Today in History - May 6

1527 – Spanish & German Imperial troops sack Rome; ending Renaissance

1529 – Battle at Gogra: Mughal Emperor Babur beats Afghans and Bengals

1541 – King Henry VIII orders bible be placed in every church in England

1642 – Ville Marie (Montreal) forms

1733 – 1st International boxing match: Bob Whittaker beats Tito di Carni

1835 – James Gordon Bennet, Sr. publishes the first issue of the New York Herald (Price 1cent)

1837John Deere makes 1st steel plough

1840 – World’s first postage stamp, the Penny Black, is issued in Great Britain


1851 – Dr John Gorrie patents a “refrigeration machine

1889 – Exposition Universelle (World Fair) opens in Paris with the completed Eiffel Tower

1915 – Second Battle of Krithia, Gallipoli

1933 – FDR creates the WPA

1937 – German airship Hindenburg explodes in New Jersey

1941 – Joseph Stalin becomes Premier of the Soviet Union

1954 Roger Bannister of the UK becomes the 1st person to run a 4 minute mile, recording 3:59:4                 at Iffley Road, Oxford

1957 – Pulitzer Prize awarded to John F. Kennedy (Profiles in Courage)

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

1994 English Channel tunnel opens

1997 – Michael Jackson inducted into Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

1999 – Scotland elected its first separate parliament in three centuries

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

2004 – Final episode of Friends airs on NBC

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