On This Day

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

Events in History

  • 1975 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 1976 Russian pilot Belenko defects to Japan in a Mig 25 jet
  • 1978 USSR performs underground nuclear test
  • 1980 Macalaster U of St Paul, Minn beating Mount Senario 17-14
  • 1982 Dutch Internal minister Mr M Red assigns BVD to spy on communists
  • 1982 Polish dissidents seize Polish Embassy in Bern, Switzerland
  • 1983 Soviet Union admits that it shot down the South Korean airliner KAL 007 on September 1st
  • 1984 Lanford Wilson's "Balm in Gilead" premieres in NYC
  • 1984 Today Show begins live remote telecasts from Moscow
  • 1985 Midwest Express Airlines Flight 105, a Douglas DC-9 crashes just after takeoff from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, killing 31.
  • 1986 Attack on synagogue in Istanbul, 23 killed
  • 1986 Jozef Pribilinec speed walking world record time (15,447k)
  • 1986 USSR charges correspondent Nicholas Daniloff with spying
  • 1987 Conjoined twins Benjamin & Patrick Binder separated at John Hopkins Hospital
  • 1988 Crippled soviet Soyuz TM-5 lands safely with 2 cosmonauts aboard
  • 1988 Thomas Gregory (11) swims English Channel

  • 1988 USSR performs underground nuclear test
  • 1989 Amateur Athletic Fed strips Ben Johnson of all track records
  • 1989 Police computer accuses 41,000 Parisians of murder/prostitution
  • 1990 US citizen is shot in Kuwait; oil markets surge on aggressive US statements toward Iraq
  • 1991 Ronald Venetiaan chosen president of Suriname
  • 1991 USSR recognizes the independence of the 3 Baltic republics (Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania)
  • 1991 The name Saint Petersburg is restored to Russia's second largest city, which had been renamed Leningrad in 1924.
  • 1992 Noureddine Morceli runs world record 1500m (3:28.86)
  • 1994 Franziska van Almsick swims female record 200m freestyle (1:56.78)
  • 1995 Senate Ethics committee votes 6-0 to ask for expulsion of Bob Packwood

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1997 Funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales held at Westminster Abbey in London

Princess of Wales Diana Spencer
Princess of Wales
Diana Spencer

Book releaseHistoric Publication

2006 "New Moon" second book in Stephenie Meyer's "Twilight Saga" is published by Little Brown, sells 5.3 million copies (2015)

  • 2012 61 illegal immigrants die after a fishing boat capsizes off the coast of Turkey

Electoral defeatPresidential Convention

2012 Barack Obama accepts the Democratic nomination for US President

44th US President Barack Obama
44th US President
Barack Obama
  • 2013 20 people are killed by Islamist militants in villages in northeast Nigeria
  • 2015 German police confirm more than 13,000 refugees have arrived in Southern Germany in last 2 days fleeing conflicts in Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan
  • 2016 Minnesota man Danny Heinrich admits to kidnapping and murdering 11-year-old Jacob Wetterling on October 22, 1989

Historic DiscoveryHurricane Irma

2017 Hurricane Irma makes landfall on Caribbean islands of Barbuda, Sint Maartens and British Virgin Islands. Prime Minister Gaston Browne reports 95% of buildings in Barbuda damaged.

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Satellite photo of Hurricane Irma shortly before landfall in Florida, with Hurricane Jose to the right
Satellite photo of Hurricane Irma shortly before landfall in Florida, with Hurricane Jose to the right
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Electoral defeatImportant Vote

2017 Catalonia's parliament passes law to allow referendum on independence from Spain

President of Catalonia Carles Puigdemont
President of Catalonia
Carles Puigdemont
  • 2018 India's Supreme Court legalizes gay sex, overturning a colonial law
  • 2018 New York and New Jersey state attorneys launch investigations into sexual abuse by the Catholic clergy, bring to six the number of states investigating

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2018 Brazilian presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro is stabbed at a campaign rally in Juiz de Fora, Brazil

President of Brazil Jair Bolsonaro
President of Brazil
Jair Bolsonaro
  • 2018 Remains of 166 people, 2 years old, found in mass grave in Veracruz state, Mexico
  • 2020 Strain of Bacteria nicknamed "Conan the Bacterium' survives three years attached to the International Space Station in open space
  • 2020 First chord change in 19 years in John Cage's "As Slow As Possible" composition, being played for 639 years, in Halberstadt, Germany
  • 2020 Premier Daniel Andrews announces roadmap out of restrictions for the Australian state of Victoria, but extends lockdown till September 28

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

2020 100,000 people demonstrate in Minsk against Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, amid month-long protests against his re-election

Dictator and 1st President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko
Dictator and 1st President of Belarus
Alexander Lukashenko
  • 2020 Los Angeles County reported its highest-ever temperature of 121F (49.4C)

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