What Happened on May 6


Historical Events

1889 – Exposition Universelle (World’s Fair) in Paris opens with the recently completed Eiffel Tower serving as the entrance arch
1941 – Joseph Stalin becomes Premier of the Soviet Union, replacing his foreign minister Vyacheslav Molotov
1943 – British 1st army opens assault on Tunis
1968 – Giants reliever Lindy McDaniel sets NL record of 225th consecutive errorless game (108 chances consecutively since June 16, 1964)
2001 – During a trip to Syria, Pope John Paul II becomes the first pope to enter a mosque
2007 – “Shrek the Third” directed by Chris Miller and Raman Hui with voices by Mike Myers, Cameron Diaz and Eddie Murphy premieres in Westwood Ca.

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Famous Birthdays

1800 – Ferdinand Marcucci, Italian harpist and composer, born in Florence (d. 1871)
1871 – Victor Grignard, French chemist (Nobel 1912 – development of the Grignard reaction), born in Cherbourg, France (d. 1935)
1918 – Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, 1st President of the United Arab Emirates, born in Al Ain, Abu Dhabi, birth date disputed (d. 2004)
1944 – Anton Furst, American production designer (Batman), born in London (d. 1991)
1960 – Bart de Boer, Dutch guitarist (Ivy Green)
1969 – Mark Thomas, NFL defensive end (Carolina Panthers, Packers, Bears)

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Famous Deaths

1642 – Frans Francken the Younger, Flemish painter, dies on 61st birthday
1708 – François de Laval, French clergyman, 1st Roman Catholic bishop of Québec, and saint, dies at 85
1963 – Ted Weems [Wemyes], American jazz trombonist, violin player and big band leader (Somebody Stole My Girl; Heartache), dies of emphysema at 61
2014 – Farley Mowat, Canadian author, dies at 92
2015 – Errol Brown, British-Jamaican singer-songwriter (Hot Chocolate – “You Sexy Thing”), dies at 71
2022 – George Pérez, American comic book artist (The Avenger; Teen Titans), dies of pancreatic cancer at 67

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