May 6th

2007
Conservative Nicolas Sarkozy was elected president of France.
Nicolas Sarkozy
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.
The Last One (Friends)
2002
Right-wing Dutch politician Pim Fortuyn was shot and killed in Hilversum, Netherlands.
Assassination of Pim Fortuyn
2001
Pope John Paul II, during a trip to Syria, became the first pope to enter a mosque.
Pope John Paul II
1999
Scotland elected its first separate parliament in three centuries.
Scottish Parliament
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.
Channel Tunnel
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.
1976 Friuli earthquake
1960
Britain's Princess Margaret married Anthony Armstrong Jones, a commoner, at Westminster Abbey. (They divorced in 1978.).
Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon
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).
Roger Bannister
1942
Some 15,000 Americans and Filipinos on Corregidor surrendered to the Japanese during World War II.
Battle of Bataan
1941
Dictator Joseph Stalin became the premier of Russia.
Joseph Stalin
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.
Hindenburg disaster
1915
Babe Ruth of the Boston Red Sox hit the first of his 714 major league home runs in a 4-3 loss to the New York Yankees at the Polo Grounds.
Babe Ruth
1910
Britain's King Edward VII died.
King Edward VII
1890
Mormon Church renounces polygamy [1006-Truth Restored (Morman pub)].
1889
The Universal Exposition opened in Paris, marking the completion and dedication of the Eiffel Tower.
Exposition Universelle (1889)
1882
Congress passed the Chinese Exclusion Act, which barred Chinese immigrants from the United States for 10 years.
Chinese Exclusion Act
1861
Jefferson Davis approves a bill declaring War between the Union & the Confederacy.
Jefferson Davis
1856
Sigmund Freud, the father of psychoanalysis, was born in Freiberg, Moravia (present-day Pribor, Czech Republic).
Sigmund Freud
1840
A tornado that touched down in eastern Louisiana and crossed the Mississippi River into Natchez, Miss., killed 317 people - most of them on boats in the river.
1908 Dixie tornado outbreak
1626
Dutch colonist Peter Minuit buys Manhattan Island from local Indians for 60 guilders worth of trinkets.
Peter Minuit