About May 6

May 6, 2022 is the 126th day of the year 2022 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 239 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Friday.

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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 261 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.
  • 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.
  • 1844
    The Glaciarium, the world’s first mechanically frozen ice rink, opens.
  • 1857
    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.
  • 1877
    Chief Crazy Horse of the Oglala Sioux surrenders to United States troops in Nebraska.
  • 1882
    Thomas Henry Burke and Lord Frederick Cavendish are stabbed and killed during the Phoenix Park Murders in Dublin.
  • 1910
    George V becomes King of the United Kingdom upon the death of his father, Edward VII.
  • 1935
    New Deal: Executive Order 7034 creates the Works Progress Administration.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 1981
    A jury of architects and sculptors unanimously selects Maya Ying Lin’s design for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial from 1,421 other entries.
  • 1984
    103 Korean Martyrs are canonized by Pope John Paul II in Seoul
  • 1994
    Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom and French President François Mitterrand officiate at the opening of the Channel Tunnel.
  • 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.
  • 2010
    The second largest intraday point swing in Dow Jones Industrial Average history occurs.

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