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history lesson

DayBird - May 7th

By Geoffrey Anjou [ Fri May 7 2010 4:03 PM ]

558 – In Constantinople, the dome of the Hagia Sophia collapses.

1812Robert Browning, English poet is born.

1825Antonio Salieri, Italian composer died. He was so sad.

1840 Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Russian composer, is born.

1915 – World War I: German submarine SM U-20 sinks RMS Lusitania, killing 1,198 people including 128 Americans. Public reaction to the sinking turns many formerly pro-Germans in the United States against the German Empire.

1932 – Happy Birthday, Pete Domenici!

1994 - Norway's most famous painting, "The Scream" by Edvard Munch, was recovered almost three months after it was stolen from a museum in Oslo. The iconic 1893 painting of a waiflike figure on a bridge was stolen in only 50 seconds during a break-in on February 12. Two thieves broke through a window of the National Gallery, cut a wire holding the painting to the wall and left a note reading "Thousand thanks for the bad security!"

2000 – Vladimir Putin is inaugurated as president of Russia. He celebrated by punching a polar bear, shirtless and on horseback.