This Day in History – May 6

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While 24 hours can seem to be insignificant in a man’s life, they are sufficient to change the present and future generations. Let’s take a look at what incidents, births, and accomplishments occurred on May 6 that have changed the world and continue to encourage us today!

What Happened in India on May 6?

Courtesy: The Indian Express
  • 1529: Battle at Gogra
    On May 6, 1529, Mughal Emperor Babur defeated Afghans and Bengals.
  • 1542: Francis Xavier
    Francis Xavier arrived in Old Goa, the Portuguese India capital at the time.
  • 1909: Sri Aurobindo
    In the Alipore Bomb Case in Calcutta, India, Indian nationalist Sri Aurobindo was acquitted.
  • 1967: First Muslim President of India
    Zakir Husain was elected as India’s first Muslim president on May 6, 1967.

What Happened Around the World on May 6?

Courtesy: JDP Econ
  • 872: Battle of Edington
    Guthrum the Old’s Viking army was defeated by Alfred the Great and his West Saxon army.
  • 1541: Bible in every church
    Every church in England should have an English Bible, according to the orders made by the King Henry VIII.
  • 1733: First international boxing match
    On May 6, 1733, Bob Whittaker beat Tito di Carni in the first international boxing match.
  • 1835: Historic Publication
    The first issue of the New York Herald was written by James Gordon Bennett, Sr (price 1 cent).
  • 1837: First steel plough
    On May 6, 1837, US blacksmith John Deere invented the first steel plough in Grand Detour, Illinois.
  • 1840: “Penny Black”
    The “Penny Black,” the world’s first adhesive postage stamp, was first used in Great Britain.
  • 1864: US Civil War
    Confederate General James Longstreet was severely wounded in the Battle of Wilderness, which took place in Virginia (as part of the Overland Campaign), with an inconclusive outcome (US Civil War).
  • 1889: Eiffel Tower
    The recently constructed Eiffel Tower acted as the entrance arch for the Exposition Universelle (World’s Fair) in Paris.
Courtesy: Twitter
  • 1906: Tsar Nicolas II
    Russia’s Tsar Nicolas II asserted the right to legislate by decree and limited the Duma’s authority (Russian Parliament)
  • 1910: George V
    Following the death of his father, Edward VII, George V became King of the United Kingdom on May 6, 1910.
  • 1919: Paris Peace Conference
    The German colonies were divided up at the Paris Peace Conference, with German East Africa going to Britain and France and German South West Africa going to South Africa.
  • 1937: Hindenburg Disaster
    On May 6, 1937, the German airship Hindenburg exploded in flames in Lakehurst, New Jersey, killing 35 of the 97 people on board and one on the ground.
  • 1940: Pulitzer prize
    John Steinbeck was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for his novel “The Grapes of Wrath.”
  • 1957: Pulitzer prize
    John F. Kennedy won the Pulitzer Prize for his book Profiles of Courage.
  • 1990: Tom Cruise
    In South Carolina, Tom Cruise was issued a ticket for reckless driving.
  • 1994: Tunnel linking the UK and France
    The Channel Tunnel, which connects England and France, was officially opened on May 6, 1994.
  • 1994: Nelson Mandela
    Nelson Mandela and the African National Congress (ANC) have been declared the winners of South Africa’s first post-apartheid election.
  • 1997: Hall of Fame
    The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame had inducted Michael Jackson and the Bee Gees.
  • 1997:Bank of England was granted political freedom
    The Bank of England was granted political freedom, marking the most dramatic shift in the bank’s 300-year history.
  • 2001: First pope to enter a mosque
    Pope John Paul II became the first pope to visit a mosque while on a trip to Syria.
  • 2002: SpaceX
    Elon Musk, an entrepreneur, founded SpaceX on May 6, 2002.
Courtesy: Social News Daily
  • 2004: Friends Finale
    In the United States, the TV series “Friends” aired its 10th and final season finale (52.5 million viewers).
  • 2013: Wal-Mart
    Wal-Mart became the largest company by revenue on the Fortune 500 list on May 6, 2013.
  • 2019: Risk of extinction
    According to a major new UN survey, one million plant and animal species are now threatened with extinction.
  • 2020: COVID-19
    The United Kingdom became the first European country to record more than 30,000 confirmed COVID-19 incidents.

Famous Birthdays on May 6

  • 1856: Sigmund Freud
    Sigmund Freud was an Austrian neurologist and the creator of psychoanalysis, a psychological technique for treating psychopathology that involves a patient and a psychoanalyst engaging in a conversation.
  • 1945: Bob Seger
    Robert Clark Seger is a singer, songwriter, and musician from the United States.
  • 1953: Tony Blair
    Tony Blair was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1997 to 2007 and the Leader of the Labor Party from 1994 to 2007.
  • 1993: Naomi Scott
    Naomi Grace Scott is an actress and singer from England. Princess Jasmine in Disney’s musical live-action fantasy film Aladdin is her most well-known role.

This was all about the interesting and intriguing events that occurred on May 6, this historical date. We hope you enjoyed your visit to our blog! For more such entertaining and informative content, keep following us at Leverage Edu. You can also follow us on Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn.

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