Historical Events on 6th May

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  • 1312 Pope Clement V closes Council of Vienna
  • 1527 Spanish & German Imperial troops sack Rome; ending Renaissance
  • 1529 Battle at Gogra: Mogol emperor Babur beats Afghans & Bengals

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1541 King Henry VIII orders bible be placed in every church in England

King of England Henry VIII
King of England
Henry VIII
  • 1542 Francis Xavier reaches Old Goa, the capital of Portuguese India at the time.
  • 1598 Archduke Albrecht & Isabella become monarch of Southern Netherlands
  • 1604 Leon VII Spanish poet's first poem is published: La Cocina.
  • 1626 Dutch colonist Peter Minuit buys Manhattan Island from local Indians for 60 guilders worth of trinkets
  • 1642 Ville Marie (Montreal) forms
  • 1644 Johan Mauritius resigns as governor of Brazil
  • 1672 Brandenburg monarch Frederik Willem signs treaty with Netherlands

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1682 Louis XIV of France moves his court to Versailles.

The Sun King of France Louis XIV
The Sun King of France
Louis XIV
  • 1733 1st international boxing match: Bob Whittaker beats Tito di Carni
  • 1753 French King Louis XV observes transit of Mercury at Mendon Castle
  • 1757 Battle of Prague: Frederick II of Prussia's forces defeat Austrian army
  • 1787 1st African American Masonic Lodge (African # 459) forms Prince Hall, Boston
  • 1794 Haiti, under Toussaint L'Ouverture, revolts against France
  • 1804 Suriname sold to English (until Feb, 1816)

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1833 John Deere makes 1st steel plough

Deere & Company Founder John Deere
Deere & Company Founder
John Deere

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1835 James Gordon Bennett, Sr. publishes the first issue of the New York Herald (price 1 cent).

Founder of the New York Herald James Gordon Bennett
Founder of the New York Herald
James Gordon Bennett
  • 1840 1st postage stamps (Penny Black) issued (Great Britain)
  • 1844 Johan Thorbecke argues general right to vote
  • 1848 Otto Tank ends slavery in Suriname colony
  • 1851 Dr John Gorrie patents a "refrigeration machine"
  • 1851 Linus Yale patents Yale lock
  • 1851 New slave regulations go into effect in Suriname
  • 1851 San Francisco Chamber of Commerce starts
  • 1853 1st major US rail disaster kills 46 (Norwalk, Connecticut)
  • 1860 SF Olympic Club, 1st US athletic club forms
  • 1860 Giuseppe Garibaldi's Mille sets sail from Genoa to the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies.
  • 1861 Arkansas & Tennessee becomes 9th & 10th states to secede from US

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1861 Jefferson Davis approves a bill declaring War between the Union & the Confederacy

President of the Confederate States of America Jefferson Davis
President of the Confederate States of America
Jefferson Davis
  • 1864 US Civil War: Battle of Port Walthall Junction, VA

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1864 US Civil War: Battle of Wilderness - Confederate General longstreet seriously injured

Confederate General James Longstreet
Confederate General
James Longstreet

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1864 US Civil war: General Sherman begins advance to Atlanta Georgia

  • 1882 Chinese Exclusion Act: US Congress ceases Chinese immigration

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1882 Epping Forest, England, dedicated by Queen Victoria

Queen of the United Kingdom Victoria
Queen of the United Kingdom
  • 1882 Thomas Henry Burke and Lord Frederick Cavendish are stabbed and killed during the Phoenix Park Murders in Dublin.

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1889 Exposition Universelle (World Fair) opens in Paris with the completed Eiffel Tower

Engineer and Achitect Gustave Eiffel
Engineer and Achitect
Gustave Eiffel
  • 1890 Mormon Church renounces polygamy [1006-Truth Restored (Morman pub)]
  • 1891 Conductors on London General Omnibus Company go on strike
  • 1895 21st Kentucky Derby: Soup Perkins aboard Halma wins in 2:37.50
  • 1896 22nd Kentucky Derby: Willie Simms aboard Ben Brush wins in 2:07.75
  • 1896 Samuel Pierpont Langley flies his unpiloted Number 5 aircraft using a catapult launch from a boat on the Potomac River, USA. The aircraft travels almost 3/4 of a mile - ten times further than any previous heavier-than-air flying machine.
  • 1902 British SS Camorta sinks off Rangoon; 739 die
  • 1902 Start of Sherlock Holmes "Adventure of Shoscombe Old Place" (BG)
  • 1902 Zulu assault at Holkrantz South-Africa
  • 1903 Chicago White Sox commit 12 errors against Detroit Tigers
  • 1904 American Lung Association holds its 1st meeting
  • 1906 "Temporary" permit to erect overhead wires on Market Street, San Francisco

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1906 Tsar Nicolas II of Russia claims right to legislate by decree and restricts the power of the Duma (Russian Parliament)

  • 1907 33rd Kentucky Derby: Andy Minder aboard Pink Star wins in 2:12.6

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1910 George V becomes King of the United Kingdom upon the death of his father, Edward VII.

King of the United Kingdom George V
King of the United Kingdom
George V
  • 1913 King Nikita I of Montenegro vacates Skoetari, northern Albania
  • 1914 British House of Lords rejects women's suffrage
  • 1915 German U-20 sinks Centurion SE of Ireland

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1915 Red Sox Babe Ruth pitching debut & 1st HR, loses to Yanks 4-3 in 15

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth
  • 1915 The Allies on Cape Helles launch three attacks to enlarge their beachheads; after terrible losses, they advance about three miles
  • 1916 Belgian troop march into Kigali, German East Africa
  • 1917 St Louis Brown Bob Groom no-hits Chicago White Sox, 3-0
  • 1919 Paris Peace Conference disposes of German colonies; Ger E Africa is assigned to Britain & France, German SW Africa to South Africa
  • 1921 American Soccer League forms

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1925 Ty Cobb hits his 5th HR in 2 games tying Cap Ansons record of 1884

MLB Legend Ty Cobb
MLB Legend
Ty Cobb
  • 1929 AL announces it will discontinue MVP award
  • 1929 NY to SF footrace begins
  • 1933 59th Kentucky Derby: Don Meade aboard Brokers Tip wins in 2:06.8
  • 1933 Italy & USSR sign trade agreement
  • 1934 Red Sox score 12 runs in 4th inning including record 4 consecutive triples hit by Carl Reynolds, Moose Solters, Rick Ferrell, & B Walters
  • 1935 British King George & Queen Mary celebrate silver jubilee
  • 1935 KTM-AM in Los Angeles California changes call letters to KEHE (now KABC)
  • 1935 Pulitzer prize awarded to Audrey Wurdemann (Bright Ambush)

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1937 German airship Hindenburg explodes in flames at Lakehurst, NJ (36 die)

  • 1938 Dutch writer Maurits Dekker sentenced to 50 days for "offending a friendly head of state" (Hitler)
  • 1939 1st performance of Honegger/Claudel's "Jeanne d'Arc Ouch B-cher"
  • 1939 65th Kentucky Derby: James Stout aboard Johnstown wins in 2:03.4

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1940 Pulitzer prize awarded to John Steinbeck (Grapes of Wrath)

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1941 Joseph Stalin became premier of Russia

Soviet Union Premier Joseph Stalin
Soviet Union Premier
Joseph Stalin

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1941 At California's March Field, Bob Hope performs his first USO show.

Entertainer Bob Hope
Bob Hope
  • 1942 Corregidor & Philippines surrender to Japanese Armies
  • 1943 British 1st army opens assault on Tunis
  • 1944 70th Kentucky Derby: Conn McCreary aboard Pensive wins in 2:04.2
  • 1944 KJR-AM in Seattle Wash swaps calls with KOMO
  • 1945 Gen J Blaskowitz surrenders German troops in Netherlands
  • 1945 World War II: Axis Sally delivers her last propaganda broadcast to Allied troops (first was on December 11, 1941).
  • 1946 Pulitzer prize awarded to Arthur M Schlesinger (Age of Jackson)"
  • 1948 "Sally" opens at Martin Beck Theater NYC for 36 performances
  • 1950 "Great to Be Alive" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 52 performances
  • 1950 76th Kentucky Derby: William Boland on Middleground wins in 2:01.6
  • 1951 Pitts Pirate Cliff Chambers no-hits Boston Brave, 3-0
  • 1953 Brown's Bobo Holloman 1st major league start, no-hits Phila A's, 6-0
  • 1954 Roger Bannister of Britain breaks 4 minute mile (3:59:4)
  • 1955 West Germany joins NATO
  • 1956 Gus Bell (Reds) homers off Bob Miller in both ends of a double header
  • 1956 WRCB TV channel 3 in Chattanooga, TN (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1957 Italian government of Segni resigns
  • 1957 Last broadcast of "I Love Lucy" on CBS-TV
  • 1957 Pulitzer prize awarded to John F Kennedy (Profiles in Courage)
  • 1959 Iceland gunboats shoot at British fishing ships

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1960 US President Eisenhower signs Civil Rights Act of 1960

34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower
34th US President & WWII General
Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • 1960 Students attack Dutch embassy in Jakarta
  • 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

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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

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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

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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

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

Actor Tom Cruise
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

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

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Lennox Lewis
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Lennox Lewis

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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

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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.

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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

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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

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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