'The Keys' clip
(Sunday, May 6, 1962, 6:45 p.m. EDT) — The first nuclear explosion to be caused by an American ballistic missile, rather than by a bomb dropped from an aircraft or at a fixed site, was accomplished today at Christmas Island, 1,200 miles from its launch site as the USS Ethan Allen fired the armed Polaris missile from underwater to its target.
(Wednesday, May 6, 1992) — Marlene Dietrich, the seductive actress and entertainer whose sultry, distinctive face graced motion picture screens during Hollywood’s two most glamorous decades, died today of renal failure in the Right Bank apartment in Paris where she had lived as a fashionable recluse the past several years. She was 90.
(Thursday, May 6, 1982, 7:25 p.m. local time) — Paul and Linda McCartney made a guest appearance tonight on Top of the Pops at the BBC TV Centre in Wood Lane, London, after the Ebony and Ivory video had been shown.
(Saturday, May 6, 1972) — I Gotcha by Joe Tex peaked at #2 on today’s Billboard’s Hot 100 singles chart for two weeks.
(Saturday, May 6, 1972) — Betcha by Golly, Wow by The Stylistics peaked at #3 on today’s Billboard’s Hot 100 singles chart for one week. It was the artist’s second of five top ten hits on the Hot 100 chart from 1971-1974.
(Saturday, May 6, 1972) — Day Dreaming by Aretha Franklin peaked at #5 on today’s Billboard’s Hot 100 singles chart for one week. It was the artist’s 13th of 17 top ten hits on the Hot 100 chart from 1967-1987.
(Saturday, May 6, 1972) — Doctor My Eyes by Jackson Browne peaked at #8 on today’s Billboard’s Hot 100 singles chart for one week.
Video: 'Chinese Exclusion Acts of 1882'
(Saturday, May 6, 1882) — President Chester Alan Arthur today signed the Chinese Exclusion Act, which called for barring Chinese immigrants from the U.S. for ten years.
Video: Wainwright surrenders (at 4:21)
(Wednesday, May 6, 1942, at about 1:30 p.m. local time, Pacific Front during World War II) — U.S. Lt. Gen. Jonathan Wainwright surrendered the Corregidor garrison and all U.S. troops in the Philippines today, with two officers sent forward with a white flag to carry his surrender message to the Japanese.