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This Day In History: May 7

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Today is the 128th day of 2008 and the 49th day of spring.

TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1915, during World War I, a German U-Boat sunk the RMS Lusitania, killing 1,198. In 1945, Germany unconditionally surrendered and withdrew from World War II. In 2000, Vladimir Putin assumed the presidency in Russia's first democratic change of office.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Johannes Brahms (1833-1897), composer; Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893), composer; Gary Cooper (1901-1961), actor; Eva Peron (1919-1952), Argentine first lady/actress; Johnny Unitas (1933-2002), football player; Tim Russert (1950- ), journalist, is 58; Breckin Meyer (1974- ), actor, is 34.

TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1925, Glenn Wright of the Pittsburgh Pirates became the fourth player in history to turn an unassisted triple play.

TODAY'S QUOTE: "In Westerns you were permitted to kiss your horse but never your girl." - Gary Cooper

TODAY'S FACT: After being cut from the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1955, Johnny Unitas played a year of semi-pro ball with the Bloomfield Rams, and was paid $6 a game plus daily trolley fare.

TODAY'S NUMBER: 7 - number of symphonies composed by Tchaikovsky.

TODAY'S MOON: Between new moon (May 5) and first quarter (May 11).


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