- 22nd Kentucky Derby: Willie Simms aboard Ben Brush wins first Derby held at the current distance of 1.25 miles (2.0km)
- 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.
About May 6, 1896
Day of the Week: Wednesday
How Long Ago? 126 years, 10 months and 16 days
Leap Year: Yes
Generation: Lost Generation
Star Sign: Taurus