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From the WMNI Almanac, here's what happened today in history. 

Today is Friday, May 7th, the 127th day of the year. There are 238 days until the end of the year.

On this day:

In 1789, the first Presidential Inaugural Ball was held in New York City in honor of President George Washington and his wife Martha Washington.

In 1915, nearly 1,200 people died when the luxury liner "Lusitania" was sunk by a German U-Boat off the coast of Ireland. The incident contributed to the entry of the United States into World War I.

In 1934, the restored USS Constitution was permanently berthed at Constitution Drydock in Boston. The ship is better known as "Old Ironsides."

In 1945, Branch Rickey announced the organization of a six-team United States Negro Baseball League.

In 1945, Germany signed an unconditional surrender at General Dwight Eisenhower's headquarters in Rheims, France. It would end the European stage of World War II.

In 1957, FBI agent Eliot Ness died at the age of 54. He was made famous by his investigation of noted gangster Al Capone. His career was the inspiration for the television show "The Untouchables."

In 1975, President Gerald Ford formally declared an end to "the Vietnam era."

In 1984, Vietnam veterans who said they were injured by exposure to "Agent Orange" during the war were awarded a $180-million out-of-court settlement.

In 1998, country singer Eddie Rabbitt died at the age of 56.

In 1999, a Michigan jury ordered "The Jenny Jones Show" to pay 25 million dollars to the family of a gay man who was shot to death after revealing a crush on a fellow male guest on the show.

In 2000, actor Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. died at the age of 90.

In 2004, testifying before Congress, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said that he accepted full responsibility for a prison abuse scandal involving Iraqi prison detainees, but said he had no plans to resign.

In 2006, Lillian Gertrud Asplund, the last American to see the Titanic sink passed away at her home at the age of 99. Asplund was on the "unsinkable" ship when it hit an iceberg and sank 94 years earlier.

In 2016, Nyquist won the 142nd running of the Kentucky Derby.

In 2019, hackers demanded ransom in Bitcoin to unlock the city of Baltimore's computer system.

In 2020, twenty-percent of the U.S. workforce claimed unemployment. This was the lowest un-employment had been in 50-years.
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