Arkansas becomes the ninth state to secede from the Union.
Now, faced with President Lincoln’s demand for troops, the convention reconvened in Little Rock and, on May 6, 1861, passed the ordinance of secession by a vote of 69 to 1. Future Governor Isaac Murphy was the only “No” vote. The convention adopted several resolutions explaining why the state was declaring secession.
The dirigible Hindenburg explodes in flames at Lakehurst, New Jersey.
The Hindenburg disaster occurred on May 6, 1937, in Manchester Township, New Jersey, United States. The German passenger airship LZ 129 Hindenburg caught fire and was destroyed during its attempt to dock with its mooring mast at Naval Air Station Lakehurst.
President Dwight D. Eisenhower signs the Civil Rights Act of 1960.
On May 6, 1960, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the 1960 Civil Rights Act into law, the second civil rights act passed in the twentieth century. The Act sought to protect African Americans at the polls, who were facing intimidation of all kinds to prevent them from voting.
The first nuclear warhead is fired from a Polaris submarine.
USS George Washington, the first U.S. missile submarine, successfully launched the first Polaris missile from a submerged submarine on July 20, 1960.