It happened one 07 May

1840 : Great Natchez Tornado

On May 7, 1840, a tornado, which would have been a F5 on the Fujita scale if it had existed at the time, hit the city of Natchez in Mississippi, killing 317 people and destroying several neighborhoods.

1915 : RMS Lusitania sunk by a torpedo

On 7 May 1915, the transatlantic liner, RMS Lusitania was sunk by a German submarine, killing nearly 1,200 people including 128 Americans.
This disaster caused a strong anti-German feeling in the U.S..

1945 : Surrender of the Germans

On 7 May 1945, the Germans, represented by the Chief of the Operations Staff Alfred Jodl, signed their unconditional surrender at Reims. This document ended 6 years of war in Europe.

1954 : Fall of Dien Bien Phu

On 7 May 1954, after nearly two months of siege, the General Giap's Viet Minh troops gave the final attack on the weakened French forces at Dien Bien Phu in northwestern Vietnam. Despite a tenacious defense, the French troops were overrun and soldiers who could still stand up were taken to prison camps where many died.

1992 : First launch of Endeavour

On May 7, 1992, space shuttle Endeavour began its first trip from Cape Canaveral in Florida. It had been built to replace the shuttle Challenger which exploded in 1986.

Quote of the day : 07 May

Gary Cooper
In Westerns you were permitted to kiss your horse but never your girl.

Birthdays : 07 May

Robert Browning, English poet (1812)
Johannes Brahms, German composer (1833)
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Russian composer (1840)
Archibald Primrose, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (1847)
Rabindranath Tagore, Indian writer, Nobel Prize in Literature (1861)
Władysław Reymont, Polish novelist, Nobel Prize in Literature (1867)
Josip Broz Tito, President of Yugoslavia (1892)
Gary Cooper, American actor (1901)
Eva Perón, Argentine politician (1919)
Gaston Rébuffat, French mountaineer (1921)
Anne Baxter, American actress (1923)
Sidney Altman, Canadian American molecular biologist, Nobel Prize in Chemistry (1939)
Angela Carter, English novelist and journalist (1940)
Thelma Houston, American singer (1946)
Philippe Geluck, Belgian cartoonist (1954)
Amy Heckerling, American director (1954)
Sylvain Augier, French TV presenter (1955)
Jan Peter Balkenende, Prime Minister of the Netherlands (2002 - 2010) (1956)
Véronique Jannot, French actress (1957)
Traci Lords, American porn actress (1968)
Eagle-Eye Cherry, Swedish musicien (1968)
Paolo Savoldelli, Italian cyclist (1973)
Sophie Thalmann, French TV presenter (1976)
Elodie Lussac, French gymnast (1979)
Johan Kenkhuis, Dutch swimmer (1980)
Matt Helders, English musician (Arctic Monkeys) (1986)

They left us one 07 May

Pietro Nardini, Italian composer (1793)
Antonio Salieri, Italian composer (1825)
Felix Weingartner, Austrian composer and pianist (1942)
Gaston Defferre, French politician (1986)
Guy Williams, American actor (1989)
Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., American actor (2000)

Tip of the Day : 07 May

Protecting home from fire

A fire can spread very quickly in a house or apartment. Simple protective measures could prevent a large number of them.

If we smoke, we must be careful to extinguish our cigarette butts and empty our ashtrays. We should always put the lighters and matches out of reach of children, including babies.

We should also avoid smoking in bed or lying on a sofa when we tend to fall asleep that way.

People wearing loose clothing should be kept away from sources of fire.
When we light candles in a room, we should not leave them unattended.

Furnaces should be reviewed annually.
Electrical outlets should not be linked to too many devices simultaneously and electrical cords should be checked regularly to see if they have not been damaged.
The auxiliary heaters should not be left unattended and must have a system for automatically shutting off if dropped.

We should also have fire extinguishers in several locations in the house, and we should not forget that they must be reviewed regularly.

One of the most important points is to install smoke detectors on all floors of the house. They are now very affordable and can save lives. They should be tested monthly and batteries changed every six months. If over 10 years, they must be changed. We should not install them near a window or a duct.

For a house, we may also install an emergency escape system through the windows upstairs (rope, ladder ..) that can be used by the whole family if the staircase is no longer usable.

Finally, we must explain to each family member what to do in case of fire.

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