Today in History, May 7: Lusitania sunk in WW I

Highlights of this day in history: The Lusitania sunk in World War I; Nazi Germany signs surrender in World War II; Vietnam's Battle of Dien Bien Phu; Composer Peter Illych Tchaikovsky born; Glenn Miller records 'Chattanooga Choo-Choo.' (May 7)

Famous Birthdays:

  • 1934 Willard Scott, weatherman 
  • 1939 Jimmy Ruffin, vocalist (What Becomes of Broken Hearted)
  • 1950 Randall 'Tex' Cobb, American boxer and actor
  • 1957 Ray Fernandez, American wrestler (d. 2004)
  • 1961 Phil Campbell, British musician (Motörhead)
  • 1962 Robbie Knievel, daredevil, son of Evel (Chips Something Special)
  • 1963 Johnny Lee Middleton, American musician (Savatage & Trans-Siberian Orchestra)
  • 1964 Leslie O'Neal, NFL defensive end (San Diego Chargers, St Louis Rams)
  • 1965 Owen Hart, Canadian professional wrestler (d. 1999)
  • 1971 Horgh, (Reidar Horghagen) Norwegian drummer (Immortal/Hypocrisy)
  • 1978 Shawn Marion, American basketball player
  • 1992 Gavin Hetherington, British actor
-- YouTube download / AP video / Henry Frederick, Headline Surfer
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Henry Frederick is publisher of Headline Surfer®, the award-winning 24/7 internet news outlet covering the Daytona Beach-Sanford-Orlando metro area via since 2008. A longtime cops & courts reporter focused on breaking news & investigative reporting, Frederick is among the Sunshine State's most prolific daily news reporters, having amassed close to a hundred award-winning byline stories nearly evenly split in print and digital platforms. Frederick earned his Master of Arts in New Media Journalism with academic honors from Full Sail University in Winter Park in February 2019. He was a metro reporter with the Daytona Beach News-Journal for nearly a decade and then served as a city editor for the Taunton Daily Gazette in Taunton, Mass, while maintaining a residence in Central Florida. Prior to moving to Florida, Frederick was a metro reporter for the Rockland Journal-News in West Nyack, NY, for seven years. Headline Surfer was named the Sunshine State's top internet news site by the Florida Press Club in 2018.