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May 6 - Today in History
By Staff
May 6, 2014 - 12:00:00 AM

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0523 - Thrasamunde, king of Vandalen, dies
1085 - King Alfonso VI, of Leon conquered Toledo, dies
1124 - Balak, Emir of Aleppo, murdered
1312 - Pope Clement V closes Council of Vienna
1476 - Emperor Frederik III of Habsburg and duke Charles the Stout arrange marriage of their children
1527 - Spanish and German Imperial troops sack Rome; ending Renaissance
1529 - Battle at Gogra: Mogol emperor Babur beats Afghans and Bengals
1536 - King Henry VIII, orders bible be placed in every church
1598 - Arch duke Albrecht and Isabella become monarch of Southern Netherlands
1626 - Dutch colonist Paul Minuit buys Manhattan for $24 in trinkets
1642 - Ville Marie (Montreal) forms
1644 - Johan Mauritius resigns as governor of Brazil
1648 - Battle at Z�lty Wody-Bohdan Chmielricki's Cossaks beat John II Casimir
1672 - Brandenburgs monarch Frederik Willem signs treaty with Netherlands
1733 - First international boxing match: Bob Whittaker beats Tito di Carni
1753 - French King Louis XV observes transit of Mercury at Mendon Castle
1757 - Battle at Prague: Frederik II of Prussia beats emperor army
1787 - First Black Masonic Lodge (African # 459) forms Prince Hall, Boston
1794 - Haiti, under Toussaint L'Ouverture, revolts against France
1804 - Suriname sold to English (until Feb, 1816)
1833 - John Deere makes first steel plow
1835 - First edition of NY Herald (price 1�)
1840 - First postage stamps (Penny Black) issued (Great Britain)
1844 - Johan Thorbecke argue general right to vote
1848 - Otto Tank ends slavery in Suriname colony
1851 - Dr John Gorrie patents a "refrigeration machine"
1851 - Linus Yale patents Yale-lock
1851 - New slave regulations go into effect in Suriname
1851 - SF Chamber of Commerce starts
1853 - First major US rail disaster kills 46 (Norwalk, Connecticut)
1860 - SF Olympic Club, first US athletic club forms
1861 - Arkansas and Tennessee becomes 9th and 10th state to secede from US
1861 - Jefferson Davis approves a bill declaring War between US and Confederacy
1864 - Battle of Port Walthall Junction, Virginia
1864 - Battle of Wilderness-Gen Longstreet seriously injured
1864 - General Sherman begins advance to Atlanta Georgia
1882 - Chinese Exclusion Act: US Congress ceases Chinese immigration
1882 - Epping Forest England dedicated by Queen Victoria
1889 - Universal Exposition opens in Paris, Eiffel Tower completed
1890 - Mormon Church renounces polygamy [1006-Truth Restored (Morman pub)]
1891 - Conductors on London General Omnibus Company go on strike
1895 - 21st Kentucky Derby: Soup Perkins aboard Halma wins in 2:37�
1896 - 22nd Kentucky Derby: Willie Simms aboard Ben Brush wins in 2:07.75
1902 - British SS Camorta sinks off Rangoon; 739 die
1902 - Start of Sherlock Holmes "Adventure of Shoscombe Old Place" (BG)
1902 - Zulu assault at Holkrantz South-Africa
1903 - Chicago White Sox commit 12 errors against Detroit Tigers
1904 - American Lung Association holds its first meeting
1906 - "Temporary" permit to erect overhead wires on Market St SF
1907 - 33rd Kentucky Derby: Andy Minder aboard Pink Star wins in 2:12.6
1910 - Edward VII, King of England (1901-10), dies at 68
1910 - King George V ascends to British throne
1913 - King Nikita I of Montenegro vacates Skoetari, North-Albania
1914 - British House of Lords rejects women suffrage
1915 - Allies attack Cape Helles, Hellespont
1915 - German U-20 sinks Centurion SE of Ireland
1915 - Red Sox Babe Ruth pitching debut and first HR, loses to Yanks 4-3 in 15
1916 - Belgian troop march into Kigali, German East-Africa
1917 - St Louis Brown Bob Groom no-hits Chic White Sox, 3-0
1919 - Frank Lyman Baum, author (Wizard of Oz), dies at 62
1919 - Paris Peace Conference disposes of German colonies; Ger E Africa is assigned to Britain and France, German SW Africa to South Africa
1921 - American Soccer League forms
1925 - Ty Cobb hits his 5th HR in 2 games tying Cap Ansons record of 1884
1929 - AL announces it will discontinue MVP award
1933 - 59th Kentucky Derby: Don Meade aboard Brokers Tip wins in 2:06.8
1933 - Italy and USSR sign trade agreement
1934 - Red Sox score 12 runs in 4th inning including record 4 consecutive triples hit by Carl Reynolds, Moose Solters, Rick Ferrell, and B Walters
1935 - British King George and Queen Mary celebrates silver jubilee
1935 - Pulitzer prize awarded to Audrey Wurdemann (Bright Ambush)
1937 - Dirigible Hindenburg explodes in flames at Lakehurst, NJ (36 die)
1938 - Dutch writer Maurits Dekker sentenced to 50 days for "offending a friendly head of state" (Hitler)
1939 - 65th Kentucky Derby: James Stout aboard Johnstown wins in 2:03.4
1940 - Pulitzer prize awarded to John Steinbeck (Grapes of Wrath)
1941 - Joseph Stalin became premier of Russia
1942 - Corregidor and Philippines surrender to Japanese Armies
1943 - British first army opens assault on Tunis
1944 - 70th Kentucky Derby: Conn McCreary aboard Pensive wins in 2:04.2
1945 - Gen J Blaskowitz surrenders German troops in Netherlands
1946 - Pulitzer prize awarded to Arthur M Schlesinger (Age of Jackson)"
1948 - "Sally" opens at Martin Beck Theater NYC for 36 performances
1950 - "Great to Be Alive" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 52 perfs
1950 - 76th Kentucky Derby: William Boland on Middleground wins in 2:01.6
1950 - Liz Taylor's first marriage (Conrad Hilton Jr)
1951 - Pitts Pirate Cliff Chambers no-hits Boston Brave, 3-0
1953 - Brown's Bobo Holloman first major league start, no-hits Phila A's, 6-0
1954 - Roger Bannister of Britain breaks 4 minute mile (3:59:4)
1955 - West Germany joins NATO
1956 - Gus Bell (Reds) homers off Bob Miller in both ends of a double header
1957 - Italian government of Segni resigns
1957 - Last broadcast of "I Love Lucy" on CBS-TV
1957 - Pulitzer prize awarded to John F Kennedy (Profiles in Courage)
1959 - Iceland gunboats shoot at British fishing ships
1960 - English prince Margaret marries Antony Armstrong-Jones (Lord Snowdon)
1960 - Pres Eisenhower signs Civil Rights Act of 1960
1960 - Students attack Dutch embassy in Djakarta
1960 - Trotsky's murderer Jacques Mornard (Ramon Mercader), freed in Mexico
1961 - 87th Kentucky Derby: John Sellers aboard Carry Back wins in 2:04
1961 - Omer Vanaudenhove chosen chairman of Belgium Liberal Party
1962 - First nuclear warhead fired from Polaris submarine (Ethan Allen)
1962 - Antonio Segni elected president of Italy
1962 - Mary Lena Faulk wins LPGA Peach Blossom Golf Tournament
1962 - Pathet Lao breaks cease fire/conquerors Nam Tha Laos
1962 - US performs nuclear test at Pacific Ocean
1963 - Pulitzer prize awarded to Barbara Tuchman (Guns of August)
1965 - Lawry and Simpson complete opening stand of 382 against W Indies
1966 - Canadian Minister of Finance announces a $20 Centennial gold coin
1966 - Most runs scored in 11th inning (9) Phils score 5 to beat Pirates 8-7
1967 - 400 students seize administration building at Cheyney State College
1967 - 93rd Kentucky Derby: Bobby Ussery on Proud Clarion wins in 2:00.6
1967 - Maureen Wilton runs female world record marathon (3:15:22)
1967 - Zakir Hussain elected first Moslem president of India
1968 - Battle between students and troops in Paris, 1000 injured
1968 - Giants reliever Lindy McDaniel sets NL record of 225th consecutive errorless game (108 chances consecutively since June 16, 1964)
1968 - Spain closes border to Gibraltar except to Spaniards
1970 - Yuchiro Miura of Japan skies down Mt Everest
1972 - 98th Kentucky Derby: Ron Turcotte aboard Riva Ridge wins in 2:01.8
1973 - First WHA championship, New England Whalers beat Win Jets, 4 games to 1
1973 - Judy Rankin wins LPGA American Defender-Raleigh Golf Classic
1974 - A's pitcher Paul Lindblad makes an errant throw in first inning of 6-3 loss to Balt ends his record streak of 385 consecutive errorless games
1974 - Bundy victim Roberta Parks disappears from OSU, Corvallis, Ore
1974 - Smallest attendance at Phila's Veterans Stadium (4,149)
1974 - Stolen "Guitar Player" painting by Jan Vermeer found in London
1974 - W German chancellor W Brandt resigns
1975 - Bundy victim Lynette Culver disappears from Pocatello, Idaho
1975 - Early warnings provided by REACT (ham radio operators) means only
1975 - 3 people die in tornado that strikes Omaha, Nebraska
1977 - "Beatles at Hollywood Bowl," released in UK
1978 - 104th Kentucky Derby: Steve Cauthen aboard Affirmed wins in 2:01.2
1978 - South Africa military goes into Angola
1979 - Fred Markham set a bicycle speed record of 818 kph over 200 m
1979 - Louis LaRusso II's "Knockout," premieres in NYC
1979 - Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Women's International Golf Tournament
1979 - USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
1981 - Mariners manager Maury Wills is fired and replaced by Rene Lachemann
1981 - US expels Libyan diplomats
1982 - Seattle Mariner Gaylord Perry becomes 15th pitcher to win 300 games
1984 - Balt Oriole Cal Ripken Jr hits for cycle
1984 - Jos� Napoleon Duarte wins El Salvador presidential election
1985 - 17th Space Shuttle Mission (51-B)-Challenger 7 lands at Edwards AFB
1986 - Berlin: Real Madrid wins 15th UEFA Cup
1986 - Donald E Pelotte becomes first native American bishop
1986 - France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island
1987 - Gary Hart denies affair with model Donna Rice
1987 - Mario Andretti sets one-lap speed record at Indy at 218.204 MPH
1987 - Niroslav Milhailovic begins 54 hours of telling jokes
1987 - PTL's Jim Bakker and Rich Dortch dismissed from Assemblies of God
1987 - USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
1988 - Graeme Hick scores 405 for Worcs v Somerset 35 fours 11 sixes
1988 - Doughnutgate incident: NJ Devils' coach Jim Schoenfeld tells referee Don Koharski to 'eat another doughnut you fat pig!,' he is suspended
1989 - 115th Kentucky Derby: Pat Valenzuela on Sunday Silence wins in 2:05
1990 - Ayako Okamoto wins LPGA Sara Lee Golf Classic
1990 - Former president PW Botha quit South Africa's ruling National Party
1990 - Tom Cruise is ticketed for careless operation of a vehicle in SC
1991 - Phillie Lenny Dykstra slams his sports car into 2 trees
1991 - Seppo Raty of Finland sets javelin record to 301' 9"
1991 - Space Shuttle STS 39 (Discovery 12) lands
1992 - NY Met Anthony Young begins losing streak of at least 26 games
1992 - Werder Bremen wins 32nd Europe Cup II
1993 - STS-55 (Columbia) lands
1994 - Chunnel linking England and France officially opens
1994 - Comedian Bobcat Goldthwait sets fire to the couch on Tonight Show
1994 - House passes the assault weapons ban
1994 - Lennox Lewis TKOs Phil Jackson in 8 for heavyweight boxing title
1994 - Nelson Mandela and his ANC, finally confirmed winners in South Africa
1995 - 121st Kentucky Derby: Gary Stevens on Thunder Gulch wins in 2:01.2
1995 - ABC Bud Light Masters Bowling Tournament won by Mike Aulby
1995 - Classic Sports Network begins on cable TV
1996 - Guatemala's leftist guerrillas sign key accord with government of Pres
1996 - Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Hartford CT on WCCC 106.9 FM
1996 - Alvaro Arzu aimed at ending 35 years of civil war
1997 - Army Staff Sgt Delmar Simpson gets 25-year sentence for rape
1997 - Michael Jackson and Bee Gees inducted into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
1997 - NHL Hartford Whalers become Carolina Hurricanes
1997 - Rick Pitino becomes coach of Boston Celtics
2001 - Pope John Paul II, during a trip to Syria, became the first pope to enter a mosque
2002 - Right-wing Dutch politician Pim Fortuyn was shot and killed in Hilversum, Netherlands
2002 - Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi was freed after 19 months of house arrest
2004 - An estimated 51.1 million people tuned in for the final first-run episode of "Friends" on NBC

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