Today in history: May 6, Hindenburg crash

Today is Friday, May 6, the 126th day of 2022. There are 239 days left in the year.

Today’s highlight in the story:

On May 6, 1937, the German hydrogen-filled airship Hindenburg caught fire and crashed while attempting to dock at Lakehurst, New Jersey; 35 of the 97 people on board were killed along with one ground crew member.

To this date :

In 1882, President Chester Alan Arthur signed the Chinese Exclusion Act, which barred Chinese immigrants from entering the United States for 10 years (Arthur had opposed an earlier version with a 20-year ban).

In 1910, Britain’s Edwardian era ended with the death of King Edward VII; he was succeeded by George V.


In 1935, the Works Progress Administration began operating under an executive order signed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

In 1941, Josef Stalin assumed the post of Soviet Premier, replacing Vyacheslav (VEE’-cheh-slav) M. Molotov. Comedian Bob Hope made his first USO broadcast to a military audience as he broadcast his radio show from March Field in Riverside, Calif.

In 1942, during World War II, some 15,000 American and Filipino soldiers on the island of Corregidor surrendered to Japanese forces.

In 1954, medical student Roger Bannister clocked the four-minute mile in an athletics competition in Oxford, England in 3:59.4.

In 1994, former Arkansas state employee Paula Jones sued President Bill Clinton, alleging he sexually harassed her in 1991. (Jones reached a settlement with Clinton in November 1998.)

In 2004, President George W. Bush apologized for the mistreatment of Iraqi prisoners by US soldiers, calling it “a stain on the honor of our country”; he rejected calls for the resignation of Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld.

In 2006, Lillian Gertrud Asplund, the last American survivor of the sinking of the Titanic, died in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts at the age of 99.

In 2010, a computerized sell order triggered a “flash crash” on Wall Street, causing Dow Jones industrialists to lose nearly 1,000 points in less than half an hour.

In 2013, rape victims Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight, who had disappeared separately about a decade earlier when they were teenagers or in their early twenties, were rescued from a home just south of the center -city of Cleveland. (Their captor, Ariel Castro, hanged himself in prison in September 2013 at the start of a life sentence plus 1,000 years.)

In 2020, New York City began shutting down its subway system overnight to allow for additional cleaning and disinfection of cars and stations amid the pandemic. President Donald Trump has reversed plans to cut his COVID-19 task force; he said the force would focus on restarting the economy and developing a vaccine.

Ten years ago: Vice President Joe Biden told NBC’s ‘Meet the Press’ he was ‘absolutely comfortable’ with same-sex couples who marry getting the same civil rights and freedoms than heterosexual couples. Socialist Francois Hollande (frahn-SWAH’ oh-LAWND’) beat incumbent conservative Nicolas Sarkozy (sahr-koh-ZEE’) to become France’s next president. Actor George Lindsey, “Goober” on “The Andy Griffith Show,” has died in Nashville at the age of 83.

Five years ago: A Nigerian military official said 83 Chibok (chih-BAWK’) schoolgirls had been released more than three years after they were abducted from their boarding school by Boko Haram (BOH’-koh hah- RAHM’).

A year ago: Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a 48-page election bill that Republicans say would protect against fraud and vote harvesting; Democrats and suffrage advocates said it was an attempt to make it harder for some people to vote. In a surprise election year, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms announced she would not seek a second term. The Los Angeles Angels have eliminated 41-year-old superstar Albert Pujols. (Pujols would finish the season with the Los Angeles Dodgers, before returning to the St. Louis Cardinals in 2022.)

Today’s birthdays: Baseball Hall of Famer Willie Mays turns 91. Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., is 88. Rock singer Bob Seger is 77 years old. Singer Jimmie Dale Gilmore is 77 years old. Gospel singer and comedienne Lulu Roman is 76 years old. Actor Alan Dale is 75 years old. Actor Ben Masters is 75 years old. Actor Richard Cox is 74 years old. Actor Gregg Henry is 70 years old. Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair is 69. TV personality Tom Bergeron is 67 years old. Actor Roma Downey is 62 years old. Rock singer John Flansburgh (they Might Be Giants) is 62 years old. Actor Julianne Phillips is 62 years old. Actor-director George Clooney is 61 years old. Actor Clay O’Brien is 61 years old. Singer and rock musician Tony Scalzo (Fastball) is 58 years old. Actor Leslie Hope is 57 years old. Actor Geneva Carr (TV: “Bull”) is 56 years old. Rock musician Mark Bryan (Hootie and the Blowfish) is 55. Rock musician Chris Shiflett (Foo Fighters) is 51. Actor Stacey Oristano is 43 years old. Model/TV personality Tiffany Coyne is 40 years old. Actor Adrianne Palicki is 39 years old. Actor Gabourey Sidibe (GA’-bah-ray SIH’-duh-bay) is 39 years old. Actor-comedian Sasheer Zamata is 36 years old. Rapper Meek Mill is 35 years old. Houston Astros infielder Jose Altuve is 32 years old. Actress-singer Naomi Scott is 29 years old. Actor Noah Galvin is 28 years old.

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