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

Sport awardGolf Tournament

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

Event of interestEvent 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

Event of interestEvent 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

Event of interestEvent 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

Event of interestEvent 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.

Event of interestEvent 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

Event of interestEvent 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

Event of interestEvent 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, NFL fullback (Cardinals, Lions), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 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, operatic soprano (Gilda-Rigoletto), born in Bridgeport, Connecticut
  • 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, actor (Fatal Desire, Heroes in Hell), born in Rome, Italy
  • 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, American baseball centerfielder (Giants, NY Mets), "Say Hey Kid" (660 HRs, MVP 1954), born in Westfield, Alabama

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, PhD/Astronaut (STS 65, 70, 83, 94), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 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, American actor (Dr Douglas Ross-ER, Batman), born in Lexington, Kentucky

  • 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, NHL center (Dallas Stars), born in Calgary, Alberta
  • 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