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What happened on May 6? There are more than 255 events that were made this day in history. Here are the important historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

Interesting Facts & Myths About May 6

May 6 is the 127th day of the year 2016. There are 239 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Friday. This day falls under the 18th week of the year 2016.

On this day in Lincoln, Nebraska 68509 sunrise will occur at 11:17 AM and sunset will occur at 01:29 AM (local time).

The zodiac sign of a person born on this day is Taurus. The modern birthstone for this month is Emerald while the mystical birthstone is Sapphire.

According to the Chinese calendar, there are 267 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year (January 28, 2017).

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Historical Events For May 6

  • 1527
    Spanish and German troops sack Rome; some consider this the end of the Renaissance. 147 Swiss Guards, including their commander, die fighting the forces of Charles V in order to allow Pope Clement VII to escape into Castel Sant'Angelo.
  • 1536
    King Henry VIII orders English language Bibles be placed in every church.
  • 1542
    Francis Xavier reaches Old Goa, the capital of Portuguese India at the time.
  • 1659
    English Restoration: A faction of the British Army removes Richard Cromwell as Lord Protector of the Commonwealth and reinstalls the Rump Parliament.
  • 1682
    Louis XIV of France moves his court to the Palace of Versailles.
  • 1757
    Battle of Prague – A Prussian army fights an Austrian army in Prague during the Seven Years’ War.
  • 1757
    English poet Christopher Smart is admitted into St Luke’s Hospital for Lunatics in London, beginning his six-year confinement to mental asylums.
  • 1801
    Captain Thomas Cochrane in the 14-gun HMS Speedy captures the 32-gun Spanish frigate El Gamo.
  • 1816
    The American Bible Society is founded in New York City.
  • 1835
    James Gordon Bennett, Sr. publishes the first issue of the New York Herald.
  • 1840
    The Penny Black postage stamp becomes valid for use in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland.
  • 1844
    The Glaciarium, the world’s first mechanically frozen ice rink, opens.
  • 1857
    The British East India Company disbands the 34th Regiment of Bengal Native Infantry whose sepoy Mangal Pandey had earlier revolted against the British and is considered to be the First Martyr in the War of Indian Independence.
  • 1861
    American Civil War: Arkansas secedes from the Union.
  • 1861
    American Civil War: Richmond, Virginia is declared the new capital of the Confederate States of America.
  • 1863
    American Civil War: The Battle of Chancellorsville ends with the defeat of the Army of the Potomac by Confederate troops.
  • 1877
    Chief Crazy Horse of the Oglala Sioux surrenders to United States troops in Nebraska.
  • 1882
    The United States Congress passes the Chinese Exclusion Act.
  • 1882
    Thomas Henry Burke and Lord Frederick Cavendish are stabbed and killed during the Phoenix Park Murders in Dublin.
  • 1889
    The Eiffel Tower is officially opened to the public at the Universal Exposition in Paris.
  • 1910
    George V becomes King of the United Kingdom upon the death of his father, Edward VII.
  • 1935
    New Deal: Executive Order 7034 creates the Works Progress Administration.
  • 1935
    The first flight of the Curtiss P-36 Hawk.
  • 1937
    Hindenburg disaster: The German zeppelin Hindenburg catches fire and is destroyed within a minute while attempting to dock at Lakehurst, New Jersey. Thirty-six people are killed.
  • 1940
    John Steinbeck is awarded the Pulitzer Prize for his novel The Grapes of Wrath.
  • 1941
    At California’s March Field, Bob Hope performs his first USO show.
  • 1941
    The first flight of the Republic P-47 Thunderbolt.
  • 1942
    World War II: On Corregidor, the last American forces in the Philippines surrender to the Japanese.
  • 1945
    World War II: Axis Sally delivers her last propaganda broadcast to Allied troops.
  • 1945
    World War II: The Prague Offensive, the last major battle of the Eastern Front, begins.
  • 1954
    Roger Bannister becomes the first person to run the mile in under four minutes.
  • 1960
    More than 20 million viewers watch the first televised royal wedding when Princess Margaret marries Anthony Armstrong-Jones at Westminster Abbey.
  • 1962
    St. Martín de Porres is canonized by Pope John XXIII.
  • 1966
    Myra Hindley and Ian Brady are sentenced to life imprisonment for the Moors Murders in England.
  • 1972
    Deniz Gezmiş, Yusuf Aslan and Hüseyin İnan are executed in Ankara for attempting to overthrow the Constitutional order.
  • 1976
    An earthquake strikes Friuli, causing 989 deaths and the destruction of entire villages.
  • 1981
    A jury of architects and sculptors unanimously selects Maya Ying Lin’s design for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial from 1,421 other entries.
  • 1983
    The Hitler diaries are revealed as a hoax after examination by experts.
  • 1984
    103 Korean Martyrs are canonized by Pope John Paul II in Seoul
  • 1989
    Cedar Point opens Magnum XL-200, the first roller coaster to break the 200 ft height barrier, therefore spawning what is considered to be the “coaster wars”.
  • 1994
    Former Arkansas state worker Paula Jones files a lawsuit against President Bill Clinton, alleging that he had sexually harassed her in 1991.
  • 1994
    Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom and French President François Mitterrand officiate at the opening of the Channel Tunnel.
  • 1996
    The body of former CIA director William Colby is found washed up on a riverbank in southern Maryland, eight days after he disappeared.
  • 1997
    The Bank of England is given independence from political control, the most significant change in the bank’s 300-year history.
  • 1998
    Kerry Wood strikes out 20 Houston Astros to tie the major league record held by Roger Clemens. He threw a one-hitter and did not walk a batter in his 5th career start.
  • 1999
    First elections to the devolved Scottish Parliament and Welsh Assembly held.
  • 2001
    During a trip to Syria, Pope John Paul II becomes the first pope to enter a mosque.
  • 2002
    Dutch politician Pim Fortuyn is assassinated by an animal rights activist.
  • 2004
    Aslan Abashidze, leader of Georgia’s autonomous republic of Adjara resigns after public protests and months of stalemate with the central authorities.
  • 2010
    The second largest intraday point swing in Dow Jones Industrial Average history occurs.

Who Were Born On May 6?

  • 1405
    George Kastrioti Skanderbeg, Albanian hero (d. 1468)
  • 1501
    Pope Marcellus II (d. 1555)
  • 1574
    Pope Innocent X (d. 1655)
  • 1638
    Henry Capell, 1st Baron Capell, First Lord of the British Admiralty (d. 1696)
  • 1713
    Charles Batteux, French philosopher (d. 1780)
  • 1758
    André Masséna, French marshal (d. 1817)
  • 1758
    Maximilien Robespierre, French Revolutionary (d. 1794)
  • 1769
    Ferdinand III, Grand Duke of Tuscany (d. 1824)
  • 1769
    Jean Nicolas Pierre Hachette, French mathematician (d. 1834)
  • 1797
    Joseph Brackett, American religious leader and composer (d. 1882)
  • 1800
    Roman Sanguszko, Polish aristocrat and general (d. 1881)
  • 1856
    Robert Peary, American explorer (d. 1920)
  • 1856
    Sigmund Freud, Austrian psychiatrist (d. 1939)
  • 1861
    Motilal Nehru, Indian freedom fighter (d. 1931)
  • 1868
    Gaston Leroux, French writer (d. 1927)
  • 1871
    Christian Morgenstern, German author (d. 1914)
  • 1871
    Victor Grignard, French chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1935)
  • 1872
    Willem de Sitter, Dutch scientist (d. 1934)
  • 1879
    Bedřich Hrozný, Czech orientalist (d. 1952)
  • 1880
    Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, German painter (d. 1938)
  • 1880
    William J. Simmons, American Ku Klux Klan leader (d. 1945)
  • 1880
    Winifred Brunton, British-born South African painter (d. 1959)
  • 1882
    Crown Prince Wilhelm of Germany (d. 1951)
  • 1895
    Fidél Pálffy, Hungarian Nazi (d. 1946)
  • 1895
    Júlio César de Mello e Souza, Brazilian writer (d. 1974)
  • 1895
    Rudolph Valentino, Italian actor (d. 1926)
  • 1897
    Paul Alverdes, German writer (d. 1979)
  • 1898
    Konrad Henlein, Czechoslovakian politician (d. 1945)
  • 1899
    Billy Cotton, British entertainer (d. 1969)
  • 1902
    Harry Golden, American journalist (d. 1981)
  • 1902
    Max Ophüls, German-born director (d. 1957)
  • 1903
    Toots Shor, American restaurateur (d. 1977)
  • 1904
    Harry Martinson, Swedish author and poet Nobel laureate (d. 1978)
  • 1904
    Moshe Feldenkrais, Ukrainian-born founder of the Feldenkrais method (d. 1984)
  • 1904
    Raymond Bailey, American actor (d. 1980)
  • 1906
    André Weil, French mathematician (d. 1998)
  • 1906
    Enrique Laguerre, Puerto Rican writer (d. 2005)
  • 1907
    Weeb Ewbank, American football coach (d. 1998)
  • 1909
    Loyd Sigmon, American amateur radio broadcaster (d. 2004)
  • 1911
    Frank Nelson, American actor (d. 1986)
  • 1913
    Carmen Cavallaro, American pianist (d. 1989)
  • 1913
    Stewart Granger, English film actor (d. 1993)
  • 1915
    Orson Welles, American film director and actor (d. 1985)
  • 1915
    Theodore White, American writer (d. 1986)
  • 1916
    Robert H. Dicke, American physicist (d. 1997)
  • 1916
    Sif Ruud, Swedish actress
  • 1917
    Kal Mann, American lyricist (d. 2001)
  • 1920
    Martha Beck, American convicted murderer (d. 1951)
  • 1920
    Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara, Fijian statesman (d. 2004)
  • 1920
    Ross Hunter, American film producer (d. 1996)
  • 1921
    Erich Fried, German author (d. 1988)
  • 1922
    Camille Laurin, Quebec psychiatrist and politician (d. 1999)
  • 1922
    Vladimir Etush, Russian actor
  • 1924
    Denny Wright, British guitarist (d. 1992)
  • 1924
    Patricia Kennedy Lawford, American socialite (d. 2006)
  • 1926
    Gilles Grégoire, Quebec politician, co-founder of the Parti Québécois (d. 2006)
  • 1928
    Robert Poujade, French politician
  • 1929
    Paul Lauterbur, American chemist, Nobel laureate (d. 2007)
  • 1931
    Willie Mays, American baseball player
  • 1934
    Richard Shelby, American politician
  • 1936
    Bernard Lemaire, French Canadian businessman (Cascades)
  • 1937
    Rubin Carter, American boxer
  • 1938
    Jean Garon, Quebec economist and politician
  • 1938
    Larry Gogan, Irish radio personality
  • 1942
    Rin Kaiho, professional go player
  • 1943
    Andreas Baader, member of the German terrorist organization Red Army Faction (d. 1977)
  • 1944
    Anton Furst, American production designer (d. 1991)
  • 1944
    Masanori Murakami, first Japanese baseball player in major leagues
  • 1945
    Bob Seger, American singer/songwriter
  • 1945
    Jimmie Dale Gilmore, American musician
  • 1945
    Richard Eyer, American actor
  • 1947
    Alan Dale, New Zealand actor
  • 1947
    Martha Nussbaum, American philosopher
  • 1948
    Mary MacGregor, American singer
  • 1949
    Ross Bagdasarian, Jr., American voice actor and cartoonist
  • 1951
    Samuel Doe, President of Liberia (d. 1990)
  • 1952
    Christian Clavier, French actor
  • 1952
    Gerrit Zalm, Dutch politician and CEO (ABN AMRO)
  • 1952
    Gregg Henry, American actor and country musician
  • 1952
    Michael O'Hare, American actor
  • 1953
    Graeme Souness, Scottish footballer/manager
  • 1953
    Lynn Whitfield, American actress
  • 1953
    Michelle Courchesne, Quebec politician
  • 1953
    Tony Blair, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, 1997–2007
  • 1954
    Dora Bakoyannis, Greek politician
  • 1954
    Tom Abernethy, American basketball player
  • 1955
    Tom Bergeron, American game show host
  • 1956
    Lakis Lazopoulos, Greek comedian and scriptwriter
  • 1958
    Lolita Flores, Spanish singer and actress
  • 1960
    Anne Parillaud, French actress
  • 1960
    John Flansburgh, American musician (They Might Be Giants)
  • 1960
    Phyllis Treigle, American soprano
  • 1960
    Roma Downey, Northern Irish actress
  • 1961
    George Clooney, American actor
  • 1961
    Gina Riley, Australian actress, writer, singer and comedian
  • 1962
    Adam Yellin, American record producer
  • 1964
    Dana Hill, American actress (d. 1996)
  • 1964
    Tony Scalzo, American musician (Fastball)
  • 1965
    Leslie Hope, Canadian actress
  • 1968
    Lætitia Sadier, French singer (Stereolab)
  • 1969
    Jim Magilton, Northern Irish footballer
  • 1970
    Kavan Smith, Canadian actor
  • 1970
    Roland Kun, Nauruan politician
  • 1970
    Tristán Ulloa, Spanish actor
  • 1971
    Chris Shiflett, American guitarist (Foo Fighters)
  • 1972
    Martin Brodeur, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1972
    Naoko Takahashi, Japanese long-distance runner
  • 1974
    Faruk Namdar, Turkish footballer
  • 1977
    Christophe Brandt, Belgian cyclist
  • 1977
    Marc Chouinard, French Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1977
    Mark Eaton, American ice hockey player
  • 1978
    Aleksandr Fyodorov, Russian bodybuilder
  • 1978
    Fredrick Federley, Swedish politician
  • 1978
    John Abraham, American football player
  • 1979
    Gerd Kanter, Estonian discus thrower
  • 1979
    Kerry Ellis, West End actress / singer
  • 1979
    Nikki Hayes, Irish radio personality
  • 1979
    Stefanos Kotsolis, Greek footballer
  • 1980
    Dimitris Diamantidis, Greek basketball player
  • 1980
    Kelly van der Veer, Dutch reality TV star
  • 1980
    Mark Ladwig, American figure skater
  • 1980
    Nicole Brunner, American actress
  • 1980
    Ricardo Oliveira, Brazilian footballer
  • 1980
    Scott Colton, American professional wrestler
  • 1980
    Taebin, Korean singer (1TYM)
  • 1981
    Edyta Śliwińska, Polish dancer
  • 1981
    Matt Drake, British vocalist/guitarist (Evile)
  • 1981
    Nicholas Setta, American Canadian football player (Hamilton Tiger-Cats)
  • 1983
    Adrianne Palicki, American actress
  • 1983
    Dani Alves, Brazilian footballer
  • 1983
    Gabourey Sidibe, American actress
  • 1983
    Raquel Zimmermann, Brazilian model
  • 1983
    Trinley Thaye Dorje, Tibetan religious figure, the 17th Karmapa Lama (supported by the Chinese government)
  • 1984
    Anton Babchuk, Ukrainian ice hockey player
  • 1985
    Chris Paul, American basketball player
  • 1985
    Tanerau Latimer, New Zealand All Black rugby player
  • 1986
    Roman Kreuziger, Czech Astana pro cyclist
  • 1986
    Tyler Hynes, Canadian actor
  • 1987
    Moon Geun Young, South Korean actress
  • 1989
    Dominika Cibulková, Slovakian tennis player
  • 1990
    Caitlin Yankowskas, American figure skater
  • 1991
    Tyler, The Creator, American Rapper
  • 1991
    Valerio Frasca, Italian footballer
  • 1996
    Dominic Scott Kay, American actor

Who Died On May 6?

  • 680
    Muawiyah I, Caliph of Umayyad (b. 602)
  • 1475
    Dieric Bouts, Flemish painter (b. c. 1415)
  • 1502
    James Tyrrell, alleged murderer of Edward V of England and the Duke of York (b. c. 1450)
  • 1596
    Giaches de Wert, Flemish composer (b. 1535)
  • 1620
    Hayyim ben Joseph Vital, Palestinian-born Kabbalist (b. 1543)
  • 1631
    Sir Robert Bruce Cotton, English politician (b. 1570)
  • 1638
    Cornelius Jansen, French bishop and religious reformer (b. 1585)
  • 1708
    François de Laval, French bishop (b. 1623)
  • 1757
    Charles FitzRoy, 2nd Duke of Grafton, British politician (b. 1683)
  • 1757
    Kurt Christoph Graf von Schwerin, Prussian field marshal (b. 1684)
  • 1757
    Maximilian Ulysses Count Browne, Austrian field marshal (b. 1705)
  • 1840
    Francisco de Paula Santander, Colombian politician (b. 1792)
  • 1859
    Alexander von Humboldt, German naturalist and explorer (b. 1769)
  • 1862
    Henry David Thoreau, American author and philosopher (b. 1817)
  • 1877
    Johan Ludvig Runeberg, Finnish poet (b. 1804)
  • 1882
    Lord Frederick Cavendish, British politician (b. 1836)
  • 1882
    Thomas Henry Burke, civil servant (b. 1829)
  • 1902
    Bret Harte, American author (b. 1836)
  • 1910
    King Edward VII of the United Kingdom (b. 1841)
  • 1913
    Alexandros Schinas, Greek assassin of King George I (b. 1870)
  • 1919
    L. Frank Baum, American writer (b. 1856)
  • 1939
    Konstantin Somov, Russian writer (b. 1869)
  • 1949
    Maurice Maeterlinck, Belgian writer, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1862)
  • 1951
    Élie Cartan, French mathematician (b. 1869)
  • 1952
    Maria Montessori, Italian educator (b. 1870)
  • 1961
    Lucian Blaga, Romanian poet, playwright, and philosopher (b. 1895)
  • 1963
    Monty Woolley, American actor (b. 1888)
  • 1963
    Theodore von Kármán, Hungarian-born physicist (b. 1881)
  • 1967
    Zhou Zuoren, Chinese writer (b. 1885)
  • 1970
    Aleksandr Rodzyanko, Russian general (b. 1879)
  • 1972
    Deniz Gezmiş, Turkish political activist (b. 1947)
  • 1973
    Ernest MacMillan, Canadian orchestra conductor and composer (b. 1893)
  • 1975
    József Mindszenty, Hungarian Catholic Cardinal (b. 1892)
  • 1983
    Kai Winding, American trombonist and jazz composer (b. 1922)
  • 1984
    Bonner Pink, British Conservative Party politician (b. 1912)
  • 1984
    Mary Cain, Mississippi newspaper editor and politician (b. 1904)
  • 1985
    Julie Vega, Filipino child actress and singer (b. 1968)
  • 1987
    William Casey, American Central Intelligence Agency director (b. 1913)
  • 1989
    Earl Blaik, former American football coach (b. 1897)
  • 1990
    Charles Farrell, American actor (b. 1901)
  • 1991
    Wilfrid Hyde-White, English actor (b. 1903)
  • 1992
    Gaston Reiff, Belgian athlete (b. 1921)
  • 1992
    Jilly Rizzo, restaurateur (b. 1917)
  • 1992
    Marlene Dietrich, German actress (b. 1901)
  • 1993
    Ann Todd, English actress (b. 1909)
  • 1995
    Maria Pia de Saxe-Coburgo e Bragança, Portuguese claimant to the throne of Portugal (b. 1907)
  • 1995
    Noel Brotherston, Northern Irish footballer (b. 1956)
  • 2002
    Otis Blackwell, American pianist, singer and songwriter (b. 1932)
  • 2002
    Pim Fortuyn, Dutch politician (b. 1948)
  • 2003
    Art Houtteman, baseball player (b. 1927)
  • 2004
    Barney Kessel, American jazz guitarist (b. 1923)
  • 2004
    Philip Kapleau, American Zen teacher (b. 1912)
  • 2006
    Grant McLennan, Australian singer, songwriter (The Go-Betweens) (b. 1958)
  • 2006
    Lillian Asplund, last American RMS Titanic survivor (b. 1906)
  • 2006
    Lorne Saxberg, Canadian television journalist (b. 1958)
  • 2006
    Shigeru Kayano, Japanese Ainu activist (b. 1926)
  • 2007
    Đorđe Novković, Croatian songwriter (b. 1943)
  • 2007
    Curtis Harrington, American film director (b. 1926)
  • 2007
    Enéas Carneiro, Brazilian politician (b. 1938)
  • 2009
    Kevin Grubb, American NASCAR driver (b. 1978)
  • 2010
    Robin Roberts, American baseball player (b. 1926)


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