On May 6…

1851 – Dr. John Gorrie of Apalachicola FL, patented the mechanical refrigerator.

1851 – Linus Yale of Newport, NY became well known for his patent of the clock-type lock.

1856 – Psychiatrist Sigmund Freud was born in Frieberg, Germany.


1856 – Robert E. Peary, first person to reach the North Pole, was born in Cresson, PA.


1895 – Silent film screen star Rudolph Valentino was born Rodolfo Alfonso di Valentina D’Antonguolla in Puglia, Italy.


1933 – President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed legislation creating the Works Progress Administration (WPA).

1937 – The German airship Hindenburg, the largest dirigible ever built, exploded as it arrived at Lakehurst, NJ.


1940 – John Steinbeck won the Pulitzer Prize for The Grapes of Wrath.


1941 – Joseph Stalin became the premier of Russia.


1942 – Lte. Gen. Jonathan Wainwright surrendered all American troops in the Philippines to the Japanese.

1954 – Roger Bannister broke the four-minute mile in Oxford, England with a time of 3:59.4 seconds.

1957 – Senator John Fitzgerald Kennedy of Massachusetts was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for his book Profiles in Courage.


1959 – Pablo Picasso’s painting of a Dutch girl was sold for $154,000 in London, the highest price paid at the time for a painting by a living artist.


1994 – A rail tunnel beneath the English Channel joining Great Britain with France, called the “Chunnel,” officially opened.

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