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May 6 – this day in history

May 6 - Penny Black stampThe collection and study of stamps make the wider subject known as Philately. Though the number of postal stamps is reduced in the world of social media and digitization, it is still one of the most favourite hobbies among the collectors. And interesting is to know that it was on May 6, 1840, that the world’s first postage stamp was officially issued in the Great Britain. The stamp was designed by Rowland Hill, who is known as the Father of the Postage Stamp. Though, there were some states where the stamp was issued on May 1, 1840. (Information source)

According to the Gregorian calendar, May 6 is the 126th day of the year (127th in leap years). Some other significant events that happened on May 6 in history are:

The Eiffel Tower opens doors to the public on May 6, 1889
Eiffel Tower is the most recognisable landmark of Paris, France; Image credit

1527 – Spanish and German troops sack Rome; some consider this the end of the Renaissance.
1536 – The Siege of Cuzco commences, in which Incan forces attempt to retake the city of Cuzco from the Spanish.
1844 – The Glaciarium, the first-ever mechanically frozen rink, opens.
1857– The East India Company dissolves the 34th Regiment of Bengal Native Infantry. Its sepoy Mangal Pandey (considered to be the first martyr of the Indian Independence Movement) had earlier revolted against the British.
1889– The Eiffel Tower opens doors to the public at the Universal Exposition in Paris.
1915– Babe Ruth hits his first major league home run while pitching for the Boston Red Sox.
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.
1967 – Zakir Hussain elected 1st Muslim president of India.
2001 – During a trip to Syria, Pope John Paul II becomes the first pope to enter a mosque.
2004– The series finale of the television sitcom Friends is aired on NBC, attracting 52.46 million viewers, making it the sixth most-watched television series finale in U.S. history.

Say ‘Happy Birthday’ to – Austrian-English neurologist and psychoanalyst, Sigmund Freud (1856) and actor George Clooney(1961).


Text by Aarti Kapur Singh

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