Today in History, English
Today in History, English

52051May.06Event1935 – The first flight of the Curtiss P-36 Hawk.
52052May.06Event1937 – Hindenburg disaster: The German zeppelin Hindenburg catches fire and is destroyed within a minute while attempting to dock at Lakehurst, New Jersey. Thirty-six people are killed.
52053May.06Event1940 – John Steinbeck is awarded the Pulitzer Prize for his novel The Grapes of Wrath.
52054May.06Event1941 – At California's March Field, Bob Hope performs his first USO show.
52055May.06Event1941 – The first flight of the Republic P-47 Thunderbolt.
52056May.06Event1942 – World War II: On Corregidor, the last American forces in the Philippines surrender to the Japanese.
52057May.06Event1945 – World War II: Axis Sally delivers her last propaganda broadcast to Allied troops.
52058May.06Event1945 – World War II: The Prague Offensive, the last major battle of the Eastern Front, begins.
52059May.06Event1949 – EDSAC, the first practical electronic digital stored-program computer, runs its first operation.
52060May.06Event1954 – Roger Bannister becomes the first person to run the mile in under four minutes.
52061May.06Event1960 – More than 20 million viewers watch the first televised royal wedding when Princess Margaret marries Anthony Armstrong-Jones at Westminster Abbey.
52062May.06Event1962 – St. Martín de Porres is canonized by Pope John XXIII.
52063May.06Event1966 – Myra Hindley and Ian Brady are sentenced to life imprisonment for the Moors murders in England.
52064May.06Event1972 – Deniz Gezmiş, Yusuf Aslan and Hüseyin İnan are executed in Ankara for attempting to overthrow the Constitutional order.
52065May.06Event1975 – During a lull in fighting, 100,000 Armenians gather in Beirut to commemorate 60th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide.
52066May.06Event1976 – An earthquake strikes the Friuli region of northeastern Italy, causing 989 deaths and the destruction of entire villages.
52067May.06Event1981 – A jury of architects and sculptors unanimously selects Maya Ying Lin's design for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial from 1,421 other entries.
52068May.06Event1983 – The Hitler Diaries are revealed as a hoax after examination by experts.
52069May.06Event1984 – One hundred three Korean Martyrs are canonized by Pope John Paul II in Seoul.
52070May.06Event1989 – Cedar Point opens Magnum XL-200, the first roller coaster to break the 200 ft height barrier, therefore spawning what is known as the "coaster wars".
52071May.06Event1994 – Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom and French President François Mitterrand officiate at the opening of the Channel Tunnel.
52072May.06Event1994 – Former Arkansas state worker Paula Jones files a lawsuit against United States President Bill Clinton, alleging that he had sexually harassed her in 1991.
52073May.06Event1996 – The body of former CIA director William Colby is found washed up on a riverbank in southern Maryland, eight days after he disappeared.
52074May.06Event1997 – The Bank of England is given independence from political control, the most significant change in the bank's 300-year history.
52075May.06Event1998 – Kerry Wood strikes out 20 Houston Astros to tie the major league record held by Roger Clemens. He threw a one-hitter and did not walk a batter in his fifth career start.
52076May.06Event1999 – The first elections to the devolved Scottish Parliament and Welsh Assembly are held.
52077May.06Event2001 – During a trip to Syria, Pope John Paul II becomes the first pope to enter a mosque.
52078May.06Event2002 – After a radio-interview at the Mediapark in Hilversum the Dutch politician Pim Fortuyn is assassinated.
52079May.06Event2004 – The series finale of the television sitcom Friends is aired on NBC. The finale attracts 52.46 million viewers, making it the sixth most watched television series finale in U.S. history.
52080May.06Event2013 – Three women missing for more than a decade are found alive in the U.S. city of Cleveland, Ohio. Their captor, Ariel Castro, is taken into custody.

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