On This Day

On This Day in History for February 6 (Part 2)

Events in History

  • 1981 Suleiman Nyambui runs world record 5k indoor (13:20.4)

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1983 Trial of former Gestapo commandant Klaus Barbie begins in France for war crimes during World War II

Gestapo Chief Klaus Barbie
Gestapo Chief
Klaus Barbie
  • 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

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1989 Solidarity union leader Lech Wałęsa begins negotiating with Polish government

Polish Politician and Labor Activist Lech Wałęsa
Polish Politician and Labor Activist
Lech Wałęsa
  • 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.

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1998 Washington National Airport is renamed Ronald Reagan National Airport

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan

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2005 Tony Blair, now the longest-serving Labour PM, marks 2,838 days as British Prime Minister

British Prime Minister Tony Blair
British Prime Minister
Tony Blair
  • 2012 6.9 magnitude quake hits near the central Philippines with 43 confirmed deaths

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2012 Queen Elizabeth II marks the 60th anniversary of becoming British monarch, becoming only the second to do so

Queen of the United Kingdom Elizabeth II
Queen of the United Kingdom
Elizabeth II
  • 2013 A magnitude 8.0 earthquake occurs off the Solomon Islands coast causing the death of nine people
  • 2014 The Taliban and Pakistani government begin peace negotiations
  • 2017 Qatar Airways achieves the longest-ever commercial flight in service when its B777 aircraft lands in Auckland after a 16 hour and 23 minutes flight from Doha

InventionHistoric Invention

2018 Elon Musk's company SpaceX launches Falcon Heavy, world's most powerful rocket

Entrepreneur Elon Musk
Entrepreneur
Elon Musk
  • 2018 Maldives President Abdulla Yameen declares state of emergency ordering arrest of two judges
  • 2018 UN calls for ceasefire in rebel-held Eastern Ghouta area by Syrian government troops after 40 people reportedly killed
  • 2018 Polish president Andrzej Duda signs controversial Holocaust law, outlaws accusing Poles of complicity under Nazis
  • 2018 6.0 magnitude earthquake strikes Hualien County, Taiwan, leaving 10 dead and over 50 missing
  • 2019 Quadriga, Canada's biggest cryptocurrency exchange is unable to get to $145 million of bitcoin assets after its CEO dies with its access passwords

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2019 US President Donald Trump makes presidential State of Union address to Congress a week later than usual due to government shutdown

45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump
  • 2019 Honeybees are able to add and subtract and understand concept of zero according to research from RMIT University in Australia
  • 2019 2018 named the 4th warmest year on record according to NOAA and NASA, after 2016, 2015, and 2017
  • 2020 US astronaut Christina Koch completes the longest continuous spaceflight by a female astronaut after 328 days on the International Space Station, landing in Kazakhstan
  • 2020 Antarctica records high temperature of 64.9 F / 18.2 C at Esperanza, Argentina’s research station
  • 2020 Date of the 1st COVID-19 related death in the US (confirmed by the CDC April 21)

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