Events in History on May 6

Victory in Battle

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

Victory in Battle

1529 Battle at Gogra: Mughal Emperor Babur beats Afghans and Bengals

Historic Event

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
  • 1604 Leon VII Spanish poet's first poem is published: La Cocina
  • 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
  • 1642 Ville Marie (Montreal) forms
  • 1644 Johan Mauritius resigns as governor of Brazil
  • 1672 Brandenburg monarch Frederik Willem signs treaty with Netherlands

Historic Event

1682 Louis XIV of France moves his court to Versailles

  • 1753 French King Louis XV observes transit of Mercury at Mendon Castle
  • 1757 Battle of Prague: Frederick II of Prussia's forces defeat Austrian army
  • 1787 1st African American Masonic Lodge (African # 459) forms Prince Hall, Boston

Historic Event

1794 Haiti, under Toussaint Louverture, revolts against France

  • 1804 Suriname sold to Great Britain (until Feb 1816)

Historic Publication

1835 James Gordon Bennett, Sr. publishes the first issue of the New York Herald (price 1 cent).

Historic Event

1837 US blacksmith John Deere creates the first steel plough in Grand Detour, Illinois

Penny Black

1840 World's first adhesive postage stamp, the "Penny Black", is first used in Great Britain

  • 1844 Johan Thorbecke argues general right to vote
  • 1848 Otto Tank ends slavery in Suriname colony
  • 1851 Dr John Gorrie patents a "refrigeration machine"
  • 1851 Linus Yale Jr. patents the Yale cylinder lock
  • 1851 New slave regulations go into effect in Suriname
  • 1851 San Francisco Chamber of Commerce starts
  • 1853 1st major US rail disaster kills 46 (Norwalk, Connecticut)

Historic Event

1860 Giuseppe Garibaldi's Mille sets sail from Genoa to the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies

  • 1860 San Francisco Olympic Club, 1st US athletic club forms
  • 1861 Arkansas & Tennessee becomes 9th & 10th states to secede from US
  • 1864 Battle of Port Walthall Junction, fought in Virginia begins (Battle of Port Walthall Junction), Union victory (US Civil War)

Battle of Interest

1864 Battle of Wilderness, fought in Virginia, Confederate General James Longstreet seriously injured (Overland Campaign), inconclusive result (US Civil War)

Historic Event

1864 US Civil War: Union Army General Sherman begins advance to Atlanta, Georgia, during the Atlanta Campaign

  • 1882 Chinese Exclusion Act: US Congress ceases Chinese immigration

Historic Event

1882 Epping Forest, England, dedicated by Queen Victoria

  • 1882 Thomas Henry Burke and Lord Frederick Cavendish are stabbed and killed during the Phoenix Park Murders in Dublin

Historic Event

1889 Exposition Universelle (World's Fair) in Paris opens with the recently completed Eiffel Tower serving as the entrance arch

  • 1891 Conductors on London General Omnibus Company go on strike
  • 1896 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.
  • 1902 British SS Camorta sinks off Rangoon; 739 die
  • 1902 Zulu assault at Holkrantz, South Africa
  • 1904 American Lung Association holds its 1st meeting
  • 1906 "Temporary" permit to erect overhead wires on Market Street, San Francisco allows United Railroads to run electric streetcars

Historic Event

1906 Tsar Nicolas II of Russia claims right to legislate by decree and restricts the power of the Duma (Russian Parliament)

  • 1909 Indian nationalist Sri Aurobindo acquitted in the Alipore Bomb Case in Calcutta, India

Nine Kings in One Room

1910 George V becomes King of the United Kingdom upon the death of his father, Edward VII

  • 1913 King Nikita I of Montenegro vacates Skoetari, northern Albania
  • 1914 British House of Lords rejects women's suffrage
  • 1915 German U-20 sinks Centurion SE of Ireland
  • 1915 The Allies on Cape Helles launch three attacks to enlarge their beachheads; after terrible losses, they advance about three miles
  • 1916 Belgian troops march into Kigali, German East Africa
  • 1919 Paris Peace Conference disposes of German colonies; German East Africa is assigned to Britain and France, German South West Africa to South Africa
  • 1929 AL announces it will discontinue MVP award
  • 1929 New York to San Francisco footrace begins
  • 1933 Italy & USSR sign trade agreement

Historic Event

1935 British King George V & Queen Mary celebrate silver jubilee

  • 1935 Pulitzer prize awarded to Audrey Wurdemann (Bright Ambush)

The Age of Zeppelins

1937 German airship Hindenburg explodes in flames at Lakehurst, New Jersey, killing 35 of the 97 on board and 1 on the ground

  • 1938 Dutch writer Maurits Dekker sentenced to 50 days for "offending a friendly head of state" (Adolf Hitler)

Historic Event

1940 Pulitzer prize awarded to John Steinbeck for "The Grapes of Wrath"

Historic Event

1941 Joseph Stalin becomes Premier of the Soviet Union, replacing his foreign minister Vyacheslav Molotov

  • 1942 Corregidor & Philippines surrender to Japanese Armies
  • 1943 British 1st army opens assault on Tunis
  • 1944 KJR-AM in Seattle Washington swaps calls with KOMO
  • 1945 General Johannes Blaskowitz surrenders German troops in Netherlands
  • 1945 World War II: Axis Sally delivers her last propaganda broadcast to Allied troops (first was on December 11, 1941).
  • 1946 Pulitzer prize awarded to Arthur M Schlesinger (Age of Jackson)"
  • 1955 West Germany joins NATO
  • 1956 Gus Bell (Reds) homers off Bob Miller in both ends of a double header

Historic Event

1957 Italian government of Antonio Segni resigns

Historic Event

1957 Pulitzer prize awarded to John F. Kennedy (Profiles in Courage)

  • 1959 Iceland gunboats shoot at British fishing vessels
  • 1960 Students attack Dutch embassy in Jakarta
  • 1960 Trotsky's murderer Jacques Mornard (Ramon Mercader) freed in Mexico

Historic Event

1960 US President Eisenhower signs Civil Rights Act of 1960

  • 1961 Omer Vanaudenhove chosen chairman of Belgium Liberal Party
  • 1962 1st nuclear warhead fired from Polaris submarine (Ethan Allen)
  • 1962 Antonio Segni elected President of Italy
  • 1962 Pathet Lao breaks cease fire and conquer Nam Tha Laos
  • 1962 US performs nuclear test at Pacific Ocean
  • 1963 Pulitzer prize awarded to Barbara Tuchman (Guns of August)
  • 1964 Joe Orton's play "Entertaining Mr Sloan" premieres in London
  • 1966 Canadian Minister of Finance announces a $20 Centennial gold coin
  • 1966 Most runs scored in 11th inning (9) Phils score 5 to beat Pirates 8-7
  • 1966 Myra Hindley and Ian Brady are sentenced to life imprisonment for the Moors Murders in England
  • 1967 400 students seize administration building at Cheyney State College, Pennsylvania
  • 1967 Zakir Husain elected 1st Muslim President of India
  • 1968 Giants reliever Lindy McDaniel sets NL record of 225th consecutive errorless game (108 chances consecutively since June 16, 1964)
  • 1968 Spain closes border to Gibraltar except to Spaniards
  • 1968 Street battle between students & troops in Paris, 1,000 injured

Historic Event

1969 Northern Ireland Prime Minister James Chichester-Clark announces an amnesty for all offences associated with demonstrations since 5 October 1968, resulting in the release of, among others, Ian Paisley and Ronald Bunting

Historic Event

1970 Irish Prime Minister Jack Lynch sacks two ministers in the Irish government over allegations of illegal arms importation

  • 1970 Yuchiro Miura of Japan skis down Mt Everest
  • 1972 Deniz Gezmiş, Yusuf Aslan and Hüseyin İnan are executed in Ankara for attempting to overthrow the Constitutional order
  • 1973 1st WHA championship, New England Whalers beat Win Jets, 4 games to 1
  • 1974 Bundy victim Roberta Parks disappears from OSU, Corvallis, Ore
  • 1974 Smallest attendance at Philadelphia's Veterans Stadium (4,149)

Historic Event

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

  • 1975 3 people die in tornado that strikes Omaha, Nebraska
  • 1975 Bundy victim Lynette Culver disappears from Pocatello, Idaho
  • 1975 Early warnings provided by REACT (ham radio operators) means only
  • 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 NASA 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

Historic Event

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

  • 1987 Gary Hart denies affair with model Donna Rice
  • 1987 Niroslav Milhailovic begins 54 hours of telling jokes
  • 1987 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • 1988 Graeme Hick scores 405 for Worcs v Somerset 35 fours 11 sixes

Historic Event

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

  • 1991 Space Shuttle STS 39 (Discovery 12) lands
  • 1993 STS-55 (Columbia) lands

Election of Interest

1994 Nelson Mandela and the ANC, finally confirmed winners in South Africa's first post apartheid election

  • 1994 US House of Representatives passes the Federal Assault Weapons Ban
  • 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, Connecticut 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 The Bank of England is given independence from political control, the most significant change in the bank's 300-year history
  • 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)

Historic Event

2001 During a trip to Syria, Pope John Paul II becomes the first pope to enter a mosque

  • 2002 Dutch politician Pim Fortuyn is shot and killed by an animal rights activist

Historic Event

2002 Entrepreneur Elon Musk founds SpaceX

  • 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%

Election of Interest

2012 François Hollande elected 24th President of France

  • 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 The US Senate passes a bill enabling taxing of online sales
  • 2013 Wal-Mart becomes the largest company by revenue on the Fortune 500 list
  • 2014 Boko Haram's leader, Abubakar Shekau, releases a 57 minute video boasting about abducting schoolgirls in Nigeria
  • 2017 84 abducted schoolgirls released in exchange for Boko Haram suspects in Nigeria
  • 2017 Bus crash in Arusha region, Tanzania kills 35
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 2020 Irish organization 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 UK becomes the first European country to report over 30,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19

  • 2021 Armed police raid on drug traffickers kills 25 in cities deadliest ever, in a favela of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • 2022 Explosion at the five-star Hotel Saratoga due to suspected a gas leak in Havana, Cuba kills at least 35 people [1]