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

  • 1536
    King Henry VIII orders English language Bibles be placed in every church.
  • 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.
  • 1861
    American Civil War: Richmond, Virginia is declared the new capital of the Confederate States of America.
  • 1877
    Chief Crazy Horse of the Oglala Sioux surrenders to United States troops in Nebraska.
  • 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.
  • 1941
    The first flight of the Republic P-47 Thunderbolt.
  • 1945
    World War II: The Prague Offensive, the last major battle of the Eastern Front, begins.
  • 1966
    Myra Hindley and Ian Brady are sentenced to life imprisonment for the Moors Murders in England.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 2001
    During a trip to Syria, Pope John Paul II becomes the first pope to enter a mosque.
  • 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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