Daily Archives: May 6, 2014

Kathleen Kennedy marries Billy Cavendish in London 70 years ago today (May 6 1944)

(Saturday, May 6, 1944) — Kathleen Kennedy, the 24-year-old fourth child of Joseph and Rose Kennedy and a younger sister of future U.S. President John F. Kennedy, today married William “Billy” Cavendish, the Marquess of Hartington, in a civil ceremony at the Caxton Hall Registry Office in Westminster, London, England.

Her eldest brother Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr., whom she had grown close to during the last year of his life, was the only member of the Kennedy family to attend the ceremony.

British release Indian nationalist leader Gandhi released from prison 70 years ago today (May 6 1944)

Video: 'Footage - Gandhi - 1944 May 6, #01'

(Saturday May 6, 1944) — Indian nationalist leader Mohandas K. Gandhi was unconditionally released by British authorities today “wholly on medical grounds” from a prison at Toona, India, after 21 months of internment for advocating only passive resistance to the Japanese. Doctors prescribed rest for his blood infection.

Confederate general struck down during Battle of the Wilderness 150 years ago today (May 6 1864)

Video: 'Ulysses S. Grant and the Battle of the Wilderness' (May 6, 1864, at 32:52)

(Friday, May 6, 1864; during the Overland Campaign of the American Civil War) — Confederate General James Longstreet was caught in the fire of his own troops during the Battle of the Wilderness today near Fredericksburg, Virginia, leaving his right arm paralyzed.