On this day: May 7

POSTED: 12:54 PM PDT May 06, 2013    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PDT May 06, 2014 

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 - Great Natchez Tornado
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1840: The Great Natchez Tornado touches down in eastern Louisiana and crosses the Mississippi River into Natchez, Miss., killing 317 people. The majority of deaths attributed to the tornado was from people on boats in the river.  It is the second deadliest tornado in United States history.

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