Historical Political Events for May 7

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Year Event
1525 The German Peasants' Revolt was crushed by the ruling class and the church. Some 5,000 peasants were sent to heaven (or hell) by the enthusiastic Christians.
1915 The passenger ship, LUSITANIA, sunk by the Germans off the coast of Ireland, with a loss of 1,198 lives, including 139 Americans. The sinking of the Lusitania brought the U.S. and Germany to the verge of war and created much greater tension than had developed between the Americans and Allied governments over questions of contraband and blockade.
1926 U.S. troops land in Nicaragua to preserve order and protect U.S. interests. To 1993, we have 234 instances in which the United States has used its armed forces abroad.
1945 Germany signs an unconditional surrender at Allied headquarters in Rheims, France, to take effect the following day, ending the European conflict of World War II.
1984 A $180 million out-of-court settlement was announced in the "Agent Orange" class-action suit brought by Vietnam veterans who charged they had suffered injury from exposure to the defoliant.
1992 The 27th Amendment to the Constitution ratified by the states. It bars Congress from giving itself midterm pay raises. Ratified 203 years after it was proposed
1999 U.S. forces mistakenly bombed the Chinese embassy in Belgrade, killing 3 and wounding 27 more.
2003 Today's Example of a Most Interesting Government Purchase (see CNN/Business): From US Army Corps of Engineers: The Army Corps of Engineers says a contract awarded without competition to a subsidiary of Halliburton, Kellogg Brown & Root (KBR), included not only putting out oil well fires in Iraq but also "operation of facilities and distribution of products." Worth up to $7 billion over two years.
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Quote of
the Day
Untilled ground, however rich, will bring forth thistles and thorns; so also the mind of man.
    — Teresa of Avila (1515-1582), St. Theresa, Spanish Carmelite nun.
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