Today in History: May 6

Today in History: May 6

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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.

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.