What do Joan of Arc, Ludwig van Beethoven and Herod the Great have in common? All three share an important anniversary on May 7th.
1429 – Joan of Arc ends the Siege of Orléans, pulling an arrow from her own shoulder and returning wounded to the battle to successfully lead the final charge. Her victory marks a turning point in the Hundred Years' War.
1895 – In Saint Petersburg, Russian scientist Alexander Stepanovich Popov demonstrates to the Russian Physical and Chemical Society his invention, the Popov lightning detector — a primitive radio receiver. In parts of the former Soviet Union the event is celebrated as Radio Day.
1915 – The German submarine U-20 sinks RMS Lusitania, killing 1,198 people including 128 Americans. Public reaction to the sinking turns many formerly pro-Germany citizens in the United States against the German Empire
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