About May 6

May 6, 2020 is the 127th day of the year 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 239 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Wednesday.

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Taurus is the sun sign of a person born on this day. Emerald is the modern birthstone for this month. Sapphire is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 282 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

What Happened On May 6

  • 1542
    Francis Xavier reaches Old Goa, the capital of Portuguese India at the time.
  • 1682
    Louis XIV of France moves his court to the Palace of Versailles.
  • 1757
    English poet Christopher Smart is admitted into St Luke’s Hospital for Lunatics in London, beginning his six-year confinement to mental asylums.
  • 1801
    Captain Thomas Cochrane in the 14-gun HMS Speedy captures the 32-gun Spanish frigate El Gamo.
  • 1816
    The American Bible Society is founded in New York City.
  • 1840
    The Penny Black postage stamp becomes valid for use in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland.
  • 1877
    Chief Crazy Horse of the Oglala Sioux surrenders to United States troops in Nebraska.
  • 1882
    The United States Congress passes the Chinese Exclusion Act.
  • 1882
    Thomas Henry Burke and Lord Frederick Cavendish are stabbed and killed during the Phoenix Park Murders in Dublin.
  • 1937
    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.
  • 1941
    At California’s March Field, Bob Hope performs his first USO show.
  • 1941
    The first flight of the Republic P-47 Thunderbolt.
  • 1945
    World War II: Axis Sally delivers her last propaganda broadcast to Allied troops.
  • 1972
    Deniz Gezmiş, Yusuf Aslan and Hüseyin İnan are executed in Ankara for attempting to overthrow the Constitutional order.
  • 1976
    An earthquake strikes Friuli, causing 989 deaths and the destruction of entire villages.
  • 1983
    The Hitler diaries are revealed as a hoax after examination by experts.
  • 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.
  • 1999
    First elections to the devolved Scottish Parliament and Welsh Assembly held.
  • 2004
    Aslan Abashidze, leader of Georgia’s autonomous republic of Adjara resigns after public protests and months of stalemate with the central authorities.

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