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Today In History - May 6
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Today in History Our On This Day In History HistoryOrb.com archives contain over 200,000 events, birthdays and deaths from 6,000 years of history. Here is a roundup of some of them for May 6:
- 1536 - King Henry VIII orders bible be placed in every church in England
- 1626 - Dutch colonist Peter Minuit buys Manhattan Island from local Indians for 60 guilders worth of trinkets
- 1682 - Louis XIV of France moves his court to Versailles.
- 1833 - John Deere makes 1st steel plough
- 1835 - James Gordon Bennett, Sr. publishes the first issue of the New York Herald (price 1 cent).
- 1851 - Dr John Gorrie patents a "refrigeration machine"
- 1861 - Arkansas & Tennessee becomes 9th & 10th states to secede from US
- 1861 - Jefferson Davis approves a bill declaring War between US & Confederacy
- 1862 - Henry David Thoreau, US writer/pacifist (Walden Pond), dies at 44
- 1864 - Battle of Port Walthall Junction, VA
- 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
- 1882 - Thomas Henry Burke and Lord Frederick Cavendish are stabbed and killed during the Phoenix Park Murders in Dublin.
- 1889 - Universal Exposition opens in Paris, Eiffel Tower completed
- 1890 - Mormon Church renounces polygamy [1006-Truth Restored (Morman pub)]
- 1895 - Rudolph Valentino, Castellaneta Italy, silent film star, was born
- 1895 - 21st Kentucky Derby: Soup Perkins aboard Halma wins in 2:37.50
- 1896 - 22nd Kentucky Derby: Willie Simms aboard Ben Brush wins in 2:07.75
- 1904 - American Lung Association holds its 1st meeting
- 1907 - 33rd Kentucky Derby: Andy Minder aboard Pink Star wins in 2:12.6
- 1910 - George V becomes King of the United Kingdom upon the death of his father, Edward VII.
- 1933 - 59th Kentucky Derby: Don Meade aboard Brokers Tip wins in 2:06.8
- 1935 - British King George & Queen Mary celebrates silver jubilee
- 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
- 1944 - 70th Kentucky Derby: Conn McCreary aboard Pensive wins in 2:04.2
- 1945 - World War II: Axis Sally delivers her last propaganda broadcast to Allied troops (first was on December 11, 1941).
- 1946 - Pulitzer prize awarded to Arthur M Schlesinger (Age of Jackson)"
- 1955 - West Germany joins NATO
- 1957 - Last broadcast of "I Love Lucy" on CBS-TV
- 1957 - Pulitzer prize awarded to John F Kennedy (Profiles in Courage)
- 1960 - US President Eisenhower signs Civil Rights Act of 1960
- 1961 - 87th Kentucky Derby: John Sellers aboard Carry Back wins in 2:04
- 1967 - 93rd Kentucky Derby: Bobby Ussery on Proud Clarion wins in 2:00.6
- 1968 - Giants reliever Lindy McDaniel sets NL record of 225th consecutive errorless game (108 chances consecutively since June 16, 1964)
- 1972 - 98th Kentucky Derby: Ron Turcotte aboard Riva Ridge wins in 2:01.8
- 1974 - Bundy victim Roberta Parks disappears from OSU, Corvallis, Ore
- 1982 - Seattle Mariner Gaylord Perry becomes 15th pitcher to win 300 games
- 1985 - 17th Space Shuttle Mission (51-B)-Challenger 7 lands at Edwards AFB
- 1987 - Gary Hart denies affair with model Donna Rice
- 1987 - Mario Andretti sets one-lap speed record at Indy at 218.204 MPH
- 1987 - PTL's Jim Bakker & Rich Dortch dismissed from Assemblies of God
- 1989 - 115th Kentucky Derby: Pat Valenzuela on Sunday Silence wins in 2:05
- 1992 - Marlene Dietrich, [Maria Losch], actress (Angel), dies in Paris at 90
- 1995 - 121st Kentucky Derby: Gary Stevens on Thunder Gulch wins in 2:01.2
- 1997 - Michael Jackson & Bee Gees inducted into Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
- 1997 - Rick Pitino becomes coach of Boston Celtics
- 1997 - The Bank of England is given independence from political control, the most significant change in the bank's 300-year history.
- 1998 - Kerry Wood strikes 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 5th career start.
- 2000 - 126th Kentucky Derby: Kent Desormeaux aboard Fusaichi Pegasus wins in 2:01.12
- 2001 - During a trip to Syria, Pope John Paul II becomes the first pope to enter a mosque.
- 2004 - The season finale of the sitcom Friends airs
- 2006 - 132nd Kentucky Derby: Edgar Prado aboard Barbaro wins in 2:01.36
- 2008 - Chaiten Volcano erupts in Chile, forcing the evacuation of more than 4,500 people.
- 2010 - The second largest intraday point swing in Dow Jones Industrial Average history occurs.
- 2013 - Wal-Mart becomes the largest company by revenue on the Fortune 500 list
- 2013 - The US Senate passes a bill enabling taxing of online sales
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