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558In Constantinople, the dome of the Hagia Sophia collapses. Justinian I immediately orders the dome rebuilt.

1429English siege of Orleans broken by Joan of Arc and the French army

1664Louis XIV of France inaugurates The Palace of Versailles.

1700William Penn began monthly meetings for blacks advocating emancipation

1789First US Presidential inaugural ball (for George Washington in NYC)

1866German premier Otto Von Bismarck seriously wounded in assassination attempt

1888George Eastman patents "Kodak box camera"

1917Red Sox Babe Ruth beats Wash Senator Walter Johnson, 1-0

1947General MacArthur approves Japanese constitution

1959"Roy Campanella Night" Largest baseball crowd (93,103 in LA Coliseum) sees Dodgers' Sandy Koufax beat Yankees 6-2 in exhibition

1996Comedian Martin Lawrence suffers a nervous breakdown

1999Pope John Paul II travels to Romania becoming the first pope to visit a predominantly Eastern Orthodox country since the Great Schism in 1054.

On This Day In History
Date Event
May 7, 558
In Constantinople, the dome of the Hagia Sophia collapses. Justinian I immediately orders the dome rebuilt. 
May 7, 1274
2nd Council of Lyons (14th ecumenical council) opens 
May 7, 1355
1,200 Jews of Toledo Spain killed by Count Henry of Trastamara 
May 7, 1416
Monk Nicolaas Serrurier arrested because of heresy at Tournay 
May 7, 1429
English siege of Orleans broken by Joan of Arc and the French army 
May 7, 1579
Congress of Cologne forms in Netherlands 
May 7, 1624
Admiral Hermites conquering fleet reaches Callao the Lima, Peru 
May 7, 1638
Cornelis S Goyer takes possession of Mauritius (uninhabited) 
May 7, 1660
Isaack B Fubine of Savoy, in The Hague, patents macaroni 
May 7, 1663
Theatre Royal in Drury Lane London opens 
May 7, 1664
Louis XIV of France inaugurates The Palace of Versailles. 
May 7, 1697
Stockholm's royal castle (dating back to medieval times) is destroyed by fire (in the 18th century, it is replaced by the current Royal Palace). 
May 7, 1700
William Penn began monthly meetings for blacks advocating emancipation 
May 7, 1718
The city of New Orleans was founded by Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville . 
May 7, 1727
Jews are expelled from Ukraine by Empress Catherine I of Russia 
May 7, 1748
French troops conquer Maastricht in the War of the Austrian Succession 
May 7, 1765
HMS Victory (Admiral Nelson's flagship at Trafalgar, 40 years later) launched 
May 7, 1771
Samuel Hearne explores Copper Mine River of Canada 
May 7, 1775
Turkish state of Bukovina secedes from Austria 
May 7, 1789
First US Presidential inaugural ball (for George Washington in NYC) 
May 7, 1792
Capt Robert Gray discovers Grays Harbor (Washington) 
May 7, 1800
Indiana Territory organized 
May 7, 1824
Beethoven's 9th (Chorale) Symphony, premieres in Vienna 
May 7, 1832
Greece becomes independent 
May 7, 1832
Otto of Bavaria is chosen king of Greece 
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