May 7 is the 127th day of the year (128th day in a leap year) in the Gregorian calendar. This is followed by 238 days until the end of the year.
558 - In Constantinople, the dome of the Hagia Sophia collapses.
1862 - The center of Enschede is destroyed by fire.
1992 - Dozens of people are killed in riots in Malawi.
2013 - An eruption of Mayon, one of the most active volcanoes in the Philippines, kills four foreign mountaineers and their Filipino guide. Economy
2010 - Chile joins the OECD. Art and culture
1824 - Ludwig van Beethoven, though deaf, conducts the first performance of his Ninth Symphony.
2003 - Abdelkader Benali wins the Libris Literature Prize.
2012 - A.F.Th. van der Heijden wins the Libris Literature Prize. Media
1995 - NOS receives hundreds of calls from angry viewers because the live TV broadcast of the national memorial service in the Portuguese-Israeli Synagogue in Amsterdam is cut off seven to ten minutes before the end. War
1915 - The RMS Lusitania is torpedoed by a German submarine.
1918 Peace of Bucharest between Romania and the Central Powers.
1945 - Karl Dönitz agrees to unconditional surrender of Germany.
1945 - Shooting on Dam Square in Amsterdam, killing more than 30 and injuring 120.
1946 - Anton Mussert is executed on the Waalsdorpervlakte.
1954 - End of the Battle of Điện Biên Phủ.
1999 - American bombs strike the Chinese embassy in Belgrade. Politics
1735 - The reign of Vietnamese Emperor Long Duc ends.
1832 - Greece gains independence from Turkey.
1861 - Tennessee joins the Confederate States of America.
1960 - Prime Minister Nikita Khrushchev declares that the Soviet Union has captured U-2 pilot Gary Powers.
1992 - Bulgaria becomes a member of the Council of Europe.
1992 - In the Togolese capital, Lomé, public life comes to a standstill due to a general strike protesting the assassination attempt on opposition presidential candidate Gilchrist Olympio.
1995 - Jacques Chirac wins the French presidential election against Lionel Jospin.
1995 – Ethiopia's first free general election is boycotted by all major opposition parties, necessitating a wide victory for the incumbent ruling party, President Meles Zenawi's Revolutionary Democratic Front of the Ethiopian People.
2014 - The Netherlands resumes its support for Rwanda, Minister Lilianne Ploumen of Development Cooperation informed the House of Representatives. Financial aid to the Central African country was suspended in mid-2012.
2014 - South Africa's ruling party ANC wins parliamentary elections as expected with an absolute majority, with 62.2 percent of voters voting for incumbent President Jacob Zuma's party. Religion
1958 - Elevation of the Apostolic Vicariate of Dutch Guyana or Suriname to Diocese of Paramaribo.
2002 – Queen Elisabeth II of Great Britain unveils a statue of the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Westminster Cardinal Basil Hume (1923–1999) in Newcastle upon Tyne. Sport
1922 - Belgium defeats the Dutch national football team 2-1.
1950 - Heerenveen beat Ajax 6-5, while half an hour before time it is still 1-5 behind.
1960 - Mikhail Tal becomes the youngest ever World Chess Champion.
1993 - Victor Ikpeba of Royal Football Club de Liège wins the Ebony Shoe for the second time as the best footballer of African descent in the Belgian Jupiler Pro League.
1995 - Finland captures the world ice hockey title for the first time in history in Stockholm, Sweden, beating arch-rival and host Sweden 4-1 in the final.
1995 - Jan Willem van Ede passes Leo van Veen, alias Mister Utrecht, when the goalkeeper plays his 425th game for FC Utrec against Roda JC