Today's History Trivia for May 6
1896 First Flight of a Heavier-Than-Air Flying Machine Prof. Samuel P. Langley flies his unmanned steam-powered Aerodrome over the Potomac River. His later attempts at manned flight were unsuccessful.
1994 Eurotunnel The first tunnel to connect Britain and France holds its formal opening ceremonies. Round-trip prices ranged from $195 to $465.
1994 Bobcat Goldthwait The comedian sets his chair on fire during his interview with Jay Leno on The Tonight Show.
1992 MI6 Britain acknowledges the existence of its secret MI6 intelligence service and its chief Sir Colin McColl, known as 'C.'
1964 Longest major-league home run during a regular-season game 573 feet by Dave Nicholson for the Chicago White Sox. Source: Guinness Book of World Records
1941 Bob Hope The legendary comedian gives his first USO performance. It was at March Field in California.
1861 Confederate Act recognizing the state of war between the United States and the Confederacy.
1861 Civil War Arkansas becomes the 9th state to secede from the Union.
1835 First issue of The New York Herald James Gordon Bennett begins publishing his paper from a Wall Street basement.
Today's Birthdays for May 6
1953 Tony Blair British Labour Party politician, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (1997-2007).
1945 Bob Seger (Robert Clark Seger), American rock singer.
1931 Willie Mays American Baseball Hall-of-Famer, "The Say Hey Kid."
1916 Adriana Caselotti d. 1997 Italian-American singer, actress. She was the voice of Snow White in the 1937 Walt Disney classic, for which she was paid $970.
1915 Theodore H. White d. 1986 American Pulitzer-Emmy winning author. Writings: The Making of the President, 1960 (1961, Pulitzer).
1915 Orson Welles d. 1985 American actor, director, producer, panicked the nation with his radio broadcast of The War of the Worlds (October 30, 1938). He was also the voice of radio's The Shadow and directed the film classic Citizen Kane (1941).
1913 Stewart Granger d. 1993 (James Leblanche Stewart), British-born American actor. Film: King Solomon's Mines (1950), The Prisoner of Zenda (1952), and The Last Safari (1967).
1904 Raymond Bailey d. 1980 American actor. TV: The Beverly Hillbillies (1962-71, Milburn Drysdale).
1870 A. P. Giannini d. 1949 (Amadeo Pietro Giannini), American businessman, founder of Bank of America.
1856 Sigmund Freud d. 1939 Austrian psychiatrist, founder of psychoanalysis, defined the "Oedipus complex." When asked about his cigar smoking he replied "Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar."
1856 Robert Edwin Peary d. 1920 American Arctic explorer. He was the first to reach the North Pole.
1574 Innocent X d. 1655 Italian religious leader, 236th Pope (1644-55). He formally condemned Jansenism (1653).
1501 Marcellus II d. 1555 religious leader, 222nd Pope (April - May 1555).
Deaths for May 6
1992 Marlene Dietrich b. 1901 (Maria Magdalene Dietrich), German-born American actress, singer. Film: The Blue Angel (1930). She was awarded the Medal of Freedom for her efforts during World War II.
1987 William Joseph Casey b. 1913 CIA director (1981-87).
1979 Milton Ager b. 1893 American composer. Music: Ain't She Sweet and Happy Days Are Here Again.
1952 Maria Montessori b. 1870 Italian educator. She created the world-famous Montessori system of teaching children. She was also the first woman in Italy to obtain a medical degree (1894).
1919 L.Frank Baum b. 1856 American author. Writings: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1900).
1910 Edward VII b. 1841 (Albert Edward), King of England and Ireland (1901-10).
1870 Sir James Young Simpson b. 1811 Scottish obstetrician. He developed the use of anesthesia.
1862 Henry David Thoreau b. 1817 American poet, philosopher.