Today in History: November 6

Today in History

November 6

1429   Henry VI is crowned King of England.
1812   The first winter snow falls on the French Army as Napoleon Bonaparte retreats form Moscow.
1860   Abraham Lincoln is elected the 16th president of the United States.
1861   Jefferson Davis is elected to a six-year term as president of the Confederacy.
1863   A Union force surrounds and scatters defending Confederates at the Battle of Droop Mountain, in West Virginia.
1891   Comanche, the only 7th Cavalry horse to survive George Armstrong Custer’s “Last Stand” at the Little Bighorn, dies at Fort Riley, Kansas.
1911   Maine becomes a dry state.
1917   The Bolshevik “October Revolution” (October 25 on the old Russian calendar), led by Vladimir Lenin and Leon Trotsky, seizes power in Petrograd.
1917   After three months of agonizing combat, the Canadians take Passchendaele, the small Flemish village around which the battle raged. [From MHQ—The Quarterly Journal of Military History]
1923   As European inflation soars, one loaf of bread in Berlin is reported to be worth about 140 billion German marks.
1945   The first landing of a jet on a carrier takes place on the USS Wake Island when an FR-1 Fireball touches down.
1973   Coleman Young becomes the first African-American mayor of Detroit, Michigan.
1985   Guerrillas of the leftist 19th of April Movement seize Colombia’s Palace of Justice in Bogota; during the two-day siege and the military assault to retake the building over 100 people are killed, including 11 of the 25 Supreme Court justices.
1986   A British International Helicopters Boeing 234LRR Chinook crashes 2.5 miles east of Sumburgh Airport; 45 people are killed, the deadliest civilian helicopter crash to date (2013).
1986   The Iran arms-for-hostages deal is revealed, damaging the Reagan administration.
1995   The Rova of Antananarivo, home of Madagascar’s sovereigns from the 16th to the 19th centuries, is destroyed by fire.
1999   Australia’s voters reject a referendum to make the country a republic with a president appointed by Parliament.
Born on November 6
1814   Adolphe Sax, instrument maker and inventor of the saxophone.
1851   Charles Henry Dow, American financial journalist who (with Edward D. Jones) inaugurated the Dow-Jones averages.
1854   John Philip Sousa, “The March Master,” American bandmaster and composer. Among his 140 marches are “Stars and Stripes Forever” and “Semper Fidelis.”
1861   James Naismith, Canadian physical education instructor who, in 1891, invented the game of basketball.
1887   Walter Johnson, baseball pitcher, “The Big Train.”
1892   Harold Ross, New Yorker editor.
1921   James Jones, American novelist (From Here to Eternity).
1931   Mike Nichols, film and stage director (The Graduate).
1941   Guy Clark, Texas country-folk singer, songwriter (“Desperados Waiting for a Train,” “Texas 1947”).
1946   Sally Field, actress; won an Academy Award for Best Actress in 1979 (Norma Rae) and 1984 (Places in the Heart); won 3 Emmys for work in television.
1948   Glenn Frey, singer, songwriter, musician; a founding member of the band Eagles.
1955   Maria Shriver, journalist, author; First Lady of California while married to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.
1976   Pat Tillman, professional football player who ended his career to enlist in the US Army in the aftermath of the 9 / 11 attacks; he was killed by friendly fire in Afghanistan, Apr. 22, 2004.
1988   Emma Stone, actress (Zombieland, Spiderman).

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