THIS DAY IN HISTORY 06/05


This Day in History 06/05

MAY 6TH

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1851 – Linus Yale patents Yale lock

1889 – Universal Exposition opens in Paris, Eiffel Tower completed

1919 – Paris Peace Conference disposes of German colonies; Ger E Africa is assigned to Britain & France, German SW Africa to South Africa

1941 – Joseph Stalin became premier of Russia

1997 – Michael Jackson & Bee Gees inducted into Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

1997 – The Bank of England is given independence from political control, the most significant change in the bank’s 300-year history.

2013 – Wal-Mart becomes the largest company by revenue on the Fortune 500 list

FAMOUS BIRTHDAYS

1856 – Sigmund Freud, Freiberg in Mähren, Moravia, Austrian neurologist and father of psychology, (d. 1939)

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1861 – Motilal Nehru, Indian freedom fighter (d. 1931)

1861 – Rabindranath Tagore, Hindu poet/mystic/composer (Nobel 1913)

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1915 – Orson Welles [George], Kenosha Wisc, actor (Citizen Kane, War of the Worlds), (d. 1985)

1915 – Theodore H White, historian/writer (Making of President)

1953 – Tony Blair, British Prime Minister (Labour, 1997-2007 )

1961 – George Clooney, Lexington Kentucky, actor (Dr Douglas Ross-ER, Batman)

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FAMOUS DEATHS

1859 – Alexander von Humboldt, German naturalist, dies at 89

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1862 – Henry David Thoreau, US writer/pacifist (Walden Pond), dies at 4

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1952 – Maria Montessori, Italian physician/educationist, dies at 81

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1987 – William J Casey, director of CIA (1981-87), dies at 73

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1992 – Marlene Dietrich, [Maria Losch], actress (Angel), dies in Paris at 90

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