May 7


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The English siege of Orléans was broken today in 1429, by a French army led by Jehanne Darc (see May 30)



Robert Browning, English poet (see also May 5), born today in 
1812 


and a triplet which my love of coincidence particularly enjoys:

a) Ludwig Van Beethoven made his last appearance on the concert stage, today in 1824

b) Beethoven's self-proclaimed heir and successor, Johannes Brahms, was born today in 1833

c) Brahms' greatest rival for that distinction, Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, was born today in 1840.


A story for the sentimentally-hearted and the sports-fanatical, Francis DeSales Ouimet, golf enthusiast, born today in 
1893 (that's him top-left, and the story of the ten-year-old caddie is even better - Eddie Lowery the very grown-up young man's name). Read it here


And today in 1915, the RMS Lusitania was sunk by a German U-boat off the Irish coast, 1,198 died, none of them famous, and so it never got the media coverage of the Titanic.






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