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Saturday, May 06, 2006

ON THIS DATE IN HISTORY (An audio Podcast)

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HEADLINES:
On this date in:

1682 King Louis XIV of France took up residence in the Ch√Ęteau de Versailles.

1856 Explorer Robert Edwin Peary was born in Cresson, Pa.

1856 Sigmund Freud, the father of psychoanalysis, was born in Freiberg, Moravia (present-day Pribor, Czech Republic).

1861 Arkansas seceded from the Union.

1863 American Civil War: The Army of Northern Virginia led by Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson scored a decisive Confederate victory in the Battle of Chancellorsville.

1882 Over President Chester A. Arthur's veto, Congress passed the Chinese Exclusion Act, which barred Chinese immigrants from the United States for 10 years.

1889 The Paris Exposition formally opened, featuring the just-completed Eiffel Tower.

1910 Britain's King Edward VII died.

1937 The German zeppelin Hindenburg caught fire and was destroyed at the Lakehurst Naval Air Station in New Jersey, killing 36.

1942 Some 15,000 Americans and Filipinos on Corregidor surrendered to the Japanese during World War II.

1954 Roger Bannister became the first athlete to run a mile in less than four minutes, finishing in 3 minutes 59.4 seconds during a track meet in Oxford, England.

1960 Britain's Princess Margaret married Anthony Armstrong Jones, a commoner, at Westminster Abbey.

1994 - The Channel Tunnel, a 50-km long rail tunnel beneath the English Channel at the Strait of Dover, was officially opened.


CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYS TODAY:

75 Willie Mays Baseball hall-of-famer
61 Bob Seger Rock musician
53 Tony Blair British prime minister
51 Tom Bergeron TV personality (''America's Funniest Home Videos'')
45 George Clooney Actor

HISTORICAL MEMORIAL TRANSITIONS:

83 Sigmund Freud 5/6/1856 - 9/23/1939 Austrian neurologist and founder of psychoanalysis
31 Rudolph Valentino 5/6/1895 - 8/23/1926 Italian-born American silent screen actor
70 Orson Welles 5/6/1915 - 10/10/1985 American movie actor, director, producer and writer

THE HISTORY CHANNEL'S (commercial) VIDEO FOR THIS DATE

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