What Happened on October 6

Significant Events

  • 1917 Battle of Passchendaele: Canadian troops capture the village of Passchendaele in the Third Battle of Ypres, after 250,000 casualties on both sides
  • 1939 Hitler announces plans to regulate Jewish problem
  • 1948 The 1948 Ashgabat earthquake kills 100,000 in the Turkmen Soviet Socialist Republic
  • 1948 Paleoanthropologist Mary Leakey finds the first partial fossil skull of Proconsul africanus, an ancestor of apes and humans on Rusinga Island, Kenya.
  • 1951 Stalin proclaims USSR has atomic bomb
  • 1956 Dr Albert Sabin discovers oral polio vaccine
  • 1995 51 Pegasi discovered as the first major star, apart from the Sun, to have a planet orbiting around it
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Did You Know?

"Jazz Singer", 1st movie with a sound track, premieres in New York City

On October 6, 1927

Famous Weddings

  • 1953 MLB baseball player Hank Aaron (19) weds Barbara Lucas
  • 1956 South African politician "Kobie" Coetsee marries Helena E Malan
  • 1956 Tennis player champ Ken Rosewall (21) weds Wilma McIver at St John's Church of England Cathedral in Brisbane, Australia
  • 1977 Professional boxer George Foreman (28) weds Cynthia Lewis
  • 1978 ABBA member Anni-Frid Lyngstad (32) weds fellow musician Benny Andersson (31)

Famous Divorces

  • 1980 Oscar-winning actor Dustin Hoffman (43) divorces actress Anne Byrne (37) after 11 years of marriage
  • 2006 "Friends" actor Matt LeBlanc (39) divorces former model Melissa McKnight (41) due to irreconcilable differences after 3 years of marriage
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