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6th of May 1527 EVENT Spanish and German troops sack Rome; some consider this the end of the Renaissance. 147 Swiss Guards, including their commander, die fighting the forces of Charles V in order to allow Pope Clement VII to escape into Castel Sant'Angelo.
6th of May 1536 EVENT King Henry VIII orders English language Bibles be placed in every church.
6th of May 1542 EVENT Francis Xavier reaches Old Goa, the capital of Portuguese India at the time.
6th of May 1659 EVENT English Restoration: A faction of the British Army removes Richard Cromwell as Lord Protector of the Commonwealth and reinstalls the Rump Parliament.
6th of May 1682 EVENT Louis XIV of France moves his court to the Palace of Versailles.
6th of May 1757 EVENT Battle of Prague : A Prussian army fights an Austrian army in Prague during the Seven Years' War.
6th of May 1757 EVENT English poet Christopher Smart is admitted into St Luke's Hospital for Lunatics in London, beginning his six-year confinement to mental asylums.
6th of May 1801 EVENT Captain Thomas Cochrane in the 14-gun HMS Speedy captures the 32-gun Spanish frigate El Gamo.
6th of May 1816 EVENT The American Bible Society is founded in New York City.
6th of May 1835 EVENT James Gordon Bennett, Sr. publishes the first issue of the New York Herald.
6th of May 1840 EVENT The Penny Black postage stamp becomes valid for use in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland.
6th of May 1844 EVENT The Glaciarium, the world's first mechanically frozen ice rink, opens.
6th of May 1857 EVENT The British East India Company disbands the 34th Regiment of Bengal Native Infantry whose sepoy Mangal Pandey had earlier revolted against the British and is considered to be the First Martyr in the War of Indian Independence.
6th of May 1861 EVENT American Civil War: Arkansas secedes from the Union.
6th of May 1861 EVENT American Civil War: Richmond, Virginia is declared the new capital of the Confederate States of America.
6th of May 1863 EVENT American Civil War: The Battle of Chancellorsville ends with the defeat of the Army of the Potomac by Confederate troops.
6th of May 1877 EVENT Chief Crazy Horse of the Oglala Sioux surrenders to United States troops in Nebraska.
6th of May 1882 EVENT Thomas Henry Burke and Lord Frederick Cavendish are stabbed and killed during the Phoenix Park Murders in Dublin.
6th of May 1882 EVENT The United States Congress passes the Chinese Exclusion Act.
6th of May 1889 EVENT The Eiffel Tower is officially opened to the public at the Universal Exposition in Paris.
6th of May 1910 EVENT George V becomes King of the United Kingdom upon the death of his father, Edward VII.
6th of May 1935 EVENT New Deal: Executive Order 7034 creates the Works Progress Administration.
6th of May 1935 EVENT The first flight of the Curtiss P-36 Hawk.
6th of May 1937 EVENT Hindenburg disaster: The German zeppelin Hindenburg catches fire and is destroyed within a minute while attempting to dock at Lakehurst, New Jersey. Thirty-six people are killed.
6th of May 1940 EVENT John Steinbeck is awarded the Pulitzer Prize for his novel The Grapes of Wrath.
6th of May 1941 EVENT At California's March Field, Bob Hope performs his first USO show.
6th of May 1941 EVENT The first flight of the Republic P-47 Thunderbolt.
6th of May 1942 EVENT World War II: On Corregidor, the last American forces in the Philippines surrender to the Japanese.
6th of May 1945 EVENT World War II: Axis Sally delivers her last propaganda broadcast to Allied troops.
6th of May 1945 EVENT World War II: The Prague Offensive, the last major battle of the Eastern Front, begins.
6th of May 1954 EVENT Roger Bannister becomes the first person to run the mile in under four minutes.
6th of May 1960 EVENT More than 20 million viewers watch the first televised royal wedding when Princess Margaret marries Anthony Armstrong-Jones at Westminster Abbey.
6th of May 1962 EVENT St. Martin de Porres is canonized by Pope John XXIII.
6th of May 1966 EVENT Myra Hindley and Ian Brady are sentenced to life imprisonment for the Moors Murders in England.
6th of May 1972 EVENT Deniz Gezmis, Yusuf Aslan and Huseyin Inan are executed in Ankara for attempting to overthrow the Constitutional order.
6th of May 1976 EVENT An earthquake strikes Friuli, causing 989 deaths and the destruction of entire villages.
6th of May 1981 EVENT A jury of architects and sculptors unanimously selects Maya Ying Lin's design for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial from 1,421 other entries.
6th of May 1983 EVENT The Hitler diaries are revealed as a hoax after examination by experts.
6th of May 1984 EVENT 103 Korean Martyrs are canonized by Pope John Paul II in Seoul
6th of May 1989 EVENT Cedar Point opens Magnum XL-200, the first roller coaster to break the 200 ft height barrier, therefore spawning what is considered to be the "coaster wars".
6th of May 1994 EVENT Former Arkansas state worker Paula Jones files a lawsuit against President Bill Clinton, alleging that he had sexually harassed her in 1991.
6th of May 1994 EVENT Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom and French President Francois Mitterrand officiate at the opening of the Channel Tunnel.
6th of May 1996 EVENT The body of former CIA director William Colby is found washed up on a riverbank in southern Maryland, eight days after he disappeared.
6th of May 1997 EVENT The Bank of England is given independence from political control, the most significant change in the bank's 300-year history.
6th of May 1998 EVENT 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.
6th of May 1999 EVENT First elections to the devolved Scottish Parliament and Welsh Assembly held.
6th of May 2001 EVENT During a trip to Syria, Pope John Paul II becomes the first pope to enter a mosque.
6th of May 2002 EVENT Dutch politician Pim Fortuyn is assassinated by an animal rights activist.
6th of May 2004 EVENT Aslan Abashidze, leader of Georgia's autonomous republic of Adjara resigns after public protests and months of stalemate with the central authorities.
6th of May 2010 EVENT The second largest intraday point swing in Dow Jones Industrial Average history occurs.
6th of May 1405 BIRTHDAY George Kastrioti Skanderbeg, Albanian hero (d. 1468)
6th of May 1501 BIRTHDAY Pope Marcellus II (d. 1555)
6th of May 1574 BIRTHDAY Pope Innocent X (d. 1655)
6th of May 1638 BIRTHDAY Henry Capell, 1st Baron Capell, First Lord of the British Admiralty (d. 1696)
6th of May 1713 BIRTHDAY Charles Batteux, French philosopher (d. 1780)
6th of May 1758 BIRTHDAY Maximilien Robespierre, French Revolutionary (d. 1794)
6th of May 1758 BIRTHDAY Andre Massena, French marshal (d. 1817)
6th of May 1769 BIRTHDAY Ferdinand III, Grand Duke of Tuscany (d. 1824)
6th of May 1769 BIRTHDAY Jean Nicolas Pierre Hachette, French mathematician (d. 1834)
6th of May 1797 BIRTHDAY Joseph Brackett, American religious leader and composer (d. 1882)
6th of May 1800 BIRTHDAY Roman Sanguszko, Polish aristocrat and general (d. 1881)
6th of May 1856 BIRTHDAY Robert Peary, American explorer (d. 1920)
6th of May 1856 BIRTHDAY Sigmund Freud, Austrian psychiatrist (d. 1939)
6th of May 1861 BIRTHDAY Motilal Nehru, Indian freedom fighter (d. 1931)
6th of May 1868 BIRTHDAY Gaston Leroux, French writer (d. 1927)
6th of May 1871 BIRTHDAY Victor Grignard, French chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1935)
6th of May 1871 BIRTHDAY Christian Morgenstern, German author (d. 1914)
6th of May 1872 BIRTHDAY Willem de Sitter, Dutch scientist (d. 1934)
6th of May 1879 BIRTHDAY Bedrich Hrozny, Czech orientalist (d. 1952)
6th of May 1880 BIRTHDAY Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, German painter (d. 1938)
6th of May 1880 BIRTHDAY Winifred Brunton, British-born South African painter (d. 1959)
6th of May 1880 BIRTHDAY William J. Simmons, American Ku Klux Klan leader (d. 1945)
6th of May 1882 BIRTHDAY Crown Prince Wilhelm of Germany (d. 1951)
6th of May 1895 BIRTHDAY Fidel Palffy, Hungarian Nazi (d. 1946)
6th of May 1895 BIRTHDAY Julio Cesar de Mello e Souza, Brazilian writer (d. 1974)
6th of May 1895 BIRTHDAY Rudolph Valentino, Italian actor (d. 1926)
6th of May 1897 BIRTHDAY Paul Alverdes, German writer (d. 1979)
6th of May 1898 BIRTHDAY Konrad Henlein, Czechoslovakian politician (d. 1945)
6th of May 1899 BIRTHDAY Billy Cotton, British entertainer (d. 1969)
6th of May 1902 BIRTHDAY Harry Golden, American journalist (d. 1981)
6th of May 1902 BIRTHDAY Max Ophuls, German-born director (d. 1957)
6th of May 1903 BIRTHDAY Toots Shor, American restaurateur (d. 1977)
6th of May 1904 BIRTHDAY Raymond Bailey, American actor (d. 1980)
6th of May 1904 BIRTHDAY Moshe Feldenkrais, Ukrainian-born founder of the Feldenkrais method (d. 1984)
6th of May 1904 BIRTHDAY Harry Martinson, Swedish author and poet Nobel laureate (d. 1978)
6th of May 1906 BIRTHDAY Andre Weil, French mathematician (d. 1998)
6th of May 1906 BIRTHDAY Enrique Laguerre, Puerto Rican writer (d. 2005)
6th of May 1907 BIRTHDAY Weeb Ewbank, American football coach (d. 1998)
6th of May 1909 BIRTHDAY Loyd Sigmon, American amateur radio broadcaster (d. 2004)
6th of May 1911 BIRTHDAY Frank Nelson, American actor (d. 1986)
6th of May 1913 BIRTHDAY Stewart Granger, English film actor (d. 1993)
6th of May 1913 BIRTHDAY Carmen Cavallaro, American pianist (d. 1989)
6th of May 1915 BIRTHDAY Theodore White, American writer (d. 1986)
6th of May 1915 BIRTHDAY Orson Welles, American film director and actor (d. 1985)
6th of May 1916 BIRTHDAY Robert H. Dicke, American physicist (d. 1997)
6th of May 1916 BIRTHDAY Sif Ruud, Swedish actress
6th of May 1917 BIRTHDAY Kal Mann, American lyricist (d. 2001)
6th of May 1920 BIRTHDAY Ross Hunter, American film producer (d. 1996)
6th of May 1920 BIRTHDAY Martha Beck, American convicted murderer (d. 1951)
6th of May 1920 BIRTHDAY Kamisese Mara, Fijian statesman (d. 2004)
6th of May 1921 BIRTHDAY Erich Fried, German author (d. 1988)
6th of May 1922 BIRTHDAY Camille Laurin, Quebec psychiatrist and politician (d. 1999)
6th of May 1922 BIRTHDAY Vladimir Etush, Russian actor
6th of May 1924 BIRTHDAY Patricia Kennedy Lawford, American socialite (d. 2006)
6th of May 1924 BIRTHDAY Denny Wright, British guitarist (d. 1992)
6th of May 1926 BIRTHDAY Gilles Gregoire, Quebec politician, co-founder of the Parti Quebecois (d. 2006)
6th of May 1928 BIRTHDAY Robert Poujade, French politician
6th of May 1929 BIRTHDAY Paul Lauterbur, American chemist, Nobel laureate (d. 2007)
6th of May 1931 BIRTHDAY Willie Mays, American baseball player
6th of May 1934 BIRTHDAY Richard Shelby, American politician
6th of May 1936 BIRTHDAY Bernard Lemaire, French Canadian businessman (Cascades)
6th of May 1937 BIRTHDAY Rubin Carter, American boxer
6th of May 1938 BIRTHDAY Jean Garon, Quebec economist and politician
6th of May 1938 BIRTHDAY Larry Gogan, Irish radio personality
6th of May 1942 BIRTHDAY Rin Kaiho, professional Go player
6th of May 1943 BIRTHDAY Andreas Baader, member of the German terrorist organization Red Army Faction (d. 1977)
6th of May 1944 BIRTHDAY Anton Furst, American production designer (d. 1991)
6th of May 1944 BIRTHDAY Masanori Murakami, first Japanese baseball player in major leagues
6th of May 1945 BIRTHDAY Jimmie Dale Gilmore, American musician
6th of May 1945 BIRTHDAY Bob Seger, American singer/songwriter
6th of May 1947 BIRTHDAY Martha Nussbaum, American philosopher
6th of May 1947 BIRTHDAY Alan Dale, New Zealand actor
6th of May 1948 BIRTHDAY Mary MacGregor, American singer
6th of May 1951 BIRTHDAY Samuel Doe, President of Liberia (d. 1990)
6th of May 1952 BIRTHDAY Gregg Henry, American actor and country musician
6th of May 1952 BIRTHDAY Michael O'Hare, American actor
6th of May 1952 BIRTHDAY Gerrit Zalm, Dutch politician and CEO (ABN AMRO)
6th of May 1952 BIRTHDAY Christian Clavier, French actor
6th of May 1953 BIRTHDAY Tony Blair, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, 1997-2007
6th of May 1953 BIRTHDAY Graeme Souness, Scottish footballer/manager
6th of May 1953 BIRTHDAY Michelle Courchesne, Quebec politician
6th of May 1953 BIRTHDAY Lynn Whitfield, American actress
6th of May 1954 BIRTHDAY Dora Bakoyannis, Greek politician
6th of May 1955 BIRTHDAY Tom Bergeron, American game show host
6th of May 1956 BIRTHDAY Lakis Lazopoulos, Greek comedian and scriptwriter
6th of May 1958 BIRTHDAY Lolita Flores, Spanish singer and actress
6th of May 1960 BIRTHDAY John Flansburgh, American musician (They Might Be Giants)
6th of May 1960 BIRTHDAY Roma Downey, Northern Irish actress
6th of May 1960 BIRTHDAY Anne Parillaud, French actress
6th of May 1960 BIRTHDAY Phyllis Treigle, American soprano
6th of May 1961 BIRTHDAY George Clooney, American actor
6th of May 1961 BIRTHDAY Gina Riley, Australian actress, writer, singer and comedian
6th of May 1962 BIRTHDAY Adam Yellin, American record producer
6th of May 1964 BIRTHDAY Dana Hill, American actress (d. 1996)
6th of May 1964 BIRTHDAY Tony Scalzo, American musician (Fastball)
6th of May 1965 BIRTHDAY Leslie Hope, Canadian actress
6th of May 1968 BIRTHDAY Laetitia Sadier, French singer (Stereolab)
6th of May 1969 BIRTHDAY Jim Magilton, Northern Irish footballer
6th of May 1970 BIRTHDAY Roland Kun, Nauruan politician
6th of May 1970 BIRTHDAY Kavan Smith, Canadian actor
6th of May 1970 BIRTHDAY Tristan Ulloa, Spanish actor
6th of May 1971 BIRTHDAY Chris Shiflett, American guitarist (Foo Fighters)
6th of May 1972 BIRTHDAY Martin Brodeur, Canadian ice hockey player
6th of May 1972 BIRTHDAY Naoko Takahashi, Japanese long-distance runner
6th of May 1974 BIRTHDAY Faruk Namdar, Turkish footballer
6th of May 1977 BIRTHDAY Marc Chouinard, French Canadian ice hockey player
6th of May 1977 BIRTHDAY Christophe Brandt, Belgian cyclist
6th of May 1977 BIRTHDAY Mark Eaton, American ice hockey player
6th of May 1978 BIRTHDAY John Abraham, American football player
6th of May 1978 BIRTHDAY Fredrick Federley, Swedish politician
6th of May 1978 BIRTHDAY Aleksandr Fyodorov, Russian bodybuilder
6th of May 1979 BIRTHDAY Kerry Ellis, West End actress / singer
6th of May 1979 BIRTHDAY Nikki Hayes, Irish radio personality
6th of May 1979 BIRTHDAY Gerd Kanter, Estonian discus thrower
6th of May 1979 BIRTHDAY Stefanos Kotsolis, Greek footballer
6th of May 1980 BIRTHDAY Nicole Brunner, American actress
6th of May 1980 BIRTHDAY Mark Ladwig, American figure skater
6th of May 1980 BIRTHDAY Scott Colton, American professional wrestler
6th of May 1980 BIRTHDAY Taebin, Korean singer (1TYM)
6th of May 1980 BIRTHDAY Ricardo Oliveira, Brazilian footballer
6th of May 1980 BIRTHDAY Kelly van der Veer, Dutch reality TV star
6th of May 1980 BIRTHDAY Dimitris Diamantidis, Greek basketball player
6th of May 1981 BIRTHDAY Nicholas Setta, American Canadian football player (Hamilton Tiger-Cats)
6th of May 1981 BIRTHDAY Edyta Sliwinska, Polish dancer
6th of May 1981 BIRTHDAY Matt Drake, British vocalist/guitarist (Evile)
6th of May 1983 BIRTHDAY Adrianne Palicki, American actress
6th of May 1983 BIRTHDAY Gabourey Sidibe, American actress
6th of May 1983 BIRTHDAY Trinley Thaye Dorje, Tibetan religious figure, the 17th Karmapa Lama (supported by the Chinese government)
6th of May 1983 BIRTHDAY Raquel Zimmermann, Brazilian model
6th of May 1983 BIRTHDAY Dani Alves, Brazilian footballer
6th of May 1984 BIRTHDAY Anton Babchuk, Ukrainian ice hockey player
6th of May 1985 BIRTHDAY Chris Paul, American basketball player
6th of May 1985 BIRTHDAY Tanerau Latimer, New Zealand All Black rugby player
6th of May 1986 BIRTHDAY Tyler Hynes, Canadian actor
6th of May 1986 BIRTHDAY Roman Kreuziger, Czech Astana pro cyclist
6th of May 1987 BIRTHDAY Moon Geun Young, South Korean actress
6th of May 1989 BIRTHDAY Dominika Cibulkova, Slovakian tennis player
6th of May 1990 BIRTHDAY Caitlin Yankowskas, American figure skater
6th of May 1991 BIRTHDAY Valerio Frasca, Italian footballer
6th of May 1994 BIRTHDAY Krystal Jung, American-born Korean singer
6th of May 1996 BIRTHDAY Dominic Scott Kay, American actor
6th of May 0680 DEATH Muawiyah I, first Caliph of the Umayyad dynasty (Born 602)
6th of May 1502 DEATH James Tyrrell, alleged murderer of the Princes in the Tower
6th of May 1596 DEATH Giaches de Wert, Flemish composer (Born 1535)
6th of May 1620 DEATH Hayyim ben Joseph Vital, Palestinian-born Kabbalist (Born 1543)
6th of May 1631 DEATH Sir Robert Bruce Cotton, English politician (Born 1570)
6th of May 1638 DEATH Cornelius Jansen, French bishop and religious reformer (Born 1585)
6th of May 1708 DEATH Francois de Laval, first bishop of New France (Born 1623)
6th of May 1757 DEATH Charles FitzRoy, 2nd Duke of Grafton, British politician (Born 1683)
6th of May 1757 DEATH Maximilian Ulysses Count Browne, Austrian field marshal (Born 1705)
6th of May 1757 DEATH Kurt Christoph Graf von Schwerin, Prussian field marshal (Born 1684)
6th of May 1840 DEATH Francisco de Paula Santander, President of Colombia and independence leader (Born 1792)
6th of May 1859 DEATH Alexander von Humboldt, German naturalist and explorer (Born 1769)
6th of May 1862 DEATH Henry David Thoreau, American author and philosopher (Born 1817)
6th of May 1877 DEATH Johan Ludvig Runeberg, Finnish poet (Born 1804)
6th of May 1882 DEATH Lord Frederick Cavendish, British politician (Born 1836)
6th of May 1882 DEATH Thomas Henry Burke, civil servant (Born 1829)
6th of May 1902 DEATH Bret Harte, American author (Born 1836)
6th of May 1910 DEATH King Edward VII of the United Kingdom (Born 1841)
6th of May 1913 DEATH Alexandros Schinas, Greek anarchist who assassinated King George I of Greece (Born 1870)
6th of May 1919 DEATH L. Frank Baum, American writer (Born 1856)
6th of May 1939 DEATH Konstantin Somov, Russian writer (Born 1869)
6th of May 1949 DEATH Maurice Maeterlinck, Belgian writer, Nobel Prize laureate (Born 1862)
6th of May 1951 DEATH Elie Cartan, French mathematician (Born 1869)
6th of May 1952 DEATH Maria Montessori, Italian educator (Born 1870)
6th of May 1961 DEATH Lucian Blaga, Romanian poet, playwright, and philosopher (Born 1895)
6th of May 1963 DEATH Monty Woolley, American actor (Born 1888)
6th of May 1963 DEATH Theodore von Karman, Hungarian-born physicist (Born 1881)
6th of May 1967 DEATH Zhou Zuoren, Chinese writer (Born 1885)
6th of May 1970 DEATH Aleksandr Rodzyanko, Russian general (Born 1879)
6th of May 1972 DEATH Deniz Gezmis, Turkish left-wing political activist (Born 1947)
6th of May 1973 DEATH Ernest MacMillan, Canadian orchestra conductor and composer (Born 1893)
6th of May 1975 DEATH Jozsef Mindszenty, Hungarian Catholic Cardinal (Born 1892)
6th of May 1983 DEATH Kai Winding, American trombonist and jazz composer (Born 1922)
6th of May 1984 DEATH Bonner Pink, British Conservative Party politician (Born 1912)
6th of May 1984 DEATH Mary Cain, Mississippi newspaper editor and politician (Born 1904)
6th of May 1985 DEATH Julie Vega, Filipino child actress and singer (Born 1968)
6th of May 1987 DEATH William Casey, American Central Intelligence Agency director (Born 1913)
6th of May 1989 DEATH Earl Blaik, former American football coach (Born 1897)
6th of May 1990 DEATH Charles Farrell, American actor (Born 1901)
6th of May 1991 DEATH Wilfrid Hyde-White, English actor (Born 1903)
6th of May 1992 DEATH Marlene Dietrich, German actress (Born 1901)
6th of May 1992 DEATH Gaston Reiff, Belgian athlete (Born 1921)
6th of May 1992 DEATH Jilly Rizzo, restaurateur (Born 1917)
6th of May 1993 DEATH Ann Todd, English actress (Born 1909)
6th of May 1995 DEATH Noel Brotherston, Northern Irish footballer (Born 1956)
6th of May 1995 DEATH Maria Pia de Saxe-Coburgo e Braganca (also known as Hilda Toledano), writer, self-styled Duchess of Braganza and claimant to the throne of Portugal (Born 1907)
6th of May 2002 DEATH Otis Blackwell, American pianist, singer and songwriter (Born 1932)
6th of May 2002 DEATH Pim Fortuyn, Dutch politician (Born 1948)
6th of May 2003 DEATH Art Houtteman, baseball player (Born 1927)
6th of May 2004 DEATH Philip Kapleau, American Zen teacher (Born 1912)
6th of May 2004 DEATH Barney Kessel, American jazz guitarist (Born 1923)
6th of May 2006 DEATH Lillian Asplund, last American RMS Titanic survivor (Born 1906)
6th of May 2006 DEATH Shigeru Kayano, Japanese Ainu activist (Born 1926)
6th of May 2006 DEATH Grant McLennan, singer, songwriter and co-founder of Australian band The Go-Betweens (Born 1958)
6th of May 2006 DEATH Lorne Saxberg, Canadian television journalist (Born 1958)
6th of May 2007 DEATH Eneas Carneiro, Brazilian politician (Born 1938)
6th of May 2007 DEATH Curtis Harrington, American film director (Born 1926)
6th of May 2007 DEATH ?or?e Novkovic, Croatian songwriter (Born 1943)
6th of May 2009 DEATH Kevin Grubb, American NASCAR driver (Born 1978)
6th of May 2010 DEATH Robin Roberts, American baseball player (Born 1926)

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