- 1527 Spanish and German Imperial troops sack Rome, ending the Renaissance. Charles III is killed in the assault removing any restraint for the victorious soldiers.
- 1626 Dutch colonist Peter Minuit organizes the purchase of Manhattan Island from Native Americans for 60 guilders worth of goods, believed to have been Canarsee Indians of the Lenape
- 1889 Exposition Universelle (World's Fair) in Paris opens with the recently completed Eiffel Tower serving as the entrance arch
- 1937 German airship Hindenburg explodes in flames at Lakehurst, New Jersey, killing 35 of the 97 on board and 1 on the ground
- 1941 Joseph Stalin becomes Premier of the Soviet Union, replacing his foreign minister Vyacheslav Molotov
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May 6 in Film & TV
- 2004 TV sitcom "Friends" airs season finale in 10th and final season in US (52.5 million viewers)
May 6 in Music
- 1966 The Rolling Stones release the single "Paint It Black", featuring prominent sitar played by Brian Jones, in the US
May 6 in Sport
- 1954 English athlete Roger Bannister becomes first to run a sub-4 minute mile, recording 3:59:4 at Iffley Road Track, Oxford
Did You Know?
During a trip to Syria, Pope John Paul II becomes the first pope to enter a mosque
On May 6, 2001
Would You Believe?
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.
On May 6, 1896
- 1476 Emperor Frederik III of Habsburg and Duke of Burgundy Charles the bold arrange the marriage of their children
- 1880 British novelist Mary Ann Evans (George Eliot) (60) weds Scottish banker John Cross (40) at George's, London
- 1946 Comedian Stan Laurel (55) marries for the 5th time actress Ida Kitaeva (47)
- 1974 Actress Maggie Smith (39) divorces actor Robert Stephens (42) after 6 years of marriage
- 2006 "Dallas" actress Victoria Principal (56) divorces plastic surgeon Harry Glassman (63) due to irreconcilable differences after nearly 21 years of marriage
- 2016 Actress Kaley Cuoco and professional tennis player Ryan Sweeting divorce after 2 years of marriage
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