This Day in History - May 6

May 6

973 – Roman Emperor, Henry II, is born

1527 – German troops attack Rome, destroying libraries, killing thousands and capturing the Pope

1529 – Babur defeats the Afghan Chiefs in the Battle of Ghaghra, India

1626 – Dutch colonist Peter Minuit buys Manhattan Island from Indians for 60 guilders worth of trinkets

1682 – King Louis XIV moves his court to Versailles, France

1740 – John Penn, signer of the Declaration of Independence, is born

1758 – French revolutionary Maximilien Robespierre is born

1775 – Benjamin Franklin’s illegitimate son, New Jersey Royal Governor William Franklin writes to William Legge, 2nd Earl of Dartmouth and the British secretary of state for the colonies, that the violence at Lexington and Concord diminishes the chance for reconciliation between the North American colonies and Britain

1840 – Son of Harriet Beecher Stowe, Frederick William Stowe, is born

1856 – First man to reach the North Pole, Robert Peary is born

1856 – Founder of psychoanalysis, neurologist Sigmund Freud is born

1856 – US Army troops from Fort Tejon and Fort Miller prepare to ride out to protect Keyesville, California from a Yokut Indian attack

1859 – Explorer Alexander von Humboldt dies

1861 – Arkansas becomes the ninth state to secede from the Union

1862 – Writer and philosopher Henry David Thoreau dies of tuberculosis

1864 – In the second day of the Battle of the Wilderness between the Union and Confederates, Confederate General James Longstreet is wounded by his own men

1868 – French novelist Gaston Leroux is born

1876 – Thomas Gainsborough’s painting Duchess of Devonshire is auctioned in London, nearly 100 years after it disappeared into obscurity. It sold for 10,000 guineas; the highest price ever paid for a work of art up until this time. A few weeks later, it was stolen from Thomas Agnew & Sons art gallery by Adam Worth after his cohorts turned him in, Worth was sent to prison for four years, albeit on different charges. After his release, he negotiated with the Pinkerton Detective Agency and the painting was returned to England where it was promptly purchased by J.P. Morgan, Wall Street’s biggest financier

1877 – Chief Crazy Horse surrenders to US troops in Nebraska

1888 – Candy manufacturer Russell Stover is born

1895 – Actor Rudolph Valentino is born

1902 – Director Max Ophuls is born

1911 – George Maledon, the man who executed at least 60 men for “Hanging Judge” Isaac Parker, dies

1915 – Actor, director, and writer, Orson Welles is born

1915 – Allied troops engage in the unsuccessful second Battle of Krithia, Gallipoli

1919 – Author L. Frank Baum dies

1931 – Baseball player Willie Mays is born

1933 – President Franklin Roosevelt signs an executive order creating the Works Progress Administration

1937 – The dirigible Hindenburg explodes into flames at Lakehurst, New Jersey, killing 36 people

1940 – John Steinbeck is awarded the Pulitzer Prize for The Grapes of Wrath

1941 – Bob Hope gives his first USO show at California’s March Field

1942 – Writer Ariel Dorfman is born

1942 – General Jonathan Wainwright surrenders Corregidor to the Japanese

1944 – The Red Army besieges and captures Sevastopol in the Crimea

1945 – Axis Sally makes her final propaganda broadcast to Allied troops

1952 – Physician and educator Maria Montessori dies

1953 – Prime Minister of the UK, Tony Blair, is born

1954 – British runner Roger Bannister breaks the four-minute mile

1960 – President Dwight Eisenhower signs the Civil Rights Act of 1960

1961 – Actor, director, producer, and screenwriter, George Clooney is born

1962 – The first nuclear warhead is fired from a Polaris submarine

1970 – Hundreds of colleges and universities across the nation shut down as thousands of students join a nationwide protest on campus’ to protest the Vietnam War

1972 – Communists continue to batter remnants of South Vietnam’s 5th Division at An Loc

1976 – A massive earthquake hits Italy, killing 939 and leaving 157,000 homeless

1991 – 31-year-old race car driver Harry Gant, wins his 12th NASCAR Winston Cup victory in Talladega, Alabama

1992 – Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev reviews the Cold War in his speech at Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri at the site of Winston Churchill’s “Iron Curtain” speech 46 years before

1992 – Actress and singer Marlene Dietrich dies

1994 – The Channel Tunnel linking England to France is opened officially

2004 – The final episode of NBC’s longest-running comedy series, Friends, airs

2013 – Three women, Michelle Knight, Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus are rescued from a Cleveland, Ohio house where they had been imprisoned for many years by Ariel Castro. Castro led a double life, an upstanding citizen on one end, a vicious kidnapper on the other, often beating, starving and raping the women he kept locked up. After going out, Berry stood at the front door and screamed for help. Neighbors kicked the door in and rescued her and her daughter, a child fathered by Castro. Police arrived soon thereafter and rescued the other girls. Castro was sentenced to life in prison without parole, plus 1,000 years but hung himself with a sheet on September 3rd

Written by Crystal McCann

Crystal is the Chief Operating Officer of Lanterns Media Network and the owner of Madisons Media. She lives in Texas with her husband and dogs and is the proud mother of two adult children.

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