May 6 events in history

1527 Spanish and German troops sack Rome; some consider this the end of the Renaissance. 147 Swiss Guards, including their commander, die fighting the forces of Charles V in order to allow Pope Clement VII to escape into Castel Sant'Angelo
1536 The Siege of Cuzco commences, in which Incan forces attempt to retake the city of Cuzco from the Spanish
1536 King Henry VIII orders English-language Bibles be placed in every church
1542 Francis Xavier reaches Old Goa, the capital of Portuguese India at the time
1659 English Restoration: A faction of the British Army removes Richard Cromwell as Lord Protector of the Commonwealth and reinstalls the Rump Parliament
1682 Louis XIV moves his court to the Palace of Versailles
1757 Battle of Prague – A Prussian army fights an Austrian army in Prague during the Seven Years' War
1757 The end of Konbaung–Hanthawaddy War, and the end of Burmese Civil War (1740–1757)
1757 English poet Christopher Smart is admitted into St Luke's Hospital for Lunatics in London, beginning his six-year confinement to mental asylums
1782 Construction begins on the Grand Palace, the royal residence of the King of Siam in Bangkok, at the command of King Buddha Yodfa Chulaloke
1801 Captain Thomas Cochrane in the 14-gun HMS Speedy captures the 32-gun Spanish frigate El Gamo
1835 James Gordon Bennett, Sr. publishes the first issue of the New York Herald
1840 The Penny Black postage stamp becomes valid for use in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland
1844 The Glaciarium, the world's first mechanically frozen ice rink, opens
1857 The British East India Company disbands the 34th Regiment of Bengal Native Infantry whose sepoy Mangal Pandey had earlier revolted against the British and is considered to be the First Martyr in the War of Indian Independence
1861 American Civil War: Arkansas secedes from the Union
1861 American Civil War: Richmond, Virginia is declared the new capital of the Confederate States of America
1863 American Civil War: The Battle of Chancellorsville ends with the defeat of the Army of the Potomac by Confederate troops
1877 Chief Crazy Horse of the Oglala Sioux surrenders to United States troops in Nebraska
1882 Thomas Henry Burke and Lord Frederick Cavendish are stabbed and killed during the Phoenix Park Murders in Dublin
1882 The United States Congress passes the Chinese Exclusion Act
1889 The Eiffel Tower is officially opened to the public at the Universal Exposition in Paris
1902 Macario Sakay establishes the Tagalog Republic with himself as President
1910 George V becomes King of the United Kingdom upon the death of his father, Edward VII
1916 Twenty-one Lebanese nationalists executed in the Martyrs' Square, Beirut by Jamal Pasha, the Ottoman wāli
1933 The Deutsche Studentenschaft attacked Magnus Hirschfeld's Institut für Sexualwissenschaft, later burning many of its books
1935 New Deal: Executive Order 7034 creates the Works Progress Administration
1935 The first flight of the Curtiss P-36 Hawk. Hindenburg disaster
1937 Hindenburg disaster: The German zeppelin Hindenburg catches fire and is destroyed within a minute while attempting to dock at Lakehurst, New Jersey. Thirty-six people are killed
1940 John Steinbeck is awarded the Pulitzer Prize for his novel The Grapes of Wrath
1941 At California's March Field, Bob Hope performs his first USO show
1941 The first flight of the Republic P-47 Thunderbolt
1942 World War II: On Corregidor, the last American forces in the Philippines surrender to the Japanese
1945 World War II: Axis Sally delivers her last propaganda broadcast to Allied troops
1945 World War II: The Prague Offensive, the last major battle of the Eastern Front, begins
1949 EDSAC, the first practical electronic digital stored-program computer, runs its first operation
1954 Roger Bannister becomes the first person to run the mile in under four minutes
1960 More than 20 million viewers watch the first televised royal wedding when Princess Margaret marries Anthony Armstrong-Jones at Westminster Abbey
1962 St. Martín de Porres is canonized by Pope John XXIII
1966 Myra Hindley and Ian Brady are sentenced to life imprisonment for the Moors murders in England
1972 Deniz Gezmiş, Yusuf Aslan and Hüseyin İnan are executed in Ankara for attempting to overthrow the Constitutional order
1976 An earthquake strikes the Friuli region of northeastern Italy, causing 989 deaths and the destruction of entire villages
1981 A jury of architects and sculptors unanimously selects Maya Ying Lin's design for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial from 1,421 other entries
1983 The Hitler Diaries are revealed as a hoax after examination by experts
1984 One hundred three Korean Martyrs are canonized by Pope John Paul II in Seoul
1989 Cedar Point opens Magnum XL-200, the first roller coaster to break the 200 ft height barrier, therefore spawning what is known as the "coaster wars"
1994 Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom and French President François Mitterrand officiate at the opening of the Channel Tunnel
1994 Former Arkansas state worker Paula Jones files a lawsuit against United States President Bill Clinton, alleging that he had sexually harassed her in 1991
1996 The body of former CIA director William Colby is found washed up on a riverbank in southern Maryland, eight days after he disappeared
1997 The Bank of England is given independence from political control, the most significant change in the bank's 300-year history