Historical Events on 6th May
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1312 - Pope Clement V closes Council of Vienna
1527 - Spanish & German Imperial troops sack Rome; ending Renaissance
1529 - Battle at Gogra: Mogol emperor Babur beats Afghans & Bengals
1541 - King Henry VIII orders bible be placed in every church in England
1542 - Francis Xavier reaches Old Goa, the capital of Portuguese India at the time.
1598 - Archduke Albrecht & Isabella become monarch of Southern Netherlands
1604 - Leon VII Spanish poet's first poem is published: La Cocina.
1626 - Dutch colonist Peter Minuit buys Manhattan Island from local Indians for 60 guilders worth of trinkets
1642 - Ville Marie (Montreal) forms
1644 - Johan Mauritius resigns as governor of Brazil
1672 - Brandenburg monarch Frederik Willem signs treaty with Netherlands
1682 - Louis XIV of France moves his court to Versailles.
1733 - 1st international boxing match: Bob Whittaker beats Tito di Carni
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
The Sun King of France Louis XIV 1787 - 1st African American Masonic Lodge (African # 459) forms Prince Hall, Boston
1794 - Haiti, under Toussaint L'Ouverture, revolts against France
1804 - Suriname sold to English (until Feb, 1816)
1833 - John Deere makes 1st steel plough
1835 - James Gordon Bennett, Sr. publishes the first issue of the New York Herald (price 1 cent).
1840 - 1st postage stamps (Penny Black) issued (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 patents Yale lock
1851 - New slave regulations go into effect in Suriname
1851 - San Francisco Chamber of Commerce starts
Founder of the New York Herald James Gordon Bennett 1853 - 1st major US rail disaster kills 46 (Norwalk, Connecticut)
1860 - SF Olympic Club, 1st US athletic club forms
1860 - Giuseppe Garibaldi's Mille sets sail from Genoa to the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies.
1861 - Arkansas & Tennessee becomes 9th & 10th states to secede from US
1861 - Jefferson Davis approves a bill declaring War between the Union & the Confederacy
1864 - US Civil War: Battle of Port Walthall Junction, VA
1864 - US Civil War: Battle of Wilderness - Confederate General longstreet seriously injured
1864 - US Civil war: General Sherman begins advance to Atlanta Georgia
1882 - Chinese Exclusion Act: US Congress ceases Chinese immigration
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.
Engineer and Achitect Gustave Eiffel 1889 - Exposition Universelle (World Fair) opens in Paris with the completed Eiffel Tower
1890 - Mormon Church renounces polygamy [1006-Truth Restored (Morman pub)]
1891 - Conductors on London General Omnibus Company go on strike
1895 - 21st Kentucky Derby: Soup Perkins aboard Halma wins in 2:37.50
1896 - 22nd Kentucky Derby: Willie Simms aboard Ben Brush wins in 2:07.75
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 - Start of Sherlock Holmes "Adventure of Shoscombe Old Place" (BG)
1902 - Zulu assault at Holkrantz South-Africa
1903 - Chicago White Sox commit 12 errors against Detroit Tigers
1904 - American Lung Association holds its 1st meeting
1906 - "Temporary" permit to erect overhead wires on Market Street, San Francisco
Tsar Nicholas II 1906 - Tsar Nicolas II of Russia claims right to legislate by decree and restricts the power of the Duma (Russian Parliament)
1907 - 33rd Kentucky Derby: Andy Minder aboard Pink Star wins in 2:12.6
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 - Red Sox Babe Ruth pitching debut & 1st HR, loses to Yanks 4-3 in 15
1915 - The Allies on Cape Helles launch three attacks to enlarge their beachheads; after terrible losses, they advance about three miles
1916 - Belgian troop march into Kigali, German East Africa
1917 - St Louis Brown Bob Groom no-hits Chicago White Sox, 3-0
Baseball Legend Babe Ruth 1919 - Paris Peace Conference disposes of German colonies; Ger E Africa is assigned to Britain & France, German SW Africa to South Africa
1921 - American Soccer League forms
1925 - Ty Cobb hits his 5th HR in 2 games tying Cap Ansons record of 1884
1929 - AL announces it will discontinue MVP award
1929 - NY to SF footrace begins
1933 - 59th Kentucky Derby: Don Meade aboard Brokers Tip wins in 2:06.8
1933 - Italy & USSR sign trade agreement
1934 - Red Sox score 12 runs in 4th inning including record 4 consecutive triples hit by Carl Reynolds, Moose Solters, Rick Ferrell, & B Walters
1935 - British King George & Queen Mary celebrate silver jubilee
1935 - KTM-AM in Los Angeles California changes call letters to KEHE (now KABC)
1935 - Pulitzer prize awarded to Audrey Wurdemann (Bright Ambush)
The Zeppelin Hindenburg begins to fall seconds after catching fire
1938 - Dutch writer Maurits Dekker sentenced to 50 days for "offending a friendly head of state" (Hitler)
1939 - 1st performance of Honegger/Claudel's "Jeanne d'Arc Ouch B-cher"
1939 - 65th Kentucky Derby: James Stout aboard Johnstown wins in 2:03.4
Author John Steinbeck 1940 - Pulitzer prize awarded to John Steinbeck (Grapes of Wrath)
1941 - Joseph Stalin became premier of Russia
1941 - At California's March Field, Bob Hope performs his first USO show.
1942 - Corregidor & Philippines surrender to Japanese Armies
1943 - British 1st army opens assault on Tunis
1944 - 70th Kentucky Derby: Conn McCreary aboard Pensive wins in 2:04.2
1944 - KJR-AM in Seattle Wash swaps calls with KOMO
1945 - Gen J 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)"
1948 - "Sally" opens at Martin Beck Theater NYC for 36 performances
1950 - "Great to Be Alive" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 52 perfs
Entertainer Bob Hope 1950 - 76th Kentucky Derby: William Boland on Middleground wins in 2:01.6
1951 - Pitts Pirate Cliff Chambers no-hits Boston Brave, 3-0
1953 - Brown's Bobo Holloman 1st major league start, no-hits Phila A's, 6-0
1954 - Roger Bannister of Britain breaks 4 minute mile (3:59:4)
1955 - West Germany joins NATO
1956 - Gus Bell (Reds) homers off Bob Miller in both ends of a double header
1956 - WRCB TV channel 3 in Chattanooga, TN (NBC) begins broadcasting
1957 - Italian government of Segni resigns
1957 - Last broadcast of "I Love Lucy" on CBS-TV
1957 - Pulitzer prize awarded to John F Kennedy (Profiles in Courage)
1959 - Iceland gunboats shoot at British fishing ships
1960 - US President Eisenhower signs Civil Rights Act of 1960
1960 - Students attack Dutch embassy in Jakarta
34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower 1960 - Trotsky's murderer Jacques Mornard (Ramon Mercader) freed in Mexico
1961 - 87th Kentucky Derby: John Sellers aboard Carry Back wins in 2:04
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 - Mary Lena Faulk wins LPGA Peach Blossom Golf Tournament
1962 - Pathet Lao breaks cease fire/conquerors 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 "Entertaining Mr Sloan" premieres in London
1965 - Lawry & Simpson complete opening stand of 382 against W Indies
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
1967 - 93rd Kentucky Derby: Bobby Ussery on Proud Clarion wins in 2:00.6
1967 - Maureen Wilton runs female world record marathon (3:15:22)
1967 - Zakir Hussain elected 1st Muslim president of India
1968 - Street battle between students & troops in Paris, 1000 injured
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
1969 - Northern Ireland Prime Minister 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
1970 - Yuchiro Miura of Japan skies down Mt Everest
1970 - Irish Prime Minister Jack Lynch sacks two ministers in the Irish government over allegations of illegal arms importation
1972 - 98th Kentucky Derby: Ron Turcotte aboard Riva Ridge wins in 2:01.8
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
1973 - Judy Rankin wins LPGA American Defender-Raleigh Golf Classic
1974 - A's pitcher Paul Lindblad makes an errant throw in 1st inning of 6-3 loss to Balt ends his record streak of 385 consecutive errorless games
1974 - Bundy victim Roberta Parks disappears from OSU, Corvallis, Ore
1974 - Smallest attendance at Phila's Veterans Stadium (4,149)
1974 - Stolen "Guitar Player" painting by Jan Vermeer found in London
1974 - West German Chancellor Willy Brandt resigns
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, causing 989 deaths and the destruction of entire villages.
1977 - "Beatles at Hollywood Bowl" released in UK
1978 - 104th Kentucky Derby: Steve Cauthen aboard Affirmed wins in 2:01.2
1978 - South Africa military goes into Angola
1979 - Fred Markham set a bicycle speed record of 818 kph over 200 m
1979 - Louis LaRusso II's "Knockout" premieres in NYC
LPGA Golfer Nancy Lopez 1979 - Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Women's International Golf Tournament
1979 - USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
1981 - "Inacent Black" opens at Biltmore Theater NYC for 14 performances
1981 - Mariners manager Maury Wills is fired & replaced by Rene Lachemann
1981 - US expels Libyan diplomats
1982 - Seattle Mariner Gaylord Perry becomes 15th pitcher to win 300 games
1984 - Baltimore Oriole Cal Ripken Jr hits for cycle
1984 - Jose Napoleon Duarte wins El Salvador presidential election
1985 - 17th Space Shuttle Mission (51-B)-Challenger 7 lands at Edwards AFB
1986 - Berlin: Real Madrid wins 15th UEFA Cup
1986 - Donald E Pelotte becomes 1st native American bishop
1986 - France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island
1987 - Gary Hart denies affair with model Donna Rice
Racing Car Driver Mario Andretti 1987 - Mario Andretti sets one-lap speed record at Indy at 218.204 MPH
1987 - Niroslav Milhailovic begins 54 hours of telling jokes
1987 - PTL's 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
1988 - Doughnutgate incident: NJ Devils' coach Jim Schoenfeld tells referee Don Koharski to 'eat another doughnut you fat pig!,' he is suspended
1989 - 115th Kentucky Derby: Pat Valenzuela on Sunday Silence wins in 2:05
1990 - Ayako Okamoto wins LPGA Sara Lee Golf Classic
1990 - Former president PW Botha quits South Africa's ruling National Party
1990 - Tom Cruise is ticketed for careless operation of a vehicle in SC
1991 - Phillie Lenny Dykstra slams his sports car into 2 trees
1991 - Seppo Raty of Finland sets javelin record to 301' 9"
1991 - Space Shuttle STS 39 (Discovery 12) lands
Actor Tom Cruise 1992 - NY Met Anthony Young begins losing streak of at least 26 games
1992 - Werder Bremen of Germany win 32nd European Cup winner's Cup against AS Monaco of France 2-0 in Lisbon
1993 - STS-55 (Columbia) lands
1994 - Channel tunnel linking England & France officially opens
1994 - Comedian Bobcat Goldthwait sets fire to the couch on Tonight Show
1994 - US House of Representatives passes the Federal Assault Weapons Ban
1994 - Lennox Lewis TKOs Phil Jackson in 8 for heavyweight boxing title
1994 - Nelson Mandela and the ANC, finally confirmed winners in South Africa's first post apartheid election
1995 - 121st Kentucky Derby: Gary Stevens on Thunder Gulch wins in 2:01.2
1995 - ABC Bud Light Masters Bowling Tournament won by Mike Aulby
1995 - Classic Sports Network begins on cable TV
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 - Michael Jackson & Bee Gees inducted into Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
1997 - NHL Hartford Whalers become Carolina Hurricanes
1997 - Rick Pitino becomes coach of Boston Celtics
1997 - The Bank of England is given independence from political control, the most significant change in the bank's 300-year history.
1998 - Kerry Wood strikes out 20 Houston Astros to tie the major league record held by Roger Clemens. He threw a one-hitter and did not walk a batter in his 5th career start.
2000 - 126th Kentucky Derby: Kent Desormeaux aboard Fusaichi Pegasus wins in 2:01.12
264th Pope John Paul II 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.
2004 - TV sitcom Friends airs season finale in 10th and final season in US (52.5 million viewers)
2006 - 132nd Kentucky Derby: Edgar Prado aboard Barbaro wins in 2:01.36
2007 - "Shrek the Third" directed by Chris Miller and Raman Hui with voices by Mike Myers, Cameron Diaz and Eddie Murphy premieres in Westwood Ca.
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.
Actress Cameron Diaz 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%
2012 - Francois Hollande elected President of France
2012 - Greeck 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
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