ON THIS WEEKEND IN HISTORY: check out our top happenings on this weekend throughout history...

editorial image

May 6 1527 - German troops began sacking Rome, bringing about the end of the Renaissance.

May 6 1835 - James Gordon Bennett published the “New York Herald” for the first time.

May 6 1840 - The first adhesive postage stamps went on sale in Great Britain.

May 6 1851 - The mechanical refrigerator was patented by Dr. John Gorrie.

May 6 1877 - Chief Crazy Horse surrendered to U.S. troops in Nebraska.

May 6 1915 - Babe Ruth hit his first major league home run while playing for the Boston Red Sox.

May 6 1937 - The German airship Hindenburg crashed and burned in Lakehurst, NJ. Thirty-six people (of the 97 on board) were killed.

May 6 1946 - The New York Yankees became the first major league baseball team to travel by plane.

May 6 1957 - U.S. Senator John Fitzgerald Kennedy was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for his book “Profiles in Courage”.

May 6 1959 - The Pablo Picasso painting of a Dutch girl was sold for $154,000 in London. It was the highest price paid (at the time) for a painting by a living artist.

May 6 1960 - Britain’s Princess Margaret married Anthony Armstrong Jones. They were divorced in 1978.

May 6 1962 - The first nuclear warhead was fired from the Polaris submarine.

May 6 1994 - The Chunnel officially opened. The tunnel under the English Channel links England and France.

May 6 1999 - A parole board in New York voted to release Amy Fisher. She had been in jail for 7 years for shooting her lover’s wife, Mary Jo Buttafuoco, in the face.

May 6 2002 - “Spider-Man” became the first movie to make more than $100 million in its first weekend.

May 7 0558 - The dome of the church of St. Sophia in Constantinople collapsed. It was immediately rebuilt as ordered by Justinian.

May 7 1429 - The English siege of Orleans was broken by Joan of Arc.

May 7 1663 - The first Theatre Royal was opened in London.

May 7 1789 - The first U.S. Presidential Inaugural Ball was held in New York City.

May 7 1847 - The AMA (American Medical Association) was organized in Philadelphia, PA.

May 7 1912 - Columbia University approved final plans for awarding the Pulitzer Prize in several categories.

May 7 1940 - Winston Churchill became British Prime Minister.

May 7 1942 - In the Battle of the Coral Sea, Japanese and American navies attacked each other with carrier planes. It was the first time in the history of naval warfare where two enemy fleets fought without seeing each other.

May 7 1945 - Germany signed unconditional surrender ending World War II. It would take effect the next day.

May 7 1954 - The United States and the United Kingdom rejected the Soviet Union’s bid to join NATO.

May 7 1975 - U.S. President Ford declared an end to the Vietnam War.

May 7 1987 - Shelly Long, as Diane Chambers, made her last appearance as a regular on the TV show “Cheers.”

May 7 2003 - Roger Moore collapsed during a matinee performance of the Broadway comedy “The Play What I Wrote.” He finished the show after a 10-minute break. He was fitted with a pacemaker the following day.

May 8 1794 - The United States Post Office was established.

May 8 1847 - The rubber tire was patented by Robert W. Thompson.

May 8 1886 - Pharmacist Dr. John Styth Pemberton invented what would later be called “Coca-Cola.”

May 8 1914 - The U.S. Congress passed a Joint Resolution that designated the second Sunday in May as Mother’s Day.

May 8 1919 - The first transatlantic flight took-off by a navy seaplane.

May 8 1933 - Gandhi began a hunger strike to protest British oppression in India.

May 8 1945 - U.S. President Harry Truman announced that World War II had ended in Europe.

May 8 1961 - New Yorkers selected a new name for their new National League baseball franchise. They chose the Mets.

May 8 1984 - Joanie (Erin Moran) and Chachi (Scott Baio) got married on ABC-TV’s “Happy Days.”

May 8 1986 - Reporters were told that 84,000 people had been evacuated from areas near the Chernobyl nuclear plant in Soviet Ukraine.

May 8 1998 - A pipe burst leaving a million residents without water in Malaysia’s capital area. This added to four days of shortages that 2 million already faced.