What Happened on May 6

Significant Events

  • 1626 Dutch colonist Peter Minuit buys Manhattan Island from local Indians for 60 guilders worth of trinkets
  • 1840 World's first postage stamp, the Penny Black, is issued in Great Britain
  • 1889 Exposition Universelle (World's Fair) in Paris opens with the recently completed Eiffel Tower serving as the entrance arch
  • 1941 Joseph Stalin becomes Premier of the Soviet Union
  • 1954 Roger Bannister of the UK becomes the 1st person to run a 4 minute mile, recording 3:59:4 at Iffley Road, Oxford
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Did You Know?

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

On May 6, 2001

Famous Weddings

  • 1476 Emperor Frederik III of Habsburg & duke Charles the bold arrange marriage of their children
  • 1946 Comedian Stan Laurel (55) marries for the 5th time actress Ida Kitaeva (47)
  • 1950 Elizabeth Taylor (18) marries for the 1st time to hotel heir Conrad "Nicky" Hilton (23)
  • 1960 English Princess Margaret marries Antony Armstrong-Jones (later Lord Snowdon) at Westminster Abbey
  • 1975 Actor Sean Connery (44) weds Micheline Roquebrune in Casablanca

Famous Divorces

  • 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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