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Daily Calendar for Tuesday, May 6, 2025

Born

  • Sigmund Freud (neurologist & psychiatrist) –
  • Rudolph Valentino (actor) –
  • Orson Welles (actor & director) –
  • Willie Mays (baseball player) –
  • Bob Seger (musician) –
  • Tony Blair (British Prime Minister) –
  • Tom Bergeron (television personality) –
  • George Clooney (actor) –

Died

  • Henry David Thoreau (writer) –
  • L. Frank Baum (author) –
  • The Duke of Devonshire (Canadian Governor General 1916-1921) –
  • Ethelda Bleibtrey (Olympic swimmer) –
  • Marlene Dietrich (actress) –
  • Otis Blackwell (songwriter) –
  • Lillian Asplund (last American survivor of the sinking of the Titanic in 1912) –

Events

  • London and Gore Railroad Co. incorporated–
  • First postage stamps issued in the U.K.–
  • Dr. John Gorrie patented an ice machine–
  • Linus Yale, Jr. received a patent for a lock and key–
  • Confederate General James Longstreet was seriously wounded by his own troops by mistake, Battle of the Wilderness, Virginia–
  • Successful flight of Samuel Langley’s model Aerodrome No. 5 aircraft–
  • Babe Ruth hit his first homerun–
  • At California’s March Field, Bob Hope performed his first USO show–
  • The Channel Tunnel, more commonly known as the Chunnel, linking England and France opened–
  • Racehorse Barbaro won the 132nd Kentucky Derby in Louisville, Kentucky–
  • Lt.-Col. Maryse Carmichael became the first female commander of the Canadian Snowbirds–

Weather

  • State of emergency declared due to flooding, Winnipeg, Manitoba–
  • Kentucky Derby horses and people alike endured the coldest temperature recorded since the race was introduced in 1875 - a brisk 43F.–
  • Milwaukee recorded 0.6 inch of snow, the first measurable snowfall ever on this date–
  • A cold wave brought morning lows of 17 degrees F to Bismarck, North Dakota–

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