7th May : Today in History : What happened today on 7th May?
The events happened on 7th May are :
1663 : Theatre Royal opened : The Theatre Royal, built by the dramatist Thomas Killigrew for his company of actors and now known as the Drury Lane Theatre, opened in London this day in 1663 and is the oldest English theatre still in use.
1954 : Viet Minh General Vo Nguyen Giap took the French by surprise at the Battle of Dien Bien Phu, surrounding their base with 40,000 men and employing heavy artillery to capture it during the First Indochina War.
1945 : A German delegation that included General Alfred Jodl came to U.S. General Dwight D. Eisenhower's headquarters in Reims, France, and signed the surrender documents that ended the European phase of World War II.
1918 : The Treaty of Bucharest forced Romania to make territorial and financial reparations following its defeat by the Central Powers during World War I.
1915 : A German submarine sunk the Lusitania, a British ocean liner, indirectly contributing to the entry of the United States into World War I.
1915 : Japan delivered an ultimatum to China, demanding special privileges, which the major European powers were unable to oppose because of their involvement in World War I.
1861 : Rabindranath Tagore, a Bengali poet, short-story writer, song composer, playwright, essayist, and painter who received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1913, was born in Calcutta (Kolkata).