6 MAY
   
 

Born On This Day:

  • Pope Innocent X, 1574
  • Robespierre, 1758
  • Robert Edwin Peary, 1856
  • Sigmund Freud, 1856
  • Czar Nicholas II Russia, 1868
  • Christian Morgenstern, 1871
  • Rudolph Valentino, 1895
  • Max Ophuls, 1902
  • Harry Golden, 1902
  • Toots Shor, 1905
  • Stewart Granger, 1913
  • Theodore White, 1915
  • Orson Welles, 1915
  • Willie Mays, 1931
  • Bob Seger, 1945
  • Tony Blair, 1953
  • George Clooney, 1961

Died On This Day:

  • Henry David Thoreau, 1862
  • King Edward VII, 1910
  • L. Frank Baum, 1919
  • Maurice Maeterlinck, 1949
  • Maria Montessori, 1952
  • William Casey, 1987
  • Wilfrid Hyde-White, 1991
  • Marlene Dietrich, 1992
  • Pim Fortuyn assassinated, 2002

Today's Events:

  • 1527 - Rome sacked by Emperor Charles V; Pope Clement VII captured, 4,000 killed, artworks looted.
  • 1536 - King Henry VIII orders bibles to be placed in every English church.
  • 1626 - Manhattan bought from Indians by Peter Minuit for $24 bucks.
  • 1732 - Benjamin Franklin publishes German newspaper in Philadelphia - Philadelphische Zeitung.
  • 1794 - Haitians revolt against France under Toussant L'Ouverture and Jean Jacques Dessalines.
  • 1806 - First published reference to the drink we call a cocktail in The Balance and Columbian Repository of Hudson, NY.
  • 1851 - Linus Yale of Newport, N.Y. obtains patent on a lock and key.
  • 1882 - Congress passes law to bar Chinese immigrants from the U.S. for ten years.
  • 1896 - S.P. Langley's flying machine makes first successful flight.
  • 1910 - George V ascends to British throne.
  • 1915 - Babe Ruth hits first major league home run playing for Boston Red Sox against NY Yankees at NY.
  • 1937 - Zeppelin Hindenburg explodes at Lakehurst, New Jersey; 36 dead in dreadful dirigible disaster.
  • 1942 - U.S. General Wainwright surrenders Corregidor to Japanese. WWII
  • 1949 - Pioneering British computer Edsac runs first program at Cambridge University.
  • 1953 - Dr. John H. Gibbons, inventor of the heart-lung machine, performs his first successful artificial circulation in humans on an 18 year-old girl at Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia.
  • 1954 - Medical student Roger Bannister runs world's first 4 minute mile at Oxford University Iffley Rd.
  • 1957 - Eugene O'Neill becomes first to win 4 Pulitzer Prizes for drama for 'Long Day's Journey Into Night.'
  • 1994 - Channel Tunnel between Britain and France opened by Queen Elizabeth and François Mitterrand.
  • 2004 - Picasso's 'Garcon a la pipe' sold for world record $104 million at Sotheby's New York to unknown buyer. (Record broken see 6/19/06)

Holiday:

  • Nurse's Day in the USA

Non-Specific Holiday:

  • VESAK (Commemoration of birth, enlightenment and death of Buddha) celebrated Southeast Asia.
  • MOTHER'S DAY (U.S.), second Sunday in May
  • FESTIVAL OF JOAN OF ARC in France, second Sunday in May
  • MEMORIAL DAY (U.S.), Last Monday in May
  • PROCESSION OF THE HOLY BLOOD in Belgium on first Monday after May 2.
  • TANO FESTIVAL (Korea) on 5th day of 5th lunar month.
  • TUAN WU CHIEH or Dragon Boat Festival (China) 5th day of 5th lunar month.
  • ASCENSION DAY (Christian) 40th day after Easter.
  • PENTACOST (Christian) or Whitsunday (Anglican) 50 days after Easter.
  • TRINITY SUNDAY (Christian), Sunday after Pentecost.
  • CORPUS CHRISTI (Christian), Thursday after Trinity Sunday.
  • I'D AL-HAJJ, Muslim Festival
  • ARANYA SHASHTI, Hindu Festival honoring god of the forest
  • BUDDHA PURNIMA, Hindu Festival, celebrated early May
  • GANGA DASSHERA, Hindu Festival, celebrated end of May
  • ARMED FORCES DAY in US - third Saturday in May
  • NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER in US - first Thursday in May
  • NATIONAL DEFENSE TRANSPORTATION DAY - third Friday in May in US
  • NATIONAL TEACHER'S DAY - Tuesday in the first full week in May in US
  • VICTORIA DAY - first Monday before May 25, celebrating Queen Victoria's birthday in Canada
  • WESAK FESTIVAL celebrated in the eastern hemisphere at the Taurus full moon, beginning of May
  • GOODWILL FESTIVAL celebrated at the Gemini full moon, end of May

 

 
   
 
 
 
 
 
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