May 6 in Pop Culture History
1840 (Tornado) Natchez, Mississippi
1851 – Linus Yale, Jr. was granted a ptent (#8,071) for the invention of his “Self-Detaching and Attaching Key-Lock” as “a new and Improved Safety-Lock for Banks, Safes, Vaults, Stores, &c.”
1851 – President Benjamin Harrison had the first electric lights installed in the White House.
1889 – The Eiffel Tower was officially opened to the public at the Universal Exposition in Paris.
1933 – President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed an executive order creating the Works Progress Administration (WPA)
1937 – The Hindenburg exploded over Lakehurst, New Jersey, killing 36 passengers and crewmembers.
1940 – John Steinbeck was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for his novel The Grapes of Wrath.
1954 – Roger Bannister broke four-minute mile (3:59.4) at the Iffley Road Track in Oxford, England
1956 – Elvis Presley appeared on the Milton Berle Show.
1983 – Cheech & Chong Still Smokin’ and Doctor Detroit were released in theaters
1984 – Michael McKean, Christopher Guest and Harry Shearer, collectively called Spinal Tap, performed at CBGB’s in NYC.
2001 – During a trip to Syria, Pope John Paul II became the first pope to enter a mosque.
2005 – House of Wax debuted in theaters
2011 – Thor was released in theaters
2013 – Michelle Knight, Amada Berry and Gina DeJesus were freed after being held for years in the home of Ariel Castro.