On This Day..... June 6

 

JUNE 6TH

  • TODAY IS NATIONAL RUNNING DAY
  • TODAY IS NATIONAL YO-YO DAY
  • TODAY IS NATIONAL DRIVE-IN MOVIE DAY
  • TODAY IS NATIONAL APPLE SAUCE CAKE DAY
 

BIRTHDAYS:

  • NATHAN HALE (1755-1776)
  • DAVID ABERCROMBIE (1867-1931)
 
  • ROBERT ENGLUND (1947, 71)
  • HARVEY FIERSTEIN (1954, 64)
 
  • SANDRA BERNHARD (1955, 63)
  • BJORN BORG (1956, 62)
 
  • COLIN QUINN (1959, 59)
  • CAM NEELY (1965, 53)
 
  • PAUL GIAMATTI (1967, 51)
  • UNCLE KRACKER (1974, 44)
 

ON THIS DAY:

  • IN 1391, 5,000 JEWS ARE MASSACRED IN SEVILLE, SPAIN
  • IN 1639, MASSACHUSETTS SETS ASIDE 500 ACRES OF LAND TO BUILD A GUN POWDER MILL
  • IN 1752, THE THIRD FIRE IN A TWO WEEK SPAN DESTROYS 1/3 OF MOSCOW
  • IN 1795, 18,000 PEOPLE ARE INJURED WHEN A FIRE DESTROYS 1/3 OF COPENHAGEN
  • IN 1799, PATRICK HENRY DIES AT 63
  • IN 1816, 10 INCHES OF SNOW FALL ACROSS NEW ENGLAND IN “THE YEAR WITHOUT A SUMMER” FOLLOWING A VOLCANIC ERUPTION IN INDONESIA
 
  • IN 1832, FRENCH SOLDIERS BREACH THE BARRIERS ERECTED BY THE PARIS STUDENT UPRISING OF 1832, THE BASIS OF MUCH OF THE PLAY “LES MISERABLES”
  • IN 1844, THE YOUNG MEN’S CHRISTIAN ASSOCIATION (YMCA) IS FORMED IN LONDON
  • IN 1862, THE BATTLE OF MEMPHIS ENDS WITH THE SURRENDER OF THE CITY
  • IN 1882, HENRY SEELY PATENTS THE ELECTRIC IRON
 
  • IN 1889, THE GREAT FIRE OF SEATTLE DESTROYS 25 BLOCKS OF THE DOWNTOWN AREA
  • IN 1892, CHICAGO’S ELEVATED RAILROAD BEGINS SERVICE
  • IN 1896, FRANK SAMUELSON AND GEORGE HARBO BEGIN THEIR TRIP TO ROW ACROSS THE ATLANTIC OCEAN IN 55 DAYS. THE RECORD WOULD STAND UNTIL 2010
  • IN 1918, THE US SCORES ITS FIRST VICTORY OF WWI AT THE BATTLE OF BELLEAU WOOD
  • IN 1925, WALTER CHRYSLER FOUNDS THE CHRYSLER CAR CORPORATION
  • IN 1931, GUY LOMBARDO HITS #1 WITH “THERE OUGHT TO BE A MOONLIGHT SAVINGS TIME”
 
  • IN 1932, THE FEDERAL GAS TAX IS ENACTED FOR ONE CENT PER GALLON AS PART OF THE REVENUE ACT OF 1932
  • IN 1933, THE FIRST DRIVE IN MOVIE THEATRE OPENS IN CAMDEN, NEW JERSEY
  • IN 1934, THE SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION IS ESTABLISHED
  • IN 1939, THE MS ST. LOUIS, A SHIP CARRYING 907 JEWISH REFUGEES IS REFUSED ENTRY INTO AMERICA AND RETURNS TO EUROPE WHERE ¼ OF ITS PASSENGERS WOULD EVENTUALLY DIE IN THE HOLOCAUST
 
  • IN 1944, THE 82ND AIRBORNE DIVISION ARRIVES IN SAINTE-MERE-EGLISE AS PART OF THE D-DAY LANDINGS. THE ICONIC PHOTO “INTO THE JAWS OF DEATH” IS TAKEN
  • IN 1944, ALL MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL GAMES ARE CANCELLED IN HONOR OF D-DAY
  • IN 1944, FOUR GERMAN U-BOAT SUBMARINES ARE SUNK IN THE BAY OF BISCAY
  • IN 1944, ALASKA AIRLINES BEGINS OPERATION
  • IN 1946, HENRY MORGAN IS THE FIRST MAN TO BE SEEN REMOVING HIS SHIRT ON TELEVISION
  • IN 1949, CBS DEBUTS THE GAME SHOW “IT PAYS TO BE IGNORANT”
 
  • IN 1951, THE INAUGURAL BERLIN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL BEGINS
  • IN 1955, BILL HALEY AND THE COMETS HIT #1 WITH “ROCK AROUND THE CLOCK”
 
  • IN 1960, ROY ORBISON RELEASES “ONLY THE LONELY”
  • IN 1960, NBC AIRS THE FINAL EPISODE OF “THE STEVE ALLEN SHOW”
 
  • IN 1962, THE BEATLES MEET GEORGE MARTIN FOR THE FIRST TIME
  • IN 1965, THE ROLLING STONES RELEASE “(I CAN’T GET NO) SATISFACTION”
 
  • IN 1966, THE NFL ANNOUNCES IT IS MERGING WITH THE AFL
  • IN 1966, CLAUS AND SUNNY VON BULOW MARRY
  • IN 1967, JOHN DENVER MARRIES THERAPIST ANNIE MARTELL
  • IN 1967, ISRAEL OCCUPIES THE GAZA STRIP ON THE SECOND DAY OF THE SIX DAY WAR
 
  • IN 1968, ROBERT KENNEDY DIES OF A GUNSHOT WOUND FROM THE PREVIOUS DAY
  • IN 1969, JOE NAMATH OPTS TO RESIGN FROM THE NFL AFTER BEING TOLD BY THE LEAGUE THAT HE MUST SELL HIS STAKE IN A BAR
  • IN 1971, CBS AIRS THE FINAL EPISODE OF “THE ED SULLIVAN SHOW”
 
  • IN 1971, 50 PEOPLE DIE WHEN AN AIR WEST FLIGHT COLLIDES WITH A MARINE CORPS PHANTOM JET OVER LOS ANGELES
  • IN 1972, DAVID BOWIE RELEASES “THE RISE AND FALL OF ZIGGY STARDUST”
  • IN 1972, THOUSANDS ARE KILLED WHEN THE US BOMBS HAIPHONG, NORTH VIETNAM
  • IN 1976, J. PAUL GETTY DIES AT 83
 
  • IN 1977, THE SUPREME COURT RULES THAT AUTOMATIC DEATH PENALTY LAWS ARE UNCONSTITUTIONAL
  • IN 1981, MAYA YANG LIN IS CHOSEN TO DESIGN THE VIETNAM WAR MEMORIAL
  • IN 1982, ISREAL SENDS 30,000 TROOPS INTO LEBANON TO DRIVE OUT THE PLO
  • IN 1983, THE 13TH JAMES BOND MOVIE “OCTOPUSSY” IS RELEASED
 
  • IN 1984, “TETRIS” IS RELEASED FOR THE FIRST TIME IN THE SOVIET UNION
  • IN 1984, INDIRA GANDHI ORDERS THE INDIAN ARMY TO ATTACK THE GOLDEN TEMPLE, THE HOLIEST TEMPLE OF THE SIKH PEOPLE. HUNDREDS ARE KILLED IN THE ATTACK WHICH RESULTS IN GANDHI BEING ASSASSINATED BY HER SIKH BODYGUARDS MONTHS LATER
  • IN 1985 THE BODY OF NAZI CONCENTRATION CAMP DOCTOR JOSEF MENGELE IS FOUND
  • IN 1987, WHITNEY HOUSTON HITS #1 WITH “I WANNA DANCE WITH SOMEBODY”
 
  • IN 1987, MICHAEL JACKSON REVEALS HE IS NO LONGER A JEHOVAH’S WITNESS
  • IN 1988, THE AMERICAN FAMILY ASSOCIATION PROTESTS THE CARTOON “MIGHTY MOUSE” IN WHICH THEY CLAIM THE CHARACTER IS SNIFFING COCAINE
 
  • IN 1991, “DIFF’RENT STROKES” STAR DANA PLATO IS SENTENCED TO A SIX YEAR SUSPENDED SENTENCE FOR ARMED ROBBERY OF A VIDEO STORE
  • IN 1991, NBC ANNOUNCES THAT JAY LENO WILL TAKE OVER HOSTING “THE TONIGHT SHOW” FROM JOHNNY CARSON THE FOLLOWING MAY
 
  • IN 1992, MONTELL WILLIAMS MARRIES A BURLESQUE DANCER NAMED GRACE MORLEY
  • IN 1994, 1,000 PEOPLE DIE IN A COMBINATION EARTHQUAKE AND AVALANCHE IN COLUMBIA
  • IN 1998, HBO DEBUTS “SEX AND THE CITY”
 
  • IN 1999, DIRECTOR BAZ LUHRMAN HITS #1 WITH “EVERYBODY’S FREE (TO WEAR SUNSCREEN)”
  • IN 2002, DOUG LIMAN DEBUTS MATT DAMON’S FIRST “JASON BOURNE” MOVIE
  • IN 2002, “SURVIVOR” CONTESTANT AND FUTURE TALK SHOW HOST ELIZABETH FILARSKI MARRIES QUARTERBACK TIM HASSELBECK
 
  • IN 2005, ANNE BANCROFT DIES OF UTERINE CANCER AT 73
  • IN 2005, THE SUPREME COURT RULES AGAINST MEDICAL MARIJUANA
  • IN 2012, VENUS PASSES BETWEEN EARTH AND THE SUN
  • IN 2014, MELANIE GRIFFITH DIVORCES ANTONIO BANDERAS AFTER 18 YEARS
  • IN 2017, GEORGE AND AMAL CLOONEY HAD TWINS ALEXANDER AND ELLA CLOONEY
 

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