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May 6, 2011

This day in history…May 6


May 6, 1937

From the New York Times, May 7, 1937:

The zeppelin Hindenburg was destroyed by fire and explosions here at 7:23 o'clock tonight with a loss of thirty-three known dead and unaccounted for out of its ninety-seven passengers and crew.

Three hours after the disaster twenty-one bodies had been recovered, and twelve were still missing. The sixty-four known to be alive included twenty passengers and forty-four of the crew. Many of the survivors were burned or injured or both, and were taken to hospitals here and in near-by towns.

The accident happened just as the great German dirigible was about to tie up to its mooring mast four hours after flying over New York City on the last leg of its first transatlantic voyage of the year. Until today the Hindenburg had never lost a passenger throughout the ten round trips it made across the Atlantic with 1,002 passengers in 1936.

Only thirty-five of the 97 people on board at the time were killed. It's interesting to me that any of them survived. From what I can gather, the survivors jumped and were then pulled aside by people on the ground.

Original film with voice over by Herb Morrison of WLS radio

May 6, 1994

In 1991 the Arkansas governor Bill Clinton had state employee Paula Jones escorted to his hotel room by a state trooper. Once she arrive the governor attempted to coerce her into sex. She refused and Clinton told her to talk to her boss, which she interpreted as a threat that she’d lose her job if she didn’t cooperate. Over the next few months Bill Clinton had the same state trooper leave veiled threats with Jones, to remind her to keep quiet.

On May 6, 1994 Paula Jones filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against Bill Clinton. He, of course, claimed she was lying and was just wanting money, and then offered her $800,000 to shut up. She turned it down and said, no, she wanted an apology instead. Well, she and her husband were audited — like a lot of people Clinton didn't like — then attacked by the MSM on everything from her looks to her accent. U.S. District Judge Susan Webber Wright — a personal friend of Bill Clinton's, who refused to recuse herself from the case — decided Jones suffered no harm by being sexually harassed and threatened by Bill Clinton, and dismissed the case. The NOW and Feminists pretended to be looked away and examined the wallpaper.

May 6, 1954

Roger Bannister breaks the four minute mile.

Narration by Roger Bannister

Posted by Danny Carlton at May 6, 2011 6:49 AM

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