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This Day in History - September 6

September 6

   394 – Theodosius becomes rule of Italy after defeating Eugenius at the Battle of the River Frigidus

1422 – Sultan Murat II ends a siege of Constantinople

1522 – One out of the five ships that set out in Ferdinand Magellan’s trip around the world makes it back to Spain. Out of 265 men, only 15 survived the trip. Magellan was killed by natives in the Philippines

1688 – The Turks are defeated and Belgrade, Serbia is taken by Imperial troops

1757 – French soldier who aided George Washington during the American Revolution, Marie Joseph du Motier, Marquis de LaFayette is born

1766 – English scientist who developed the atomic theory of matter, John Dalton, is born

1781 – British Brigadier General Benedict Arnold, infamous for betraying the US the previous year, orders his British command to burn New London, Connecticut

1793 – In the wars of the French Revolution, French General Jean Houchard and his army of 40,000 begin a three-day battle against the Anglo-Hanoverian army at Hondschoote, southwest Belgium

1800 – Educator who promoted higher education for women, Catherine Esther Beecher, is born

1844 – John C. Fremont arrives at the shores of the Great Salt Lake during the Old West

1847 – Henry David Thoreau leaves Walden Pond and moves back into town to Concord, Massachusetts to live with Ralph Waldo Emerson

1860 – Social reformer, Nobel Peace Prize-winner, Jane Adams, is born

1861 – During the Civil War, Union General Ulysses S. Grant captures Paducah, Kentucky from the Confederates

1863 – Confederates flee Battery Wagner and Morris Island, South Carolina during the Civil War

1870 – The last of the British troops in Austria are withdrawn

1899 – Songwriter, Billy Rose, is born

1901 – President William McKinley is shot by anarchist Leon Czolgosz and will die eight days later

1907 – Luxury liner Lusitania leaves London headed for New York on her maiden voyage

1914 – The First Battle of the Marne begins during World War I as the French Army attacks a German army near Paris

1915 – Little Willie, a prototype of the first tank rolls off the assembly line in England

1918 – The British pursue the Germans as they begin their retreat across the Aisne

1919 – Irish admiral and politician, Lord Charles Beresford, dies

1928 – Author, Robert Pirsig, is born

1930 – Game designer and co-creator of the game, Twister, Charles Foley, is born

1936 – The first east-to-west solo flight across the Atlantic Ocean is flown by aviator Beryl Markham

1937 – Italy is accused of torpedoing two Russian ships in the Mediterranean by the Soviet Union

1937 – Illustrator and writer, Sergio Aragones, is born

1939 – Japanese scientist and Nobel Prize winner, Susumu Tonegawa, is born

1941 – Germany announces that all Jews will have to begin wearing a Star of David

1943 – The US asks the Chinese Nationals to join with the Communists to present a common front to the Japanese

1943 – English scientist and Nobel Prize-winner, Sir Richard J. Roberts, is born

1943 – A high-speed train traveling between New York City and Washington, D.C. derails, killing 79 people

1944 – Tony and Emmy award-winning actress, Swoosie Kurtz, is born

1944 – British intelligence receives word that the Italian guerillas fighting their German occupiers in Italy are persevering

1945 – Japanese author and illustrator, Go Nagai, is born

1953 – In the last official act of the Korean War, the last American and Korean prisoners are exchanged in Operation Big Switch

1958 – Comedian and actor, Jeff Foxworthy, is born

1962 – 55th governor of New Jersey, Chris Christie, is born

1963 – Dutch politician, Geert Wilders, is born

1964 – Actress, director, and choreographer, Rosa Maria, “Rosie,” Perez, is born

1965 – Irish poet and author Christopher Nolan is born

1965 – Pakistan paratroopers raid Punjab and Indian troops invade Lahore

1966 – South African Prime Minister Hendrik Verwoerd is stabbed to death during a meeting in Cape Town

1966 – Activist, Margaret Sanger, dies

1969 – It is announced that Ho Chi Minh is to be succeeded by a committee of leadership

1969 – Actress, singer, and songwriter, CeCe Peniston, is born

1972 – The world learns that an earlier announcement saying all Israeli athletes that were taken hostage at the Munich Olympics had been rescued was erroneous. In fact, all had been killed

1972 – South Vietnamese President Thieu abolishes popular elections

1972 – English and American actor, Idris Elba, is born

1976 – Victor Belenko, a Soviet pilot, lands his MIG-25 in Japan and asks for political asylum in the US during the Cold War

1988 – Lee Roy Young becomes the first black Texas Ranger in the force’s 165-year history

1990 – English cricket player, Len Hutton, dies

1991 – USSR officially recognizes independence of the Baltic States of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania

1991 – Leningrad, the second largest city in the USSR, is changed back to Saint Petersburg

1995 – Baltimore Orioles’ Cal Ripken Jr. plays in his 2,131st consecutive game, breaking a 56-year MLB record held by Lou Gehrig. In 2007, fans voted this achievement the most memorable moment in MLB history

1997 – The funeral is held for Diana, Princess of Wales drawing 2.5 billion viewers around the globe via television broadcast

1998 – Japanese movie director, Akira Kurosawa, dies

2006 – Third in line to become Emperor of Japan, Prince Hisahito of Akishino, is born

2007 – Italian opera singer and famous tenor, Luciano Pavarotti, dies

2012 – Former Illinois police officer Drew Peterson is found guilty of the murder of his third wife, Kathleen Savio, in 2004


Written by Crystal McCann

Crystal is the Chief Operating Officer of Lanterns Media Network and the owner of Madisons Media. She lives in Texas with her husband and dogs and is the proud mother of two adult children.


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