Wednesday, May 6, 2026
Today's name is: Marit, Rita. Congratulations on your name day!
This is week: 19
Day of the year is: 126 of total 365 days.
Historical events this day: (from Wikipedia)
- 1527 - Emperor Charles V's combined German-Roman and Spanish troops sacks, sacks and burns Rome, as part of the Swiss Guard particularly excels on this occasion, it becomes tradition that new soldiers in the Guard are sworn in on May 6 each year.
- 1840 - The British postage stamp One Penny Black, comes into effect for franking letter items, five days after you start selling it (May 1). This will be the world's first postage stamp, since the schoolman Rowland Hill the previous year had got through the idea that letters within the UK should be provided with such a type of mark, as proof that the post has been paid for. This becomes possible, since the idea of uniform postage has also been adopted, i.e. that shipments should cost the same to send regardless of how far they are going and that it is instead their weight and size that should determine the price.
- 1889 - The engineer Gustave Eiffel's 300 meter high steel towers (which are named after him and thus get the name The Eiffel Tower) on the Champ de Mars in Paris, opens to the public, over a month after its inauguration (March 31). It is intended as part of this year's world exhibition in the French capital and will then be dismantled. However, it becomes so popular that it is allowed to remain and today (2022) is one of Paris and France's most visited tourist destinations.
- 1910 - Vid Edward VII's dead, he is succeeded as King of Great Britain by his son George V. A few years later, the anti-German sentiments during the First World War lead to Georg being forced to change the royal house's name from the original Saxe-Coburg-Gotha to the more English-sounding Windsor.
- 1921 - The Danish one the tenancy law, which regulates the working conditions of servants and maids in Denmark and which has existed since 1854, is abolished and replaced by assistant law. In the new law, the employer's right to punish white-collar workers is limited and their working hours are regulated. The change in law comes into effect since the union København's Tjenestepigeforening has been fighting for it since its founding in 1899.
- 1937 - Upon landing in Lakehurst outside New York, the German takes over the airship Hindenburg fire and plummets to the ground in less than a minute. 13 of 36 passengers, 22 of 61 crew and 1 person on the ground perish in the flames, and the accident marks the end of airship service between the United States and Europe, which has been going on since the late 1920s.
- 1942 - The Philippine Island Corregidor, which has been the Allied headquarters in the Philippines and the seat of the Philippine government ever since the Japanese invasion in December of the previous year, surrendered to the Japanese, when the last remaining American forces on the island surrendered. Two days later, the Philippines are completely in Japanese hands and the surviving Allied forces become prisoners of war.
- 1954 - The British neurologist Roger Bannister becomes the first in the world to run the dream mile (to run a English mile in less than four minutes), when in Oxford he manages to cover the distance in 3 minutes, 59 seconds and one twenty-fifth.
- 1960 - The British Queen Elizabeth II:'s sister Margaret marries Anthony Armstrong-Jones. They have two children in the marriage, but it turns out to be unhappy and they divorce in 1978.
- 1987 - The Riksdag decides that Sweden should redefine the concept of death, so that a person should be counted as dead, when the brain has stopped working and not, as before, when the heart has stopped beating.
- 1994 - The so-called The Channel Tunnel (in English called "the Chunnel" as a contraction of the words "channel" [canal] and "tunnel"), which runs from Folkstone in southwest Britain, under the English Channel and to Coquelles in northern France, is officially opened by the British Queen Elizabeth II and the French President Francois Mitterrand. Construction of this train tunnel began in 1988, but the first plans for a tunnel under the canal were put forward as early as 1802.
- 2007 – Nicolas Sarkozy from the party The People's Movement Union defeats Ségolène Royal from The Socialist Party in the second round of this year's French presidential election, as Sarkozy gets 53 percent of the vote, against Royal's 47 percent. Thus, Sarkozy can succeed Jacques Chirac as President of France on May 16. Despite the election loss, the election is a victory for Royal, as she becomes the first woman ever to advance to the second round of a French presidential election.
- 2010 - That The conservative Party gets 36.1 percent of the votes in this year's British general election and thus becomes the largest party, before Labor Party's 29 percent and of the Liberal Democrats 23 percent. For the first time since 1974, however, no party has gained its own majority, which is why negotiations are being initiated on the formation of a coalition government. On 11 May, the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats form the first coalition government in Britain since 1945 and the Conservative Party leader David Cameron succeeds the Labor leader Gordon Brown as Prime Minister of Great Britain. In connection with the election, the television channel will Sky News the first in Europe, which starts broadcasting around the clock in high-definition television (HDTV).