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A Blast from the Past

By PENNY NELSON BARTHOLOMEW, United Press International   |   May 7, 2002 at 3:00 AM   |   Comments

Today is May 7.


It was on this date in 1915 -- as World War 1 raged on in Europe -- that the British passenger liner Lusitania, en route from New York to Liverpool, was torpedoed by a German U-boat off the coast of Ireland. It sank within minutes. Nearly 1,200 people, including 124 Americans, were killed. Washington protested, but Germany -- which had issued warnings in advance -- pointed to Lusitania's cargo, which included ammunition for Britain. The United States decided against declaring war for the time being.


On this date in 1945 -- 30 years and another war later -- U.S. Gen. Dwight Eisenhower accepted the unconditional surrender of Nazi Germany from German Gen. Alfred Jodl. The documents making it all official were signed the next day at Eisenhower's headquarters in Reims, which is one reason why May 8 is known as V-E or "Victory in Europe" Day.


10 years after the Vietnam War ended, New York City honored Vietnam veterans with a huge ticker tape parade on this date in 1985.


Rep. Stewart McKinney, R-Conn., died on this date in 1987 at age 56. He was the first known congressional member to have AIDS.


On this date in 1993, a Florida teenager was identified as the sixth patient to be infected with the AIDS virus by dentist Dr. David Acer. Previously, it hadn't been thought that a health professional could transmit the virus to a patient via medical or dental treatments.


And an Ottawa Indian chief named Pontiac led a major uprising against the British at Detroit on this date in 1763. Many, many years later, they named a car after him.


We now return you to the present, already in progress.

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