6 May

6 May

May 6 is the 126th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar; 239 days remain until the end of the year.

We have some interesting facts & historic events all about May 6th, including areas in religion, crime, health and more.

Keep reading for more interesting facts about May 6th in history!

Table of Contents

  1. Global Celebrations
  2. Historic Events
  3. Famous Birthdays
  4. Heartbreaking Deaths

Global Celebrations

  • International No Diet day
  • National Beverage Day
  • National No Homework Day
  • Iris Day
  • World Password Day
  • International Space Day
  • International Tuba Day
  • No Pants Day
  • Military Spouse Appreciation Day
  • National Public Gardens Day

Historic Events

What Happened On This Day – May 6

2005: TV sitcom “Friends” airs season finale in the 10th and final season in the US (52.5 million viewers in 2005)

2004: The final episode of Friends is aired

The immensely popular sitcom about Rachel, Monica, Phoebe, Joey, Chandler, and Ross had been produced since 1994. The final episode “The Last One” was watched by 52 million viewers.

1994: The Channel Tunnel linking the United Kingdom with France is opened

Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom and French President François Mitterrand inaugurated the “Chunnel”. It measures just over 50 km (31 mi) and is the tunnel with the world’s longest undersea portion.

1976: A massive earthquake hits northeast Italy

939 people died and 157,000 were left homeless in Italy’s worst earthquake, which measured 6.5 on the Richter scale.

1954: Roger Bannister becomes the first person to run a mile in under 4 minutes

The British athlete took 3 minutes and 59.4 seconds to cover 1609 meters. The current record by Moroccan Hicham El Guerrouj stands at 3:43.13 (as at February 2014).

1937: The Hindenburg zeppelin filled with hydrogen goes up in flames

The footage showing a colossal fireball engulfing the German airship during a landing attempt in Lakehurst, NJ, has become iconic for the end of the zeppelin era. 35 lives were lost in the crash.

1992: Afghan boy waits for a ride on the road, Kandahar 1992

Afghan boy waits for a ride on the road, Kandahar 1992

1966: The Rolling Stones released “Paint it Black” in the US in 1966

1944: The aftermath of the battle of Domapire, 1944

The aftermath of the battle of Domapire, 1944

1937: German airship Hindenburg explodes in flames at Lakehurst, New Jersey, killing 35 of the 97 on board and 1 on the ground in 1937

1919: The aftermath of 4 years of constant shelling. Ypres 1919

The aftermath of 4 years of constant shelling. Ypres 1919

Famous Birthdays

Births On This Day, May 6

1961: George Clooney, American actor, director, producer, screenwriter

1953: Tony Blair, Scottish/English politician, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

1915: Orson Welles, American actor, director, producer, screenwriter

1856: Sigmund Freud, Austrian neurologist

1758: Maximilien de Robespierre, French lawyer, politician

Nicholas II of Russia was born

Naomi Scott was born

Alec Baldwin was born

Heartbreaking Deaths

Deaths On This Day, May 6

1992: Marlene Dietrich, German/American actress, singer

1952: Maria Montessori, Italian physician, educator

1919: L. Frank Baum, American author

1862: Henry David Thoreau, American writer, philosopher

1859: Alexander von Humboldt, German geographer, explorer

Marlene Dietrich died

Alexander von Humboldt died

L. Frank Baum died


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