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 2023 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 239 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Saturday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is April 23, 2023 – a Saturday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 1,683,331,200 seconds 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.

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 280 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 3,788 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.
  • 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.
  • 1910
    George V becomes King of the United Kingdom upon the death of his father, Edward VII.
  • 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.
  • 1960
    More than 20 million viewers watch the first televised royal wedding when Princess Margaret marries Anthony Armstrong-Jones at Westminster Abbey.
  • 1976
    An earthquake strikes Friuli, causing 989 deaths and the destruction of entire villages.
  • 1994
    Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom and French President François Mitterrand officiate at the opening of the Channel Tunnel.

Who were born on May 6?

  • 1638
    Henry Capell, 1st Baron Capell, First Lord of the British Admiralty (d. 1696)
  • 1871
    Christian Morgenstern, German author (d. 1914)
  • 1879
    Bedřich Hrozný, Czech orientalist (d. 1952)
  • 1904
    Raymond Bailey, American actor (d. 1980)
  • 1906
    Enrique Laguerre, Puerto Rican writer (d. 2005)
  • 1952
    Michael O'Hare, American actor
  • 1960
    Anne Parillaud, French actress
  • 1964
    Dana Hill, American actress (d. 1996)
  • 1970
    Kavan Smith, Canadian actor
  • 1991
    Tyler, The Creator, American Rapper

Who died on May 6?

  • 1596
    Giaches de Wert, Flemish composer (b. 1535)
  • 1638
    Cornelius Jansen, French bishop and religious reformer (b. 1585)
  • 1708
    François de Laval, French bishop (b. 1623)
  • 1913
    Alexandros Schinas, Greek assassin of King George I (b. 1870)
  • 1939
    Konstantin Somov, Russian writer (b. 1869)
  • 1967
    Zhou Zuoren, Chinese writer (b. 1885)
  • 1970
    Aleksandr Rodzyanko, Russian general (b. 1879)
  • 1972
    Deniz Gezmiş, Turkish political activist (b. 1947)
  • 1983
    Kai Winding, American trombonist and jazz composer (b. 1922)
  • 2006
    Grant McLennan, Australian singer, songwriter (The Go-Betweens) (b. 1958)

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