06 May 2012

Timeline May 6 & 7

May 6
1659  English Restoration: A faction of the British Army removes Richard Cromwell as Lord Protector of the Commonwealth and reinstalls the Rump Parliament.
1859  Alexander von Humboldt, German naturalist and explorer died. (b. 1769)
1889  The Paris Exposition opened, featuring the just-completed Eiffel Tower.
1910  Britain's King Edward VII died.
1937  The hydrogen-filled German dirigible Hindenburg burned and crashed in Lakehurst, N.J., killing 36 of the 97 people on board.
1954  Roger Bannister became the first athlete to run a mile in less than four minutes, finishing in 3:59.4 during a track meet in Oxford, England.

May 7
1763  Pontiac's Rebellion begins. Chief Pontiac begins the war by attacking British forces at Fort Detroit.
1833  Johannes Brahms, composer, was born in Hamburg, Germany.
1840  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, composer, was born in Votkinsk, Russia.
1909  Edwin Herbert Land, American inventor and physicist; developed the Polaroid Land Camera, was born.
1915  A German torpedo sank the British liner Lusitania off the Irish coast, killing nearly 1,200 people.
1945  Germany signed an unconditional surrender at Allied headquarters in Rheims, France, to take effect the following day, ending the European conflict of World War II.

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