On This Day in History for May 6 (Part 2)

Events in History

Events 101 - 146 of 146

  • 1974 Smallest attendance at Philadelphia's Veterans Stadium (4,149)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1974 West German Chancellor Willy Brandt resigns amidst controversy over his aide Günter Guillaume's ties with the Stasi (East German secret service)

Chancellor of West Germany Willy Brandt
Chancellor of West Germany
Willy Brandt
  • 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, causes 989 deaths and the destruction of entire villages
  • 1978 South Africa military goes into Angola
  • 1979 Louis LaRusso II's "Knockout" premieres in NYC
  • 1979 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • 1981 Mariners manager Maury Wills is fired & replaced by Rene Lachemann
  • 1981 US expels Libyan diplomats
  • 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 Mururoa atoll
  • 1987 Niroslav Milhailovic begins 54 hours of telling jokes
  • 1987 American televangelist 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
  • 1990 Former president PW Botha quits South Africa's ruling National Party
  • 1991 Space Shuttle STS 39 (Discovery 12) lands
  • 1993 STS-55 (Columbia) lands
  • 1994 Channel tunnel linking England & France officially opens
  • 1994 US House of Representatives passes the Federal Assault Weapons Ban

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

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
  • 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
  • 1997 The Bank of England is given independence from political control, the most significant change in the bank's 300-year history

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2002 Entrepreneur Elon Musk founds SpaceX

Entrepreneur Elon Musk
Elon Musk
  • 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%

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

2012 François Hollande elected 24th President of France

French President François Hollande
French President
François Hollande
  • 2012 Greek parliamentary election results in 60% support for parties opposed to austerity measures
  • 2013 10 people are killed and 26 people are injured after a wave of attacks across Iraq
  • 2013 13 people are killed in clashes with Bangladeshi police in Dhaka
  • 2013 15 people are killed and 50 are injured after a bomb detonates at a political rally in Pakistan
  • 2013 Wal-Mart becomes the largest company by revenue on the Fortune 500 list
  • 2013 The US Senate passes a bill enabling taxing of online sales
  • 2014 Boko Haram's leader, Abubakar Shekau, releases a 57 minute video boasting about abducting schoolgirls in Nigeria
  • 2017 Bus crash in Arusha region, Tanzania kills 35
  • 2017 84 abducted schoolgirls released in exchange for Boko Haram suspects in Nigeria

Birthdays in History

Birthdays 101 - 120 of 120

  • 1946 Jim Ramstad, (Rep-R-Minnesota)
  • 1947 Dennis Cowan, rocker (Bonzo Dog Band), born in London, England
  • 1947 Sandra Fisher, American painter, born in New York City (d. 1994)
  • 1947 Martha Nussbaum, American philosopher, born in New York City
  • 1949 David Cornell Leestma, Muskegon Mich, USN/astronaut (STS 41-G, 28, 45)
  • 1951 Samuel Doe, President of Liberia (d. 1990)
  • 1952 Chiaki Naito-Mukai, Tatebayashi Japan, astronaut (STS 65, sk:95)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1953 Tony Blair, British Prime Minister (Labour: 1997-2007), born in Edinburgh, Scotland

British Prime Minister Tony Blair
British Prime Minister
Tony Blair
  • 1953 Michelle Courchesne, Quebec politician
  • 1954 Sergei Nikolayevich Tresvyatsky, Russian cosmonaut
  • 1954 Dora Bakoyannis, Greek politician
  • 1955 Donald A Thomas, PhD/Astronaut (STS 65, 70, 83, 94), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1955 John Hutton, British politician and cabinet minister (L), born in London
  • 1955 Tom Bergeron, American game show host
  • 1959 Charles Hendry, Cuckfield Sussex, British Conservative Party politician
  • 1959 Eric D Fingerhut, (Rep-D-Ohio)
  • 1963 Alessandra Ferri, British ballerina (American Ballet Theater)
  • 1978 Fredrick Federley, Swedish politician
  • 1978 Alexander Fedorov, Russian bodybuilder
  • 1979 Nikki Hayes, Irish radio personality

Weddings in History

Deaths in History