On this day: May 7

Posted: 3:54 PM EDT May 06, 2013   Updated: 2:00 AM EDT May 07, 2015

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 - Ray Harryhausen
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2013: Ray Harryhausen, the animator, director and producer known for his stop-motion model animation technique, dies at age 92 in London, England. Some of Harryhausen's most memorable work can be seen in the movies "Mighty Joe Young," "The 7th Voyage of Sinbad," "Jason and the Argonauts" and "Clash of the Titans."


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