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5/6/2012 - DB Metzger

Spain and Germany put an end to the Italian Renaissance, Haiti Revolts against France, The Morman Church renounces Polygamy and the House of Lords renounces Suffrage. The Airship Hindenburg goes up in flames, and I Love Lucy goes into syndication heaven. Oh, Frank Lyman Baum, Author of The Wizard of OZ, passes.

 1527 Spanish & German troops sack Rome; ending the Italian Renaissance

1794 Haiti , under  Toussaint L'Ouverture revolts against France

1833 John Deere  makes his first steel plow 

1835 James Gordon Bennett published the New York Herald

1890 the Mormon Church renounces polygamy. Utah would shortly become a state.

1914 The British House of Lords  rejects women suffrage. For resources on women suffragettes and reformers. 

1915 Babe Ruth (playing for the Red Sox) makes his pitching debut & hits first home run, as his team loses to the Yankees 4-3 in 15

1919 Frank Lyman Baum author (Wizard of Oz), dies at 62

1919  Paris Peace Conference disposes of German colonies; German East Africa is assigned to Britain & France, German Southwest Africa to South Africa

1937 the German airship Hindenburg bursts into flames at Lakehurst NJ. 36 are killed. "It burst into flames" was not actually heard until the next morning. There was no live broadcasting back then.

1941 Joseph Stalin  became premier of Russia 

1950 Agnes Smedley African American activist and writer, dies

1957 Last broadcast of "I Love Lucy" on CBS-TV It was also the first show to be rebroadcast.

1962 The firstnuclear warhead fired from Polaris submarine (Ethan Allen)

1987 Former CIA Director William Casey dies at the age of 74. Was Casey negotiating a deal with Iran in 1980 to delay release of American held hostages until after the presidential elections? or was he at the Bohemian Grove? Donít know about the Bohemian Grove? Shame!

1987 Gary Hart denies affair with model Donna Rice

1995 Classic Sports Network begins on cable TV. Hereís a site that tells you which media company owns what. http://www.cjr.org/tools/owners/disney.asp 

Notable Birthdays

1758 Maximilien Robespierre  French revolutionary  (1781)

1805 Eliza Jane Gillet Bridgman Chinese missionary Daughters of China; or, Sketches of Domestic Life in the Celestial Empire (1853)

1829  Phebe Ann Coffin Hanaford - Universalist minister, writer, reformer

1831 Mary Clemmer Ames Victorian journalist, originator of the title "First Lady" for wives of U.S. Presidents

1856 Sigmund Freud the father of psychoanalysis contains acollection of links to internet resources related to Freud and his work.

1882 Ann Haven Morgan (biologist, educator)

1915  Orson Welles from the Mercury Theatre's War of the Worlds, to Citizen Kane. Think Rosebud. 

1953 Tony Blair British PM has a birthday today. Should we throw him a Poodle party?

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