Today's History Trivia for May 7
1993 Record Amount Paid for a Single Photograph Elton John pays $193,895 for Man Ray's Glass Tears (c. 1930). See photo.
1992 No Rush Constitutional amendment to restrict congressional pay raises is ratified. It was proposed in 1879, 203 years earlier.
1992 Could You Repeat That "We're finally going to wrassle to the ground this gigantic orgasm that is just out of control," said by Sen. Dennis DeConcini (D-Ariz.) in reference to the budget deficit.
1991 Abraham Lincoln Geneticists at John Hopkins University are are given permission to clone the late President's genes.
1984 Agent Orange American Veterans of the Vietnam War reach an out-of-court settlement with seven chemical companies over the defoliant Agent Orange.
She stars in the TV movie The Memory of Eve Ryker, in which her character drowns. She herself would drown the following year.
1942 World War II - Island of Corregidor 16,000 Allied soldiers surrender the strategically important Island of Corregidor to Japan.
1915 Sinking of the Lusitania This civilian steamer is sunk by a German submarine, killing 114 Americans. Years later, it was revealed that the Lusitania had in fact been carrying arms to Great Britain.
1824 Beethoven's Ninth Symphony premiers in Vienna.
Today's Birthdays for May 7
1953 Roberta Gregory American underground cartoonist. Creator of Sheila and the Unicorn and Bitchy Bitch from her Fantagraphics Books series Naughty Bits.
1951 Robert Hegyes d. 2012 American actor. TV: Welcome Back Kotter (1975-79, Juan Epstein).
1933 Johnny Unitas d. 2002 American football Hall of Famer, 3-time Player of the Year (1959, 64, 67), and was named greatest player of all time.
1926 Val Bisoglio American actor. TV: Quincy (bar owner Danny Tovo).
1923 Anne Baxter d. 1985 American Oscar-winning actress. Film: The Razor's Edge (1946, Oscar) and All About Eve (1950, title role). TV: Hotel (Victoria Cabot).
1922 Darren McGavin d. 2006 (William Lyle Richardson), American Emmy-winning actor. TV: Mike Hammer (1957, title role), The Night Stalker (Carl Kolchak) and Murphy Brown (Murphy's dad). Film: A Christmas Story (1983, Father)
1909 Edwin Herbert Land d. 1991 American inventor. He created the Polaroid instant camera, developed Polaroid lenses, and founded the Polaroid Corp. (1937).
1901 Gary Cooper d. 1961 (Frank James Cooper), American actor. Film: Sergeant York (1941) and High Noon (1952). He originally moved to California to become a political cartoonist.
1885 Gabby Hayes d. 1969 (George Hayes), American western actor. Film: Hopalong Cassidy films (Windy).
Deaths for May 7
2000 Douglas Fairbanks Jr b. 1909 American actor. Quote: "I was only saying to the Queen the other day how I hate name dropping."
1998 Eddie Rabbitt b. 1941 (Edward Thomas Rabbitt), American singer, songwriter. Music: Every Which Way But Loose (1978, #1) and I Love a Rainy Night (1980, #1).
1993 Mary Philbin b. 1902 American silent-film actress. She co-starred with Lon Chaney in The Phantom of the Opera (1925).
1987 Stewart B. McKinney b. 1931 American politician. He was the first U.S. congressman to die from AIDS.
1975 George Baker b. 1915 American cartoonist. Creator of Sad Sack (1942) depicting a lowly private dealing with the absurdities of military life.
1915 Elbert Hubbard b. 1856 American author, artist, philosopher, founder of the Roycroft artisan community in East Aurora, New York, an influential exponent of the Arts and Crafts Movement. He and his wife died in the sinking of the RMS Lusitania. Quote: "Every man is a damned fool for at least five minutes every day. Wisdom consists in not exceeding the limit." Quote: "A woman will doubt everything you say except it be compliments to herself."
1890 James Nasmyth b. 1808 British engineer, invented the steam hammer (1839).
1873 Salmon Portland Chase b. 1808 American jurist, secretary of the treasury (1861-64) and 6th chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (1864-73). His portrait appears on the U.S. $10,000 bill.
1868 Henry Peter Brougham b. 1778 Scottish orator. "Education makes a people easy to lead, but difficult to drive; easy to govern, but impossible to enslave."
1849 William Jenkins Worth b. 1794 American general, for whom Fort Worth, Texas is named.
973 Otto I b. 912 "Otto the Great," Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire (962-73), first of the Saxon kings.