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1925Ty Cobb hits his 5th HR in 2 games tying Cap Ansons record of 1884

1990Tom Cruise is ticketed for careless operation of a vehicle in SC

1915Red Sox Babe Ruth pitching debut & 1st HR, loses to Yanks 4-3 in 15

1861Jefferson Davis approves a bill declaring War between US & Confederacy

1998Kerry 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.

1835James Gordon Bennett, Sr. publishes the first issue of the New York Herald (price 1 cent).

1910George V becomes King of the United Kingdom upon the death of his father, Edward VII.

1864US Civil war: General Sherman begins advance to Atlanta Georgia

1994Nelson Mandela and the ANC, finally confirmed winners in South Africa's first post apartheid election

1833John Deere makes 1st steel plough

1864US Civil War: Battle of Wilderness - Confederate General longstreet seriously injured

1941Joseph Stalin became premier of Russia

1997Michael Jackson & Bee Gees inducted into Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

1682Louis XIV of France moves his court to Versailles.

1979Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Women's International Golf Tournament

1984Baltimore Oriole Cal Ripken Jr hits for cycle

1938Dutch writer Maurits Dekker sentenced to 50 days for "offending a friendly head of state" (Hitler)

2001During a trip to Syria, Pope John Paul II becomes the first pope to enter a mosque.

1536King Henry VIII orders bible be placed in every church in England

1987Mario Andretti sets one-lap speed record at Indy at 218.204 MPH

1941At California's March Field, Bob Hope performs his first USO show.

1994Lennox Lewis TKOs Phil Jackson in 8 for heavyweight boxing title

1940Pulitzer prize awarded to John Steinbeck (Grapes of Wrath)

1906Tsar Nicolas II of Russia claims right to legislate by decree and restricts the power of the Duma (Russian Parliament)

May 6th Historical Events
Date Event
1312
Pope Clement V closes Council of Vienna 
1527
Spanish & German Imperial troops sack Rome; ending Renaissance 
1529
Battle at Gogra: Mogol emperor Babur beats Afghans & Bengals 
1536
King Henry VIII orders bible be placed in every church in England 
1542
Francis Xavier reaches Old Goa, the capital of Portuguese India at the time. 
1598
Archduke Albrecht & Isabella become monarch of Southern Netherlands 
1604
Leon VII Spanish poet's first poem is published: La Cocina. 
1626
Dutch colonist Peter Minuit buys Manhattan Island from local Indians for 60 guilders worth of trinkets 
1642
Ville Marie (Montreal) forms 
1644
Johan Mauritius resigns as governor of Brazil 
1648
Battle at Zolty Wody-Bohdan Chmielricki's Cossaks beat John II Casimir 
1672
Brandenburg monarch Frederik Willem signs treaty with Netherlands 
1682
Louis XIV of France moves his court to Versailles. 
1733
1st international boxing match: Bob Whittaker beats Tito di Carni 
1753
French King Louis XV observes transit of Mercury at Mendon Castle 
1757
Battle of Prague: Frederick II of Prussia's forces defeat Austrian army 
1787
1st Black Masonic Lodge (African # 459) forms Prince Hall, Boston 
1794
Haiti, under Toussaint L'Ouverture, revolts against France 
1804
Suriname sold to English (until Feb, 1816) 
1833
John Deere makes 1st steel plough 
1835
James Gordon Bennett, Sr. publishes the first issue of the New York Herald (price 1 cent). 
1840
1st postage stamps (Penny Black) issued (Great Britain) 
1844
Johan Thorbecke argue general right to vote 
1848
Otto Tank ends slavery in Suriname colony 
1851
Dr John Gorrie patents a "refrigeration machine" 
1851
Linus Yale patents Yale lock 
1851
New slave regulations go into effect in Suriname 
1851
San Francisco Chamber of Commerce starts 
1853
1st major US rail disaster kills 46 (Norwalk, Connecticut) 
1860
SF Olympic Club, 1st US athletic club forms 
1860
Giuseppe Garibaldi's Mille sets sail from Genoa to the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies. 
1861
Arkansas & Tennessee becomes 9th & 10th states to secede from US 
1861
Jefferson Davis approves a bill declaring War between US & Confederacy 
1864
US Civil War: Battle of Port Walthall Junction, VA 
1864
US Civil War: Battle of Wilderness - Confederate General longstreet seriously injured 
1864
US Civil war: General Sherman begins advance to Atlanta Georgia 
1882
Chinese Exclusion Act: US Congress ceases Chinese immigration 
1882
Epping Forest, England, dedicated by Queen Victoria 
1882
Thomas Henry Burke and Lord Frederick Cavendish are stabbed and killed during the Phoenix Park Murders in Dublin. 
1889
Universal Exposition opens in Paris, Eiffel Tower completed 
1890
Mormon Church renounces polygamy [1006-Truth Restored (Morman pub)] 
1891
Conductors on London General Omnibus Company go on strike 
1895
21st Kentucky Derby: Soup Perkins aboard Halma wins in 2:37.50 
1896
22nd Kentucky Derby: Willie Simms aboard Ben Brush wins in 2:07.75 
1896
Samuel Pierpont Langley flies his unpiloted Number 5 aircraft using a catapult launch from a boat on the Potomac River, USA. The aircraft travels almost 3/4 of a mile - ten times further than any previous heavier-than-air flying machine. 
1902
British SS Camorta sinks off Rangoon; 739 die 
1902
Start of Sherlock Holmes "Adventure of Shoscombe Old Place" (BG) 
1902
Zulu assault at Holkrantz South-Africa 
1903
Chicago White Sox commit 12 errors against Detroit Tigers 
1904
American Lung Association holds its 1st meeting 
1906
"Temporary" permit to erect overhead wires on Market Street, San Francisco 
1906
Tsar Nicolas II of Russia claims right to legislate by decree and restricts the power of the Duma (Russian Parliament) 
1907
33rd Kentucky Derby: Andy Minder aboard Pink Star wins in 2:12.6 
1910
George V becomes King of the United Kingdom upon the death of his father, Edward VII. 
1913
King Nikita I of Montenegro vacates Skoetari, North-Albania 
1914
British House of Lords rejects women's suffrage 
1915
German U-20 sinks Centurion SE of Ireland 
1915
Red Sox Babe Ruth pitching debut & 1st HR, loses to Yanks 4-3 in 15 
1915
The Allies on Cape Helles launch three attacks to enlarge their beachheads; after terrible losses, they advance about three miles 
1916
Belgian troop march into Kigali, German East-Africa 
1917
St Louis Brown Bob Groom no-hits Chicago White Sox, 3-0 
1919
Paris Peace Conference disposes of German colonies; Ger E Africa is assigned to Britain & France, German SW Africa to South Africa 
1921
American Soccer League forms 
1925
Ty Cobb hits his 5th HR in 2 games tying Cap Ansons record of 1884 
1929
AL announces it will discontinue MVP award 
1929
NY to SF footrace begins 
1933
59th Kentucky Derby: Don Meade aboard Brokers Tip wins in 2:06.8 
1933
Italy & USSR sign trade agreement 
1934
Red Sox score 12 runs in 4th inning including record 4 consecutive triples hit by Carl Reynolds, Moose Solters, Rick Ferrell, & B Walters 
1935
British King George & Queen Mary celebrates silver jubilee 
1935
KTM-AM in Los Angeles California changes call letters to KEHE (now KABC) 
1935
Pulitzer prize awarded to Audrey Wurdemann (Bright Ambush) 
1937
German airship Hindenburg explodes in flames at Lakehurst, NJ (36 die) 
1938
Dutch writer Maurits Dekker sentenced to 50 days for "offending a friendly head of state" (Hitler
1939
1st performance of Honegger/Claudel's "Jeanne d'Arc Ouch B-cher" 
1939
65th Kentucky Derby: James Stout aboard Johnstown wins in 2:03.4 
1940
Pulitzer prize awarded to John Steinbeck (Grapes of Wrath) 
1941
Joseph Stalin became premier of Russia 
1941
At California's March Field, Bob Hope performs his first USO show. 
1942
Corregidor & Philippines surrender to Japanese Armies 
1943
British 1st army opens assault on Tunis 
1944
70th Kentucky Derby: Conn McCreary aboard Pensive wins in 2:04.2 
1944
KJR-AM in Seattle Wash swaps calls with KOMO 
1945
Gen J Blaskowitz surrenders German troops in Netherlands 
1945
World War II: Axis Sally delivers her last propaganda broadcast to Allied troops (first was on December 11, 1941). 
1946
Pulitzer prize awarded to Arthur M Schlesinger (Age of Jackson)" 
1948
"Sally" opens at Martin Beck Theater NYC for 36 performances 
1950
"Great to Be Alive" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 52 perfs 
1950
76th Kentucky Derby: William Boland on Middleground wins in 2:01.6 
1951
Pitts Pirate Cliff Chambers no-hits Boston Brave, 3-0 
1953
Brown's Bobo Holloman 1st major league start, no-hits Phila A's, 6-0 
1954
Roger Bannister of Britain breaks 4 minute mile (3:59:4) 
1955
West Germany joins NATO 
1956
Gus Bell (Reds) homers off Bob Miller in both ends of a double header 
1956
WRCB TV channel 3 in Chattanooga, TN (NBC) begins broadcasting 
1957
Italian government of Segni resigns 
1957
Last broadcast of "I Love Lucy" on CBS-TV 
1957
Pulitzer prize awarded to John F Kennedy (Profiles in Courage) 
1959
Iceland gunboats shoot at British fishing ships 
1960
US President Eisenhower signs Civil Rights Act of 1960 
1960
Students attack Dutch embassy in Djakarta 
1960
Trotsky's murderer Jacques Mornard (Ramon Mercader) freed in Mexico 
1961
87th Kentucky Derby: John Sellers aboard Carry Back wins in 2:04 
1961
Omer Vanaudenhove chosen chairman of Belgium Liberal Party 
1962
1st nuclear warhead fired from Polaris submarine (Ethan Allen) 
1962
Antonio Segni elected president of Italy 
1962
Mary Lena Faulk wins LPGA Peach Blossom Golf Tournament 
1962
Pathet Lao breaks cease fire/conquerors Nam Tha Laos 
1962
US performs nuclear test at Pacific Ocean 
1963
Pulitzer prize awarded to Barbara Tuchman (Guns of August) 
1964
Joe Orton's "Entertaining Mr Sloan" premieres in London 
1965
Lawry & Simpson complete opening stand of 382 against W Indies 
1966
Canadian Minister of Finance announces a $20 Centennial gold coin 
1966
Most runs scored in 11th inning (9) Phils score 5 to beat Pirates 8-7 
1966
Myra Hindley and Ian Brady are sentenced to life imprisonment for the Moors Murders in England. 
1967
400 students seize administration building at Cheyney State College 
1967
93rd Kentucky Derby: Bobby Ussery on Proud Clarion wins in 2:00.6 
1967
Maureen Wilton runs female world record marathon (3:15:22) 
1967
Zakir Hussain elected 1st Moslem president of India 
1968
Street battle between students & troops in Paris, 1000 injured 
1968
Giants reliever Lindy McDaniel sets NL record of 225th consecutive errorless game (108 chances consecutively since June 16, 1964) 
1968
Spain closes border to Gibraltar except to Spaniards 
1969
Northern Ireland Prime Minister Chichester-Clark announces an amnesty for all offences associated with demonstrations since 5 October 1968, resulting in the release of, among others, Ian Paisley and Ronald Bunting 
1970
Yuchiro Miura of Japan skies down Mt Everest 
1970
Irish Prime Minister Jack Lynch sacks two ministers in the Irish government over allegations of illegal arms importation 
1972
98th Kentucky Derby: Ron Turcotte aboard Riva Ridge wins in 2:01.8 
1972
Deniz Gezmiş, Yusuf Aslan and Hüseyin İnan are executed in Ankara for attempting to overthrow the Constitutional order. 
1973
1st WHA championship, New England Whalers beat Win Jets, 4 games to 1 
1973
Judy Rankin wins LPGA American Defender-Raleigh Golf Classic 
1974
A's pitcher Paul Lindblad makes an errant throw in 1st inning of 6-3 loss to Balt ends his record streak of 385 consecutive errorless games 
1974
Bundy victim Roberta Parks disappears from OSU, Corvallis, Ore 
1974
Smallest attendance at Phila's Veterans Stadium (4,149) 
1974
Stolen "Guitar Player" painting by Jan Vermeer found in London 
1974
West German Chancellor Willy Brandt resigns 
1975
Bundy victim Lynette Culver disappears from Pocatello, Idaho 
1975
Early warnings provided by REACT (ham radio operators) means only 
1975
3 people die in tornado that strikes Omaha, Nebraska 
1976
An earthquake strikes Friuli in Northern Italy, causing 989 deaths and the destruction of entire villages. 
1977
"Beatles at Hollywood Bowl" released in UK 
1978
104th Kentucky Derby: Steve Cauthen aboard Affirmed wins in 2:01.2 
1978
South Africa military goes into Angola 
1979
Fred Markham set a bicycle speed record of 818 kph over 200 m 
1979
Louis LaRusso II's "Knockout" premieres in NYC 
1979
Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Women's International Golf Tournament 
1979
USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR 
1981
"Inacent Black" opens at Biltmore Theater NYC for 14 performances 
1981
Mariners manager Maury Wills is fired & replaced by Rene Lachemann 
1981
US expels Libyan diplomats 
1982
Seattle Mariner Gaylord Perry becomes 15th pitcher to win 300 games 
1984
Baltimore Oriole Cal Ripken Jr hits for cycle 
1984
Jose Napoleon Duarte wins El Salvador presidential election 
1985
17th Space Shuttle Mission (51-B)-Challenger 7 lands at Edwards AFB 
1986
Berlin: Real Madrid wins 15th UEFA Cup 
1986
Donald E Pelotte becomes 1st native American bishop 
1986
France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island 
1987
Gary Hart denies affair with model Donna Rice 
1987
Mario Andretti sets one-lap speed record at Indy at 218.204 MPH 
1987
Niroslav Milhailovic begins 54 hours of telling jokes 
1987
PTL's Jim Bakker & Rich Dortch dismissed from Assemblies of God 
1987
USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR 
1988
Graeme Hick scores 405 for Worcs v Somerset 35 fours 11 sixes 
1988
Doughnutgate incident: NJ Devils' coach Jim Schoenfeld tells referee Don Koharski to 'eat another doughnut you fat pig!,' he is suspended 
1989
115th Kentucky Derby: Pat Valenzuela on Sunday Silence wins in 2:05 
1990
Ayako Okamoto wins LPGA Sara Lee Golf Classic 
1990
Former president PW Botha quit South Africa's ruling National Party 
1990
Tom Cruise is ticketed for careless operation of a vehicle in SC 
1991
Phillie Lenny Dykstra slams his sports car into 2 trees 
1991
Seppo Raty of Finland sets javelin record to 301' 9" 
1991
Space Shuttle STS 39 (Discovery 12) lands 
1992
NY Met Anthony Young begins losing streak of at least 26 games 
1992
Werder Bremen wins 32nd Europe Cup II 
1993
STS-55 (Columbia) lands 
1994
Chunnel linking England & France officially opens 
1994
Comedian Bobcat Goldthwait sets fire to the couch on Tonight Show 
1994
US House of Representatives passes the Federal Assault Weapons Ban 
1994
Lennox Lewis TKOs Phil Jackson in 8 for heavyweight boxing title 
1994
Nelson Mandela and the ANC, finally confirmed winners in South Africa's first post apartheid election 
1995
121st Kentucky Derby: Gary Stevens on Thunder Gulch wins in 2:01.2 
1995
ABC Bud Light Masters Bowling Tournament won by Mike Aulby 
1995
Classic Sports Network begins on cable TV 
1996
Guatemala's leftist guerrillas sign key accord with government of President Alvaro Arzu aimed at ending 35 years of civil war 
1996
Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Hartford CT on WCCC 106.9 FM 
1996
The body of former CIA director William Colby is found washed up on a riverbank in southern Maryland, eight days after he disappeared. 
1997
Army Staff Sgt Delmar Simpson gets 25-year sentence for rape 
1997
Michael Jackson & Bee Gees inducted into Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 
1997
NHL Hartford Whalers become Carolina Hurricanes 
1997
Rick Pitino becomes coach of Boston Celtics 
1997
The Bank of England is given independence from political control, the most significant change in the bank's 300-year history. 
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. 
2000
126th Kentucky Derby: Kent Desormeaux aboard Fusaichi Pegasus wins in 2:01.12 
2001
During a trip to Syria, Pope John Paul II becomes the first pope to enter a mosque. 
2002
Dutch politician Pim Fortuyn is shot and killed by an animal rights activist. 
2004
TV sitcom Friends airs season finale in 10th and final season in US (52.5 million viewers) 
2006
132nd Kentucky Derby: Edgar Prado aboard Barbaro wins in 2:01.36 
2008
Chaiten Volcano erupts in Chile, forcing the evacuation of more than 4,500 people. 
2010
The second largest intraday point swing in Dow Jones Industrial Average history occurs. 
2011
The US Department of Labor states that 244,000 jobs were created in April, with 235,000 added in February and 221,000 in March, but unemployment continues to grow, reaching 9% 
2012
Francois Hollande elected President of France 
2012
Greeck parliamentary election results in 60% support for parties opposed to austerity measures 
2013
10 people are killed and 26 people are injured after a wave of attacks across Iraq 
2013
13 people are killed in clashes with Bangladeshi police in Dhaka 
2013
15 people are killed and 50 are injured after a bomb detonates at a political rally in Pakistan 
2013
Wal-Mart becomes the largest company by revenue on the Fortune 500 list 
2013
The US Senate passes a bill enabling taxing of online sales 
2016
Airstrikes Kill More Than 30 in Syrian Refugee Camp 
2016
Rebels capture village near Aleppo, 73 killed: monitor 
2016
Alberta wildfire may stall Canada's second-quarter growth 
2016
Alberta wildfire could cost insurers as much as C$9 billion -BMO 
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