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On this day: May 7

POSTED: 12:54 PM PDT May 06, 2013    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PDT May 06, 2013 

Joan of Arc leads the French to victory, the Germans sink the Lusitania, the Nazis surrender, the 27th Amendment is ratified after two centuries, and Mercedes-Benz and Chrysler announce a $40 billion merger, all on this day.

OTD May 7 - Lusitania
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Library of Congress

1915: The German submarine U-20 sinks the British ocean liner RMS Lusitania off the coast of Ireland, killing 1,198 people including 128 Americans. Public reaction to the sinking turned many formerly pro-Germans in the United States against the German Empire.

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