On This Day

On This Day in History for May 6

Events in History

  • 878 Battle of Edington: Alfred the Great and his West Saxon army defeat Viking army of Guthrum the Old [earliest possible date]
  • 1312 Pope Clement V closes Council of Vienna
  • 1432 Renaissance masterpiece The Ghent Altarpiece by Hubert and Jan van Eyck is consecrated at St Bravo's Cathedral, Belgium, commissioned by wealthy merchants
  • 1527 Spanish and German Imperial troops sack Rome, ending the Renaissance
  • 1529 Battle at Gogra: Mughal Emperor Babur beats Afghans and Bengals
  • 1541 King Henry VIII orders a bible in English be placed in every church in England
  • 1542 Francis Xavier reaches Old Goa, then capital of Portuguese India
  • 1598 Archduke Albrecht & Isabella become rulers of the Southern Netherlands
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Weddings in History

  • 1476 Emperor Frederik III of Habsburg & duke Charles the bold arrange marriage of their children
  • 1880 Novelist Mary Ann Evans (George Eliot) (60) marries banker John Cross (40) at George's, London
  • 1960 English Princess Margaret marries Antony Armstrong-Jones (later Lord Snowdon) at Westminster Abbey

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