Saturday, May 06, 2017
History for May 6 - On-This-Day.com:
Maximilien Robespierre 1758 - French revolutionary, Sigmund Freud 1856 - Psychiatrist, originated psychoanalysis, Robert E. Peary, Sr. 1856 - Explorer
Rudolph Valentino (Rodolfo Pietro Filiberto Raffaello Guglielmi di Valentina) 1895 - Actor, (George) Orson Welles 1915 - Actor ("War of the Worlds", "A Man for All Seasons", "Catch-22"), Tony Blair 1953 - British Prime Minister
1527 - German troops began sacking Rome, bringing about the end of the Renaissance.
1889 - The Universal Exposition opened in Paris, France, marking the dedication of the Eiffel Tower. Also at the exposition was the first automobile in Paris, the Mercedes-Benz.
1937 - The German airship Hindenburg crashed and burned in Lakehurst, NJ. Thirty-six people (of the 97 on board) were killed.
1941 - Joseph Stalin assumed the Soviet premiership.
1960 - U.S. President Eisenhower signed the Civil Rights Act of 1960.
1981 - A jury of international architects and sculptors unanimously selected Maya Ying Lin's entry for the design of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
1994 - The Channel Tunnel officially opened. The tunnel under the English Channel links England and France.
1994 - Former Arkansas state worker Paula Jones filed suit against U.S. President Clinton. The case alleged that he had sexually harassed her in 1991.