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On This Day — May 7th

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May 7th is the 127th day of the year (128th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 238 days remaining until the end of the year.

Events

1697 – Stockholm’s royal castle, dating back to the 13th century, was destroyed in a huge fire; the blueprint for the current royal palace was presented within a year.

1895 – Alexander Stepanovich Popov presented his radio receiver, refined as a lightning detector, to the Russian Physical and Chemical Society.

1931 – New York City Police engaged in a two-hour-long shootout with Francis Crowley that was witnessed by 15,000 bystanders before he finally surrendered.

1960 – Cold War: Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev announced that his country was holding American pilot Francis Gary Powers, whose spy plane was shot down over the Soviet Union six days earlier.

2010 – A team of researchers presented a complete draft sequence of the Neanderthal genome, demonstrating that today’s modern humans have Neanderthal ancestors.

Celebrity Birthdays

George Clooney turns 57

Chris Paul turns 33

Meek Mill turns 31

Naomi Scott turns 25

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