On This Day for 6th May (Part 2)

Historical Events

Events 101 - 200 of 207

  • 1960 Trotsky's murderer Jacques Mornard (Ramon Mercader) freed in Mexico
  • 1961 87th Kentucky Derby: John Sellers aboard Carry Back wins in 2:04
  • 1961 Omer Vanaudenhove chosen chairman of Belgium Liberal Party
  • 1962 1st nuclear warhead fired from Polaris submarine (Ethan Allen)
  • 1962 Antonio Segni elected president of Italy
  • 1962 Mary Lena Faulk wins LPGA Peach Blossom Golf Tournament
  • 1962 Pathet Lao breaks cease fire/conquerors Nam Tha Laos
  • 1962 US performs nuclear test at Pacific Ocean
  • 1963 Pulitzer prize awarded to Barbara Tuchman (Guns of August)
  • 1964 Joe Orton's "Entertaining Mr Sloan" premieres in London
  • 1965 Lawry & Simpson complete opening stand of 382 against W Indies
  • 1966 Canadian Minister of Finance announces a $20 Centennial gold coin
  • 1966 Most runs scored in 11th inning (9) Phils score 5 to beat Pirates 8-7
  • 1966 Myra Hindley and Ian Brady are sentenced to life imprisonment for the Moors Murders in England.
  • 1967 400 students seize administration building at Cheyney State College
  • 1967 93rd Kentucky Derby: Bobby Ussery on Proud Clarion wins in 2:00.6
  • 1967 Maureen Wilton runs female world record marathon (3:15:22)
  • 1967 Zakir Hussain elected 1st Muslim president of India
  • 1968 Street battle between students & troops in Paris, 1000 injured
  • 1968 Giants reliever Lindy McDaniel sets NL record of 225th consecutive errorless game (108 chances consecutively since June 16, 1964)
  • 1968 Spain closes border to Gibraltar except to Spaniards
  • 1969 Northern Ireland Prime Minister Chichester-Clark announces an amnesty for all offences associated with demonstrations since 5 October 1968, resulting in the release of, among others, Ian Paisley and Ronald Bunting
  • 1970 Yuchiro Miura of Japan skies down Mt Everest
  • 1970 Irish Prime Minister Jack Lynch sacks two ministers in the Irish government over allegations of illegal arms importation
  • 1970 14th European Cup: Feyenoord beats Celtic 2-1 at Milan
  • 1972 98th Kentucky Derby: Ron Turcotte aboard Riva Ridge wins in 2:01.8
  • 1972 Deniz Gezmiş, Yusuf Aslan and Hüseyin İnan are executed in Ankara for attempting to overthrow the Constitutional order.
  • 1973 1st WHA championship, New England Whalers beat Win Jets, 4 games to 1
  • 1973 Judy Rankin wins LPGA American Defender-Raleigh Golf Classic
  • 1974 A's pitcher Paul Lindblad makes an errant throw in 1st inning of 6-3 loss to Balt ends his record streak of 385 consecutive errorless games
  • 1974 Bundy victim Roberta Parks disappears from OSU, Corvallis, Ore
  • 1974 Smallest attendance at Phila's Veterans Stadium (4,149)
  • 1974 Stolen "Guitar Player" painting by Jan Vermeer found in London
  • 1974 West German Chancellor Willy Brandt resigns
  • 1975 Bundy victim Lynette Culver disappears from Pocatello, Idaho
  • 1975 Early warnings provided by REACT (ham radio operators) means only
  • 1975 3 people die in tornado that strikes Omaha, Nebraska
  • 1976 An earthquake strikes Friuli in Northern Italy, causing 989 deaths and the destruction of entire villages.
  • 1977 "Beatles at Hollywood Bowl" released in UK
  • 1978 104th Kentucky Derby: Steve Cauthen aboard Affirmed wins in 2:01.2
  • 1978 South Africa military goes into Angola
  • 1979 Fred Markham set a bicycle speed record of 818 kph over 200 m
  • 1979 Louis LaRusso II's "Knockout" premieres in NYC

Person-of-interestPerson of Interest

1979 Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Women's International Golf Tournament

LPGA Golfer Nancy Lopez
LPGA Golfer
Nancy Lopez
  • 1979 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • 1981 "Inacent Black" opens at Biltmore Theater NYC for 14 performances
  • 1981 Mariners manager Maury Wills is fired & replaced by Rene Lachemann
  • 1981 US expels Libyan diplomats
  • 1982 Seattle Mariner Gaylord Perry becomes 15th pitcher to win 300 games
  • 1982 NHL Clarence Campbell Conference Final: Vancouver Canucks beat Chicago Black Hawks, 4 games to 1

Person-of-interestPerson of Interest

1984 Baltimore Oriole Cal Ripken Jr hits for cycle

MLB Legend Cal Ripken Jr
MLB Legend
Cal Ripken Jr
  • 1984 Jose Napoleon Duarte wins El Salvador presidential election
  • 1985 17th Space Shuttle Mission (51-B)-Challenger 7 lands at Edwards AFB
  • 1986 Donald E Pelotte becomes 1st native American bishop
  • 1986 France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island
  • 1987 Gary Hart denies affair with model Donna Rice

Person-of-interestPerson of Interest

1987 Mario Andretti sets one-lap speed record at Indy at 218.204 MPH

Racing Car Driver Mario Andretti
Racing Car Driver
Mario Andretti
  • 1987 Niroslav Milhailovic begins 54 hours of telling jokes
  • 1987 PTL's Jim Bakker & Rich Dortch dismissed from Assemblies of God
  • 1987 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • 1988 Graeme Hick scores 405 for Worcs v Somerset 35 fours 11 sixes
  • 1988 Doughnutgate incident: NJ Devils' coach Jim Schoenfeld tells referee Don Koharski to 'eat another doughnut you fat pig!,' he is suspended
  • 1989 115th Kentucky Derby: Pat Valenzuela on Sunday Silence wins in 2:05
  • 1989 34th Eurovision Song Contest: Riva for Yugoslavia wins singing "Rock Me" in Lausanne
  • 1990 Ayako Okamoto wins LPGA Sara Lee Golf Classic
  • 1990 Former president PW Botha quits South Africa's ruling National Party

Person-of-interestPerson of Interest

1990 Tom Cruise is ticketed for careless operation of a vehicle in SC

Actor Tom Cruise
Actor
Tom Cruise
  • 1991 Phillie Lenny Dykstra slams his sports car into 2 trees
  • 1991 Seppo Raty of Finland sets javelin record to 301' 9"
  • 1991 Space Shuttle STS 39 (Discovery 12) lands
  • 1992 NY Met Anthony Young begins losing streak of at least 26 games
  • 1992 Werder Bremen of Germany win 32nd European Cup winner's Cup against AS Monaco of France 2-0 in Lisbon
  • 1993 STS-55 (Columbia) lands
  • 1994 Channel tunnel linking England & France officially opens
  • 1994 Comedian Bobcat Goldthwait sets fire to the couch on Tonight Show
  • 1994 US House of Representatives passes the Federal Assault Weapons Ban

Sport-defeatBoxing Title Fight

1994 Lennox Lewis TKOs Phil Jackson in 8 for heavyweight boxing title

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Lennox Lewis
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Lennox Lewis

Person-of-interestPerson of Interest

1994 Nelson Mandela and the ANC, finally confirmed winners in South Africa's first post apartheid election

Anti-apartheid activist and South African President Nelson Mandela
Anti-apartheid activist and South African President
Nelson Mandela
  • 1995 121st Kentucky Derby: Gary Stevens on Thunder Gulch wins in 2:01.2
  • 1995 ABC Bud Light Masters Bowling Tournament won by Mike Aulby
  • 1995 Classic Sports Network begins on cable TV
  • 1996 Guatemala's leftist guerrillas sign key accord with government of President Alvaro Arzu aimed at ending 35 years of civil war
  • 1996 Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Hartford CT on WCCC 106.9 FM
  • 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 Army Staff Sgt Delmar Simpson gets 25-year sentence for rape

Hall-of-fameHall of Fame

1997 Michael Jackson & Bee Gees inducted into Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

King of Pop Michael Jackson
King of Pop
Michael Jackson
  • 1997 NHL Hartford Whalers become Carolina Hurricanes
  • 1997 Rick Pitino becomes coach of Boston Celtics
  • 1997 The Bank of England is given independence from political control, the most significant change in the bank's 300-year history.

Person-of-interestPerson of Interest

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.

MLB Pitching Legend Roger Clemens
MLB Pitching Legend
Roger Clemens
  • 2000 126th Kentucky Derby: Kent Desormeaux aboard Fusaichi Pegasus wins in 2:01.12

Person-of-interestPerson of Interest

2001 During a trip to Syria, Pope John Paul II becomes the first pope to enter a mosque.

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II
  • 2002 Dutch politician Pim Fortuyn is shot and killed by an animal rights activist.
  • 2004 TV sitcom Friends airs season finale in 10th and final season in US (52.5 million viewers)
  • 2006 132nd Kentucky Derby: Edgar Prado aboard Barbaro wins in 2:01.36

Person-of-interestPerson of Interest

2007 "Shrek the Third" directed by Chris Miller and Raman Hui with voices by Mike Myers, Cameron Diaz and Eddie Murphy premieres in Westwood Ca.

  • 2008 Chaiten Volcano erupts in Chile, forcing the evacuation of more than 4,500 people.
  • 2010 The second largest intraday point swing in Dow Jones Industrial Average history occurs.
  • 2011 The US Department of Labor states that 244,000 jobs were created in April, with 235,000 added in February and 221,000 in March, but unemployment continues to grow, reaching 9%
  • 2012 Francois Hollande elected President of France

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 101 - 200 of 243

  • 1922 Alan Ross, editor (London Magazine)
  • 1922 Carlos J Moorhead, (Rep-R-CA, 1973- )
  • 1922 John Ernest, constructionist artist
  • 1922 Pat Harder, Milwaukee, NFL fullback (Cardinals, Lions)
  • 1922 Camille Laurin, Quebec psychiatrist and politician (d. 1999)
  • 1923 Elizabeth Sellars, actress (Chalk Garden), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • 1923 Guiseppe Martelli, physicist
  • 1923 Vladimir Etush, Russian actor
  • 1924 Mimi Benzell, Bridgeport Ct, operatic soprano (Gilda-Rigoletto)
  • 1924 Denny Wright, British guitarist (d. 1992)
  • 1925 Patrick Meany, CEO (Rank Organization)
  • 1926 John Hamilton-Jones, CEO (Richmond Enterprises)/British Maj-Gen
  • 1926 Marguerite Piazza, operatic soprano (Young Broadway), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 2012)
  • 1926 [Martin] Ross Hunter, actor (Ever Since Paris), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1926 Gilles Grégoire, Quebec politician, co-founder of the Parti Québécois (d. 2006)
  • 1927 Ettore Manni, Rome Italy, actor (Fatal Desire, Heroes in Hell)
  • 1927 Michael Frederick, cricketer (one Test WI v England 1954, scored 0 & 30)
  • 1928 Robert Poujade, French politician
  • 1929 John Polk Allen, Carnegie Oklahoma, CEO (Biosphere 2)
  • 1929 John Taylor, bishop (St Albans)/Lord High Almoner to Queen
  • 1929 Rosemary Camp, president (Council for British Archaeology)
  • 1931 Marvin Leath, (Rep-D-TX, 1979- )

Person-of-interestPerson of Interest

1931 Willie Mays, Westfield Alabama, baseball centerfielder (Giants, NY Mets), "Say Hey Kid" (660 HRs, MVP 1954)

MLB Legend Willie Mays
MLB Legend
Willie Mays
  • 1932 Gunther Hauk, composer
  • 1932 John Bond, cricket umpire
  • 1932 Viscount Coke, English large landowner/art collector
  • 1933 John Willoughby Denison-Pender, 3rd Baron Pender
  • 1934 Richard C Shelby, (Rep-D-AL (1979-86)/Sen-D-AL, 1987- )
  • 1936 Joanna Dunham, actress (Possession, House the Dripped Blood)
  • 1936 Sylvia Robinson, rocker (Mickey & Sylvia-Love is Strange)
  • 1936 Bernard Lemaire, French Canadian businessman (Cascades)
  • 1937 Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, Clifton, New Jersey, American boxer whose murder convictions were overturned after 19 years in prison
  • 1938 Eleanor Platt, QC
  • 1938 Jean Garon, Quebec economist and politician
  • 1938 Larry Gogan, Irish radio personality
  • 1939 Anthony Blacker, master-general of Ordnance
  • 1939 Herbie Cox, rocker (Cleftones)
  • 1939 Zhanna Dmitriyevna Yerkina, Russian cosmonaut
  • 1940 Henry Habibe, Arubian poet (Kerensentenchi)
  • 1940 Murray Sidlin, American conductor (National Symphony 1973-77), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1941 Fred J Eckert, (Rep-D-NY, 1985-87)
  • 1941 Ghena Dimitrova, actress (Nabucco)
  • 1942 Colin Earl, rocker
  • 1942 Rin Kaiho, professional Go player
  • 1943 Andreas Baader, leader of the German 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, Dearborn Mich, rock & Roll artist (Silver Bullet Band-Shake Down)
  • 1945 Richard Eyers, actor (My Friend Irma, Stagecoach West), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1945 Victoria Bond, composer
  • 1946 Jim Ramstad, (Rep-R-Minnesota)
  • 1946 Susan Brown, actress (Gail Baldwin-General Hospital)
  • 1947 Andy Roberts, cricketer (NZ batsman 1976)
  • 1947 Ben Masters, Corvalis OR, actor (Vic-Another World, Making Mr Right)
  • 1947 Dennis Cowan, rocker (Bonzo Dog Band), born in London, England
  • 1947 Sandra Fisher, painter
  • 1947 Martha Nussbaum, American philosopher
  • 1947 Alan Dale, New Zealand actor
  • 1948 Richard Cox, actor (Mark-Executive Suite), born in NYC, New York
  • 1949 David Cornell Leestma, Muskegon Mich, USN/astronaut (STS 41-G, 28, 45)
  • 1950 Robbie McIntosh, drummer (Avg White Band-Show your Hand)
  • 1951 Samuel Doe, President of Liberia (d. 1990)
  • 1952 Chiaki Naito-Mukai, Tatebayashi Japan, astronaut (STS 65, sk:95)
  • 1952 Christian Clavier, French actor
  • 1952 Michael O'Hare, American actor
  • 1953 Lynn Whitfield, Baton Rouge, actress (Josephine Baker, Equal Justice)
  • 1953 Tony Blair, British Prime Minister (Labour, 1997-2007 )
  • 1953 Michelle Courchesne, Quebec politician
  • 1953 Graeme Souness, Scottish footballer/manager
  • 1954 Sergei Nikolayevich Tresvyatsky, Russia, cosmonaut
  • 1954 Dora Bakoyannis, Greek politician
  • 1955 Donald A Thomas, Cleve Ohio, PhD/Astronaut (STS 65, 70, 83, 94)
  • 1955 John Hutton, MP
  • 1955 Tom Bergeron, American game show host
  • 1958 Lolita Flores, Spanish singer and actress
  • 1959 Charles Hendry, Cuckfield Sussex, British Conservative Party politician
  • 1959 Eric D Fingerhut, (Rep-D-Ohio)
  • 1959 Kate Collins, actress (Natalie Hunter-All My Children), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1959 Scott Hood, Canadian Tour golfer (1989 Montana Open-2nd), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1960 Bart de Boer, Dutch guitarist (Ivy Green)
  • 1960 Julianne Phillips, Lake Oswego Oregon, actress (Frankie Reed-Sisters)
  • 1960 Larry Steinbachek, rock synthesizer (Bronski Beat-Smalltown Boy)
  • 1960 John Flansburgh, American musician
  • 1960 Phyllis Treigle, American soprano
  • 1961 Clay O'Brien, Ray Az, actor (Weedy-Cowboys)

Person-of-interestPerson of Interest

1961 George Clooney, Lexington Kentucky, actor (Dr Douglas Ross-ER, Batman)

  • 1961 Roma Downey, Derry Ireland, actress (1 Life to Live, Touched by an Angel)
  • 1962 Neil Foster, cricketer (England right-fast medium)
  • 1962 Adam Yellin, American record producer
  • 1963 Alessandra Ferri, British ballerina (American Ballet Theater)
  • 1964 Dana Hill [Goetz], Van Nuys California, actress (2 of Us, Shoot the Moon)
  • 1964 Kim Oden, Ala, US Olympic volleyball player (NCAA Play of Decade-80s)
  • 1964 Mike Grob, Billings Montana, Canadian Tour golfer (1988 Manitoba-3rd)
  • 1964 Mike McGruder, NFL cornerback (Tampa Bay Bucs)
  • 1965 Bob Bassen, Calgary, NHL center (Dallas Stars)
  • 1965 Ken Harvey, NFL linebacker (Washington Redskins)
  • 1965 Norman Whiteside, British soccer player
  • 1965 Paul Frase, NFL defensive end (Green Bay Packers-Super Bowl 31)
  • 1965 Tim Simpson, Nike golfer (1985 Southern Open), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1965 Zahid Sadiq, cricketer

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Famous Deaths

Deaths 101 - 121 of 121

  • 2000 Leonard Lopes-Salzedo, British composer
  • 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 Philip Kapleau, American Zen teacher (b. 1912)
  • 2004 Barney Kessel, American jazz guitarist (b. 1923)
  • 2006 Lillian Asplund, last American RMS Titanic survivor (b. 1906)
  • 2006 Shigeru Kayano, Japanese Ainu activist (b. 1926)
  • 2006 Grant McLennan, co-founder of Australian band The Go-Betweens (b. 1958)
  • 2006 Lorne Saxberg, Canadian television journalist (b. 1958)
  • 2007 Enéas Carneiro, Brazilian politician (b. 1938)
  • 2007 Curtis Harrington, American film director (b. 1926)
  • 2007 Đorđe Novković, Croatian songwriter (b. 1943)
  • 2009 Kevin Grubb, former NASCAR driver (b. 1978)
  • 2010 Robin Roberts, American baseball player (b. 1926)
  • 2012 George Lindsey, American actor, dies at 83
  • 2013 Giulio Andreotti, Italian Prime Minister, dies at 94
  • 2014 Farley Mowat, Canadian author, dies at 92
  • 2014 Jimmy Ellis, American boxer & WBA heavyweight champion, dies from dementia at 74
  • 2015 Errol Brown, British-Jamaican singer-songwriter (Hot Chocolate - You Sexy Thing), dies at 71
  • 2015 Jim [James] Wright, American politician (D-Texas) (Speaker of the House 1987-1989), dies at 92