On This Day in History: May 6

On May 6, two serial killers in Britain were given life in prison, with one of them still there today. What else happened on this day in history?

1911: The Natural Death of Hangman George Maledon

Hangman George Maledon died today in history from natural causes. He was the man who would execute at least 60 men sentenced to death by Isaac “Hanging Judge” Parker. Despite initially working his way up to U.S. deputy marshal in Fort Smith, Arkansas, he found that the world of execution had more business. This was partially due to various types of criminals coming to Indian Territory, where Parker’s predecessor would accept bribes to allow the criminals to continue with their way of life. Parker decided to turn that around, sympathetic to the victims instead of the criminals. Each hanging that Maledon carried out paid him $100, but made sure that the deaths were quick and painless.

1937: The Hindenburg Disaster

HindenburgNazi Germany’s pride airship the Hindenburg burst into flames while it’s mooring mast touched down in New Jersey. 36 crewmembers and passengers were killed during the accident. It has left Frankfurt, Germany just three days earlier, and was travelling to the Navy Air Base in Lakehurst. A spark likely ignited in the hydrogen core, causing it to suddenly burst into flames. Those who did survive suffered terrible injuries. The airships quickly fell out of favor.

1966: Moors Murderers Jailed

Myra Hindley and Ian Brady were jailed for life, after being found guilty for the “Moors murders.” Brady had received three concurrent life sentences, and Hindley was given two. They had been found guilty of murdering children and teenagers between the ages of 10 and 17. The case had shocked the nation, and some of the bodies have never been recovered; buried somewhere in the expansive Sddleworth Moor. Hindley has since died in prison, and Brady remains at Ashworth psychiatric hospital where he has been on a hunger strike since October 1999.

1994: The Channel Tunnel Officially Opens

The underwater railway between France and Britain officially option on this day in history. Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain and President Francois Mitterand presided over the ceremony. The 31-mile long Channel Tunnel is also known as “The Chunnel,” and connects Folkstone to Sangatte. The idea was to cut travel times considerably between the two countries, which was only possibly by ferry or plane. Twenty-three miles of the tunnel is underwater, with an average depth of 150ft below the seabed. It is open for public and commercial use. Due to being more than double the initial budget to build, it took until 1999 to see a return on investment. It is now classed as one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World.

 

2004: Final Episode of ‘Friends’ AirsRobert Peary

Friends fans tuned into the very final episode on this day in history. An estimated 51.1 million people watched the episode. The show had run for 10 years, and had a total of 236 episodes. All six original characters were still the main lineup, and the characters had become household names. The finale gave some closure over Ross and Rachel’s on-and-off relationship, and all the characters said goodbye to Monica and Chandler’s apartment.

Famous Birthdays on May 6

Holy Roman Emperor Henry II—973

Declaration of Independence signer John Penn—1740

First man to reach the North Pole Robert Edwin Peary—1856

Psychoanalysis founder Sigmund Freud—1856

The Phantom of the Opera author Gaston Leroux—1868

Actor Rudolph Valentino—1895

Actor and writer Orson Welles—1915

Baseball player Willie Mays—1931

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair—1953

Actor George Clooney—1961

American Horror Story actress Gabourney Sidibe—1983

Sources:

Birthdays from HistoryNet.com and FamousBirthdays.com

Featured image from Deposit Photos

Image of the Hindenburg: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hindenburg_disaster#/media/File:Hindenburg_burning.jpg

Image of Robert Peary: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Peary#/media/File:RobertPeary.jpg


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