May 6 in His­tory

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1833 — John Deere makes his first steel plough. 1851 — Li­nus Yale jnr patents his Yale lock. 1856 — Sig­mund Freud, neu­rol­o­gist and fa­ther of psy­cho­anal­y­sis, is born in Freiberg, Aus­trian Em­pire.

1868 — Gas­ton Ler­oux, nov­el­ist (“Le Fan­tôme de l’Opéra” – “The Phan­tom of the Opera”), is born in Paris.

1913 — Ste­wart Granger, ac­tor, is born in Lon­don. 1915 — Or­son Welles, ac­tor, di­rec­tor, is born in Kenosha, Wis­con­sin.

1937 — At 7.25pm the LZ 129 Hin­den­burg air­ship bursts into flames and crashes to the ground as it at­tempts to land at Lake­hurst Naval Air Sta­tion, New Jersey. Thir­teen of the 36 pas­sen­gers, 22 of the 61 crew and one mem­ber of the ground crew die when the zep­pelin is de­stroyed in 34 sec­onds. 1950 — El­iz­a­beth Tay­lor, 18, mar­ries her first hus­band, Con­rad Hil­ton jnr, 23, heir to the Hil­ton Ho­tels chain. They are di­vorced in Jan­uary 1951. 1952 — Maria Montes­sori, 61, Ital­ian physi­cian, ed­u­ca­tion­ist, dies in the Netherlands. She opened her first school in San Lorenzo, Italy, in 1907.

1954 — Med­i­cal stu­dent Roger Ban­nis­ter, 25, breaks the four-minute-mile bar­rier dur­ing a track meet in Ox­ford, Eng­land, fin­ish­ing in 3 min­utes 59.4 sec­onds. Morocco’s Hicham El Guer­rouj has held the world record, 3:43.13, since 1999.

1960 — Bri­tain’s Princess Mar­garet, 29, mar­ries pho­tog­ra­pher An­thony Arm­strong-Jones (Lord Snow­don), 30, at West­min­ster Abbey.

1961 — Ge­orge Clooney, ac­tor, is born in Lex­ing­ton, Ken­tucky.

1970 — Yuichiro Miura, 37, Ja­panese alpin­ist, be­comes the first per­son to ski on Mount Ever­est — 2 000m in two min­utes 20 sec­onds. In 1975 “The Man Who Skied Down Ever­est” be­comes the first sports film to win an Os­car for best doc­u­men­tary. In 2003, at 70, Miura be­comes the old­est per­son to reach the sum­mit of Ever­est. He has heart surg­eries for car­diac ar­rhyth­mia in 2006 and 2007. On May 23 2013 Miura, 80, again be­comes the old­est per­son to climb to the sum­mit … and plans to do so again at 90.

1978 — At 12.34pm, the num­bers 12345678 rep­re­sent the time and date: 12.34 5/6/78. The se­quence will next oc­cur in 2078.

2008 — Vot­ing on Myan­mar’s new con­sti­tu­tion is post­poned in ar­eas hard­est hit by cy­clone

Nar­gis as the death toll soars above 22 500. Nar­gis made land­fall on May 2, send­ing a storm surge 40km up the densely pop­u­lated Ir­rawaddy delta. The fi­nal death toll is es­ti­mated at 138 366, the fifth-dead­li­est trop­i­cal cy­clone on record.

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