A closer look at key historic events that took place on May 7:
In 2000, Vladimir Putin becomes President of Russia
Putin was elected President on March 26, and was inaugurated on May 7. He was already Prime Minister, having replaced Boris Yeltsin, who resigned in 1999.

MOSCOW, RUSSIAN FEDERATION: Russian Orthodox Church Patriarch Alexy II (L) blesses new Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) during a church service for the health of Vladimir Putin at the Kremlin’s Annunciation Cathedral, Sunday 07 May 2000. Vladimir Putin was inaugurated as Russia’s second president today after taking the oath of office in a ceremony in the Kremlin. EPA PHOTO/ITAR-TASS POOL

In 1946, Sony is founded

Sony Corporation was founded by Ibuka Masaru and Morita Akio in Japan and is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of consumer electronics products.

In 1945, Nazi Germany surrenders unconditionally

A German delegation signed the surrender documents at US General Dwight D. Eisenhower‘s headquarters in Reims, France, effectively ending the European phase of World War II. The war ended completely after Japan surrendered on September 2 the same year.

(Top) – German officers sign unconditional surrender in Reims, France. (Bottom) – Allied force leaders at the signing. U.S. National Archives and Records Administration

In 1915, a German submarine sinks the Lusitania

The British ocean liner was traveling from New York to Liverpool, England. 1,195 were killed, including 123 Americans. The incident indirectly contributed to the entry of the United States into World War I.

Sinking of the Lusitania at NYT title, May 8th, 1915. Wikimedia Commons

In 1896, H.H. Holmes is hanged

Herman Mudgett was a criminal considered the first serial killer in the US. During his trial, he confessed to 130 murders, though some believe the actual number exceeded 200.

H.H. Holmes. Flickr

In 1663, the Theatre Royal opens
It is now commonly known as the Drury Lane Theatre and is the oldest English theatre still in use.

Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, published 25th November 1812 by James Whittle and James R H Laurie, London; hand coloured etching; Victoria & Albert Museum, London, Museum No. S.40-2008

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