6th May

Born on this Day 6th May
1501 Pope Marcellus II
1574 Pope Innocent X
1856 Sigmund Freud
1899 Billy Cotton
1913 Stewart Granger
1915 Orson Welles
1924 Denny Wright
1945 Bob Seger
1946 Susan Brown
1953 Tony Blair
1961 George Clooney

Died on this Day
1910 King Edward vII
1992 Marlene Dietrich
1999 Johnny Morris


1977 Led Zeppelin played to an audience of 76,000 people at the Silverdome in Pontiac, Michigan.

1982 The Bay City Rollers’ manager Tam Paton was convicted of gross indecency and sentenced to 3 years in jail.

1984 Spinal Tap played a gig at the legendary New York club CBGB’s.


1733 Figg’s Amphitheatre, London, was the setting for the first recorded international Boxing match, where England’s Bob Whittaker beat Italy’s Tito Alberto di Carini.

1954 Roger Bannister ran the first ever sub-4 minute mile in 3mins 59.4 secs at the Iffley Road track, Oxford.

1978 Ipswich Town beat Arsenal by one goal to nil in the final of the FA Cup.

1999 After managing Fulham FC and the England football team for almost 3 months, Kevin Keegan announced it was too much work to do either job justice and that he was now to manage England fulltime..

People & Showbiz

1960 Princess Margaret married Anthony Armstrong- Jones at Westminster Abbey.

1992 Members of the BBC’s main union voted in favour of strike action to protest against job cuts.

1999 Billionaire ‘Star Wars’ creator George Lucas surprised Hollywood insiders by attending a Hollywood party with British actress Catherine Zeta Jones on his arm. He had been chased by women since his 1983 divorce.

General Events

1536 King Henry VIII orders English language Bibles be placed in every church.

1626 Manhattan Island was bought from Red Indians by Peter Minuit for goods to the equivalent of $24.

1840 The first postage stamps, the Penny Black and two-penny Blue officially went on sale in Britain.

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

1966 Myra Hindley and Ian Brady are sentenced to life imprisonment for the Moors Murders in England.

1993 Chef Marcello Genesi from Cardiff claimed that his pizzas worked miracles after a customer entered into his cafe on a crutch and walked out without it.

1994 Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom and French President François Mitterrand officiate at the opening of the Channel Tunnel.

1995 The government announced they were set to lower the speed limit on part of the M25 around London to see if it would reduce congestion and pollution. According to the Department of Transport, British motorway services were the worst in Europe and far behind America.

1995 Birmingham was named Britain’s cleanest city in a competition sponsored by the British Cleaning Council.

1995 It was reported that thousands of wheelie-bins were being stolen across the country and reappearing in a variety of guises, including cattle-feed stores, hen coops and even as a boat in the sea at Brighton by a group of children.

1997 Two Turkish Airline pilots were sacked after a fist fight broke out at 11,000 feet, over an argument about what height they should be at. Cabin crew had to restrain the pair and a third pilot on board completed the flight.

1997 Amsterdam police introduced the first in-line skating patrols, aimed at providing quicker response times in the city’s narrow streets.

1997 The Bank of England is given independence from political control, the most significant change in the bank’s 300-year history.

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

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