Events in History on June 6

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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

  • 1925 Walter Percy Chrysler founded Chrysler Corp (Iacocca is 8 months old)
  • 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
  • 1967 Israeli troops occupy Gaza during second day of the Six-Day War

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1968 Senator Robert F. Kennedy dies from his wounds after he was shot the previous night.

US Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy
US Attorney General
Robert F. Kennedy
  • 1971 Air West filght 706 collides with Navy Phantom jet over LA, 50 die
  • 1971 Soyuz 11 takes 3 cosmonauts to Salyut 1 space station
  • 1972 Explosion at world's largest coal mine kills 427 (Wankie, Rhodesia)
  • 1972 Gold hits record $60 an ounce in London
  • 1972 US bombs Haiphong, North-Vietnam; 1000s killed
  • 1974 47th National Spelling Bee: Julie Ann Junkin wins spelling hydrophyte
  • 1974 A new Instrument of Government is promulgated making Sweden a parliamentary monarchy.
  • 1975 British voters decide to remain in Common Market
  • 1975 Provisional Revolutionary Government of South Vietnam established
  • 1976 "The Omen" premieres in the UK
  • 1977 "Washington Post" reports US has developed neutron bomb
  • 1977 Joseph L Howze installed as bishop of Roman Catholic diocese (Miss)
  • 1977 Supreme Court tosses out automatic death penalty laws
  • 1978 Proposition 13 cuts California property taxes 57%
  • 1979 200th running of horse's Derby in England
  • 1979 Royal Air Force receives 1st F-16
  • 1979 Willie Horton becomes 43rd player to hit 300 HRs in the majors
  • 1981 Maya Yang Lin wins competition to design the Vietnam War Memorial
  • 1981 A passenger train travelling between Mansi and Saharsa, India, jumps the tracks at a bridge crossing the Bagmati river. The government places the official death toll at 268 plus another 300 missing; however, it is generally believed that the actual figure is closer to 1,000 killed.
  • 1982 30,000 Israeli troops invade Lebanon to drive out PLO
  • 1982 36th Tony Awards: Life & Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby & Nine win
  • 1982 Bernard Glassman installed as abbot of Zen Center of NY
  • 1983 Bottle with note of June 9, 1910 found in Queensland
  • 1983 Emmy 10th Daytime Award presentation - Susan Lucci loses for 4th time

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1983 Li Xiannian becomes pres/Deng Xiaoping supreme commander of China PR

Chinese Communist Party Leader Deng Xiaoping
Chinese Communist Party Leader
Deng Xiaoping
  • 1983 Nicaragua expels 3 US diplomats
  • 1984 1,200 die in Sikh "Golden Temple" uprising India
  • 1985 58th National Spelling Bee: Balu Natarajan wins spelling milieu
  • 1985 Body of Nazi concentration camp doctor Dr Josef Mengele located & exhumed
  • 1985 Dutch 2nd Chamber accepts "status" of Aruba
  • 1985 Soyuz T-13 carries 2 cosmonauts to Salyut 7 space station
  • 1986 Kathy Ormsby, a 21-year-old member of NC State track team jumps off a bridge permanently paralyzing herself
  • 1988 3 giant turtles found in Bronx sewage plant
  • 1988 George H. W. Bush makes campaign promise to support reparations for WW II to Japanese-American internees (promise broken, May 1989)
  • 1990 For 2nd time this season, Cecil Fielder belts 3 home runs in a game
  • 1991 Albert Belle is shipped to minors for not running out a ground ball
  • 1991 Dana Plato receives 6 yr suspended sentence for robbing a video store
  • 1992 Ben Vereen suffers injuries when hit by a car
  • 1993 47th Tony Awards: Angels in America & Kiss of the Spider Woman win
  • 1993 6th Children's Miracle Network Telethon
  • 1993 Punsalmaagiyn Otsjirbat recognized as president of Mongolia
  • 1993 Ramiro de Leon Carpio elected President of Guatemala
  • 1994 6.0 earthquake/avalanche destroys Toez Colombia (about 1000 killed)
  • 1994 Brian Lara scores 501 not out for Warwickshire vs Durham
  • 1994 CD-councillor H Selhorst arrested for hard-drugs trade
  • 1994 Tupolev-154M crashes at Xian China, 160 killed
  • 1994 Warwickshire score 4 for 810 declared against Durham
  • 1999 In Australian Rules Football, Tony Lockett breaks the record for career goals, previously 1299 by Gordon Coventry and which had stood since 1937.
  • 1999 At the Putim maximum security prison in Brazil, 345 prisoners run from the main gate in the largest jailbreak in Brazilian history, marking the 10th escape for the three-year-old facility. In the ensuing manhunt, two fugitives are killed and five innocent bystanders are accidentally jailed.
  • 1999 53rd Tony Awards: Fosse & Side Man win
  • 2002 Eastern Mediterranean Event. A near-Earth asteroid estimated at 10 metres diameter explodes over the Mediterranean Sea between Greece and Libya. The resulting explosion is estimated to have a force of 26 kilotons, slightly more powerful than the Nagasaki atomic bomb.
  • 2004 Tamil is established as a Classical language by the President of India, Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam in a joint sitting of the two houses of the Indian Parliament.
  • 2004 58th Tony Awards: Avenue Q & I Am My Own Wife win
  • 2005 The United States Supreme Court votes to ban medical marijuana in Gonzales v. Raich.
  • 2012 Transit of Venus (between Earth & Sun) occurs - last transit of 21st century
  • 2012 The Solar Impulse completes the world's first intercontinental flight powered by the sun
  • 2013 Kevin Barry's City of Bohane wins the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award
  • 2015 Convicted killers Richard Matt and David Sweat break out of Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, New York
  • 2015 236th Epsom Derby: Golden Horn ridden by Frankie Dettori wins