- 1626 Dutch colonist Peter Minuit buys Manhattan Island from local Indians for 60 guilders worth of trinkets
- 1840 World's first postage stamp, the Penny Black, is issued in Great Britain
- 1889 Exposition Universelle (World's Fair) in Paris opens with the recently completed Eiffel Tower serving as the entrance arch
- 1941 Joseph Stalin becomes Premier of the Soviet Union
- 1954 Roger Bannister of the UK becomes the 1st person to run a 4 minute mile, recording 3:59:4 at Iffley Road, Oxford
During a trip to Syria, Pope John Paul II becomes the first pope to enter a mosque.
On May 6, 2001