7th May

Born on this Day 7th May
1812 Robert Browning
1840 Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
1847 Archibald Primrose
1901 Gary Cooper
1906 Roberto Rossellini
1909 Edward Land
1916 Huw Wheldon
1919 Eva Peron
1939 Jimmy Ruffin
1940 Angela Carter
1944 Richard O’Sullivan
1946 Bill Kreutzman
1953 Ian McKay
1956 Nicholas Hynter
1961 Phil Campbell
1974 Ian Pearce
1980 Kate Lawler
1986 Matt Helders

Died on this Day
1957 Eliot Ness
1990 Billy Cartman


1972 The Rolling Stones released ‘Exile On Main Street’ in the US.

1978 90,000 tickets were sold in just 8 hours for Bob Dylan’s forthcoming London concerts.

1992 John Lennon’s black leather jacket was sold for £24,000 at a rock memorabilia sale at Christie’s, while a felt hat worn by Jimi Hendrix was sold for £4,000.


1955 Newcastle United appeared in the final of the FA Cup for a record tenth time, beating Manchester City 3-1.

1989 In Arundel, West Sussex, a woman was recovering in hospital after being hit on the head by a cricket ball which had been struck by Australian captain Allan Border.

1997 After over 100 years, smoking was banned from the Long Room at Lord’s after members complained that the room often filled with up to 200 men smoking created an unbearable atmosphere.
People & Showbiz

1988 The first convention of people claiming to have been abducted by aliens met in Boston.

1997 American actor Charlton Heston was elected vice-president of the National Rifle Association.

General Events

1991 The US Air Force blamed a British air controller for the deaths of 9 British soldiers in the Gulf from friendly US fire.

1992 Firemen were called to York Minster after a smoke alarm alert. Hundreds of tourists were evacuated before the source of the alarm was found: a French bishop was holding a smoking incense burner and he was unaware of the normal practice of turning off the smoke alarms for such occasions.

1995 The celebrations to mark the 50th anniversary of VE Day included: Simon Wiesenthal, the Nazi-hunter, joined Austrian Chancellor, to commemorate the liberation of US troops of Mauthausen concentration camp…the Pope appealed to mankind never to forget the lessons of the Second World War…the greatest assembly of world leaders seen in London since the Coronation commemorated the end of the Second World War with a service thankgiving in St. Paul’s Cathedral… the Queen gave an ‘informal lunch’ for 54 world leaders at Buckingham Palace.

1997 West Midlands police began a month-long amnesty for students at Wolverhampton University who were being blamed for the theft of more than 100 yellow traffic cones.

1998 Mercedes-Benz buys Chrysler for $40 billion USD and forms DaimlerChrysler in the largest industrial merger in history.

1999 NATO’s bombing campaign against Yugoslav dictator Slobodan Milosevic took a near disastrous turn when the Chinese Embassy in Belgrade was hit. The CIA was blamed for faulty intelligence on the target which one Chinese official described as an ‘act of war’.

2007 The tomb of Herod the Great is discovered.

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