Today in History – May 6

1527 – Spanish and German troops sacked Rome; many scholars consider this the end of the Renaissance.

1682 – Louis XIV of France moved his court to the Palace of Versailles.

1835 – James Gordon Bennett, Sr. published the first issue of the New York Herald.

1861 – American Civil War: Arkansas seceded from the Union.

1863 – American Civil War: The Battle of Chancellorsville ended with the defeat of the Army of the Potomac by the Army of Northern Virginia.

1877 – Chief Crazy Horse of the Oglala Lakota surrendered to United States troops in Nebraska.

1882 – The United States Congress passed the Chinese Exclusion Act which prohibited all immigration of Chinese laborers.

1889 – The Eiffel Tower was officially opened to the public at the Universal Exposition in Paris.

1910 – George V became King of Great Britain, Ireland, and many overseas territories, on the death of his father, Edward VII.

1915 – Babe Ruth, then a pitcher for the Boston Red Sox, hit his first major league home run.

1935 – New Deal: Under the authority of the newly-enacted Federal Emergency Relief Administration, President Franklin D. Roosevelt issued Executive Order 7034 which created the Works Progress Administration.

1937 – Hindenburg disaster: The German zeppelin Hindenburg caught fire and was destroyed within a minute while attempting to dock at Lakehurst, New Jersey. Thirty-six people were killed.

1940 – John Steinbeck was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for his novel The Grapes of Wrath.

1941 – At California’s March Field, Bob Hope performed his first USO show.

1941 – The first flight of the Republic P-47 Thunderbolt.

1942 – World War II: On Corregidor, the last American forces in the Philippines surrendered to the Japanese.

1945 – World War II: Axis Sally delivered her last propaganda broadcast to Allied troops.

1949 – EDSAC, the first practical electronic digital stored-program computer, ran its first operation.

1954 – Roger Bannister became the first person to run the mile in under four minutes.

1960 – More than 20 million viewers watched the first televised royal wedding when Princess Margaret marries Anthony Armstrong-Jones at Westminster Abbey.

1966 – The Rolling Stones released “Paint it Black” in the US.

1983 – The Hitler Diaries were revealed as a hoax after being examined by new experts.

1994 – Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom and French President François Mitterrand officiated at the opening of the Channel Tunnel.

1996 – The body of former CIA director William Colby was found washed up on a riverbank in southern Maryland, eight days after he disappeared.

1998 – Kerry Wood struck out 20 Houston Astros to tie the major league record held by Roger Clemens. He threw a one-hitter and did not walk a batter in his fifth career start.

1998 – Steve Jobs of Apple Inc. unveiled the first iMac.

2002– Elon Musk founded SpaceX.

2010 – In just 36 minutes, the Dow-Jones average plunged nearly 1000 points in what is known as the 2010 Flash Crash.

2013 – Three women, kidnapped and missing for more than a decade, were found alive in Cleveland, Ohio.


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