On This Day in 351 – The Jewish revolt against Constantius Gallus breaks out after his arrival at Antioch.[1]

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Events for May 7

1920Kyiv Offensive: Polish troops led by Józef Piłsudski and Edward Rydz-Śmigły and assisted by a symbolic Ukrainian force capture Kyiv only to be driven out by the Red Army counter-offensive a month later.

1840 – The Great Natchez Tornado strikes Natchez, Mississippi killing 317 people. It is the second deadliest tornado in United States history.

1824 – World premiere of Ludwig van Beethoven's Ninth Symphony in Vienna, Austria. The performance is conducted by Michael Umlauf under the composer's supervision.

1992 – Three employees at a McDonald's Restaurant in Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada, are brutally murdered and a fourth permanently disabled after a botched robbery. It is the first "fast-food murder" in Canada.

1697Stockholm's royal castle (dating back to medieval times) is destroyed by fire. It is replaced in the 18th century by the current Royal Palace.

1992Michigan ratifies a 203-year-old proposed amendment to the United States Constitution making the 27th Amendment law. This amendment bars the U.S. Congress from giving itself a mid-term pay raise.

2000Vladimir Putin is inaugurated as president of Russia.

1998Mercedes-Benz buys Chrysler for US$40 billion and forms DaimlerChrysler in the largest industrial merger in history.

1948 – The Council of Europe is founded during the Hague Congress.

2002 – A China Northern Airlines MD-82 plunges into the Yellow Sea, killing 112 people.

1945 – World War II: General Alfred Jodl signs unconditional surrender terms at Reims, France, ending Germany's participation in the war. The document takes effect the next day.

1915 – The Republic of China accedes to 13 of the 21 Demands, extending the Empire of Japan's control over Manchuria and the Chinese economy.

1999Pope John Paul II travels to Romania, becoming the first pope to visit a predominantly Eastern Orthodox country since the Great Schism in 1054.

1940World War II: The Norway Debate in the British House of Commons begins, and leads to the replacement of Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain with Winston Churchill three days later.

1685Battle of Vrtijeljka between rebels and Ottoman forces.

1960Cold War: U-2 Crisis of 1960: Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev announces that his nation is holding American U-2 pilot Gary Powers.

1952 – The concept of the integrated circuit, the basis for all modern computers, is first published by Geoffrey Dummer.

1487 – The Siege of Málaga commences during the Spanish Reconquista.

1999 – In Guinea-Bissau, President João Bernardo Vieira is ousted in a military coup.

1864 – The world's oldest surviving clipper ship, the City of Adelaide is launched by William Pile, Hay and Co. in Sunderland, England, for transporting passengers and goods between Britain and Australia.

1931 – The stand-off between criminal Francis Crowley and 300 members of the New York Police Department takes place in his fifth-floor apartment on West 91st Street, New York City.

1832 – Greece's independence is recognized by the Treaty of London.

1945 – World War II: Last German U-boat attack of the war, two freighters are sunk off the Firth of Forth, Scotland.

Notable Births & Deaths for May 7

  1978 – James Carter, American hurdler
  1983Phionah Atuhebwe, Ugandan vaccinologist and immunization expert
  2015Frank DiPascali, American businessman (b. 1956)
  1988Eino Puri, Estonian footballer
  2011Seve Ballesteros, Spanish golfer (b. 1957)
  2012 – Dennis E. Fitch, American captain and pilot (b. 1942)
  1998 – Jesse Puljujärvi, Finnish ice hockey player
  2015 – John Dixon, Australian-American author and illustrator (b. 1929)
  1989Earl Thomas, American football player
  1988 – Sander Puri, Estonian footballer
  2007 – Octavian Paler, Romanian journalist and politician (b. 1926)
  2007 – Diego Corrales, American boxer (b. 1977)
  1985 – Drew Neitzel, American basketball player
  1987Asami Konno, Japanese singer
  2007Isabella Blow, English magazine editor (b. 1958)
  2005Tristan Egolf, American author and activist (b. 1971)
  1978Stian Arnesen, Norwegian guitarist, drummer, and songwriter
  2009 – Danny Ozark, American baseball player, coach, and manager (b. 1923)
  1978 – Shawn Marion, American basketball player
  1987 – Michael Maidens, English footballer (d. 2007)
  1998Maryna Piddubna, Ukrainian Paralympic swimmer
  1976 – Ayelet Shaked, Israeli Minister of Justice (2015-2019)
  2006Richard Carleton, Australian journalist (b. 1943)
  2014 – Colin Pillinger, English astronomer, chemist, and academic (b. 1943)
  1984 – Alex Smith, American football player
  2014Neville McNamara, Australian air marshal (b. 1923)
  2007 – Yahweh ben Yahweh, American cult leader, founded the Nation of Yahweh (b. 1935)
  1987 – David Schlemko, Canadian ice hockey player
  1984 – Kevin Owens, Canadian wrestler
  1985Jarrad Hickey, Australian rugby league player
  1986Matt Helders, English drummer
  2011 – Big George, English songwriter, producer, and radio host (b. 1957)
  2006 – Joan C. Edwards, American singer and philanthropist (b. 1918)
  1995Seko Fofana, French born Ivorian international footballer
  2012Sammy Barr, Scottish trade union leader (b. 1931)
  2009David Mellor, English designer (b. 1930)
  1984James Loney, American baseball player
  1979Katie Douglas, American basketball player
  2005 – Peter Rodino, American captain and politician (b. 1909)
  1977Elton Flatley, Australian rugby player
  2011 – Willard Boyle, Canadian physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1924)
  2012 – Ferenc Bartha, Hungarian economist and politician (b. 1943)
  2005 – Otilino Tenorio, Ecuadorian footballer (b. 1980)
  1987 – Mark Reynolds, Scottish footballer
  1997Daria Kasatkina, Russian tennis player
  2013Ferruccio Mazzola, Italian footballer and manager (b. 1948)
  2014 – Dick Welteroth, American baseball player (b. 1927)
  2013 – George Sauer, Jr., American football player (b. 1943)

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Fetch Historical Events

All you need to do is send a request to https://apizen.date/api/[month]/[day]/[key] in order to generate a JSON array of historical events, including notable births and deaths. API data pulled from WikiPedia.

*[key] not required but recommended.

Sample Requests

https://apizen.date/api/1/1 - Generate notable events, births, and deaths for January 1.

https://apizen.date/api/5/5 - Generate notable events, births, and deaths for May 5.

https://apizen.date/api/12/25 - Generate notable events, births, and deaths for December 25.


The result data is formatted as a JSON array, grouped by event type.

{ "info":"OnThisDay API", "date":"April_20", "updated":"1615972324",
  "Events":[ { "text":"1303 &#8211; The Sapienza University of Rome is instituted by a bull of Pope Boniface VIII.&#91;1&#93;", "html":"<a href=\"https://wikipedia.org/wiki/1303\" title=\"1303\">1303</a> &#8211; The <a href=\"https://wikipedia.org/wiki/Sapienza_University_of_Rome\" title=\"Sapienza University of Rome\">Sapienza University of Rome</a> is instituted by a <a href=\"https://wikipedia.org/wiki/Papal_bull\" title=\"Papal bull\">bull</a> of <a href=\"https://wikipedia.org/wiki/Pope_Boniface_VIII\" title=\"Pope Boniface VIII\">Pope Boniface VIII</a>." },
  //.. MORE DATA ..//
  "Births":[ { "text":"1494 &#8211; Johannes Agricola, German theologian and reformer (d. 1566)&#91;8&#93;", "html":"<a href=\"https://wikipedia.org/wiki/1494\" title=\"1494\">1494</a> &#8211; <a href=\"https://wikipedia.org/wiki/Johannes_Agricola\" title=\"Johannes Agricola\">Johannes Agricola</a>, German theologian and reformer (d. 1566)" },
  //.. MORE DATA ..//
  "Deaths":[ { "text":"689 &#8211; Cædwalla, king of Wessex (b. 659)&#91;21&#93;", "html":"<a href=\"https://wikipedia.org/wiki/689\" title=\"689\">689</a> &#8211; <a href=\"https://wikipedia.org/wiki/C%C3%A6dwalla_of_Wessex\" title=\"Cædwalla of Wessex\">Cædwalla</a>, king of <a href=\"https://wikipedia.org/wiki/Wessex\" title=\"Wessex\">Wessex</a> (b. 659)" },
  //.. MORE DATA ..//
} }

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