speaker of the United States House of Representatives (d. )
  •  – Karl Mauch, German geographer and explorer (d. )
  • 1840 – Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Russian composer and educator (d. )
  •  – Mary Eliza Mahoney, American nurse and activist (d. 1926)
  •  – Archibald Primrose, 5th Earl of Rosebery, English politician,  (d. )
  •  – William A. MacCorkle, American lawyer and politician, 9th  of West Virginia (d. 1930)
  •  – Tom Norman, English businessman (d. 1930)
  •  – Rabindranath Tagore, Indian author and poet,  laureate (d. )
  •  – Władysław Reymont, Polish novelist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. )
  • 1875 – Bill Hoyt, American pole vaulter (d. )
  •  – Pandurang Vaman Kane, Indologist and Sanskrit scholar, Bharat Ratna awardee (d. )
  •  – George E. Wiley, American cyclist (d. 1954)
  •  – Willem Elsschot, Belgian author and poet (d. )
  •  – George “Gabby” Hayes, American (d. )
  • 1889 – Viktor Puskar, Estonian colonel (d. )
  •  – Harry McShane, Scottish engineer and activist (d. )
  •  – Archibald MacLeish, , playwright, and lawyer (d. )
  • 1892 – Josip Broz Tito, Yugoslav field marshal and politician, 1st President of Yugoslavia (d. )
  • 1893 – Frank J. Selke, Canadian ice coach and manager (d. )
  •  – Kathleen McKane Godfree, English and badminton player (d. 1992)
  •  – Alfred Gerrard, English sculptor and academic (d. 1998)
  •  – Gary Cooper, (d. )
  •  – Jimmy Ball, Canadian sprinter (d. 1988)
  •  – Kurt Weitzmann, German- and author (d. )
  •  – Eric Krenz, American discus thrower and shot putter (d. 1931)
  •  – Edwin H. Land, American scientist and inventor, co-founded the Polaroid Corporation (d. )
  • 1909 – Dorothy Sunrise Lorentino, Native American teacher (d. )
  •  – Ishirō Honda, Japanese director, , and screenwriter (d. 1993)
  • 1911 – Rıfat Ilgaz, Turkish author, poet, and educator (d. 1993)
  •  – Pannalal Patel, Indian author (d. )
  •  – John Spencer Hardy, (d. )
  • 1913 – Simon Ramo, and engineer (d. )
  •  – Arthur Snelling, English civil servant and diplomat. British Ambassador to South  (d. )
  •  – Huw Wheldon, Welsh-English broadcaster (d. 1986)
  • 1916 – W. B. Young, Scottish rugby player and physician (d. )
  •  – Domenico Bartolucci, Italian cardinal and composer (d. 2013)
  • 1917 – Lenox Hewitt, Australian public servant (d. )
  • 1917 – David Tomlinson, English actor (d. 2000)
  •  – Eva Perón, Argentinian actress, 25th First Lady of Argentina (d. 1952)
  • 1920 – Rendra Karno, Indonesian actor (d. 1985)
  •  – Asa Briggs, Baron Briggs, English historian and academic (d. 2016)
  • 1921 – Gaston Rébuffat, French mountaineer and author (d. 1985)
  •  – Darren McGavin, American actor and director (d. )
  • 1922 – Joe O’Donnell, American photographer and (d. )
  •  – Anne Baxter, (d. 1985)
  • 1923 – Jim Lowe, -songwriter, disc jockey, and radio host (d. 2016)
  • 1923 – Bülent Ulusu, Turkish admiral and politician, 18th Prime Minister of Turkey (d. )
  •  – Albert Band, French- and producer (d. 2002)
  • 1925 – Lauri Vaska, Estonian- and academic (d. 2015)
  •  – Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, German- and screenwriter (d. 2013)
  • 1929 – Dick Williams, , coach, and manager (d. )
  • 1930 – Totie Fields, and author (d. )
  • 1930 – Babe Parilli, player and coach (d. )
  • 1930 – John Smith, Baron Kirkhill, English politician
  • 1931 – Teresa Brewer, American singer (d. 2007)
  • 1931 – Gene Wolfe, American author (d. )
  •  – Jordi Bonet, Spanish-Canadian painter and sculptor (d. )
  • 1932 – Alan Cuthbert, English pharmacologist and academic (d. 2016)
  • 1932 – Pete Domenici, American lawyer and politician, 37th Mayor of Albuquerque (d. 2017)
  • 1932 – Derek Taylor, English journalist and author (d. )
  •  – Johnny Unitas, and sportscaster (d. 2002)
  •  – Avraham Heffner, Israeli actor, director, and screenwriter (d. )
  • 1935 – Michael Hopkins, English architect
  •  – Robin Hanbury-Tenison, English explorer and author
  • 1936 – Tony O’Reilly, Irish rugby player and businessman
  • 1936 – Jimmy Ruffin, American soul singer (d. 2014)
  • 1937 – Eddie Clayton,
  • 1937 – Claude Raymond, Canadian baseball player and coach
  •  – Sidney Altman, Canadian-American biologist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate
  • 1939 – Ruggero Deodato, Italian actor, director, and screenwriter
  • 1939 – Ruud Lubbers, Dutch economist and politician, Prime Minister of the Netherlands (d. )
  • 1939 – Johnny Maestro, American pop/doo-wop singer (d. )
  • 1939 – Clive Soley, Baron Soley, English politician
  • 1940 – Angela Carter, English novelist and short story writer (d. 1992)
  • 1940 – Dave Chambers, Canadian ice hockey player and coach
  • 1941 – Lawrence Collins, Baron Collins of Mapesbury, English lawyer and judge
  • 1943 – Terry Allen, American singer and painter
  • 1943 – Harvey Andrews, English singer-songwriter and poet
  • 1943 – John Bannon, Australian academic and politician, 39th Premier of South Australia (d. 2015)
  • 1943 – Peter Carey, Australian novelist and short story writer
  • 1945 – Christy Moore, Irish singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1945 – Robin Strasser, American actress
  • 1946 – Thelma Houston, American R&B/disco singer and actress
  • 1946 – Marv Hubbard, American football player (d. 2015)
  • 1946 – Bill Kreutzmann,
  • 1946 – Michael Rosen, English author and poet
  • 1946 – Brian Turner, English chef and television host
  •  – Kathy Ahern, American golfer (d. 1996)
  • 1949 – Deborah Butterfield, American sculptor
  •  – John Dowling Coates, Australian lawyer, administrator and businessman
  • 1950 – Randall “Tex” Cobb, and actor
  • 1950 – Tim Russert, American television journalist and lawyer (d. )
  •  – Pat McInally, American football player and coach
  • 1953 – Ian McKay, English sergeant, Victoria Cross recipient (d. 1982)
  • 1954 – Philippe Geluck, Belgian cartoonist
  • 1954 – Joanna Haigh, English meteorologist and physicist
  • 1954 – Amy Heckerling, American director, producer, and screenwriter
  •  – Clément Gignac, Canadian politician
  • 1955 – Ben Poquette,
  • 1955 – Axel Zwingenberger, German pianist and songwriter
  •  – Jan Peter Balkenende, Dutch jurist and politician, Prime Minister of the Netherlands
  • 1956 – Anne Dudley, English pianist and composer
  • 1956 – Nicholas Hytner, English director and producer
  • 1956 – Jean Lapierre, Canadian talk show host and politician
  • 1956 – Calum MacDonald, Scottish journalist and politician
  •  – Kristina M. Johnson, American business executive, engineer, academic and government official
  •  – Mikhail Biryukov, Russian footballer and manager
  • 1958 – Mark G. Kuzyk, American physicist and academic
  • 1958 – Anne Marie Rafferty, English nurse and academic
  •  – Michael E. Knight, American actor
  • 1959 – Tony Sealy, English footballer, forward and manager
  • 1959 – Heiki Valk, Estonian archeologist and academic
  • 1960 – Adam Bernstein, American director and screenwriter
  • 1960 – Ara Darzi, Baron Darzi of Denham, Iraqi-English surgeon and academic
  • 1960 – Almudena Grandes, Spanish author
  • 1961 – Hans-Peter Bartels, German politician
  • 1961 – Sue Black, Scottish anthropologist and academic
  • 1961 – Ivar Must, Estonian composer and producer
  •  – Tony Campbell, American basketball player and coach
  • 1962 – Judith Donath, American computer scientist and academic
  •  – Johnny Lee Middleton, and songwriter
  •  – Ronnie Harmon, American football player
  • 1964 – Denis Mandarino, Brazilian guitarist, composer, and painter
  • 1964 – Leslie O’Neal, American football player
  •  – Reuben Davis, American football player
  • 1965 – Owen Hart, Canadian wrestler (d. 1999)
  • 1965 – Norman Whiteside, Northern Irish footballer and manager
  • 1965 – Huang Zhihong, Chinese shot putter
  •  – Martin Bryant, Australian mass murderer
  • 1967 – Adam Price, Danish chef and screenwriter
  • 1967 – Joe Rice, and politician
  •  – Traci Lords, American actress and singer
  • 1968 – Lisa Raitt, Canadian lawyer and politician, 30th Canadian Minister of Transport
  • 1969 – Eagle-Eye Cherry, Swedish singer-songwriter
  • 1969 – Jun Falkenstein, American director, producer, and screenwriter
  • 1969 – Katerina Maleeva, Bulgarian tennis player
  •  – Reidar Horghagen, Norwegian drummer
  • 1971 – Dave Karpa, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1971 – Thomas Piketty, French economist
  • 1972 – Peter Dubovský, Czech-Slovak footballer (d. 2000)
  • 1972 – Frank Trigg, American mixed martial artist and wrestler
  • 1 – Kristian Lundin, Swedish songwriter and producer
  • – Paolo Savoldelli, Italian cyclist
  •  – Ian Pearce, English footballer and assistant manager
  • 1973 – Lawrence Johnson, American pole vaulter
  •  – Ashley Cowan, English
  • 1976 – Calvin Booth, American basketball player
  • 1976 – Berke Hatipoğlu, Turkish guitarist and songwriter
  • 1976 – Stacey Jones, rugby league player
  • 1976 – Andrea Lo Cicero, Italian rugby player
  • 1976 – Michael P. Murphy,  recipient (d. 2005)
  • 1976 – Ayelet Shaked, Israeli Minister of Justice (2015-2019)
  •  – Elton Flatley, Australian rugby player
  • 1978 – Stian Arnesen, Norwegian guitarist, drummer, and songwriter
  • 1978 – James Carter, American hurdler
  • 1978 – Shawn Marion, American basketball player
  • 1979 – Katie Douglas, American basketball player
  •  – Phionah Atuhebwe, Ugandan vaccinologist and immunization expert
  •  – James Loney, American baseball player
  • 1984 – Alex Smith, American football player
  • 1984 – Kevin Owens, Canadian wrestler
  • 1985 – Jarrad Hickey, Australian rugby league player
  • 1985 – Drew Neitzel, American basketball player
  • 1986 – Matt Helders, English drummer
  •  – Asami Konno, Japanese singer
  • 1987 – Michael Maidens, English footballer (d. 2007)
  • 1987 – Mark Reynolds, Scottish footballer
  • 1987 – David Schlemko, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1988 – Eino Puri, Estonian footballer
  • 1988 – Sander Puri, Estonian footballer
  • 1989 – Earl Thomas, American football player
  •  – Seko Fofana, French born Ivorian international footballer
  • 1997 – Daria Kasatkina, Russian tennis player
  • 1998 – Jesse Puljujärvi, Finnish ice hockey player

Deaths on May 7

  •  – John of Beverley, bishop of York
  • 833 – Ibn Hisham, Egyptian Muslim historian
  • 973 – Otto I, Holy  (b. )
  •  – Bagrat III, 1st King of Georgia (b. 960)
  •  – Remigius de Fécamp, English monk and bishop
  •  – William I of Sicily
  •  – Hamelin de Warenne, Earl of Surrey
  •  – Ladislaus III of Hungary (b. )
  •  – Otto I, Duke of Merania (b. c. )
  •  – Hugh d’Aubigny, 5th Earl of Arundel
  •  – Thomas la Warr, 5th Baron De La Warr, English priest (b. )
  •  – Eskender,  of  (b. )
  •  – Franz von Sickingen, German knight (b. )
  •  – Ottaviano Petrucci, Italian printer (b. )
  •  – David Fabricius, German astronomer and theologian (b. 1564)
  •  – Johann Jakob Froberger, German organist and composer (b. )
  •  – Feodor III of Russia (b. )
  • 1685 – Bajo Pivljanin (b. )
  • 1718 – Mary of Modena (b. )
  • 1793 – Pietro Nardini, Italian violinist and composer (b. )
  •  – Niccolò Piccinni, Italian composer (b. )
  •  – William Petty, 2nd Earl of Shelburne, Irish-English general and politician, Prime Minister of the  (b. )
  •  – Jabez Bowen, American colonel and politician, 45th Deputy Governor of  (b. )
  •  – Antonio Salieri, Italian composer and conductor (b. )
  • 1840 – Caspar David Friedrich, German painter and educator (b. 1774)
  •  – Henry Brougham, 1st Baron Brougham and Vaux, Scottish lawyer and politician, Lord High Chancellor of Great Britain (b. )
  •  – Alexander Loyd, American carpenter and politician, 4th Mayor of Chicago (b. 1805)
  •  – William Buell Sprague, American clergyman, historian, and author (b. )
  •  – C. F. W. Walther, German-American religious leader and theologian (b. )
  • 1896 – H. H. Holmes, American serial killer (b. 1861)
  •  – Agostino Roscelli, Italian priest and saint (b. )
  • 1917 – Albert Ball, English fighter pilot (b. 1896)
  • 1922 –  Wagenknecht, German pianist and composer (b. 1857)
  • 1924 – Alluri Sitarama Raju, Indian activist (b. 1897/)
  • 1925 – William Lever, 1st Viscount Leverhulme, English businessman and politician (b. )
  • 1937 – Ernst A. Lehmann, German captain and author (b. )
  •  – Octavian Goga, Romanian politician, former Prime Minister (b. 1881)
  • 1940 – George Lansbury, English journalist and politician (b. )
  • 1941 – James George Frazer, Scottish-English anthropologist and academic (b. )
  • 1942 – Felix Weingartner, Croatian pianist, composer, and conductor (b. )
  • 1943 – Fethi Okyar, Turkish colonel and politician, 2nd Prime Minister of Turkey (b. 1880)
  • 1946 – Herbert Macaulay, Nigerian journalist and politician (b. 1864)
  • 1951 – Warner Baxter, American actor (b. 1889)
  • 1967 – Margaret Larkin, American writer and poet (b. 1899)
  • 1958 – Mihkel Lüdig, Estonian organist, composer, and conductor (b. 1880)
  • 1976 – Alison Uttley, English children’s writer (b. )
  • 1978 – Mort Weisinger, and author (b. 1915)
  • 1986 – Haldun Taner, Turkish playwright and author (b. 1915)
  • 1987 – Colin Blakely, Northern Irish actor (b. 1930)
  • 1987 – Paul Popham, American soldier and activist, co-founded Gay Men’s Health Crisis (b. 1941)
  •  – Sam Tambimuttu, Sri Lankan lawyer and politician (b. 1932)
  • 1994 – Clement Greenberg, American critic (b. 1909)
  • 1995 – Ray McKinley, American drummer, singer, and bandleader (Glenn Miller Orchestra) (b. )
  • 1998 – Allan McLeod Cormack, South African-English physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1924)
  • 1998 – Eddie Rabbitt, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1941)
  • 2000 – Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., American captain, actor, and producer (b. 1909)
  •  – Jacques de Bourbon-Busset, French author and politician (b. 1912)
  • 2004 – Waldemar Milewicz, Polish journalist (b. 1956)
  • 2005 – Tristan Egolf, American author and activist (b. 1971)
  • 2005 – Peter Rodino, American captain and politician (b. 1909)
  • 2005 – Otilino Tenorio, Ecuadorian footballer (b. 1980)
  • 2006 – Richard Carleton, Australian journalist (b. 1943)
  • 2006 – Joan C. Edwards, American singer and philanthropist (b. )
  • 2007 – Isabella Blow, English magazine editor (b. 1958)
  • 2007 – Diego Corrales, American boxer (b. 1977)
  • 2007 – Octavian Paler, Romanian journalist and politician (b. 1926)
  • 2007 – Yahweh ben Yahweh, American cult leader, founded the Nation of Yahweh (b. 1935)
  •  – David Mellor, English designer (b. 1930)
  • 2009 – Danny Ozark, American baseball player, coach, and manager (b. 1923)
  • 2011 – Seve Ballesteros, Spanish golfer (b. 1957)
  • 2011 – Willard Boyle, Canadian physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1924)
  • 2011 – Big George, English songwriter, producer, and radio host (b. 1957)
  • 2012 – Sammy Barr, Scottish trade union leader (b. 1931)
  • 2012 – Ferenc Bartha, Hungarian economist and politician (b. 1943)
  • 2012 – Dennis E. Fitch, American captain and pilot (b. 1942)
  • 2013 – Ferruccio Mazzola, Italian footballer and manager (b. 1948)
  • 2013 – George Sauer, Jr., American football player (b. 1943)
  • 2014 – Neville McNamara, Australian air marshal (b. 1923)
  • 2014 – Colin Pillinger, English astronomer, chemist, and academic (b. 1943)
  • 2014 – Dick Welteroth, American baseball player (b. 1927)
  • 2015 – Frank DiPascali, American businessman (b. 1956)
  • 2015 – John Dixon, Australian-American author, and (b. 1929)

Holidays and observances on May 7

  • Christian feast day:
    • Agathius of Byzantium
    • Agostino Roscelli
    • Pope Benedict II
    • Flavia Domitilla
    • Gisela of Hungary
    • Harriet Starr Cannon (Episcopal Church ())
    • John of Beverley
    • Rose Venerini
    • Stanislaus (Roman Martyrology)
    • May 7 (Eastern Orthodox liturgics)
  • Defender of the Fatherland Day (Kazakhstan)
  • Dien Bien Phu Victory Day ()
  • Radio Day, commemorating the work of Alexander Popov (Russia, Bulgaria)
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