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This day in history

Monday, May 6, is the 126th day of 2013. There are 239 days left in the year.

Today’s birthdays: Baseball Hall of Famer Willie Mays is 82. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) is 79. Rock singer Bob Seger is 68. Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair is 60. TV personality Tom Bergeron is 58. Actress Roma Downey is 53. Actor George Clooney is 52. Actress Gabourey Sidibe is 30.

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In 1863, the Battle of Chancellorsville in Virginia ended with a Confederate victory.

In 1910, Britain’s Edwardian era ended with the death of King Edward VII; he was succeeded by George V.

In 1935, the Works Progress Administration began operating under an executive order signed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

In 1937, the hydrogen-filled German airship Hindenburg burned and crashed in Lakehurst, N.J., killing 35 of the 97 people on board and a Navy crewman on the ground.

In 1942, some 15,000 Americans and Filipinos on Corregidor surrendered to Japanese forces.

In 1954, medical student Roger Bannister broke the four-minute mile during a track meet in Oxford, England, in 3:59.4.

In 1987, CIA Director William J. Casey died at age 74.

In 1996, the body of former CIA director William E. Colby was found washed up on a southern Maryland riverbank, more than a week after he’d disappeared.

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