On This Day in History for November 6

Events in History

Events 1 - 100 of 136

  • 1153 Treaty of Wallingford (Oxfordshire) signed between King Stephen and the Empress Maude (aka Matilda)
  • 1528 Shipwrecked Spanish conquistador Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca becomes first known European to set foot in Texas
  • 1534 Zealand hit by heavy storm
  • 1572 Supernova is observed in constellation known as Cassiopeia
  • 1632 Battle at Lutzen: Swedish/Saxon army beats imperial armies
  • 1657 Brandenburg & Poland sign unity of Bromberg
  • 1676 King Carlos II of Spain comes of age (at 15)
  • 1789 Pope Pius VI appoints Father John Carroll as the first Catholic bishop in the United States.
  • 1792 Battle of Jemappes: French army beats Holy Roman Empire
  • 1813 Chilpancingo congress declares Mexico independent of Spain
  • 1844 Spain grants Dominican Republic independence
  • 1850 1st Hawaiian fire engine
  • 1850 Yerba Buena & Angel Islands (San Francisco Bay) reserved for military use

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

1860 Abraham Lincoln (Rep-R-Ill) elected 16th American President

US President Abraham Lincoln
US President
Abraham Lincoln

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

1861 Jefferson Davis elected to 6 year term as US Confederate President

President of the Confederate States of America Jefferson Davis
President of the Confederate States of America
Jefferson Davis
  • 1862 NY-SF direct telegraphic link forms
  • 1863 Battle of Rogersville TN
  • 1864 Battle of Droop Mountain, WV (Averell's Raid)
  • 1865 Maastricht-Venlo railway opens in Netherlands
  • 1865 American Civil War: CSS Shenandoah is the last Confederate combat unit to surrender after circumnavigating the globe on its cruise that sank or captured 37 vessels.
  • 1871 Cameroon reaches coast of Angola after trip through Africa
  • 1878 Henrik Ibsen's "Samfundets Stotter" premieres in Oslo
  • 1879 Canada celebrates 1st Thanksgiving Day
  • 1883 NYAC organizes 1st American cross-country championship race
  • 1884 British protectorate proclaimed over southeast New Guinea
  • 1884 Montreal Foot Ball Club (QFRU) defeats Toronto Argonauts (ORFU) 30-0 in 1st CRFU Championship game
  • 1885 US mint at Carson City, Nevada, directed to close

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

1888 Benjamin Harrison (R-Sen-Ind) beats President Grover Cleveland (D), 233 electoral votes to 168, Cleveland received slightly more votes

23rd US President Benjamin Harrison
23rd US President
Benjamin Harrison
US President Grover Cleveland
US President
Grover Cleveland
  • 1900 Battle at Bothaville: Major General Charles Knox beats Boers

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

1900 Republican US President William McKinley and his Vice President, Theodore Roosevelt, defeat Democrat William Jennings Bryan

25th US President William McKinley
25th US President
William McKinley
26th US President Theodore Roosevelt
26th US President
Theodore Roosevelt
US Politician William Jennings Bryan
US Politician
William Jennings Bryan
  • 1903 USA recognizes independence of Panama

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

1906 Charles Evans Hughes (R) elected NY Gov beats William Randolph Hearst

Newspaper Publisher William Randolph Hearst
Newspaper Publisher
William Randolph Hearst
  • 1906 Chinese Government ministries are reorganized as part of the movement towards constitutional government; but in fact the Manchu princes retain control and there is little gain for the Chinese people
  • 1908 Leonid Andreyev's "Dui Nashey Zhizni" premieres in St Petersburg
  • 1910 SDAP/NVV initiate campaign for general males/female suffrage
  • 1911 Francisco Madeiro inaugurated president of Mexico

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1913 Mahatma Gandhi arrested for leading Indian miners' march in South Africa

Pacifist and Spiritual Leader Mahatma Gandhi
Pacifist and Spiritual Leader
Mahatma Gandhi
  • 1914 The British land troops (mostly from the Indian Army) at the head of the Persian Gulf in Mesopotamia, and will begin to move westward in an attempt to draw Turkish troops from other fronts
  • 1915 1st military flight in Dutch East Indies (Tandjong Priok)
  • 1915 Sophokles Skouloudis forms Greek government
  • 1917 [OS Oct 24] Bolshevik revolution begins with bombardment of the Winter Palace in Petrograd during the Russian October Revolution
  • 1917 New York State adopts a constitutional amendment giving women the right to vote in state elections
  • 1918 Republic of Poland proclaimed
  • 1918 Supreme commander of the army Gen Cutters resigns
  • 1918 WWI: On the Western Front, Germany is now retreating as French and American troops cross the Meuse and move to take Sedan
  • 1923 USSR adopts experimental calendar, with 5-day "weeks"
  • 1925 British secret agent Sidney Reilly ('Ace of Spies') is executed by the OGPU, the secret police of the Soviet Union.
  • 1928 Clevelanders vote to build a stadium with city bonds

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

1928 Republican candidate Herbert Hoover is elected President of the United States, defeating Democrat candidate Al Smith

31st US President Herbert Hoover
31st US President
Herbert Hoover
  • 1928 Colonel Jacob Schick patents 1st electric razor
  • 1928 Swedes start a tradition of eating Gustavus Adolphus pastries to commemorate the king.

  • 1932 German election - KPD defeats NSDAP
  • 1935 1st test flight of Hawker Hurricane fighter aircraft
  • 1936 RCA displays TV for press
  • 1936 Terence Rattigan's "French Without Tears" premieres in London
  • 1938 3 DiMaggio brothers play together for 1st time, charity all star game
  • 1939 WGY-TV (Schenectady, NY), 1st commercial TV station, begins service
  • 1939 World War II: 'Sonderaktion Krakau' - a Nazi operation against academics, with 184 professors arrested in Krakow and deported

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

1940 Franklin Roosevelt re-elected US President

32nd US President Franklin D. Roosevelt
32nd US President
Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • 1941 Einsatz Gruppe kills 15,000 Jews of Rovno Ukraine
  • 1941 Japanese fleet readies assault on Pearl Harbor
  • 1941 USA lends Soviet Union $1 million
  • 1942 Nazis kill 12,000 Jews in the Minsk ghetto

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1942 Sukarno & Mohammed Hatta found Ampat Serangkai

1st President of Indonesia Sukarno
1st President of Indonesia
Sukarno
  • 1943 Soviet troops land on Kertsj peninsula
  • 1943 Soviet forces reconquer Kiev

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1943 Stalin says: "The issue of German fascism is lost"

Soviet General Secretary Joseph Stalin
Soviet General Secretary
Joseph Stalin
  • 1945 House Committee on Un-American Activities begins investigation of 7 radio commentators
  • 1945 The first landing of a jet on a carrier takes place on USS Wake Island when an FR-1 Fireball touches down
  • 1949 Greek civil war ends after 3 years with defeat of communist factions
  • 1950 Chinese offensive halts at Chongchon River, North Korea
  • 1950 King Tribhuvana of Nepal flees to India
  • 1953 French National Meeting grants Saarland more autonomy
  • 1955 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

1956 Dwight D. Eisenhower is re-elected President of the United States, defeating Democrat candidate Adlai Stevenson

34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower
34th US President & WWII General
Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • 1957 Felix Gaillard becomes premier of France
  • 1958 AL announces that KC will play AL record 52 night games in 1959
  • 1958 Belgium government of Eyskens & Lilar forms
  • 1958 Wilber Snyder beats V Gagne in Omaha, to become NWA wrestling champ
  • 1962 BART bond issue just gets by with a 66.9% favorable vote
  • 1962 Edward M Kennedy 1st elected (Sen-D-Mass)

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

1962 Edward W. Brooke (R) elected attorney general of Massachusetts

US Senator Edward W. Brooke
US Senator
Edward W. Brooke
  • 1962 Saudi Arabia proclaims abolition of slavery
  • 1962 UN General Assembly adopts resolution condemning South Africa
  • 1966 Lunar Orbiter 2 launched
  • 1967 Bridge at Annabaai crashes on Willemstad, Curacao, kills 15
  • 1967 US launches Surveyor 6; makes soft landing on Moon Nov 9
  • 1968 Nixon elected 37th President of US, defeating Hubert Humphrey
  • 1968 Students of San Francisco State Counsel go on strike
  • 1969 1st Cy Young Award tie (Mike Cuellar, Balt & Denny McLain, Det)
  • 1970 Twins Jim Perry wins AL Cy Young Award
  • 1971 US performs underground nuclear test at Amchitka Island Aleutians
  • 1973 "Man With the Golden Girl" begins shooting
  • 1973 Abe Beame elected 1st Jewish mayor of NYC
  • 1973 Coleman Young elected Mayor of Detroit
  • 1976 Benjamin Hooks, succeeds Roy Wilkins as executive director of NAACP
  • 1977 39 killed in an earthen dam burst at Toccoa Falls Bible College, Ga
  • 1978 Shah of Iran places Iran under military rule; General Gholan Reza Azhari forms government

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1979 Ayatollah Khomeini takes over in Iran

Supreme Leader of Iran Ayatollah Khomeini
Supreme Leader of Iran
Ayatollah Khomeini
  • 1981 Fernando Valenzuela is 1st rookie to win a Cy Young Award

Birthdays in History

  • 1391 Edmund de Mortimer, 5th Earl of March, English politician, born in New Forest, Westmeath, Ireland (d. 1425)
  • 1479 Johanna, the Insane, Queen of Castile (1504-20), born in Toledo, Spain (d. 1555)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1494 Suleiman the Magnificent, Ottoman Sultan and the longest-reigning sultan of the Ottoman Empire (1530-1566), born in Trabzon, Ottoman Empire (d. 1566)

Ottoman Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent
Ottoman Sultan
Suleiman the Magnificent
  • 1550 Karin Månsdotter, Queen of Sweden, born in Stockholm, Sweden (d. 1612)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1558 Thomas Kyd, English dramatist (Spanish Tragedy), born in London (d. 1594)

Dramatist and Playwright Thomas Kyd
Dramatist and Playwright
Thomas Kyd
  • 1661 Charles II of Spain, last Habsburg king of Spain (reigns 1665-1700), born in Royal Alcazar of Madrid, Spain (d. 1700)
  • 1692 Louis Racine, French poet (La Religion), born in Paris (d. 1763)
  • 1746 Absalom Jones, African-American abolitionist and clergyman, born into slavery in Delaware (d. 1818)
  • 1753 Mikhail Kozlovsky, Russian sculptor, born in St. Petersburg, Russia (d. 1802)
  • 1796 George Back, English sea officer and explorer (North Canada), born in Stockport, Cheshire (d. 1878)
  • 1818 Pavel Melnikov, Russian historian and author (In the Forests), born in Nizhny Novgorod, Russian Empire [OS=Oct 25]
  • 1822 Gordon Granger, American Major General (Union Army), born in Wayne County, New York (d. 1876)
  • 1833 Jonas Lie, Norwegian author (The Family at Gilje: A Domestic Story of the Forties), born in Hokksund, Eiker, Norway (d. 1908)
  • 1836 Francis Ellingwood Abbot, American theologian (Scientific Theism), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1903)
  • 1838 John Grant Mitchell, American lawyer and Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Piqua, Ohio (d. 1894)
  • 1841 Nelson W. Aldrich, U.S. Senator from Rhode Island, born in Foster, Rhode Island (d. 1915)
  • 1841 Armand Fallières, French president (1906-13), born in Mézin, France (d. 1931)
  • 1848 Richard Jefferies, English naturalist and essayist, born in Coate, Swindon, England (d. 1887)
  • 1851 Charles Dow, American journalist and economist (co-founded Dow Jones and 1st editor of Wall St Journal), born in Sterling, Connecticut (d. 1902)
  • 1855 Ezra Seymour Gosney, American philanthropist and eugenicist, born in Kenton County, Kentucky (d. 1942)
  • 1856 Nikolaĭ Nikolaevich, Grand Duke of Russia, born in St. Petersburg, Russian Empire (d. 1929)
  • 1867 Marie Bregendahl, Danish author (Holger Hauge og hans Hustru), born in Fly, Denmark (d. 1940)
  • 1875 Pompeo Aloisi, Italian baron, diplomat and senator, born in Rome, Italy (d. 1949)
  • 1879 Eugen Varga, Hungarian-Russian economist and politician, born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 1964)
  • 1880 Robert Musil, Austrian writer (Mann ohne Eigenschaften), born in Klagenfurt, Austria (d. 1942)
  • 1880 Chris van Abkoude, Dutch-American writer and novelist (Pietje Bell, Kruimeltje), born in Rotterdam, Netherlands (d. 1959)
  • 1885 Emiel Poetou, Flemish sculptor
  • 1892 John Alcock, English pilot (1st non-stop flight across Atlantic Ocean), born in Stretford, England (d. 1919)
  • 1892 Harold Ross, American magazine editor and co-founded The New Yorker, born in Aspen, Colorado (d. 1951)
  • 1908 Fanny Leys, Flemish author (Ontwijding)
  • 1917 Edgar Whitcomb, American politician and Governor of Indiana (1969-73), born in Hayden, Indiana (d. 2016)
  • 1921 James Jones, American novelist (Bad Blood, From Here to Eternity), born in Robinson, Illinois (d. 1977)
  • 1924 Jeanette Schmid, Austrian transsexual professional whistler, born in Volary, Sudetenland (d. 2005)
  • 1925 Dirk de Vroome, [Red Giant], SS'er
  • 1926 Brian Abel-Smith, British economist and expert adviser, born in Kensington Court Gardens, London (d. 1996)
  • 1936 K. Schippers [Gerard Stigter], Dutch author (Een klok en profil), born in Amsterdam
  • 1936 Mikhail Vladimirovich Sologub, Russian cosmonaut, born in Buguruslan, Orenburg Oblast (d. 1996)
  • 1937 Bas de Gaay Fortman, Dutch scholar and politician (PPR), born in The Hague, Netherlands
  • 1938 Dumitru Rusu, Romanian painter, born in Ilişeşti , Suceava
  • 1939 Leonardo Quisumbing, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines, born in Masbate, Philippines
  • 1940 Ruth Messinger, Manhattan Borough President and President of the American Jewish World Service, born in NYC, New York
  • 1940 Dieter F. Uchtdorf, German aviator and religious leader (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints), born in Moravská Ostrava
  • 1943 Michael Schwerner, American civil rights activist (d. 1964)
  • 1945 Robert J. Mrazek, American politician (Rep-D-NY, 1983-93), born in Newport, Rhode Island
  • 1946 Fred Penner, Canadian children's entertainer, born in Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • 1949 Joseph C. Wilson, Vice Chairman of Jarch Capital, LLC, born in Bridgeport, Connecticut
  • 1951 Peter Althin, Swedish politician and attorney, born in Lund, Skåne, Sweden
  • 1954 Catherine Crier, American journalist and author (The Case Against Lawyers, A Deadly Game), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1957 Klaus Kleinfeld, German industrialist, born in Bremen, Germany
  • 1961 Kazuhiko Aoki, Japanese game creator, born in Japan
  • 1968 Jerry Yang, Taiwanese-born American entrepreneur (co-founder of Yahoo!, Inc.), born in Taipei, Taiwan
  • 1969 Colson Whitehead, American writer (The Intuitionist, The Underground Railroad), born in NYC, New York
  • 1976 Catherine Clark, Canadian journalist; daughter of Joe Clark, born in High River, Alberta
  • 1981 Cassie Bernall, American murder victim, born in Wheat Ridge, Colorado (d. 1999)
  • 1989 Jozy Altidore, American footballer, born in Livingston, New Jersey

Weddings in History


HeartWedding of Interest

1919 "The Sheik" actor Rudolph Valentino (24) weds actress Jean Acker (26)

Silent Film Star Rudolph Valentino
Silent Film Star
Rudolph Valentino
  • 1935 English Prince Henry weds Alice Montagu-Douglas-Scott

Deaths in History

  • 1231 Emperor Tsuchimikado of Japan (b. 1196)
  • 1406 Innocent VII, [Cosma de' Migliorati], Italian Pope (1404-06), dies
  • 1550 Ulrich, Duke of Württemberg (b. 1487)
  • 1632 Gustavus II Adolphus, King of Sweden, dies at battle of Lutzen at 37
  • 1650 Willem II, earl of Nassau/prince of Orange, dies at 24
  • 1656 Johan IV, duke of Braganca/king of Portugal (1640-56), dies at 52
  • 1656 Jean-Baptiste Morin, French scientist (b. 1583)
  • 1692 Gédéon Tallemant des Réaux, French writer (Historiettes), dies at 73
  • 1730 Hans Hermann von Katte, Prussian lieutenant, beheaded
  • 1752 Ralph Erskine, Scottish minister (b. 1685)
  • 1771 Hermanus Noordkerk, Dutch jurist, dies at 69
  • 1771 John Bevis, English physician and astronomer (discovered Crab Nebula), dies at 75
  • 1790 James Bowdoin, American Revolutionary leader and politician (b. 1726)
  • 1816 Gouverneur Morris, American lawmaker and diplomat (b. 1752)
  • 1822 Hendrik van Stralen, Secretary of Interior, dies at 71
  • 1822 Claude Louis Berthollet, French chemist (b. 1748)
  • 1836 Charles X, King of France (1824-30), dies at 79
  • 1839 Hayim Rapoport, Rabbi of Ostrowiec/author (Maxim Chayyim), dies
  • 1846 Karol Marcinkowski, Polish physician and activist (b. 1800)
  • 1846 Alexander Chavchavadze, Georgian poet and general
  • 1862 Charles Davis Jameson, American Brigadier General (Union Army), dies at 35
  • 1873 William J. Hardee, U.S. Army officer (Confederate Army), dies at 58
  • 1875 John Baptist van Son, Dutch Catholic politician, dies at 71
  • 1876 Giacomo Antonelli, secretary of state of Pius IX, dies at 70
  • 1900 PWJ Le Gallais, British lt-colonel, dies in battle at Bothaville
  • 1901 Kate Greenaway, English children book illustrater, dies at 55
  • 1905 George Williams, English philanthropist and founder of YMCA, dies at 84
  • 1910 Giuseppe Cesare Abba, Italian patriot and writer, dies at 72
  • 1914 Allessandro d'Ancona, Italian philologist (Dante), dies at 79
  • 1925 Khải Định, Emperor of Vietnam
  • 1929 Max von Bathe, German prince/Chancellor (1910-11, 18), dies at 62
  • 1936 Henry Bourne Joy, American automobile executive (b. 1864)
  • 1939 Adolphe Max, Belgian liberal MP, dies at 69
  • 1941 Maurice Leblanc, French novelist (b. 1864)
  • 1944 Hannah Senesh, Jewish poetess, executed by Nazis in Budapest
  • 1944 Lord Moyne, British prefect (Middle-East), murdered
  • 1944 Segundo "Boy" Ecury, Aruba, WW II resistance fighter, executed at 22
  • 1947 Kristian Elster, Norwegian author (Paradisets Have), dies at 66
  • 1955 Charley Toorop, [Annie CP Fernhout-Toorop], Dutch painter, dies at 64
  • 1955 Cornelis GN de Vooys, translator, dies at 82

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1959 Jose P. Laurel, Philippine president, dies of heart attack at 68

3rd President of the Philippines José P. Laurel
3rd President of the Philippines
José P. Laurel
  • 1960 Erich Raeder, German grand admiral (b. 1876)
  • 1963 Djuanda Kartawidjaja, premier (Indonesia), dies at 52
  • 1964 Hans von Euler-Chelpin, German-born Swedish biochemist who investigated the fermentation of sugar and enzymes (Nobel 1929), dies at 91
  • 1968 Charles B. McVay III, Ex-U.S. Navy Captain (b. 1898)
  • 1984 Gastón Suárez, Bolivian novelist and dramatist (b. 1929)
  • 1987 Ross R Barnett, lawyer/(Gov-D-Miss), dies at 89
  • 1987 William C Pahlmann, interior decorator (4 Seasons NYC), dies at 80
  • 1989 Dickie Goodman, creator of "break-in" records (b. 1934)
  • 1995 Philip Rawson, artist/teacher, dies at 71
  • 1995 Stanley Oliphant Stewart, librarian, dies at 82
  • 1996 Mario Savio, American political activist, dies of heart attack at 53
  • 1996 Patience Edney, nurse/communist, dies at 85
  • 1997 Phillipo Seed, social work academic, dies at 67
  • 2000 David R. Brower, American environmentalist (b. 1912)
  • 2000 L. Sprague de Camp, American writer (b. 1907)
  • 2001 Anthony Shaffer, English dramatist (Sleuth), dies at 75
  • 2002 Sid Sackson, American board game designer (b. 1920)
  • 2005 Rod Donald, New Zealand Politician, Green Party Co-leader (b. 1957)
  • 2006 Francisco Fernández Ochoa, Spanish alpine skier (b. 1950)
  • 2007 Enzo Biagi, Italian journalist (b. 1920)
  • 2007 Sayed Mustafa Kazemi, Afghan politician (b. c1962)
  • 2007 George Osmond, Osmond family patriarch (b. 1917)
  • 2010 Jo Myong-Rok, North Korean military official (b. 1928)
  • 2010 Robert Lipshutz, American attorney and counsel to the Carter Adminisrtation (b. 1921)
  • 2015 Yitzhak Navon, President of Israel (1978-83), dies at 94