On This Day in History, May 06

Would you believe that the popular sitcom show “Friends” aired its last episode on this day and had 52 million views? Walk down memory lane by catching up with the movie series.

Wondering what made history on this day, May 6? Explore the following highlighted events to find out!

  • 1794-Haiti, under Toussaint Louverture, revolted against France.
  • 1837-US blacksmith John Deere created the first steel plow in Grand Detour, Illinois.
  • 1910-George V became King of the United Kingdom upon the death of his father, Edward VII.
  • 1937-The Hindenburg zeppelin filled with hydrogen goes up in flames.
  • 1937-German airship Hindenburg exploded in flames at Lakehurst, New Jersey, killing 35 of the 97 onboard and 1 on the ground.
  • 1941-At California’s March Field, Bob Hope performed his first USO show.
  • 1954-Roger Bannister became the first person to run a mile in under 4 minutes.
  • 1957-The Italian government of Antonio Segni resigned.
  • 1960-US President Eisenhower signed the Civil Rights Act of 1960.
  • 1970-Irish Prime Minister Jack Lynch sacked two ministers in the Irish government over allegations of illegal arms importation.
  • 1976-A massive earthquake hit northeast Italy.
  • 1990-Former president P. W. Botha quit South Africa’s ruling National Party.
  • 1994-The Channel Tunnel linking the United Kingdom with France was opened.
  • 2001-During a trip to Syria, Pope John Paul II becomes the first pope to enter a mosque.
  • 2002-Entrepreneur, Elon Musk, founded SpaceX.
  • 2004-The final episode of Friends was aired.
  • 2013-Wal-Mart became the largest company by revenue on the Fortune 500 list.
  • 2017-84 abducted schoolgirls were released in exchange for Boko Haram suspects in Nigeria.
  • 2019-One million plant and animal species are now at risk of extinction, according to a major new UN report.
  • 2020-At least 90,000 healthcare workers worldwide were infected with COVID-19, more than 260 nurses have died according to the International Council of Nurses.

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