On This Date, May 7

558  – The dome of the Hagia Sophia collapses in Constantinople (now Istanbul)

1429 – French armies, led by Joan of Arc, break the English siege of Orleans

1660 – Macaroni is patented in The Hague by Isaack Fubine

1718 – One year from a milestone anniversary: The City of New Orleans is founded by Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville

1824 – Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony premieres in Vienna

1864 – Civil War: The Battle of the Wilderness in Spotsylvania and Orange Counties, VA, ends in a stalemate

1914 – Congress establishes the second Sunday in May as Mother’s Day

1939 – In a precursor to World War II, Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy announce the Rome-Berlin Axis

1947 – Gen. Douglas MacArthur approves occupied Japan’s new constitution

1975 – President Ford declares an end to the ‘Vietnam Era’

1995 – Jacques Chirac, who would later become a rather infamous name in America during the 2003 invasion of Iraq, is elected French president

1999 – During the Kosovo War, NATO forces accidentally bombs the Chinese embassy in Belgrade, killing three Chinese nationals and wounding twenty others

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