Events in History on February 6

  • 337 St Julius I begins his reign as Catholic Pope
  • 1189 Riots in Lynn, Norfolk (England) spread to Norwich
  • 1508 Maximilian I proclaimed Holy Roman Emperor,though 1st Emperor in centuries not to be crowned by the Pope
  • 1577 King Henri de Bourbon of Navarra becomes leader of Huguenots
  • 1626 Huguenot rebels & French sign Peace of La Rochelle
  • 1651 -7] Cardinal Mazarin flees Paris
  • 1685 Duke of York becomes King James II of England and VII of Scotland upon the death of his brother Charles II.
  • 1693 Royal charter granted College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, Va
  • 1716 Britain & Netherlands renew alliance
  • 1778 Britain declares war on France
  • 1778 France recognizes USA, signs Treaty of Alliance in Paris; 1st US treaty
  • 1788 Massachusetts becomes 6th state to ratify constitution
  • 1815 NJ issues 1st US railroad charter (John Stevens)

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1819 Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles founds freeport harbor Singapore

British Statesman and Founder of Singapore Stamford Raffles
British Statesman and Founder of Singapore
Stamford Raffles
  • 1820 1st organized emigration of blacks back to Africa (NY to Sierra Leone)
  • 1820 US population announced at 9,638,453, African Americans 1,771,656 (18.4%)
  • 1820 The first 86 African American immigrants sponsored by the American Colonization Society started a settlement in present-day Liberia.
  • 1832 1st appearance of cholera in Edinburgh, Scotland
  • 1832 US ship destroys Sumatran village in retaliation for piracy

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1836 HMS Beagle/Charles Darwin reach Diemen's Land (Tasmania)

Naturalist Charles Darwin
Charles Darwin

AgreementTreaty of Waitangi

1840 The Treaty of Waitangi is signed between 40 Māori Chiefs (later signed by 500) and representatives of the British crown in Waitangi, New Zealand. The treaty was designed to share sovereignty between the two groups.

  • 1843 The first minstrel show in the United States The Virginia Minstrels opens (Bowery Amphitheatre in New York City).

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1855 British government of Henry John Temple, 3rd Viscount Palmerston forms

British Prime Minister Henry John Temple
British Prime Minister
Henry John Temple
  • 1861 1st meeting of Provisional Congress of Confederate States of America (US Civil War)
  • 1861 British Vice-Admiral Robert Fitzroy issues first storm warnings for ships

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1862 General Ulysses S. Grant captures Fort Henry in Tennessee

US President & Union General Ulysses S. Grant
US President & Union General
Ulysses S. Grant
  • 1862 American Civil Was; naval engagement on Tennessee River-USS Conestago vs CSS Appleton Belle
  • 1862 Ulysses S. Grant begins military campaign in Mississippi
  • 1864 -7] Skirmish at Barnett's Ford Virginia
  • 1865 2nd day of battle at Dabney's Mills (Hatcher's Run)
  • 1867 Peabody Fund forms to promote Black education in southern USA
  • 1869 Harper's Weekly publishes 1st picture of Uncle Sam with chin whiskers
  • 1882 The society of the Knights of Columbus forms in New Haven, Connecticut
  • 1891 1st great train robbery by Dalton Gang (Southern Pacific #17)
  • 1899 Spanish-American War ends, peace treaty ratified by Senate
  • 1900 The Battle of Vaal Krantz, South Africa (Boers vs British army)
  • 1902 Young Women's Hebrew Association organizes in NYC
  • 1904 Japan notifies Russia that in view of Russia's delaying tactics and provocative military action, Japan is ending negotiations and recalling its members from Moscow
  • 1911 1st old-age home opened in Prescott, Arizona
  • 1911 Great fire destroys downtown Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey)
  • 1918 Britain grants women (30 & over) vote
  • 1919 1st day of 5-day Seattle general strike
  • 1919 The first day of the Weimar Republic which, because of its support of the Treaty of Versailles, does not receive proper allegiance from the German nation
  • 1920 Saarland administrated by League of Nations
  • 1922 Cardinal Achille Ratti elected Pope Pius XI
  • 1922 US, UK, France, Italy & Japan sign Washington naval arms limitation
  • 1929 Rudy Vallee recorded "Deep Night"
  • 1932 Fascist coup in the Memel territory
  • 1933 -90°F (-68°C), Oymyakon, USSR (Asian record)
  • 1933 Highest recorded sea wave (not tsunami), 34 m, in North Pacific hurricane by USS Ramapo

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1933 German President Paul von Hindenburg and Franz von Papen end the Prussian parliament

German President and WWI General Paul von Hindenburg
German President and WWI General
Paul von Hindenburg
  • 1934 Reds purchase 43-year-old Dazzy Vance from the Cards for $7,500
  • 1934 Far right leagues rally in front of the Palais Bourbon in an attempted coup against the French Third Republic, creating a political crisis in France.
  • 1935 "Monopoly" board game goes on sale for 1st time
  • 1935 1st election to allow women to vote in Turkey
  • 1936 Pravda criticizes Shostakovitch' ballet "Clear Brook"
  • 1937 K Elizabeth Ohi becomes 1st Japanese-US female lawyer
  • 1939 Spanish government flees to France
  • 1941 Auke Adema wins 6th official Dutch 11 Cities Skating Race (9:19)
  • 1941 Battle of Beda Fomm: Italian 10th army destroyed
  • 1941 British troops conquer Bengazi, Libya
  • 1943 1st Spitfire in action above Darwin, Australia, Mu Ki-46 shot down
  • 1945 US 8th Air Force bombs Magdeburg/Chemnitz
  • 1945 Russian Red Army crosses the river Oder
  • 1948 1st radio-controlled airplane flown
  • 1951 "Broker Special" train crashes in Woodbridge NJ, killing 84

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1951 Radio commentator Paul Harvey arrested for trying to sneak into Argonne National Laboratory, a nuclear test site located 20 miles (32 km) west of Chicago

ABC Radio Broadcaster Paul Harvey
ABC Radio Broadcaster
Paul Harvey
  • 1951 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site Argonne Atomic Lab (Ill), to demonstrate lax in security

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1952 Queen Elizabeth II succeeds King George VI to the British throne

Queen of the United Kingdom Elizabeth II
Queen of the United Kingdom
Elizabeth II
  • 1953 US controls on wages & some consumer goods lifted
  • 1956 Chicago's Daily Defender, begins publishing
  • 1956 French premier Guy Mollet pelted with tomatoes in Algiers
  • 1956 University of Alabama suspends African-American student Autherine Lucy claiming that it can no longer provide for her safety
  • 1959 1st successful test-fire of Titan ICBM

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1959 Fidel Castro is interviewed by Edward R Murrow

Cuban Revolutionary and President Fidel Castro
Cuban Revolutionary and President
Fidel Castro
  • 1961 "Jail, No Bail" Jail-in movement starts in Rock Hill SC
  • 1962 Schoolman Athletic Field in the Bronx named
  • 1964 France & Great-Britain sign accord over building channel tunnel
  • 1965 "Kelly" opens & closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC
  • 1967 Cultural Revolution in Albania
  • 1968 Dutch 2nd Chamber condemns US bombing of North Vietnam

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1968 Former Pres Dwight Eisenhower shot a hole-in-one

34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower
34th US President & WWII General
Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • 1969 The New Ulster Movement forms, promoting moderate and non-sectarian policies and to assist those candidates who support Northern Ireland Prime MinisterTerence O'Neill,
  • 1970 Graeme Pollock completes 274 v Australia at Durban
  • 1971 The Irish Republican Army shoots and kills Gunner Robert Curtis, the first British soldier to die during the 'Troubles'
  • 1971 Bernard Watt (28), a Catholic civilian, is shot and killed by the British Army (BA) during street disturbances in Ardoyne, Belfast
  • 1971 James Saunders (22), a member of the IRA, is shot and killed by the British Army during a gun battle near the Oldpark Road, Belfast
  • 1972 A Civil Rights march is held in Newry, County Down; there is a very large turn-out for the march with many people attending to protest at the killings in Derry the previous Sunday
  • 1973 40,000 civil servants demonstrate against higher pension contribution
  • 1973 6th ABA All-Star Game: West 123 beats East 111 at Utah
  • 1973 Bernice Fekete skips her curling rink to 2nd straight 8-ender, Edm
  • 1974 Dutch speed limit set at 100km due to oil crisis
  • 1974 US House of Reps begins determining grounds for impeachment of Nixon
  • 1975 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 1977 Alain Prieur jumps his motorcycle 65 m over 16 buses, near Paris
  • 1977 Harley Race beats Terry Funk in Toronto, to become NWA wrestling champ
  • 1978 Muriel, wife of late Hubert Humphrey (Sen-D-Minn) takes his office
  • 1978 Snowstorm hits New England, parts of Rhode Island (54" / 137cm)
  • 1979 Supreme court of Lahore affirms death sentence against premier Bhutto
  • 1981 Suleiman Nyambui runs world record 5k indoor (13:20.4)
  • 1982 "Centerfold" by J Geils Band hits #1 on pop chart
  • 1983 Trial of former Gestapo commandant Klaus Barbie begins in France for war crimes during World War II
  • 1984 Muslim militiamen take over West Beirut from Lebanese army
  • 1987 No-smoking rules take effect in US federal buildings
  • 1987 US female Figure Skating championship won by Jill Trenary
  • 1988 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • 1989 Solidarity union leader Lech Walesa begins negotiating with Polish government
  • 1991 Mousey Davis becomes 1st coach of NY-NJ Knights
  • 1992 The Sámi people of the far northern Nordic countries have an official day celebrating their existence.
  • 1994 Jose Maria Figueres elected president of Costa Rica
  • 1994 Martti Ahtisaari elected president of Finland
  • 1996 Heidi Fleiss scheduled to begin her 7 year jail sentence
  • 1997 Diane Blood, 32, in England, won right to use her dead husband's sperm
  • 1998 Mary Kay LeTourneau, 36, former teacher, who violated probation by seeing 14 year old father of her baby, sentenced to 7 years
  • 1998 In Corsica, the prefect Claude Erignac is assassinated in Ajaccio, presumably by Yvan Colonna.
  • 2002 52nd Berlin International Film Festival: "Spirited Away" and "Bloody Sunday" win the Golden Bear (tie)
  • 2003 53rd Berlin International Film Festival: "In This World" wins the Golden Bear
  • 2005 Tony Blair, now the longest-serving Labour PM, marks 2,838 days as British Prime Minister
  • 2012 6.9 magnitude quake hits near the central Philipines with 43 confirmed deaths
  • 2012 Queen Elizabeth II marks the 60th anniversary of becoming British monarch, becoming only the second to do so
  • 2013 A magnitude 8.0 earthquake occurs off the Solomon Islands coast causing the death of nine people
  • 2014 Jay Leno ends his time on The Tonight Show
  • 2014 The Taliban and Pakistani government begin peace negotiations
  • 2014 64th Berlin International Film Festival: "Black Coal, Thin Ice" wins the Golden Bear