Today in History
Today in History: Wednesday, May  06, 2015
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On May 6, 1937, the hydrogen-filled German dirigible Hindenburg burned and crashed in Lakehurst, N.J., killing 36 of the 97 people on board and a Navy crewman on the ground.
Audio LinkRadio reporter Herb Morrison's eyewitness account
 
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1840A tornado that touched down in eastern Louisiana and crossed the Mississippi River into Natchez, Miss., killed 317 people - most of them on boats in the river.
1856Sigmund Freud, the father of psychoanalysis, was born in Freiberg, Moravia (present-day Pribor, Czech Republic).
1861Arkansas seceded from the Union.
1882Congress passed the Chinese Exclusion Act, which barred Chinese immigrants from the United States for 10 years.
1889The Paris Exposition opened, featuring the just-completed Eiffel Tower.
1910Britain's King Edward VII died.
1915Babe Ruth of the Boston Red Sox hit the first of his 714 major league home runs in a 4-3 loss to the New York Yankees at the Polo Grounds.
1942Some 15,000 Americans and Filipinos on Corregidor surrendered to the Japanese during World War II.
1954Roger Bannister became the first athlete to run a mile in less than four minutes, finishing in 3:59.4 during a track meet in Oxford, England.
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1960Britain's Princess Margaret married Anthony Armstrong Jones, a commoner, at Westminster Abbey. (They divorced in 1978.)
2001Pope John Paul II, during a trip to Syria, became the first pope to enter a mosque.
2002Right-wing Dutch politician Pim Fortuyn was shot and killed in Hilversum, Netherlands.
2002"Spider-Man" became the first movie to make more than $100 million in its opening weekend.
2004The final first-run episode of "Friends" aired on NBC.
2007Conservative Nicolas Sarkozy was elected president of France.
 
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Today's Birthdays:
Actor George Clooney turns 54 years old today.
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NameProfessionAge
Richard ShelbyU.S. senator, R-Ala.81
Bob SegerRock musician70
Alan DaleActor68
Tony BlairFormer British prime minister62
Tom BergeronTV host ("Dancing with the Stars")60
Roma DowneyActress ("Touched by an Angel")55
Julianne PhillipsActress55
Martin BrodeurHockey player43
Adrianne PalickiActress ("Friday Night Lights")32
Gabourey SidibeActress ("Precious")32
Baseball Hall of Famer Willie Mays turns 84 years old years old today.
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