What happened this day in history

Wikipedia defines history as the discovery, collection, organization, and presentation of information about past events. It came from the Greek word ‘historia’ – which means ‘inquiry, knowledge acquired by investigation’.

Did you know? There are many who claim Herodotus, a fifth century BC Greek historian, as the “father of history”.

This website utilizes pages from Wikipedia to extract historical events from 3761 BC up to the present. There are 105,060 records in the database that include events, births and deaths of popular individuals. The present day Gregorian calendar was adopted to show dates of interest.

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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 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.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is April 23, 2021 – a Thursday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 27,004,320 minutes 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 ‘hectaicosahexagon’ 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 271 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 3,058 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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May 6 Historical Events

  • 1659
    English Restoration: A faction of the British Army removes Richard Cromwell as Lord Protector of the Commonwealth and reinstalls the Rump Parliament.
  • 1682
    Louis XIV of France moves his court to the Palace of Versailles.
  • 1816
    The American Bible Society is founded in New York City.
  • 1935
    New Deal: Executive Order 7034 creates the Works Progress Administration.
  • 1998
    Kerry Wood strikes out 20 Houston Astros to tie the major league record held by Roger Clemens. He threw a one-hitter and did not walk a batter in his 5th career start.

Who were born on May 6?

  • 1574
    Pope Innocent X (d. 1655)
  • 1856
    Robert Peary, American explorer (d. 1920)
  • 1882
    Crown Prince Wilhelm of Germany (d. 1951)
  • 1945
    Bob Seger, American singer/songwriter
  • 1956
    Lakis Lazopoulos, Greek comedian and scriptwriter

Who died on May 6?

  • 1984
    Bonner Pink, British Conservative Party politician (b. 1912)
  • 1989
    Earl Blaik, former American football coach (b. 1897)
  • 1993
    Ann Todd, English actress (b. 1909)
  • 2004
    Barney Kessel, American jazz guitarist (b. 1923)
  • 2007
    Curtis Harrington, American film director (b. 1926)

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