About May 6

May 6, 2024 is the 127th day of the year 2024 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 239 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Monday.

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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 268 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

What Happened On May 6

  • 1527
    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.
  • 1659
    English Restoration: A faction of the British Army removes Richard Cromwell as Lord Protector of the Commonwealth and reinstalls the Rump Parliament.
  • 1816
    The American Bible Society is founded in New York City.
  • 1835
    James Gordon Bennett, Sr. publishes the first issue of the New York Herald.
  • 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.
  • 1861
    American Civil War: Arkansas secedes from the Union.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 1942
    World War II: On Corregidor, the last American forces in the Philippines surrender to the Japanese.
  • 1945
    World War II: Axis Sally delivers her last propaganda broadcast to Allied troops.
  • 1954
    Roger Bannister becomes the first person to run the mile in under four minutes.
  • 1966
    Myra Hindley and Ian Brady are sentenced to life imprisonment for the Moors Murders in England.
  • 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.
  • 2010
    The second largest intraday point swing in Dow Jones Industrial Average history occurs.

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