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Calendar for May 6th, 2013

1840s

  • 1840: First postage stamps issued in the U.K.

  • 1850s

  • 1851: Dr. John Gorrie patented an ice machine

  • 1851: Linus Yale, Jr. received a patent for a lock and key

  • Born 1856: Sigmund Freud (neurologist & psychiatrist)

  • 1860s

  • Died 1862: Henry David Thoreau (writer)

  • 1864: Confederate General James Longstreet was seriously wounded by his own troops by mistake, Battle of the Wilderness, Virginia

  • 1890s

  • Born 1895: Rudolph Valentino (actor)

  • 1896: Successful flight of Samuel Langley's model Aerodrome No. 5 aircraft

  • 1910s

  • Born 1915: Orson Welles (actor & director)

  • Died 1919: L. Frank Baum (author)

  • 1930s

  • Born 1931: Willie Mays (baseball player)

  • 1940s

  • 1941: At California's March Field, Bob Hope performed his first USO show

  • Born 1945: Bob Seger (musician)

  • 1950s

  • Born 1953: Tony Blair (British Prime Minister)

  • Born 1955: Tom Bergeron (television personality)

  • 1960s

  • Born 1961: George Clooney (actor)

  • 1970s

  • Died 1978: Ethelda Bleibtrey (Olympic swimmer)

  • 1990s

  • Died 1992: Marlene Dietrich (actress)

  • 1994: The Channel Tunnel, more commonly known as the "Chunnel," linking England and France opened

  • 2000s

  • Died 2002: Otis Blackwell (songwriter)

  • 2006: Racehorse Barbaro won the 132nd Kentucky Derby in Louisville, Kentucky

  • Died 2006: Lillian Asplund (last American survivor of the sinking of the Titanic in 1912)


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