Today in History: May 6th

1954: The U.S. House of Representatives approves a plan to work with Canada to build the St. Lawrence Seaway. Proposals for the two nations to develop the seaway began in the 1890s. With no agreement for decades, Canada looked at building the seaway alone, and then the U.S. finally agreed. The Seaway was opened in 1959.

1937: The hydrogen-filled German dirigible Hindenburg burns and crashes in New Jersey, killing 36 of the 97 people on board. Herb Morrison provides a live radio account of the disaster. For the first time, a recording of a breaking news event is broadcast.  His phrase “Oh, the humanity” is often heard to this day.

1933: President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs an executive order creating the Works Progress Administration (WPA). The WPA was just one of many relief programs created during the Depression that  put unemployed Americans to work in return for temporary financial assistance. Out of the 10 million jobless men in in 1935, three million were helped by WPA jobs alone.

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