TODAY in HISTORY: MAY 06

Following are some of the major events to have occurred on May 06

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1910 – Britain’s King Edward VII died.


1919 – L. Frank Baum, U.S. author of children’s stories about the imaginary land of Oz, died. The film version of “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” became a classic.


1932 – French President Paul Doumer was assassinated by a Russian emigre in Paris.


1937 – The German airship Hindenburg burst into flames on arrival at Lakehurst, New Jersey; 36 people were killed but 62 escaped.


1954 – Britain’s Roger Bannister became the first athlete to run a mile in under 4 minutes, recording a time of three minutes 59.4 seconds.


1968 – Street fighting in Paris gripped the Left Bank as students and police fought for control of the fashionable Boulevard St Germain.


1992 – Marlene Dietrich, film’s legendary femme fatale, died. The German-born actress shot to fame as the cabaret singer Lola-Lola in “The Blue Angel” and then took Hollywood by storm.


1994 – The Channel Tunnel opened, linking Britain and France by rail.


2001 – World’s first space tourist Dennis Tito returns to Earth with two Russian cosmonauts after an historic voyage that cost Tito $14million.


2002 – The Dutch anti-immigrant politician Pim Fortuyn was shot dead as he left a radio interview in Hilversum.


2007 – The conservative Nicolas Sarkozy was elected French president, beating his Socialist rival Segolene Royal by a comfortable margin and extending the right’s 12-year grip on power.