Today in History for 6th May 2020

Historical Events

1672 – Brandenburg monarch Frederik Willem signs treaty with Netherlands
1860 – Giuseppe Garibaldi’s Mille sets sail from Genoa to the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies
1937 – German airship Hindenburg explodes in flames at Lakehurst, New Jersey, killing 35 of the 97 on board and 1 on the ground
1964 – Joe Orton’s play “Entertaining Mr Sloan” premieres in London
1979 – Louis LaRusso II’s “Knockout” premieres in NYC
2014 – Boko Haram’s leader, Abubakar Shekau, releases a 57 minute video boasting about abducting schoolgirls in Nigeria

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Famous Birthdays

1861 – Motilal Nehru, Indian lawyer and freedom fighter, born in Agra, British India (d. 1931)
1879 – Bedřich Hrozný, Czech orientalist and linguist (development of Hittitology), born in Lysá nad Labem, Bohemia, Austria-Hungary (d. 1952)
1883 – José Ortega y Gasset, Spanish philosopher and author (The Revolt of the Masses), born in Madrid, Spain (d. 1955)
1921 – Freddy Randall, English jazz trumpeter, born in London (d. 1999)
1973 – Clay Williams, OL (Indianapolis Colts)
2019 – Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, British son of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, born in London, England

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Famous Deaths

1739 – Bernardus Smijtegelt, Dutch vicar (Gekrookte Reed), dies at 63
1978 – Ko van Dijk Jr, Dutch actor (Zaak M P), dies at 61
1996 – Leo Joseph Suenens, Belgian prelate of the Roman Catholic Church, dies at 91
2002 – Saleh Selim, Egyptian football player and 10th president of the Egyptian Al-Ahly Sporting Club, dies at 71
2002 – Pim Fortuyn, Dutch politician (b. 1948)
2018 – George G. Hall, Northern Irish applied mathematician, dies at 93

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