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On this day: May 7

Published On: May 06 2013 02:54:21 PM CDT   Updated On: May 07 2013 01:00:00 AM CDT

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 - Ludwig van Beethoven
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1824: Ludwig van Beethoven's Ninth Symphony has its world premiere in Vienna, Austria. The performance is conducted by Michael Umlauf under the composer's supervision.

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