On This Day in
American History:
May 7

Barbara McDermott (Barbara Winifred Anderson) who at the age of 2 survived the sinking of the Lusitania on today's date May 7, 1915.  She was the last American survivor of the tragedy.

Photo: Barbara McDermott with Assistant Purser William Harkness - public domain via Wikimedia Commons

A young Gary Cooper dressed as a cowboy in 1903.

Cooper was born on May 7, 1901 in Helena, Montana.

Image via Wikimedia Commons, public domain 

In the Spring of 1718, Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville founded New Orleans.
Over the years, May 7th has been considered the anniversary date of Bienville’s founding.

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The Major League Baseball player with the lowest career ERA, Ed Walsh, made his MLB debut with the Chicago White Sox on May 7, 1904. 

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Born May 7, 1845 in Dorchester, Massachusetts Mary Eliza Mahoney was the first Black woman to study and work as a professional nurse. She completed a 16-month training program at the New England Hospital for Women and Children, graduating as a registered nurse in 1879.

Image via Wikimedia Commons, public domain in the US.

“We are as great as our belief in human liberty — no greater. And our belief in human liberty is only ours when it is larger than ourselves.”

Archibald MacLeish who was born on May 7, 1892 in Glencoe, Illinois.

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U.S. Navy planes attacking and destroying the Japanese light aircraft carrier Shōhō on May 7, 1942 during the Battle of the Coral Sea.

If you look closely you can see the U.S. Navy aircraft around the burning carrier.

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George Francis “Gabby” Hayes, born May 7, 1885 was the quintessential sidekick to cowboy stars like Hopalong Cassidy, Roy Rogers, and John Wayne, and then had his own television show in the mid-1950s. Unlike his gruff, cantankerous film persona he was known in Hollywood as witty, articulate and a snappy dresser.

Image via Wikimedia Commons, no known copyright, public domain in the US.

“I have seen this country develop under that Constitution so as to make the United States the marvel of the world and the model of free government everywhere, even in the Orient. I am old enough to have seen the railroads cross the Alleghany Mountains and spread like a spider web over the whole continent — to carry the products of the West to the seaboard more economically for the people than they could be exchanged in New England before this era of steam.
I have seen the reaper and mower, the gang plow, and the whole revolution in agriculture by labor-saving machinery. I have seen the telegraph and the telephone when they were looked upon as experiments; the electric railroad and the electric power-plant development; and I was ridiculed as a reckless spendthrift legislator when I helped make considerable appropriations to aid Prof. Langley in his experiments with the flying machine.
I have seen great discoveries in science and medicine that benefited the whole people in the years since I left North Carolina with my parents and heard my mother cry out, "Good-by, civilization," because we were emigrating to the West. And I have seen greater development, not only of enterprise, but also of education, charity, and benevolence, by the people, as a whole, through the agency of the State and also by the efforts of the individual, than had developed before in all the years from Moses to the time when I was born.”

From: Followers after strange gods by Joseph Gurney Cannon who was born on May 7, 1836 in 
Guilford County, North Carolina

Source: https://archive.org/details/followersafterst00cann/page/5/mode/2up
Published in 1913, No known restrictions 

Image: "Uncle Joe" prepares to leave Congress for all time All packed up and ready to go, "Uncle Joe" Cannon, congressman from Illinois who retired from Congress yesterday after 46 years in the public service, dons his old beaver hat given him when he came to Congress years ago and with his old cane and bag prepared to leave for his home in Danville, Illinois.

Image via Wikimedia Commons, public domain

On May 7, 1956 the play "The Diary of Anne Frank” by American husband and wife collaborators Albert Hackett and Frances Goodrich won the Pulitzer Prize in Drama.  

Image: Rendering of the set design by Boris Aronson for the play, The Diary of Anne Frank in 1955 via NYPL Digital Collections, no known restrictions 

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