About May 6

May 6, 2021 is the 126th day of the year 2021 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 239 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Thursday.

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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 271 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.
  • 1536
    King Henry VIII orders English language Bibles be placed in every church.
  • 1542
    Francis Xavier reaches Old Goa, the capital of Portuguese India at the time.
  • 1659
    English Restoration: A faction of the British Army removes Richard Cromwell as Lord Protector of the Commonwealth and reinstalls the Rump Parliament.
  • 1757
    Battle of Prague – A Prussian army fights an Austrian army in Prague during the Seven Years’ War.
  • 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.
  • 1844
    The Glaciarium, the world’s first mechanically frozen ice rink, opens.
  • 1861
    American Civil War: Arkansas secedes from the Union.
  • 1861
    American Civil War: Richmond, Virginia is declared the new capital of the Confederate States of America.
  • 1863
    American Civil War: The Battle of Chancellorsville ends with the defeat of the Army of the Potomac by Confederate troops.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 1976
    An earthquake strikes Friuli, causing 989 deaths and the destruction of entire villages.
  • 1989
    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”.
  • 1994
    Former Arkansas state worker Paula Jones files a lawsuit against President Bill Clinton, alleging that he had sexually harassed her in 1991.
  • 1994
    Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom and French President François Mitterrand officiate at the opening of the Channel Tunnel.
  • 2002
    Dutch politician Pim Fortuyn is assassinated by an animal rights activist.

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