Video: '1994 Inauguration of the Chunnel -- Linking France & England'
(Friday, May 6, 1994) — Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II and French President Francois Mitterrand today formally opened the Channel Tunnel between their countries in a ceremony held in Calais.
Video: 'The Beach Boys - Our Favorite Recording Sessions'
(Wednesday, May 6, 1964) — The Beach Boys today recorded “Our Favorite Recording Session,” a series of outtakes and miscellaneous studio chatter edited into a two-minute filler, at Western Recorder studios in Hollywood for the group’s album All Summer Long.
Video: 'Roger Bannister Breaks the 4 Minute Mile (1954)'
(Thursday, May 6, 1954) — Medical student Roger Bannister broke the four-minute mile today during a track meet in Oxford, England, in 3:59.4.
(Saturday, May 6, 1944) — Kathleen Kennedy, the 24-year-old fourth child of Joseph and Rose Kennedy and a younger sister of future U.S. President John F. Kennedy, today married William “Billy” Cavendish, the Marquess of Hartington, in a civil ceremony at the Caxton Hall Registry Office in Westminster, London, England.
Her eldest brother Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr., whom she had grown close to during the last year of his life, was the only member of the Kennedy family to attend the ceremony.
Video: 'Footage - Gandhi - 1944 May 6, #01'
(Saturday May 6, 1944) — Indian nationalist leader Mohandas K. Gandhi was unconditionally released by British authorities today “wholly on medical grounds” from a prison at Toona, India, after 21 months of internment for advocating only passive resistance to the Japanese. Doctors prescribed rest for his blood infection.
(Saturday, May 6, 1944) — “I Love You” by Bing Crosby was the #1 song on today’s Billboard National List of Best Selling Retail Records chart for five consecutive weeks (May 6/13/20/27, June 3, 1944).
Video: 'Ulysses S. Grant and the Battle of the Wilderness' (May 6, 1864, at 32:52)
(Friday, May 6, 1864; during the Overland Campaign of the American Civil War) — Confederate General James Longstreet was caught in the fire of his own troops during the Battle of the Wilderness today near Fredericksburg, Virginia, leaving his right arm paralyzed.
(Friday, May 6, 1864; during the American Civil War) — The March on Atlanta began today when Union General William Tecumseh Sherman, at Chattanooga, Tennessee, moved inexorably southeastward, forcing the Confederates under Joseph T. Johnston to try to stop him in the Atlanta Campaign.