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Events and Birthdays on 7 May

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Events on this day, 7 May

Pope John Paul II prays for peace on a visit to the Syrian capital Damascus, where he is greeted by thousands of people.

More than 1,000 cattle on two farms near Exmoor will be slaughtered - even though they show no sign of foot-and-mouth disease - in order to protect Exmoor from infection.

Italy's worst earthquake measuring 6.5 on the Richter scale kills more than 550 people and leaves 80,000 homeless.

White voters in the African colony of Rhodesia back Prime Minister Ian Smith's Rhodesian Front which is demanding independence from the UK.

The Health Minister, RH Turton, rejects calls for a government campaign against smoking, saying no ill-effects have been proven.

Germany signs an unconditional surrender ending six years of war in Europe.

Birthdays on this day, 7 May

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