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This Day in History - October 6

October 6

1014 – The Byzantine Emperor Basil earns the title “Slayer of Bulgers” after he orders the blinding of 15,000 Bulgarian troops

1536 – The English translator of the New Testament, William Tyndale, is strangled and burned at the stake for heresy at Vilvorde, France

1542 – English poet, Thomas Wyatt, dies

1683 – Due to William Penn’s offer of 5,000 acres of land in the colony of Pennsylvania and the freedom to practice their religion, the first Mennonites arrive in America aboard the Concord becoming the first Germans to settle in the American colonies

1696 – Savoy, Germany withdraws from the Grand Alliance

1769 – English army officer, Isaac Brock, is born

1777 – British General Henry Clinton capture Fort Montgomery and Clinton in now Orange County, New York during the Revolutionary War

1788 – The Polish Diet decides to hold a four-year session

1801 – Napoleon Bonaparte imposes a new constitution on Holland

1820 – Jenny Lind, the soprano known as the “Swedish Nightingale,” is born

1846 – Prolific inventor, George Westinghouse, is born

1847 – Charlotte Bronte’s novel, Jane Eyre, is published in London

1863 – Confederate guerrilla leader, William Clarke Quantrill, continues bloody rampage through Kansas, attacking Baxter Springs and killing seventy Union troops during the Civil War

1866 – Frank, John, Simeon and William Reno commit the country’s first train robbery near Seymore, Indiana, netting $10,000

1887 – Swiss-born French architect and city planner, Le Corbusier, is born

1892 – English poet Alfred, Lord Tennyson, dies

1895 – Writer, Caroline Gordon, is born

1906 – Film actress, Janet Gaynor, is born

1908 – During World War I, the Dual Monarchy of Austria-Hungary announces its annexation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, dual provinces in the Balkan region of Europe, formerly under the control of the Ottoman Empire

1908 – American comedienne and actress, Carol Lombard, is born

1908 – Jazz pianist, Sammy Price, is born

1914 – Norwegian anthropologist and explorer, Thor Heyerdahl, is born

1917 – US civil rights advocate and vice-chair of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party, Fannie Lou Hamer, is born

1926 – Babe Ruth hits a record three homers against the St. Louis Cardinals in the fourth game of the World Series

1927 – The first “talkie,” or full-length talking picture, The Jazz Singer, opens with popular entertainer Al Jolson singing and dancing in blackface

1930 – 20th President of Syria, Hafez al-Assad, is born

1931 – Italian Nobel Prize-winning astrophysicist, Riccardo Giacconi, is born

1941 – German troops renew their offensive against Moscow

1945 – During World War II, former French premier and Vichy collaborator Pierre Laval tries to kill himself on the day he is to be executed for treason by drinking cyanide. A doctor saves his life only for him to be shot by firing squad less than two weeks later

1948 – Irish politician, Gerry Adams, is born

1949 – Japanese-American broadcaster, Iva Toguri D’Aquino (Tokyo Rose) is sentenced to 10 years in prison and fined $10,000 for treason for her role in the ‘Zero Hour,’ in which she offered popular music, slanted news reports, and other propaganda via her show on Radio Tokyo, used to distract, and lower morale of US troops during World War II

1955 – American football player and coach, Tony Dungy, is born

1961 – President John F. Kennedy advises American families to build bomb shelters to protect them from atomic fallout in the event of a nuclear exchange with the Soviet Union

1965 – Patricia Harris takes post as US Ambassador to Belgium, becoming the first black American US ambassador

1966 – Hanoi insists the US must end its bombings before peace talks can begin during the Vietnam War

1967 – During the Vietnam War, US Navy pilots fly 34 missions as they strike the Chien-Chiang and Lang Son bridges near the Chinese border, another bridge near northeast Hanoi and a railroad yard near Mo Trang and two anti-aircraft sites south of Dong Hoi, the Nam Dinh power plant, a railway and highway bridge southeast of Hanoi, eight buildings in the Yen Bac military storage area- all part of Operation Rolling Thunder, which will go on to become the longest bombing campaign ever conducted by the US Air Force

1969 – Special Forces Captain John McCarthy is released from Fort Leavenworth Penitentiary, pending consideration of his appeal to murder charges

1970 – South Vietnamese officials announce the withdrawal of 12,000-man task force from Cambodia during the Vietnam War

1972 – A train carrying religious pilgrims derails near Saltillo, Mexico, due to a drunken engineer and excessive speed, killing more than 200 and injuring hundreds more

1973 – Israel is taken by surprise when Egypt, Syria, Iraq, and Jordan attack on the Jewish holy day of Yom Kippur, beginning the Yom Kippur War

1981 – Egyptian president Anwar el-Sadat is assassinated in Cairo by Islamic extremists and he is succeeded by Vice President Hosni Mubarak

1985 – English soccer player, Mitchell Cole, is born

1987 – Fiji becomes a republic independent of the British Commonwealth

1989 – Actress, Bette Davis, dies in France

1991 – Actress Elizabeth Taylor marries her seventh husband, construction worker Larry Fortensky at Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch in California

1992 – Australian cricket player, Bill O’Reilly, dies

1995 – Astronomers discover 51 Pegasi is the second star known to have a planet orbiting it

1996 – Democratic President Bill Clinton debates Republican challenger Senator Bob Dole in their first debate of the presidential campaign

1996 – Country superstars, Faith Hill and Tim McGraw, are married in Louisiana

2000 – Yugoslavia’s president Slobodan Milosevic and Argentina’s vice-president Carlos Alvarez both resign from their respective offices

2007 – Jason Lewis, explorer and author, becomes the first person to complete a human-powered circumnavigation of the globe


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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