On This Day in History for June 6

Events in History

Events 1 - 100 of 161

  • 1002 German King Henry II the Saint crowned
  • 1242 24 wagonloads of Talmudic books burned in Paris
  • 1391 Inhabitants of Seville, Spain, massacres 5,000 Jews
  • 1513 Battle of Novara, the War of the League of Cambrai: the Swiss Confederacy betat the French
  • 1520 France & England sign treaty of Scotland
  • 1523 Gustav Vasa is elected King of Sweden, marking the end of the Kalmar Union.
  • 1536 Mexico begins its inquisition
  • 1639 Massachusetts grants 500 acres of land to erect a gunpowder mill
  • 1654 Queen Christina of Sweden resigns & converts to Catholicism
  • 1665 Battle at Monte Carlo: English & Portuguese army beat Spain
  • 1673 France & Brandenburg sign peace treaty
  • 1683 The Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, England, opens as the world's first university museum.
  • 1716 1st slaves arrive in Louisiana
  • 1744 France & Prussia sign peace treaty
  • 1752 3rd great fire in Moscow in 2 weeks; 1/3 of city destroyed
  • 1772 Haitian explorer Jean Baptiste-Pointe Dusable settles Chicago
  • 1795 Fire destroy 1/3 of Copenhagen; 18,000 injured
  • 1801 Peace of Badajoz: Spain-Portugal
  • 1809 Sweden declares independence, constitutional monarchy established with a new constituion empowering Riksdag after 20 years of absolute monarchy
  • 1813 US invasion of Canada halted at Stoney Creek (Ont)
  • 1816 10" of snowfall in New England, part of a "year without a summer" which followed the eruption of Mount Tambora in Indonesia
  • 1831 2nd national black convention (Philadelphia)
  • 1832 The barricades fall and the Paris student uprisings of 1832 end.
  • 1844 Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA) forms in London
  • 1859 Australia: Queensland is established as a separate colony from New South Wales (Queensland Day).
  • 1861 Lincoln's cabinet declares Union government will pay for expenses once states have mobilized volunteers
  • 1862 Battle of Memphis-city is surrendered
  • 1862 Skirmish at Harrisonburg, PA
  • 1863 Battle of Milliken's Bend, LA & Williamsport, MD
  • 1864 Battle of Lake Chicot, AR (Dutch Bayou)
  • 1875 Netherlands joins the gold standard
  • 1882 Cyclone in Arabian Sea (Bombay, India) drowns 100,000
  • 1882 Electric iron patented by Henry W Seely, NYC
  • 1882 The Shewan forces of Menelik defeat the Gojjame army in the Battle of Embabo. The Shewans capture Negus Tekle Haymanot of Gojjam, and heir victory leads to a Shewan hegemony over the territories south of the Abay River.
  • 1889 Great Fire in Seattle destroys 25 downtown blocks
  • 1890 United States Polo Association forms, NYC
  • 1892 Chicago South Side Elevated Railroad opens (1st 3.6 miles)
  • 1896 Frank Samuelsen and George Harbo leave NY harbor to row across Atlantic; their 55 day record for rowing was not broken for 114 year
  • 1900 Boxers cut off all railroad links between Peking and Tientsin, main port city of Peking
  • 1900 US Congress pass an act authorizing a civil code and government for the territory of Alaska after gold discoveries bring lawlessness and disorder to the area
  • 1903 President Emile Loubet of France and Minister of Foreign Affairs Theophile Declasse visit London, furthering the cause of Entente Cordiale between Britain and France
  • 1904 National Tuberculosis Association organized, Atlantic City, NJ
  • 1905 French Foreign minister Delcasse resigns on German request
  • 1906 Paris Métro Line 5 is inaugurated with a first section from Place d'Italie to the Gare d'Orléans (today known as Gare d'Austerlitz).
  • 1911 Nicaragua signs treaty turning over customs to US (not ratified)
  • 1912 The eruption of Novarupta in Alaska begins. It is the second largest volcanic eruption of the 20th century.
  • 1913 Rabbit Maranville, is thrown out trying to steal home 3 times
  • 1914 1st air flight out of sight of land (Scotland to Norway)
  • 1916 Voters in East Cleveland approves women suffrage

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1916 With the death of Yuan Shikai, who has ruled much of China since 1912, the central government virtually collapses in the face of warlords who assert themselves, including Sun Yat-sen

Father of Modern of China Sun Yat-sen
Father of Modern of China
Sun Yat-sen
  • 1918 Battle of Belleau Wood, 1st US victory of WW I
  • 1919 Assent is given to an Act to amend the Canadian Currency Act, 1910
  • 1919 Finland declares war on bolsheviks
  • 1919 The Republic of Prekmurje ends.
  • 1920 Baron Pyotr Nikolayevich Wrangel opens White Russian offensive against red Army
  • 1921 Detroit Stars' Bill Gatewood pitches the 1st no-hitter in Negro League history, defeating the Cuban Stars 4-0

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1921 Southwark Bridge in London is opened to traffic by King George V and Queen Mary.

King of the United Kingdom George V
King of the United Kingdom
George V

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1923 Gangster Albert Anastasia is convicted of illegal possession of a firearm and sentenced to two years in prison

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1925 Walter Chrysler founds automobile manufacturer Chrysler Corporation

Founder of Chrysler Walter Chrysler
Founder of Chrysler
Walter Chrysler
  • 1926 Egyptian government of Adly Pasha forms
  • 1931 "There Ought To Be A Moonlight Saving Time" by Guy Lombardo hits #1
  • 1931 Yanks turn triple-play but lose 7-5 to Indians
  • 1932 US Federal gas tax enacted
  • 1932 The Revenue Act of 1932 is enacted, creating the first gas tax in the United States, at a rate of 1 cent per US gallon (1/4 ¢/L) sold.
  • 1933 1st drive-in theater opens (Camden NJ)
  • 1933 US Employment Service created
  • 1934 Securities & Exchange Commission established
  • 1934 Yankee Myrl Hoag hits 6 singles in one game
  • 1936 Aviation gasoline 1st produced commercially Paulsboro NJ

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1938 Sigmund Freud arrives in London

Father of Psychology Sigmund Freud
Father of Psychology
Sigmund Freud
  • 1939 NY supreme court justice J F Crater legally declared dead
  • 1941 1st navy vessel constructed as mine layer Terror launched
  • 1941 Giants use plastic batting helmets for 1st time
  • 1942 1st nylon parachute jump (Hartford Ct-Adeline Gray)
  • 1942 Japanese forces retreat, ending Battle of Midway
  • 1942 Japanese troop land on Kiska, Aleutians
  • 1944 82nd Airborne division WWII D-day-landing at Ste Mere Eglise
  • 1944 Operation Neptune, D-Day: 150,000 Allied Expeditionary Force lands in Normandy, France in WWII
  • 1944 Nazi troops executed 96 prisoners by firing squad
  • 1944 Theodore Roosevelt Jr receives congressional medal of honor
  • 1944 U-955, U-970, U-629, U-373 sink in Gulf of Biskaje
  • 1944 Alaska Airlines commences operations.
  • 1945 "Free People" premieres in Amsterdam
  • 1946 Henry Morgan is 1st to take off shirt on TV
  • 1946 Martin Kresses begins publishing "Eric the Viking" comic strip
  • 1947 Treaty drawn for establishment of Intl Patent Institute
  • 1950 German DR & Poland sign treaty about Oder-Neisse border
  • 1950 Turkey: The Adhan in Arabic is legalized.
  • 1951 1st Berlin International Film Festival opens
  • 1955 Bill Haley & Comets' "Rock Around the Clock" hits #1
  • 1956 David Marshall, Singapore's first Chief Minister, resigns.
  • 1958 Ozzie Virgil is 1st black to play as a Tiger

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1958 Premier Charles de Gaulle says Algeria will always be French

French President Charles de Gaulle
French President
Charles de Gaulle
  • 1960 Roy Orbison releases "Only the Lonely"
  • 1960 South African police kill 11 Pondo's at Nqusa Hill
  • 1963 Gasunie, Dutch gas and transportation company established
  • 1964 Under a temporary order, the rocket launches at Cuxhaven, Germany, are terminated, though they never resume.
  • 1966 Activist James Meredith wounded by white sniper in Mississippi
  • 1966 Gemini 9 completes 45 orbits after rendezvous with "angry alligator"
  • 1966 Stokely Carmichael launches "Black Power" movement

Birthdays in History

  • 1236 Wen Tianxiang, Chinese prime minister (d. 1283)
  • 1436 Regiomontanus (Johannes Muller), prepares astronomical tables
  • 1502 King John III of Portugal (d. 1557)
  • 1519 Andrea Cesalpino, Italian philosopher and botanist (d. 1603)
  • 1576 Giovanni Diodati, Swiss Protestant clergyman (d. 1649)
  • 1580 Godefroy Wendelin, Flemish astronomer (d. 1667)
  • 1599 Diego Velázquez, Spanish painter (d. 1660)
  • 1606 Pierre Corneille, France, dramatist (El Cid, Horace)
  • 1622 Claude-Jean Allouez, French Jesuit missionary and explorer (d. 1857)
  • 1625 Domenico Guidi, Italian sculptor
  • 1695 Adriaen Valckenier, gov-gen Neth-Indies (1737-41)/killed 8,000 Chinese
  • 1714 King Joseph I of Portugal (d. 1777)

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1755 Nathan Hale, American Revolutionary War patriot, "I only regret that I have but one life to give for my country.", born in Coventry, Connecticut, North American Colonies (d. 1776)

US Patriot and Soldier Nathan Hale
US Patriot and Soldier
Nathan Hale
  • 1756 John Trumbull, US painter (Declaration of Independence)
  • 1765 Cornelis Loots, Dutch accountant/poet (Dwingelandij)
  • 1772 Maria Teresa of the Two Sicilies, Holy Roman Empire Empress consort (d. 1807)
  • 1799 Alexander Pushkin, Russian writer and poet (Eugene Onegin) (5/26 OS)
  • 1813 Israel Washburn, gov (Union), (d. 1883)
  • 1826 Sarah Parker Remond, US/Italian abolitionist
  • 1829 John Baillie McIntosh, Bvt Major General (Union Army), (d. 1888)
  • 1829 Shusaku Honinbo, Japanese Go player (d. 1862)
  • 1840 William Francis Bartlett, Bvt Major General (Union volunteers)
  • 1841 Eliza Orzeszkowa, Polish novelist (d. 1910)
  • 1844 Konstantin Savitsky, Russian painter (d. 1905)
  • 1847 Gerben Postma, [Ids], Frisian writer (Swealtsjeblommen)
  • 1850 Karl F Braun, Germany, co-developed wireless telegraphy (Nobel 1909)
  • 1857 Aleksandr Lyapunov, Russian mathematician (d. 1918)
  • 1860 William R Inge, English theologist/Deacon St Paul's Cathedral
  • 1862 Henry John Newbolt, English sea historian/poet
  • 1867 David Abercrombie, Abercrombie & Fitch founder (d. 1931)

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1868 Robert Falcon Scott, British leader of ill-fated south pole expedition, born in Plymouth, England (d. 1912)

Polar Explorer Robert Scott
Polar Explorer
Robert Scott
  • 1872 Alexandra Fjodorovna Romanova, last Russian tsarina (1894-1918)

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1875 Thomas Mann, German novelist (Magic Mountain-Nobel 1929), born in Lübeck, Germany (d. 1955)

Novelist Thomas Mann
Novelist
Thomas Mann
  • 1878 Vincent de Moro-Giafferi, French criminal attorney (d. 1956)
  • 1879 L Patrick Abercrombie, English architect
  • 1880 William T Cosgrave, president Irish Free state
  • 1886 Paul Dudley White, American heart specialist, born in Roxbury, Massachusetts (d. 1973)
  • 1890 Dorothy Heyward, American playwright (Porgy), born in NYC, New York
  • 1891 Vladislac Vancura, writer
  • 1892 Donald F. Duncan Sr., American entrepreneur (d. 1971)
  • 1894 Violet Trefusis, English writer and socialite who had a famous affair with writer Vita Sackville-West, born in London England (d. 1972)
  • 1896 Italo Balbo, Italian pilot/gov-gen of Libya (La marcia su Rome)
  • 1896 Robert Sheriff, playwright (Journey's End)
  • 1896 Henry Allingham, English first world war veteran
  • 1898 Ninette de Valois, [Edris Stannus], Engl, ballerina (Royal Ballet)
  • 1900 Manfred Sakel, Polish psychiatrist (d. 1957)

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1901 Sukarno, 1st President of Indonesia (1945-67), born in Surabaya, Java (d. 1970)

1st President of Indonesia Sukarno
1st President of Indonesia
Sukarno
  • 1902 Harold Roxbee Cox Kings Norton, aeronautical engineer
  • 1906 Max Zorn, German mathematician (lemma of Zorn)
  • 1909 Isaiah Berlin, philosopher
  • 1913 Jiri Hajek, Czech jurist/foreign minister
  • 1913 Carlo L. Golino, American scholar (d. 1991)
  • 1917 Kirk Kerkorian, American CEO and "father of the mega-resort" (MGM, UA), born in Fresno, California (d. 2015)
  • 1918 Tom Scott, poet/editor
  • 1919 Charles Pringle, British air marshal
  • 1923 V. C. Andrews, American author (d. 1986)
  • 1926 Tom Ryan, comic strip cartoonist (Tumbleweeds)
  • 1928 George Deukmejian, Menands NY, (Gov-Cal)
  • 1929 Viktor Konezki, writer
  • 1931 Lloyd Lindroth, the Liberace of the Harp
  • 1932 David R Scott, Col USAF/astronaut (Gem 8, Apol 9, 15), born in San Antonio, Texas
  • 1933 Heinrich Rohrer, Swiss physicist (tunneling microscope-Nobel 1986), (d. 2013)
  • 1934 Ad G J Lansink, chemist/Dutch 2nd Chamber member (CDA)
  • 1934 Albert II FHTCEM, king of Belgium (1993- )
  • 1935 Jean Gattegno, translator/scholar
  • 1938 Prince Luís of Orléans-Braganza, pretender to the Brazilian throne
  • 1939 Marian Wright-Edelman, health care president (Childrens Defense Fund)
  • 1939 Nganani Enos J Mabuza, South African leader (Inyandza National Movement)
  • 1941 Alexander Cockburn, Scottish-born American journalist, (d. 2012)
  • 1943 Ken Hatfield, former N.C.A.A. Football Head Coach
  • 1944 Peter Albin, rocker (Big Brother & Holding Co), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1944 David Penhaligon, British politician
  • 1944 Phillip Allen Sharp, American scientist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
  • 1945 David E Bonior, (Rep-D-MI, 1977- )
  • 1946 Chelsea Brown, comedienne (Laugh-in, Matt Lincoln), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1946 Lasse Hallstrom, director (Once Around, My Life as a Dog, ABBA)
  • 1947 David Blunkett, English politician
  • 1953 Ken Calvert, (Rep-R-California)
  • 1953 Dimitris Avramopoulos, Greek politician
  • 1954 Harvey Fierstein, playwright (Torch Song Trilogy, ID4), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1954 Cynthia Rylant, American author
  • 1956 Jay C Buckey, American physician/astronaut (STS 58 alt, sk: 90), born in NYC, New York
  • 1959 Georgios Voulgarakis, Greek politician
  • 1960 Lola Forner, Alicante SW Spain, Miss Spain (1979)
  • 1961 Aldo Costa, Italian engineer
  • 1964 Sherry J Traylor, Mexico Missouri, Miss Missouri-America (1991)
  • 1968 François Avard, Canadian writer and scenarist
  • 1970 Sarah Dessen, American author
  • 1973 Kat Swift, American politician (Green Party)
  • 1977 Bryn Williams, Welsh chef
  • 1984 Noor Sabri, Iraqi footballplayer

Weddings in History

  • 1857 Sophia of Nassau marries the future King Oscar II of Sweden-Norway.
  • 1966 Socialite Claus von Bulow marries heiress Martha [Sunny]Sharp Crawford
  • 2009 "Survivor: Gabon" castaway Matty Whitmore weds Jamie Mass at Malibou Lake Mountain Club in Malibu

Divorces in History

  • 2010 Gossip Girl star Kelly Rutherford (40) divorces German entrepreneur Daniel Giersch (34) due to irreconcilable differences after 2 years of marriage

Deaths in History

  • 840 Agobard, archbishop of Lyon (anti-semite), dies
  • 1134 Norbertus van Xanten, monastery founder, dies at about 51
  • 1393 Emperor Go-En'yu of Japan (b. 1359)
  • 1480 Vecchietta, Italian artist and architect
  • 1548 Juan de Castro, Portuguese explorer (b. 1500)
  • 1563 Ikeda Nagamasa, Japanese samurai commander (b. 1519)
  • 1583 Nakagawa Kiyohide, Japanese warlord (b. 1556)
  • 1671 Stenka/Stepan Razin, Russian cossack/boer leader quartered alive (ns. 16 June)
  • 1686 Joannes B van Neercassel, RC spiritual leader of Neth, dies at 60
  • 1710 Francoise de la Baume Le Blanc, mistress of King Louis XIV, dies at 65
  • 1730 Alain Emmanuel de Coëtlogon, Marshal of France (b. 1646)
  • 1740 Alexander Spotswood, British governor of Virginia Colony
  • 1784 Joan Derk van de Capellen, leader of democratic Patriots, dies at 42

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1799 Patrick Henry, American Revolutionary and Founding Father famous for his "Give me liberty or give me death" speech, dies at 63

American Revolutionary and Founding Father Patrick Henry
American Revolutionary and Founding Father
Patrick Henry
  • 1813 Alexandre-Théodore Brongniart, French architect
  • 1815 Samuel Whitbread, English Politician
  • 1816 Christiane Vulpius, wife of Johann W von Goethe, dies at 51
  • 1832 Jeremy Bentham, English philosopher (b. 1748)
  • 1836 Antons Klemens Theodor, king of Saksen (1827-36), dies at 80
  • 1840 Marcellin Champagnat, French priest (b. 1789)
  • 1843 Friedrich Hölderlin, German poet and dramatist (b. 1770)
  • 1861 Giuseppe Concone, Italian singing teacher, dies at 59
  • 1861 Count Camillo Benso di Cavour, Prime Minister of Italy (b. 1810)
  • 1862 Turner Ashby, General, killed near Harrisonburg VA, dies at 33
  • 1877 Prairie Flower, daughter of Ponca & chief Standing Bear, dies
  • 1878 Robert Stirling, Scottish inventor (b. 1790)

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1891 John A. Macdonald, 1st Prime Minister of Canada (b. 1815)

Prime Minister of Canada John A. Macdonald
Prime Minister of Canada
John A. Macdonald
  • 1898 Constant A Serrure, Flemish historian, dies at 62
  • 1914 Walter T Watts-Dunton, England, lawyer/poet/writer (Aylwin), dies
  • 1916 Yuan Shikai, president of China, dies at 56
  • 1922 Lillian Russell, entertainer, dies at 60
  • 1934 Julije Kempf, Croatian historian and writer (b. 1864)
  • 1934 Charles Francis Jenkins, American Inventor and early television pioneer (also invented the altimeter and automobile self-starter) dies at 66
  • 1935 Julian Byng, British army officer (b. 1862)
  • 1939 Ford Madox Ford, writer, dies at 65
  • 1941 Louis Chevrolet, American automotive pioneer (b. 1878)
  • 1943 Karl Landsteiner, Austrian/US pathologist (Nobel 1930), dies at 74
  • 1944 Danny Brotheridge, British lieutenant, 1st to die during D-Day landing WWII
  • 1944 Gerrit John van de Peat, artist/resistance fighter, executed at 41
  • 1945 Meinoud M Rost van Tonningen, anti semite/NSB (1937-41), suicide

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1946 Gerhart Hauptmann, German author (Before Dawn - Nobel 1912), dies at 83

Author and Nobel Laureate Gerhart Hauptmann
Author and Nobel Laureate
Gerhart Hauptmann
  • 1948 Louis Lumière, French movie pioneer (b. 1864)
  • 1955 Max Meldrum, Scottish-born Australian painter (b. 1875)

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1956 Hiram Bingham, American Archaeologist (Incan site of Machu Picchu), dies at 80

Archaeologist and Explorer Hiram Bingham
Archaeologist and Explorer
Hiram Bingham

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1961 Carl Jung, Swiss Psychiatrist (founded analytic psychology), dies at 85

Psychiatrist Carl Jung
Psychiatrist
Carl Jung
  • 1962 Yves Klein, French sculptor/painter, dies at 34
  • 1965 Lester Matthews, (Sir Dennis-Adv of Fu Manchu), dies at 64
  • 1967 Edward G Givens Jr, Major USAF/astronaut, dies in an car crash at 47
  • 1968 Franklin C Fry, US minister (World Rad of Church), dies

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1968 Robert F. Kennedy, (Sn-D-NY), assassinated in LA by Sirhan Sirhan at 42

US Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy
US Attorney General
Robert F. Kennedy
  • 1968 Randolph Churchill, son of Winston Churchill (b. 1911)

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1976 J. Paul Getty, oil magnate/billionaire, dies at 83

Industrialist J. Paul Getty
Industrialist
J. Paul Getty
  • 1982 Kenneth Rexroth, American poet (b. 1905)
  • 1984 A[rthur] Bertram Chandler, author (Empress of Outer Space), dies at 72
  • 1986 Herbert Eisenreich, Austrian writer, dies at 61
  • 1991 Sylvia Porter, economist/author (Money Book), dies at 77
  • 1992 Thijs van Lier, lawyer/Dutch MP (PvdA), dies at 44
  • 1993 James Bridges, writer/director (Paper Chase), dies of cancer at 57
  • 1993 Peter Tazelaar, adjutant of Dutch queen Wilhelmina, dies at 73
  • 1994 John Slot, mayor of Eethen/Hardenberg/Ede, dies
  • 1995 James Anderson, writer, dies at 41
  • 1996 George Snell, genetecist, dies at 92
  • 1996 Jean Sinclair, teacher/campaigner, dies at 88
  • 2000 Frédéric Dard, French writer (b. 1921)
  • 2003 Ken Grimwood, American writer (b. 1944)
  • 2005 Maya Kopitseva, Russian painter of the Leningrad school, dies at 81
  • 2006 Arnold Newman, American photographer (b. 1918)
  • 2011 Shrek the sheep, New Zealand sheep that held world record for biggest shorn fleece, dies at 16
  • 2013 Jerome Karle, American chemist and Nobel Laureate, dies at 94
  • 2013 Tom Sharpe, British satirist and author, dies from complications from diabetes at 85
  • 2015 Ludvik Vaculik, Czech writer (Two Thousand Words), dies at 88
  • 2015 Vincent Bugliosi, American attorney/author (Helter-Skelter), dies at 80
  • 2016 Peter Shaffer, English playwright (Equus, Amadeus), dies at 90
  • 2016 Viktor Korchnoi, Russian-born chess grandmaster, dies at 85
  • 2016 Kimbo Slice [Kevin Ferguson], American mixed martial artist, dies at 42