On this day: May 7

POSTED: 12:54 PM PDT May 06, 2013    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PDT May 06, 2016 

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 - Battle of the Coral Sea
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U.S. Navy

1942: During the Battle of the Coral Sea, United States Navy planes launched from an aircraft carrier sink the Japanese Imperial Navy light aircraft carrier Sh?h?. The battle marks the first time in the naval history that two enemy fleets fought without visual contact between warring ships.


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