Today in History: September 6

Today in History

September 6
394 Theodosius becomes the sole ruler of Italy after defeating Eugenius at the Battle of the Frigidus.
1422 Sultan Murat II ends a vain siege of Constantinople.
1522 One of the five ships that set out in Ferdinand Magellan’s trip around the world makes it back to Spain. Only 15 of the original 265 men that set out survived. Magellan was killed by natives in the Philippines.
1688 Imperial troops defeat the Turks and take Belgrade, Serbia.
1793 French General Jean Houchard and his 40,000 men begin a three-day battle against an Anglo-Hanoveraian army at Hondschoote, southwest Belgium, in the wars of the French Revolution.
1847 Henry David Thoreau leaves Walden Pond and moves back into town, to Concord, Massachusetts.
1861 Union General Ulysses S. Grant‘s forces capture Paducah, Kentucky from Confederate forces.
1870 The last British troops to serve in Austria are withdrawn.
1901 President William McKinley is shot while attending a reception at the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, New York, by 28-year-old anarchist Leon Czolgosz. McKinley dies eight days later, the third American president assassinated.
1907 The luxury liner Lusitania leaves London for New York on her maiden voyage.
1918 The German Army begins a general retreat across the Aisne, with British troops in pursuit.
1936 Aviator Beryl Markham flies the first east-to-west solo flight by a woman across the Atlantic Ocean.
1937 The Soviet Union accuses Italy of torpedoing two Russian ships in the Mediterranean.
1941 Germany announces that all Jews living in the country will have to begin wearing a Star of David.
1943 The United States asks the Chinese Nationals to join with the Communists to present a common front to the Japanese.
1953 The last American and Korean prisoners are exchanged in Operation Big Switch, the last official act of the Korean War.
1965 Indian troops invade Lahore; Pakistan paratroopers raid Punjab.
1972 The world learns an earlier announcement that all Israeli athletes taken hostage at the Munich Olympics had been rescued was erroneous; all had been killed by their captors from the Black September terrorist group; all but 3 terrorists also died in the shootout around midnight.
1976 Lieutenant Viktor Belenko, a Soviet air force pilot defects, flying a MiG-25 jet fighter to Tokyo, Japan, requesting political asylum in the US.
1988 Lee Roy Young becomes the first African-American Texas Ranger in the force’s 165-year history.
1991 The USSR officially recognizes independence for the Baltic States of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.
1991 Leningrad, the second-largest city in the USSR, is renamed Saint Petersburg, which had been the city’s name prior to 1924.
1995 The Baltimore Orioles’ Cal Ripken Jr. plays in his 2,131st consecutive game, breaking a 56-year MLB record held by Lou Gehrig; in 2007 fans voted this achievement the most memorable moment in MLB history.
1997 The funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales takes place: over 1 million people line London’s streets to honor her and 2.5 billion watch the event on TV.
Born on September 6
1757 Marie Joseph du Motier, Marquis de LaFayette, French soldier and statesman who aided George Washington during the American Revolution.
1766 John Dalton, English scientist who developed the atomic theory of matter.
1800 Catherine Esther Beecher, educator who promoted higher education for women.
1860 Jane Adams, known for her work as a social reformer, pacifist, and founder of Hull House in Chicago in 1889, first American woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize (1931).
1899 Billy Rose, songwriter famous for “It’s Only a Paper Moon,” and “Me and My Shadow”.
1928 Robert Pirsig, author of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance.
1930 Charles Foley, game designer; co-creator of Twister game.
1937 Sergio Aragones, illustrator and writer; best known for his contributions to Mad Magazine and for creating the Groo the Wanderer comic book series.
1939 Susumu Tonegawa, Japanese scientist; won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (1987) for the discovery of the genetic mechanism that produces antibody diversity.
1943 Sir Richard J. Roberts, English scientist; shared the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (1993) for the discovery of split genes.
1944 Swoosie Kurtz, Tony and Emmy award–winning actress (Fifth of July, And the Band Played On).
1958 Jeff Foxworthy, comedian, actor; best known for his comedy routine, “You might be a redneck if .  . . “.
1962 Chris Christie, 55th governor of New Jersey.
1964 Rosa Maria “Rosie” Perez, actress (Fearless), director, choreographer, Puerto Rican rights activist.
1965 Christopher Nolan, Irish poet and author; received the Whitbread Book Award (1988), an Honorary Doctorate of Letters (UK), the Medal of Excellence (United Nations Society of Writers) and was named Person of the Year in Ireland (1988).
2006 Prince Hisahito of Akishino, third in line to become Emperor of Japan.

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