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On May 6 in
1840 Britain's first adhesive postage stamp, the Penny Black, officially went into circulation five days after its introduction.
1863 The Civil War Battle of Chancellorsville in Virginia ended with a Confederate victory over Union forces.
1882 President Arthur signed the Chinese Exclusion Act, which barred Chinese immigrants from the U.S. for 10 years (Arthur had opposed an earlier version with a 20-year ban).
1910 Britain's Edwardian era ended with the death of King Edward VII; he was succeeded by George V.
1935 The Works Progress Administration began operating under an executive order signed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
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.
1954 Medical student Roger Bannister broke the four-minute mile during a track meet in Oxford, England, in 3:59.4.
In The Star
May 6, 1938, in The Star: The Anniston Police Department will conduct a campaign to stop juveniles from driving automobiles, it was announced today. The motorcycle officers have instructions to make cases against both juveniles and parents or guardians. Today, a boy under 16 was fined $25 plus court costs for driving an automobile under age. Also this date: B. W. Pruet, former president of Anniston National Bank, today was in the process of taking over the duties of Anniston postmaster, succeeding Lewis P. Gray, who will become the clerk of the probate court. Mr. Pruet will be fully confirmed in his new position at a later date, it was understood.
May 6, 1988, in The Star: One of the worst fires ever to strike downtown Heflin broke out around 2 a.m. and destroyed two buildings, one of them a 101-year-old structure where Owens Hardware did business. The adjoining structure, which collapsed into a pile of bricks, was being rented by Roberts Gold Exchange. Heat from the fierce flames even cracked windows in a building across a four-lane street. Hardware store manager Richard Harlan, who also helped put out the fire, said store records dating back to the late 1800s were lost. The fire s cause is not known. Also this date: Anniston's bus system is expected to begin operation June 3, now that a preliminary map of routes and stops has been established for the public transit system.
Birthdays for May 6
Baseball Hall-of-Famer Willie Mays is 82. Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., is 79. Rock singer Bob Seger is 68. Singer Jimmie Dale Gilmore is 68. Gospel singer-comedian Lulu Roman is 67. Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair is 60. TV personality Tom Bergeron is 58. Actress Roma Downey is 53. Rock singer John Flansburgh (They Might Be Giants) is 53. Actor George Clooney is 52. Actor Clay O'Brien is 52. Rock singer-musician Tony Scalzo (Fastball) is 49. Actress Leslie Hope is 48. Rock musician Mark Bryan (Hootie and the Blowfish) is 46. Rock musician Chris Shiflett (Foo Fighters) is 42.
Rihanna 777, 7 p.m. on Fox: Music superstar Rihanna is the subject of this concert documentary that takes a behind-the-scenes look at her globe-trotting tour that hit seven countries in seven days with seven shows to promote her seventh album.
90210, 8 p.m. on CW: Naomi (AnnaLynne McCord) tries to protect Jordan's (Robbie Jones) sister (Keke Palmer) when she gets into trouble, and Silver's (Jessica Stroup) doctor has some test results to share with her. Adrianna (Jessica Lowndes) performs after Fall Out Boy at a big event that ends in chaos in this new episode.
Hawaii Five-0, 9 p.m. on CBS: The body of a girl kidnapped 10 years earlier resurfaces, sending Five-0 on the hunt for her abductors, who have taken another victim. Kono (Grace Park) asks Catherine (Michelle Borth) for a favor that could have negative consequences for her relationship with Adam (Ian Anthony Dale) in this new episode.
Dear Mom, Love Cher, 9 p.m. on Lifetime: The movie star and music icon salutes her roots in this delightful special that began as a birthday gift from Cher to her still-stunning mother and evolved into a funny and fascinating portrait of a family of women unafraid to blaze their own trail. Cher's half sister Georganne and sons Chaz Bono and Elijah Blue Allman appear, and the hour also features a new duet performed by the singer and her mom.
Revolution, 9:01 p.m. on NBC: Miles (Billy Burke) remains suspicious of Neville (Giancarlo Esposito), who swears they're on the same side. Charlie, Jason and Nora (Tracy Spiridakos, JD Pardo, Daniella Alonso) attempt a risky river rescue of Dr. Stephen Camp (Timothy Busfield) to keep Monroe (David Lyons) from getting his hands on anthrax. Militia forces kidnap Rachel and Aaron (Elizabeth Mitchell, Zak Orth) in this new episode.
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