Today in History for 6th May 2022

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Historical Events

1527 – Spanish and German Imperial troops sack Rome, ending the Renaissance
1753 – French King Louis XV observes transit of Mercury at Mendon Castle
1851 – Dr John Gorrie patents a “refrigeration machine”
1915 – The Allies on Cape Helles launch three attacks to enlarge their beachheads; after terrible losses, they advance about three miles
1950 – 76th Kentucky Derby: William Boland on Middleground wins in 2:01.6
1974 – West German Chancellor Willy Brandt resigns amidst controversy over his aide Günter Guillaume’s ties with the Stasi (East German secret service)

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Famous Birthdays

1713 – Charles Batteux, French philosopher, born in Alland’Huy-et-Sausseuil, Ardennes (d. 1780)
1801 – George Sears Greene, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Apponaug, Rhode Island (d. 1899)
1861 – Motilal Nehru, Indian lawyer and freedom fighter, born in Agra, British India (d. 1931)
1921 – Freddy Randall, English jazz trumpeter, born in London (d. 1999)
1941 – Fred J. Eckert, American politician (U.S. Ambassador to Fiji, Tuvalu, Kiribati and Tonga), born in Rochester, New York
1970 – Emerson Martin, NFL guard (Pittsburgh Steelers, Carolina Panthers, Packers)

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Famous Deaths

1527 – Karel van Bourbon, military governor (Lombardije), dies at 37
1862 – Henry David Thoreau, American naturalist and pacifist (Walden Pond), dies of tuberculosis at 44
1910 – Edward VII, King of England (1901-10), dies at 68
1975 – József Mindszenty [József Pehm], Hungarian cardinal who opposed fascism and communism in Hungary, dies at 83
1995 – Leonard “Red” Truss, American RandB singer (The Steelers – “Get It From The Bottom”), dies at 47
2007 – Curtis Harrington, American film director (b. 1926)

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