On This Day

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

Events in History


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 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 Gary Hart denies affair with model Donna Rice
  • 1987 Niroslav Milhailovic begins 54 hours of telling jokes

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1987 American televangelist Jim Bakker and Rich Dortch dismissed from Assemblies of God after revelations of an alleged rape of a church secretary

Televangelist Jim Bakker
Televangelist
Jim Bakker

  • 1987 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • 1988 Graeme Hick scores 405 for Worcs v Somerset 35 fours 11 sixes

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1990 Former president P. W. Botha quits South Africa's ruling National Party

President of South Africa P. W. Botha
President of South Africa
P. W. Botha
  • 1991 Space Shuttle STS 39 (Discovery 12) lands
  • 1993 STS-55 (Columbia) lands

Latest Wonder of the WorldLatest Wonder of the World

1994 Channel tunnel linking England & France officially opens

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Tunnel diggers from France and England meet half way. Photo: Rex Features
Tunnel diggers from France and England meet half way. Photo: Rex Features
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  • 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 US Army Staff Sgt Delmar Simpson gets 25-year sentence in military prison for 18 counts of rape, and other offenses (part of the Aberdeen Scandal)
  • 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
Entrepreneur
Elon Musk
  • 2008 Chaiten Volcano erupts in Chile, forcing the evacuation of more than 4,500 people.
  • 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
  • 2019 Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah of Brunei announces a moratorium on the death penalty for gay sex and adultery after worldwide condemnation over new Sharia laws
  • 2019 French telecom company Orange and its former CEO with other executives go on trial in France for psychological harassment of their staff that unions claim resulted in 19 suicides and 12 other attempts
  • 2019 One million plant and animal species are now at risk of extinction according to a major new UN report

PandemicCOVID-19

2020 UK becomes the first European country to report over 30,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19

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Burial of a coronavirus victim in Iran during the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic
Burial of a coronavirus victim in Iran during the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic
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  • 2020 Irish organisation repays a 170 year old favor, raising over $2 million (to date) for US Navajo Nation and Hopi Reservation badly affected by COVID-19. In 1840s Choctaw Nation sent $170 to aid Irish potato famine.
  • 2020 At least 90,000 healthcare workers worldwide infected by COVID-19, more than 260 nurses have died according to International Council of Nurses
  • 2020 Former intelligence chief Mustafa al-Kadhimi sworn in as new Iraqi Prime Minister, 3rd to be nominated in six months
  • 2021 Armed police raid on drug traffickers kills 25 in cities deadliest ever, in a favela of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Birthdays in History

  • 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, British Conservative Party politician, born in Cuckfield, England
  • 1959 Eric D Fingerhut, American businessman and politician (Rep-D-Ohio 1993-95), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1960 Larry Steinbachek, British rock synthesizer (Bronski Beat) (d. 2017)
  • 1978 Alexander Fedorov, Russian bodybuilder
  • 1979 Nikki Hayes, Irish radio personality
  • 1981 Edyta Sliwinska, Polish professional dancer (Dancing With The Stars), born in Warsaw, Poland
  • 2019 Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, British son of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, born in London, England

Weddings in History


Deaths in History