What Happened on March 6

Significant Events

  • 1479 Treaty of Alcaçovas: Portugal gives the Canary Islands to Castile in exchange for claims in West Africa
  • 1836 Battle of the Alamo: After 13 days of fighting 1,500-3,000 Mexican soldiers overwhelm the Texan defenders, killing 182-257 Texans including William Travis, Jim Bowie and Davy Crockett
  • 1857 Dred Scott Decision: US Supreme Court rules Africans cannot be US citizens
  • 1869 Dmitri Mendeleev presents the first periodic table of the elements to the Russian Chemical Society
  • 1899 "Aspirin" (acetylsalicylic acid) patented by Felix Hoffmann at German company Bayer
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Boxing legend Cassius Clay joins the Nation of Islam and changes his name to "Muhammad Ali", calling his former title a "slave name"

On March 6, 1964

Would You Believe?

George Nissen of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, receives a patent for the first modern trampoline

On March 6, 1945

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