What happened this day in history May 6

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 2022 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, 2022 – a Friday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 27,529,920 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 261 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 3,423 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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May 6 Historical Events

  • 1542
    Francis Xavier reaches Old Goa, the capital of Portuguese India at the time.
  • 1801
    Captain Thomas Cochrane in the 14-gun HMS Speedy captures the 32-gun Spanish frigate El Gamo.
  • 1840
    The Penny Black postage stamp becomes valid for use in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland.
  • 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.
  • 1882
    Thomas Henry Burke and Lord Frederick Cavendish are stabbed and killed during the Phoenix Park Murders in Dublin.
  • 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.
  • 1984
    103 Korean Martyrs are canonized by Pope John Paul II in Seoul
  • 2001
    During a trip to Syria, Pope John Paul II becomes the first pope to enter a mosque.

Who were born on May 6?

  • 1405
    George Kastrioti Skanderbeg, Albanian hero (d. 1468)
  • 1868
    Gaston Leroux, French writer (d. 1927)
  • 1920
    Ross Hunter, American film producer (d. 1996)
  • 1921
    Erich Fried, German author (d. 1988)
  • 1948
    Mary MacGregor, American singer
  • 1953
    Michelle Courchesne, Quebec politician
  • 1964
    Tony Scalzo, American musician (Fastball)
  • 1965
    Leslie Hope, Canadian actress
  • 1977
    Marc Chouinard, French Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1985
    Chris Paul, American basketball player

Who died on May 6?

  • 1596
    Giaches de Wert, Flemish composer (b. 1535)
  • 1620
    Hayyim ben Joseph Vital, Palestinian-born Kabbalist (b. 1543)
  • 1757
    Kurt Christoph Graf von Schwerin, Prussian field marshal (b. 1684)
  • 1919
    L. Frank Baum, American writer (b. 1856)
  • 1961
    Lucian Blaga, Romanian poet, playwright, and philosopher (b. 1895)
  • 1985
    Julie Vega, Filipino child actress and singer (b. 1968)
  • 1987
    William Casey, American Central Intelligence Agency director (b. 1913)
  • 1990
    Charles Farrell, American actor (b. 1901)
  • 1992
    Jilly Rizzo, restaurateur (b. 1917)
  • 1993
    Ann Todd, English actress (b. 1909)

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