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On This Day in History - 6th May


1754Thomas William Coke, Earl of Leicester
1856Sigmund Freud, Austrian psychologist
1856Robert Peary, American Artic explorer
1895Rudolph Valentino, Silent film star
1915Orson Wells, American Actor
1953Tony Blair, Labour Party leader
1962Neil Foster, Cricketer


1840The first ever Penny Black postage stamp was issued
1910George V became the King of England
1930An earthquake struck Burma, killing thousands
1937The Hindenberg airship caught fire and was destroyed while in the USA
1954Roger Bannister ran the first sub four minute mile
1960Princess Margaret married Mr Armstrong-Jones
1983The German government announced that the 'Hitler Diaries' were fakes
1987Black South African workers went on strike over whites only election
1990Telephone numbers in London were changed to 071/081