Thursday, May 7, 2015

Today in History for May 7, 2015

Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne, Sieur de Bienville
May 7, 1692 – In connection with the Salem witchcraft trials, George Burroughs was returned to Salem and placed in jail.

May 7, 1718 – The city of New Orleans was founded by Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne, Sieur de Bienville.

May 7, 1763 - Major Henry Gladwin, British commander of Fort Detroit, foiled Ottawa Chief Pontiac’s attempt at a surprise attack. Romantic lore holds that Gladwin’s Seneca mistress informed him of the western Indians’ plans for an uprising.

May 7, 1789 - The first U.S. Presidential Inaugural Ball was held in New York City.

May 7, 1800 - The U.S. Congress divided the Northwest Territory into two parts. The western part became the Indiana Territory and the eastern section remained the Northwest Territory.

May 7, 1806 – Planter and attorney James Edmonds Saunders was born in Georgia. He and his wife would found the plantation at Rocky Hill Castle in the mid-1820s between Town Creek and Courtland. (13 Alabama Ghosts)

May 7, 1812 – Victorian poet and playwright Robert Browning was born in Camberwell, England.

May 7, 1824 – The world premiere of Ludwig van Beethoven's Ninth Symphony took place in Vienna, Austria. The performance is conducted by Michael Umlauf under the composer's supervision.

May 7, 1833 – German composer Johannes Brahms was born in Hamburg, Germany.

May 7, 1837 - German geographer and explorer Karl Mauch was born in Stetten im Remstal, Württemberg. He reported on the archaeological ruins of Great Zimbabwe in 1871 during his search for the biblical land of Ophir.

May 7, 1840 – The Great Natchez Tornado struck Natchez, Mississippi killing 317 people. It is the second deadliest tornado in United States history.

May 7, 1840 - Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky was born in Votkinsk, Russia. He wrote symphonies, operas, and three great ballets: “Swan Lake” (1876), “The Nutcracker” (1892), and “The Sleeping Beauty” (1889).

May 7, 1846 – The Cambridge Chronicle, America's oldest surviving weekly newspaper, was published for the first time in Cambridge, Mass.

May 7, 1861 – The Conecuh Guards (Co. E of the 4th Alabama Infantry Regiment) was mustered into the Confederate States Army at Lynchburg, Va.

May 7, 1862 – 4th Cpl. Joseph A. Thomas of the Conecuh Guards was wounded at Battle of Eltham’s Landing, where Confederate troops attacked Union forces.

May 7, 1864 – During the Civil War, a skirmish was fought near Florence and another near Decatur, Ala.

May 7, 1864 - Union General William T. Sherman advanced toward Atlanta, Georgia.

May 7, 1864 – During the Civil War, the Army of the Potomac, under General Ulysses S. Grant, broke off from two days of intense fighting at the Battle of the Wilderness and moved southwards toward Spotsylvania Court House. Confederate General Robert E. Lee sent James Longstreet's corps to the same location.

May 7, 1868 – Samuel S. Cornwell was named postmaster at Burnt Corn, Ala.

May 7, 1898 – The army museum transferred the skull of Randolph County, Ala. native and Lincoln assassination conspirator Lewis Powell to the Smithsonian, where it was stored for nearly 100 years.

May 7, 1912 - Columbia University approved final plans for awarding the Pulitzer Prize in several categories.

May 7-9, 1912 - The 22nd Annual Reunion of the United Confederate Veterans was held in Macon, Ga.

May 7, 1920 - Alabama author Robert O. Bowen is born in Bridgeport, Conn.

May 7, 1925 - The Philadelphia Phillies had their eighth game in a row postponed.

May 7, 1928 - Alabama author Hudson Strode's play “The Dance Below” was performed on Broadway as part of the Little Theatre Tournament.

May 7, 1928 - Alabama journalist Grover Cleveland Hall of The Montgomery Advertiser was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Writing for his editorials on racial and religious intolerance and violence.

May 7, 1929 – Pro Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder, third baseman and manager Dick Williams was born in St. Louis, Mo. He went on to play for the Brooklyn Dodgers, the Baltimore Orioles, the Cleveland Indians, the Kansas City Athletics and the Boston Red Sox. He also managed the Red Sox, the Oakland Athletics, the California Angels, the Montreal Expos, the San Diego Padres and the Seattle Mariners. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2008.

May 7, 1932 - William Faulkner reported to work as a screenwriter for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.

May 7, 1933 – Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback Johnny Unitas was born in Pittsburgh, Pa. He went on to play for Louisville, the Baltimore Colts and the San Diego Chargers. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1979.

May 7, 1936 – English explorer and author Robin Hanbury-Tenison was born.

May 7, 1936 – The Andalusia (Ala.) Country Club was scheduled to hold its largest invitational golf tournament ever.

May 7-Aug. 20, 1942 – As had been the custom for the past several years, the stores and offices in Evergreen agreed to observe a “half holiday” on Thursday afternoons during the summer.

May 7, 1945 - Baseball owner Branch Rickey announced the organization of the United States Negro Baseball League, which included six teams.

May 7, 1951 – Cleveland Indians pitcher Charles “Bubba” Harris, a native of Sulligent, Ala., appeared in his last Major League game.

May 7, 1956 - Bill White of the New York Giants hit a home run on his first at bat.

May 7, 1957 - Indian's pitcher Herb Score was hit in the face by a line drive by Gil McDougald.

May 7, 1959 - At Los Angeles Coliseum, 93,103 people watched the Dodgers beat the New York Yankees.

May 7, 1968 – Alabama Governor Lurleen Wallace died in office of cancer at the age of 41, amid her husband George C. Wallace's ongoing second presidential campaign. On her death, she was succeeded by Lieutenant Governor Albert Brewer, who had run without Republican opposition in the Wallace-Martin race.

May 7, 1969 – Army Spc. Roosevelt Franklin Penn of Fulton in Clarke County, Ala. was killed in action in Vietnam.

May 7, 1971 – Charles Johnson first opened his barbershop in a block building behind Mel’s Dairy Dream on South Alabama Avenue in Monroeville, Ala., where it remained until 1977 when he moved his shop to Pike Street.

May 7, 1975 - U.S. President Gerald Ford declared an end to the Vietnam War.

May 7, 1982 - A United States Federal jury ruled that the NFL violated antitrust laws by preventing the Oakland Raiders from moving to Los Angeles.

May 7, 1983 - August Hoffman performed a record 29,051 consecutive sit-ups.

May 7, 1992 – Evergreen, Ala. weather reporter Harry Ellis reported that total rainfall for the month of April 1992 was 3.11 inches.

May 7, 1995 - The Minnesota Twins and the Cleveland Indians played 17 innings in six hours and 36 minutes. The Twins won, 10-9.

May 7, 1999 - The Harper Lee Award for Alabama's Distinguished Writer was given to Alabama author Madison Jones at the Alabama Writers Symposium in Monroeville, Ala.

May 7, 2003 - U.S. President George W. Bush lifted U.S. sanctions against the old government of Iraq.

May 7, 2006 - Barry Bonds of the San Francisco Giants hit his 713th home run which brought him one home run away from tying Babe Ruth on the career list.

May 7, 2007 – Israeli archaeologists discovered the tomb of Herod the Great south of Jerusalem.

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