Today in history: May 6 Hindenburg disaster National
Today is Friday, May 6, the 126th day of 2022. There are 239 days left in the year.
Today’s moment of history:
On May 6, 1937, the hydrogen-filled German airship Hindenburg caught fire and crashed while trying to dock in Lakehurst, New Jersey; 35 of the 97 people on board died along with a crew member on the ground.
In 1882, President Chester Alan Arthur signed the Exclusion from China Act, which banned Chinese immigrants from the United States for 10 years (Arthur opposed the previous version with a 20-year ban).
In 1910, Britain’s Edwardian era ended with the death of King Edward VII; he was replaced by George V.
In 1935, in accordance with an order signed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, the Production Process Administration began work.
In 1941, Joseph Stalin took over the post of Soviet Prime Minister, replacing Vyacheslav (VEE-che-slava) M. Molotov. Comedian Bob Hope made his first USO show in front of a military audience when he broadcast his radio program from March Field in Riverside, California.
In 1942, during World War II, about 15,000 American and Philippine troops on Karehidor Island surrendered to Japanese troops.
In 1954, medical student Roger Bennister covered a four-minute mile during a competition in Oxford, England, for 3: 59.4.
In 1994, former Arkansas employee Paul Jones filed a lawsuit against President Bill Clinton, alleging that he sexually harassed her in 1991 (Jones reached an agreement with Clinton in November 1998.)
In 2004, President George W. Bush apologized for the ill-treatment of Iraqi prisoners by American soldiers, calling it a “stain of our country’s pride”; he rejected calls for the resignation of Defense Minister Donald Rumsfeld.
In 2006, Lillian Gertrude Asplund, the last American to survive the Titanic’s death, died at the age of 99 in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts.
In 2010, a computerized warrant for a sale sparked an “outbreak” on Wall Street, causing the Dow Jones industrial companies to lose nearly 1,000 points in less than half an hour.
In 2013, abduction and rape victims Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight, who went missing alone about ten years ago in their teens or 20s, were rescued from a home south of central Cleveland. (Their captor, Ariel Castro, hanged himself in prison in September 2013 at the beginning of life imprisonment plus 1,000 years.)
In 2020, New York began shutting down its subway system at night to allow for additional cleaning and disinfection of cars and stations amid the pandemic. President Donald Trump has changed course regarding plans to reduce his task force on COVID-19; he said the forces would shift their focus to restarting the economy and developing a vaccine.
Ten years ago, Vice President Joe Biden told NBC “Meet the Press” that he was “absolutely comfortable” with gay couples getting married, receiving the same civil rights and freedoms as heterosexual couples. Socialist Francois Hollande (frahn-SWAH ‘oh-LAWND’) defeated conservative incumbent President Nicolas Sarkozy (‘sahr-koh-ZEE’) to become the next president of France. Actor George Lindsay, “Huber” from “Andy Griffith Show”, has died in Nashville at the age of 83.
Five years ago: a Nigerian military official said that 83 schoolgirls Chibok (chih-bawk ‘) were released more than three years after they were abducted from their boarding school by Boko Haram extremists (BOH’-koh hah-rahm’ ).
A year ago: Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a 48-page election bill that, Republicans said, would protect against fraud and vote-gathering; Democrats and voting rights activists said it was an attempt to make it difficult for some people to vote. In the election year, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bothams announced she would not run for a second term. The Angels of Los Angeles cut off 41-year-old superstar Albert Puyols. (Pujols will finish the season with the Los Angeles Dodgers before returning to the St. Louis Cardinals in 2022.)
Today’s Birthday: Willy Mace’s Baseball Hall of Fame is 91 years old. Senator Richard Shelby of Alabama – 88. Rock singer Bob Seeger – 77. Singer Jimmy Dale Gilmore – 77. Evangelical singer and comedian Lulu Roman – 76. Actor Alan Dale 75. Actor Ben Masters 75. Actor Actor Henry – 70. Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair – 69. TV presenter Tom Berger – 67. Actor Rome Downey – 62. Rock singer John Flansburg (They Might Be Giants) – 62. Actor Julianne Phillips – 62. Actor directed by George Clooney – 61 years. Actor Clay O’Brien is 61 years old. Rock music by Tony Scalz (Fastball) – 58. Actor Leslie Hope – 57. Actor Geneva Carr (TV: “Bull”) – 56. Rock music by Mark Brian (Hootie and the Blowfish) – 55. Rock music by Chris Shiflet Foo Fighters) – 51. Actor Stacey Aristana – 43. Models / TV personality Tiffany Coyne – 40. Actor Adriana Politsky – 39. Actor Gabura Siddibe (GA’-bah-ray SIH’-duh-bay) – 39. Actor-comedian Sashir Zamato – 36. Rapper Mick Mil – 35. Infielder “Houston Astros” Jose Altowe is 32 years old. Actor and singer Naomi Scott – 29. Actor Noah Galvin – 28.
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