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What are the important events that happened on May 6? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

May 6: Facts & Myths About This Day

May 6 is the 127th day of the year 2016 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 239 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Friday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is April 23, 2016 – a Friday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 406,248 hours has elapsed since midnight of January 1, 1970 – the Unix epoch.

Strange as it may, if we name this day after a polygon then it will be called ‘hectaicosaheptagon’ day.

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Taurus is the zodiac 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 267 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

The ancient Maya civilization believes that the end of the world will happen on December 21, 2012. There are now 1,232 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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May 6 Historical Events

  • 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.
  • 1863
    American Civil War: The Battle of Chancellorsville ends with the defeat of the Army of the Potomac by Confederate troops.
  • 1945
    World War II: Axis Sally delivers her last propaganda broadcast to Allied troops.
  • 1960
    More than 20 million viewers watch the first televised royal wedding when Princess Margaret marries Anthony Armstrong-Jones at Westminster Abbey.

Who were born on May 6?

  • 1906
    André Weil, French mathematician (d. 1998)
  • 1924
    Denny Wright, British guitarist (d. 1992)
  • 1938
    Larry Gogan, Irish radio personality
  • 1970
    Kavan Smith, Canadian actor
  • 1980
    Mark Ladwig, American figure skater

Who died on May 6?

  • 1919
    L. Frank Baum, American writer (b. 1856)
  • 1961
    Lucian Blaga, Romanian poet, playwright, and philosopher (b. 1895)
  • 1991
    Wilfrid Hyde-White, English actor (b. 1903)
  • 2004
    Philip Kapleau, American Zen teacher (b. 1912)
  • 2006
    Lillian Asplund, last American RMS Titanic survivor (b. 1906)

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