A closer look at key historic events that took place on May 6:

In 2023, Charles III is crowned king of England

Shortly after the death of Queen Elizabeth II, in the first British coronation in seven decades, Charles III and his wife, Camilla, were crowned king and queen of England.

Britain’s King Charles and Queen Camilla wave on the Buckingham Palace balcony following the coronation ceremony in London, Britain May 6, 2023. Ian Vogler/Pool via REUTERS

In 2004, the final episode of FRIENDS airs

The series is one of the most popular ever made and ran for ten seasons. The final episode was watched by more than 52 million viewers.

The cast of NBC’s comedy television series ‘Friends’ appear in a scene from the final episode in this undated publicity photo. Shown (L-R) Jennifer Aniston as Rachel, Matt Le Blanc as Joey, David Schwimmer as Ross, Lisa Kudrow as Pheobe, Matthew Perry as Chandler, and Courtney Cox Arquette as Monica. The series finale will be telecast in Spring 2004. NO SALES EDITORIAL USAGE ONLY REUTERS/2004 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc/Handout

In 2002, Elon Musk founds SpaceX

Musk founded Space Exploration Technologies Corp., known as SpaceX, a private aerospace manufacturer and space transportation company aimed at reducing space transportation costs and enabling commercial spaceflight.

A remodeled version of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifts off at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on the launcher’s first mission since a June failure in Cape Canaveral, Florida, December 21, 2015. The rocket carried a payload of eleven satellites owned by Orbcomm, a New Jersey-based communications company. The first stage returned to land following launch. REUTERS/Joe Skipper

In 1998, Steve Jobs introduces Apple’s first iMac

The iMacwas a groundbreaking consumer personal computer known for its colorful design, simplicity, and integration of the internet. This product marked a pivotal moment in Apple’s history and revived the struggling company.


In 1994, the Channel Tunnel opens

The Channel Tunnel links the United Kingdom with France is opened. It measures 50km and has the world’s longest undersea portion. Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom and French President François Mitterrand inaugurated the “Chunnel” on May 6.

A new high-speed Eurostar e320 train leaves the Channel Tunnel in Coquelles, near Calais, northern France, October 20, 2015. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol

In 1937, Hindenburg disaster takes place
While landing at Lakehurst, New Jersey, on its first transatlantic crossing of the year, the German passenger airship LZ 129 Hindenburg burst into flames and was destroyed, killing 36 of the 97 persons aboard.

The blimp was destroyed by a fire / The airship burns after the explosion – public domain aircraft photo. 1937. pixabay.com

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