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Today in History: May 6

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Today in History
May 6

1527   German troops begin sacking Rome. Libraries are destroyed, the Pope is captured and thousands are killed.
1529   Babur defeats the Afghan Chiefs in the Battle of Ghaghra, India.
1682   King Louis XIV moves his court to Versailles, France.
1856   U.S. Army troops from Fort Tejon and Fort Miller prepare to ride out to protect Keyesville, California, from Yokut Indian attack.
1861   Arkansas becomes the ninth state to secede from the Union.
1862   Henry David Thoreau dies of tuberculosis at age 44.
1863   Confederate General Robert E. Lee wins his greatest victory at the Battle of Chancellorsville in Spotsylvania County, Virginia. [From MHQ—The Quarterly Journal of Military History]
1864   In the second day of the Battle of the Wilderness between Union General Ulysses S. Grant and Confederate General Robert E. Lee, Confederate Gen. James Longstreet is wounded by his own men.
1877   Chief Crazy Horse surrenders to U.S. troops in Nebraska. Crazy Horse brought General George Custer to his end.
1937   The dirigible Hindenburg explodes in flames at Lakehurst, New Jersey.
1941   Bob Hope gives his first USO show at California’s March Field.
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.
1954   British runner Roger Bannister breaks the four minute mile.
1960   President Dwight D. Eisenhower signs the Civil Rights Act of 1960.
1962   The first nuclear warhead is fired from a Polaris submarine.
1994   The Channel Tunnel linking England to France is officially opened.
Born on May 6
973   Henry II, Holy Roman emperor.
1740   John Penn, signer of the Declaration of Independence.
1758   Maximilien Robespierre, French revolutionary.
1840   Frederick William Stowe, son of Harriet Beecher Stowe.
1856   Robert Edward Peary, arctic explorer and the first man to reach the North Pole.
1856   Sigmund Freud, Austrian neurologist, founder of psychoanalysis.
1868   Gaston Leroux, French novelist (The Phantom of the Opera).
1888   Russell Stover, candy manufacturer.
1895   Rudolph Valentino, actor, film icon.
1902   Max Ophuls, film director (La Ronde, Lola Montes).
1915   Orson Welles, actor, director, and writer (Citizen Kane).
1931   Willie Mays, baseball player.
1942   Ariel Dorfman, Chilean writer (Death and the Maiden).