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This Day in History for May 7 – Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony Debuts and More

Beethoven debuts Ninth Symphony
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Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1718 – New Orleans, Louisiana (first named La Nouvelle-Orléans) was founded by Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville (More info)

1824 – Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, famous for its ‘Ode to Joy’ melody, debuts in Vienna (More info)

1846 – America’s oldest surviving weekly newspaper The Cambridge Chronicle is first published (More info)

1952 – British radar scientist Geoffrey W.A. Dummer presents the concept of an integrated circuit, which is the basis for all of today’s computers (More info)

1992 – Michigan makes the 27th Amendment, which states that the US Congress cannot give itself a mid-term pay raise, law by ratifying a 203-year-old proposed amendment (More info)

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