Events on May 6

  • 1312Pope Clement V closes Council of Vienna
  • 1476Emperor Frederik III of Habsburg and Duke Charles the Stout arrange marriage of their children
  • 1527Spanish and German Imperial troops sack Rome; ending Renaissance
  • 1529Battle at Gogra: Mogol Emperor Babur beats Afghans and Bengals
  • 1536King Henry VIII, orders bible be placed in every church
  • 1598Archduke Albrecht and Isabella become Monarch of Southern Netherlands
  • 1626Dutch colonist Paul Minuit buys Manhattan for $24 in trinkets
  • 1642Ville Marie (Montreal) forms
  • 1644Johan Mauritius resigns as Governor of Brazil
  • 1672Brandenburgs monarch Frederik Willem signs treaty with Netherlands
  • 17331st international boxing match: Bob Whittaker beats Tito di Carni
  • 1753French King Louis XV observes transit of Mercury at Mendon Castle
  • 1757Battle at Prague: Frederik II of Prussia beats Emperor army
  • 17871st Black Masonic Lodge (African # 459) forms Prince Hall, Boston
  • 1804Suriname sold to English (until Feb, 1816)
  • 1833John Deere makes 1st steel plow
  • 18351st edition of New York Herald (price 1 cent)
  • 18401st postage stamps (Penny Black) issued (Great Britain)
  • 1844Johan Thorbecke argue general right to vote
  • 1848Otto Tank ends slavery in Suriname colony
  • 1851Dr John Gorrie patents a "refrigeration machine"
  • 1851Linus Yale patents Yale-lock
  • 1851New slave regulations go into effect in Suriname
  • 1851San Francisco Chamber of Commerce starts
  • 18531st major US rail disaster kills 46 (Norwalk, Connecticut)
  • 1860San Francisco Olympic Club, 1st US athletic club forms
  • 1861Arkansas and Tennessee becomes 9th and 10th state to secede from US
  • 1861Jefferson Davis approves a bill declaring War between US and Confederacy
  • 1864Battle of Wilderness - General Longstreet seriously injured
  • 1864General Sherman begins advance to Atlanta, Georgia

Born on May 6

  • 0973Henry II: Roman Catholic German King / Emperor (1002 / 14-24)
  • 1501Marcellus II [Marcello Cervini]: Italy -- Humanist / Pope (1555, 22 days)
  • 1581Frans Francken [the Younger]: Painter
  • 1606Lorenzo Lippi [Perlone Zipoli]: Poet / painter
  • 1758Maximilien Robespierre: Arras, France -- French revolutionary / avocat (1781)
  • 1759Francois GJS Andrieux: French writer / politician
  • 1769Ferdinand III: Archduke of Austria / ruler of Toscane
  • 1785Arvir A Afzelius: Swedish story teller
  • 1790Vaclav Vilem Wurfel: Composer
  • 1800Ferdinand Marcucci: Composer
  • 1801George Sears Greene: Bvt Major General (Union volunteers), died in 1899
  • 1802Friedrich Wilhelm Schirmer: Artist
  • 1806Chapin Aaron Harris: United States -- Founder of the America Society of Dental Surgeons
  • 1809William Walker: Composer
  • 1812Marin R Delany: Charles Town, West Virginia -- 1st black major in US Medical Corp
  • 1813Joseph Tarr Copeland: Brigadier General (Union volunteers), died in 1893
  • 1814Wilhelm Ernst: Violinist / composer
  • 1825Joseph Bailey: Bvt Major General (Union volunteers), died in 1867
  • 1829Phoebe Ann Coffin: 1st female ordained Minister in New England
  • 1830Guido Gezelle: Flemish priest / poet
  • 1838Alfred Humphreys Pease: Composer
  • 1843Grove Karl Gilbert: Geologist, investigated Lake Bonneville, Utah
  • 1849Wyatt Eaton: Artist
  • 1858Georges Adolphe Hue: Composer
  • 1859Willem J T Kloos: Dutch poet (Act of Simple Justice)
  • 1861Radindranath Tagore: Hindu poet / mystic / composer (Nobel 1913)
  • 1868Wladyslaw Stanislaw Reymont: Poland -- Novelist (Chiopi, Nobel-1924)
  • 1869Joseph Cuvelier: Belgian historian / archivist
  • 1870Amedos Peter Giannine: San Jose, California -- Founded Bank of America
  • 1870John McClutcheon: Cartoonist (Pulitzer Prize-1931)

Died on May 6

  • 0523Thrasamunde: King of Vandalen
  • 0988Dirk II: West Frisian Count of Holland
  • 1124Balak: Emir of Aleppo, murdered
  • 1475Dieric Bouts: Dutch painter, dies at about 64
  • 1527Karel van Bourbon: Military Governor (Lombardije), dies at 37
  • 1540Jean Luis Vives: Spanish theory / humanist / reformer, dies at 48
  • 1638Cornelius Jansen: Theologian (Jansenism)
  • 1642Frans Francken [the Younger]: Flemish painter, dies on 61st birthday
  • 1666Paul Siefert: Composer, dies at 79
  • 1667Johann Jacob Froberger: German singer / Organist / composer, dies at 50
  • 1678Joseph de La Barre: Composer, dies at 44
  • 1727Catharina I: Latvia tsarina of Russia, dies at about 42
  • 1739Bernardus Smijtegelt: Vicar (Gekrookte Reed), dies at 63
  • 1794Jean-Jacques Beauvarget-Charpentier: Composer, dies at 59
  • 1814George Joseph Vogler: Composer, dies at 64
  • 1836Christian Ignatius Latrobe: Composer, dies at 78
  • 1841John Thomson: Composer, dies at 35
  • 1852Charles-Louis-Joseph Hanssens: Composer, dies at 75
  • 1859Friedrich Heinrich Alexander: Explorer / scientist
  • 1862Henry David Thoreau: US writer / pacifist (Walden Pond), dies at 44
  • 1864Henry Livermore Abbott: US Union Brigadier General, dies in battle
  • 1864Micah Jenkins: Confederate Brigadier General (friendly fire), dies at 28
  • 1882Frederick Cavendish: Assassinated by Fenian Invincibles, in Dublin
  • 1882Thomas Henry Burke: Assassinated by Fenian Invincibles, in Dublin
  • 1890Hubert Leonard: Composer, dies at 71
  • 1892Ernest Guiraud: Composer, dies at 54
  • 1904Franz von Lenbach: German painter, dies at 67
  • 1910Edward VII: King of England (1901-10), dies at 68
  • 1916Dirk Bos: Dutch MP (Liberal), dies at 53
  • 1916Earl Ross Drake: Composer, dies at 50

Historical events on May 7

  • 12742nd Council of Lyons (14th ecumenical council) opens
  • 13551,200 Jews of Toledo Spain killed by Count Henry of Trastamara
  • 1416Monk Nicolaas Serrurier arrested because of heresy at Tournay
  • 1579Congress of Cologne forms in the Netherlands
  • 1624Admiral Hermites conquering fleet reaches Callao the Lima, Peru
  • 1638Cornelis S Goyer takes possession of Mauritius (uninhabited)
  • 1660Isaack B Fubine of Savoy, in The Hague, patents macaroni
  • 1663Theatre Royal in Drury Lane London opens
  • 1700William Penn began monthly meetings for Blacks advocating emancipation
  • 1727Jews are expelled from Ukraine by Empress Catherine I of Russia
  • 1748French troops conquer Maastricht
  • 1765Adm Nelsons sailboat HMS Victory runs aground
  • 1771Samuel Hearne explores Copper Mine River of Canada
  • 1775Turkish state of Bukovina secedes from Austria
  • 17891st inaugurational ball (for George Washington in NYC)
  • 1792Captain Robert Gray discovers Grays Harbor (Washington)
  • 1800Indiana Territory organized
  • 1832Greece becomes independent Republic
  • 1832Otto of Bavaria is chosen King of Greece
  • 1840Tornado strikes Natchez Miss, kills 317
  • 1847American Medical Association organizes (Philadelphia)
  • 1848Prussians stop insurrection in Varsovia
  • 1856Argentine and Brazilian sign a navigation pact
  • 1861Riot occurs between prosecessionist and Union supporters in Knoxville, Tennessee
  • 1862Much of Enschede Netherlands destroyed by fire
  • 1864Battle of Wilderness ends (total losses: USA-17,666; CSA-7,500)
  • 1866German Premier Otto von Bismarck seriously wounded in assassin attempt
  • 1867Blacks stage ride-in to protest segregation in New Orleans
  • 1873US marines attack Panama
  • 1875German SS Schiller sinks near Scilly Islands, 312 killed

Born on May 7

  • 1574Innocent X [Giambattista Pamfili]: 236th Pope (1644-55)
  • 1700Gerard van Swieten: Dutch Botanist
  • 1704Carl Heinrich Graun: Composer
  • 1763Josef Poniatovski: Polish General / marshal of France
  • 1769Giuseppe Farinelli: Composer
  • 1795Gerhard M Roentgen: Industrialist (founder dockyard Fijenoord)
  • 1803Johan Peter Cronhamm: Composer
  • 1812Robert Browning: London, England -- Poet (Pied Piper)
  • 1826Varina Howell Davis: 1st lady (Confederacy), died in 1905
  • 1827Francis Engle Patterson: Brigadier General (Union volunteers), died in 1862
  • 1832Carl G Neumann: German mathematician / physicist (Neumann-functions)
  • 1845Jacob van Stolk Azn: Timber Merchant / art collector
  • 1847Archibald Primrose: Earl of Rosebery (Lib), British Prime Minister (1894-95)
  • 1866Cornelis J K van Aalst: President (Dutch Trading Company)
  • 1867Philippine "Pine" Belder [Mary de Klerk]: Actress (Hope of Blessing)
  • 1873Clarence Dickinson: Composer
  • 1882Willem Elsschot [Alfons J de Ridder]: Flemish writer (Mend)
  • 1883Gino Roncaglia: Composer
  • 1883Martin Albertz: German theologist (Church Jesus Christ)
  • 1885George "Gabby" Hayes: Wellesvile, New York -- Actor (In Old Santa Fe, El Paso)
  • 1887Henri Pourrat: French writer (Gaspard of the Montagnes)
  • 1890Billy House: Minnesota, United States -- Actor (Imitation of Life, Bedlam, Egg & I)
  • 1892Archibald MacLeish: Glencoe, Illinois -- Polit essayist / poet / dramatist (JB)
  • 1892Josip Broz Tito: WWII partisan, leader of Yugoslavia (1943-80)
  • 1897Kitty McKane: England, United Kingdom -- Tennis (1920, 24 Olympics - Gold / 2 Silver / 2 Bronze Medals)
  • 1898Vera Chapman: Writer
  • 1900Bauke Tuinstra: Dutch / Frisian notary / author (Earste Keur)
  • 1900Ralph Truman: London, England -- Actor (Web of Evidence)
  • 1901L T Coggeshall: Medical Scientist / US Secretary of HEW (1956-58)
  • 1901Marcel Poot: Belgian Baron / composer

Died on May 7

  • 0685Marwan I ibn al-Hakam: 4th kalief of Omajjaden (684-85)
  • 0973Otto I the Great: Holy Roman Emperor (962-973), dies at 60
  • 1166Willem I [the Bad]: King of Sicily (1154-66)
  • 1205Ladislaus III Arpad: King of Hungary (1204-05), dies at 5 or 6
  • 1523Franz von Sickingen: German knight / protect of poor, dies of wounds at 42
  • 1617David Fabricius: German astronomer, dies at 53
  • 1667Johann Jakob Froberger: German Organist / singer / composer, dies at 50
  • 1671Edward Montagu: English Baron Kimbolton, dies at about 68
  • 1671Pieter Stockmans: Flemish Chairman of Opperkrijgshof, dies at 62
  • 1673Johannes Teellinck: Dutch vicar, dies at about 58
  • 1736John Weldon: Composer, dies at 60
  • 1792Aert Schouman: Dutch bird / portrait painter, dies at 82
  • 1793Johan A Zoutman: Dutch Lieutenant Admiral (battle of Doggersbank), dies at 68
  • 1793Pietro Nardini: Composer, dies at 71
  • 1800Laurens P van Spiegel: Regent / pension advisor (1787-95), dies at 64
  • 1814Franz Volrath Buttstett: Composer, dies at 79
  • 1818Leopold Jan Antonin Kozeluh: Composer, dies at 70
  • 1825Antonio Salieri: Italian composer, dies at 74 in Vienna, Austria
  • 1836Norbert Burgmuller: Composer, dies at 26
  • 1863Amiel Weeks Whipple: US Union General Major, dies of injuries at 46
  • 1871Louis Papineau: Political reformer
  • 1876Franz Count of Pocci: German artist / Composer (Alchemist), dies at 69
  • 1884Judah P Benjamin: Confederate Minister of War, dies at 72
  • 1900Richard Storrs Willis: Composer, dies at 81
  • 1904Peter Hille: Writer
  • 1914Edward Mollenhauer: Composer, dies at 87
  • 1915Alfred G Vanderbilt: US millionaire, dies aboard Lusitania
  • 1915Alfred Scott Witherbee, Jr.: US Lusitania officer
  • 1915Charles Frohman: Dies aboard Lusitania
  • 1928Alexander Afanasii Spendiaryan: Composer, dies at 56