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May 6th, 2008 (May 06 2008)EventChaiten Volcano erupts in Chile, forcing the evacuation of more than 4,500 people.
May 6th, 2002 (May 06 2002)EventDutch politician Pim Fortuyn is shot and killed by an animal rights activist.
May 6th, 2001 (May 06 2001)EventDuring a trip to Syria, Pope John Paul II becomes the first pope to enter a mosque.
May 6th, 1998 (May 06 1998)EventKerry 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.
May 6th, 1997 (May 06 1997)EventThe Bank of England is given independence from political control, the most significant change in the bank s 300-year history.
May 6th, 1996 (May 06 1996)EventThe body of former CIA director William Colby is found washed up on a riverbank in southern Maryland, eight days after he disappeared.
May 6th, 1994 (May 06 1994)EventQueen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom and French President Francois Mitterrand officiate at the opening of the Channel Tunnel.
May 6th, 1994 (May 06 1994)EventFormer Arkansas state worker Paula Jones files suit against President Bill Clinton, alleging that he had sexually harassed her in 1991.Bill Clinton Quotes
May 6th, 1988 (May 06 1988)EventAn airplane flying from Namsos to Bronnoysund in Norway crashes into the side of the Torghatten mountain, killing all 36 passengers and crew.
May 6th, 1983 (May 06 1983)EventThe Hitler diaries are revealed as a hoax when experts examine the books and conclude that they are fake.
May 6th, 1981 (May 06 1981)EventA jury of architects and sculptors unanimously selects Maya Ying Lin s design for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial from 1,421 other entries.
May 6th, 1976 (May 06 1976)EventAn earthquake strikes Friuli, causing 989 deaths and the destruction of entire villages.
May 6th, 1972 (May 06 1972)EventDeniz Gezmis, Yusuf Aslan and Huseyin Inan are executed in Ankara for attempting to overthrow the Constitutional order.
May 6th, 1966 (May 06 1966)EventMyra Hindley and Ian Brady are sentenced to life imprisonment for the Moors Murders in England.
May 6th, 1962 (May 06 1962)EventSt. Martin de Porres is canonized by Pope John XXIII.John Martin Quotes
May 6th, 1960 (May 06 1960)EventMore than 20 million viewers watch the first televised royal wedding when Princess Margaret marries Anthony Armstrong-Jones at Westminster Abbey.
May 6th, 1954 (May 06 1954)EventRoger Bannister becomes the first person to run the mile in under four minutes.
May 6th, 1945 (May 06 1945)EventWorld War II: Axis Sally delivers her last propaganda broadcast to Allied troops (first was on December 11, 1941).
May 6th, 1945 (May 06 1945)EventWorld War II: The Prague Offensive, the last major battle of the Eastern Front, begins.
May 6th, 1942 (May 06 1942)EventWorld War II: On Corregidor, the last American forces in the Philippines surrender to the Japanese.
May 6th, 1941 (May 06 1941)EventAt California s March Field, Bob Hope performs his first USO show.Bob Hope Quotes
May 6th, 1940 (May 06 1940)EventJohn Steinbeck is awarded the Pulitzer Prize for his novel The Grapes of Wrath.John Steinbeck Quotes
May 6th, 1937 (May 06 1937)EventHindenburg 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.
May 6th, 1935 (May 06 1935)EventNew Deal: Executive Order 7034 creates the Works Progress Administration.
May 6th, 1910 (May 06 1910)EventGeorge V becomes King of the United Kingdom upon the death of his father, Edward VII.
May 6th, 1889 (May 06 1889)EventThe Eiffel Tower is officially opened to the public at the Universal Exposition in Paris.
May 6th, 1882 (May 06 1882)EventThomas Henry Burke and Lord Frederick Cavendish are stabbed and killed during the Phoenix Park Murders in Dublin.
May 6th, 1882 (May 06 1882)EventThe United States Congress passes the Chinese Exclusion Act.
May 6th, 1877 (May 06 1877)EventChief Crazy Horse of the Oglala Sioux surrenders to United States troops in Nebraska.
May 6th, 1863 (May 06 1863)EventAmerican Civil War: The Battle of Chancellorsville ends with the defeat of the Army of the Potomac by Confederate troops.
May 6th, 1861 (May 06 1861)EventAmerican Civil War: Arkansas secedes from the Union.
May 6th, 1860 (May 06 1860)EventGiuseppe Garibaldi s Mille sets sail from Genoa to the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies.
May 6th, 1857 (May 06 1857)EventThe British East India Company disbands the 34th Regiment of Bengal Native Infantry whose Sepoy Mangal Pandey had earlier revolted against the British and is considered to be the First Martyr in the War of India s Independence.
May 6th, 1840 (May 06 1840)EventThe Penny Black postage stamp is valid for use in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland.
May 6th, 1835 (May 06 1835)EventJames Gordon Bennett, Sr. publishes the first issue of the New York Herald.
May 6th, 1816 (May 06 1816)EventThe American Bible Society is founded in New York City.
May 6th, 1757 (May 06 1757)EventBattle of PragueA Prussian army fights an Austrian army in Prague during the Seven Years War.
May 6th, 1682 (May 06 1682)EventLouis XIV of France moves his court to Versailles. Louis XIV of France Quotes
May 6th, 1604 (May 06 1604)EventLeon VII Spanish poet s first poem is published: La Cocina.
May 6th, 1542 (May 06 1542)EventFrancis Xavier reaches Old Goa, the capital of Portuguese India at the time.
May 6th, 1536 (May 06 1536)EventKing Henry VIII orders English language Bibles be placed in every church.
May 6th, 1527 (May 06 1527)EventSpanish and German troops sack Rome; some consider this the end of the Renaissance. 147 Swiss Guards, including their commander, die fighting the forces of Charles V during the Sack of Rome in order to allow Pope Clement VII to escape into Castel Sant Angelo.

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