Ken Fussichen's History Of The Day For
February 6th

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337*St Julius I begins his reign as Catholic Pope.Ref: 5
1189*Riots of Lynn in Norfolk spread to Norwich England.Ref: 5
1508*Maximilian I crowned Holy Roman Emperor.Ref: 5
1577*King Henri de Bourbon of Navarra becomes leader of Huguenots.Ref: 5
1626*Huguenot rebels and the French sign the Peace of La Rochelle.Ref: 2
1651*Cardinal Mazarin flees Paris.Ref: 5
1685*King James II accedes to the throne of England on the death of Charles II.Ref: 17
1716*England & Netherlands renew alliance.Ref: 5
1788*(new state) Massachusetts became the sixth state to ratify the US Constitution.Ref: 17
1815*New Jersey passes a law creating a company to build a railroad connecting the Delaware River and the Raritan River. XDG, p 4A, 2/8/2001)Ref: 83
1819*Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles founds freeport harbor Singapore.Ref: 5
1820*86 free black colonists sail from New York NY to Sierra Leone, Africa.Ref: 5
1820*US population announced at 9,638,453 (1,771,656 blacks (18.4%)).Ref: 5
1832*First appearance of cholera at Edinburgh, Scotland.Ref: 5
1840*New Zealand becomes a British Colony with Treaty of Waitangi; rights of Maori tribes recognized.Ref: 17
1854*Composer R Schumann is saved from suicide attempt into the Rhine.Ref: 5
1861 English Admiral Robert Ritzroy issues first storm warnings for ships.Ref: 5
1861*First meeting of Provisional Congress of Confederate States of America.Ref: 5
1867 Peabody Fund forms to promote Black education in South.Ref: 5
1869*Harper's Weekly publishes first picture of Uncle Sam with chin whiskers.Ref: 5
1891*First great train robbery by Dalton Gang (Southern Pacific #17), in Alila, Calif.Ref: 5
1900*President McKinley appoints W.H. Taft commissioner to report on the Philippines.Ref: 2
1902*Young Women's Hebrew Association organized in New York NY.Ref: 5
1906*(Shipp) Johnson is returned under a heavily-armed guard to Chattanooga for the start of his trial. Nevada Taylor testifies, identifying Johnson as her attacker. Will Hixon tells the jury, "This defendant here is the Negro I saw" with a strap in his hand. Johnson testifies that he was at the Last Chance Saloon at the time of the rape, a claim supported by a number of saloon patrons.Ref: 87
1911*The first old-age home for pioneers opened in Prescott, Arizona.Ref: 4
1911*Great fire destroys downtown Constantinople/Istanbul Turkey.Ref: 5
1911*First old-age home opened in Prescott AZ.Ref: 5
1918*Britain grants women (30 & over) the vote.Ref: 5
1919*First day of 5-day Seattle general strike.Ref: 5
1920*Saarland administrated by League of Nations.Ref: 5
1922*The Washington Disarmament Conference comes to an end with signature of final treaty forbidding fortification of the Aleutian Islands for 14 years.Ref: 2
1922*Cardinal Achille Ratti elected Pope Pius XI.Ref: 5
1922*US, UK, France, Italy & Japan sign Washington naval arms limitation.Ref: 5
1926 Mussolini warns Germany to stop agitation in Tyrol.Ref: 2
1929 Germany accepts Kellogg-Briand pact.Ref: 2
1929*A group of approximately 100 Greene County OH citizens meet in the basement of the Court House to discuss the possibility of organizing a historical society for Greene County. The first president was William A Galloway, MD, the great grandson of James Galloway, an early area pioneer. (XDG, p 6A, 2/11/2004)Ref: 83
1933*Adolf Hitler's Third Reich begins press censorship.Ref: 2
1933*-90ºF (-68ºC), Oymyakon, USSR (Asian record).Ref: 5
1933*Highest recorded sea wave (not tsunami), 34 meters (112 feet), in Pacific hurricane near Manila.Ref: 5
1933*President von Hindenburg & von Papen end Prussian parliament.Ref: 5
1933*The 20th Amendment to the Constitution was declared in effect. It moved the start of presidential, vice-presidential and congressional terms from March to January.Ref: 70
1935*First election to allow women to vote in Turkey.Ref: 5
1937*K. Elizabeth Ohi became the first Japanese woman lawyer as she received her degree from John Marshall Law School in Chicago, IL.Ref: 4
1939 Spanish government flees to France.Ref: 5
1951*Radio commentator Paul Harvey arrested for trying to sneak into the Argonne National Laboratory, Chicago IL to demonstrate lax security.Ref: 5
1951*US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site Argonne Atomic Lab (Illinois), to demonstrate lax in security.Ref: 5
1952*England replaces King George VI stamp series with Queen Elizabeth II.Ref: 5
1953*US controls on wages & some consumer goods were lifted.Ref: 5
1956*St. Patrick Center, the first circular school building in the United States, opened in Kankakee, IL.Ref: 4
1956*French premier Guy Mollet pelted with tomatoes in Algiers.Ref: 5
1956*University of Alabama refuses admission to Autherine Lucy (because he's black).Ref: 5
1959*Fidel Castro is interviewed by Edward R Murrow.Ref: 5
1961*"Jail, No Bail" Jail-in movement starts in Rock Hill SC.Ref: 5
1962*Schoolman Athletic Field in the Bronx named.Ref: 5
1963*The United States reports that all Soviet offensive arms are out of Cuba.Ref: 2
1964*Cuba blocks the water supply to Guantanamo Naval Base in rebuke of the United State's seizure of four Cuban fishing boats.Ref: 2
1964*Paris and London agree to build a rail tunnel under the English Channel.Ref: 2
1974*Dutch speed limit set at 100 km due to oil crisis.Ref: 5
1974*US House of Representatives begins determining grounds for impeachment of Nixon.Ref: 5
1975*President Gerald Ford asks Congress for $497 million in aid to Cambodia.Ref: 2
1975*US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site.Ref: 5
1977*Queen Elizabeth II marked her Silver Jubilee, the twenty-fifth anniversary of her accession to the Brittish Throne. Accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh, the Queen then travelled some 56,000 miles to share the anniversary with her people.Ref: 4
1978*Muriel, wife of late Hubert Humphrey (Senator-D-MN) takes his office.Ref: 5
1978*Snowstorm hits New England (54" (137cm)).Ref: 5
1979*Supreme court of Lahore affirms death sentence against premier Bhutto.Ref: 5
1980*Abolnassan Bani-Sadr, newly installed president of Iran, denounces militants holding US Embassy as "dictators who have created a government within a government".Ref: 62
1982*Civil rights workers begin a march from Carrolton to Montgomery, Alabama.Ref: 2
1985*The noted French mineral water company, Perrier, debuted its first new product in 123 years. On grocery shelves and in trendy establishments, one could find water with a twist of lemon, lime or orange added to the well-established popular product line.Ref: 4
1986*The stock market hits 1600 for the first timeRef: 62
1987*President Ronald Reagan turned 76 years old this day, adding another year to the record of being the oldest U.S. President in history. President Dwight D. Eisenhower had been the previous recordholder, by serving the country from the Oval Office at age 70.Ref: 4
1987*No-smoking rules take effect in federal buildings.Ref: 5
1988*USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakhstan/Semipalitinsk USSR.Ref: 5
1989 Lech Walesa begins negotiating with the Polish government.Ref: 5
1994*José Maria Figueres elected President of Costa Rica.Ref: 5
1994*Martti Ahtisaari elected President of Finland.Ref: 5
1996*Heidi Fleiss scheduled to begin her 7 year jail sentence.Ref: 5
1997*Diane Blood, 32, in England, won right to use her dead husbands sperm.Ref: 5
1998*When the subject of Monica Lewinsky came up in a news conference, President Clinton said he would "never" resign. (XDG, p 4A, 2/6/2003)Ref: 83
1998*President Clinton and Prime Minister Tony Blair redouble their pledge to use military force against Iraq, if necessary. (XDG, p 4A, 2/6/2003)Ref: 83
1998*Mary Kay LeTourneau, 36, former teacher, who violated probation by seeing 14 year old father of her baby, sentenced to 7½ years.Ref: 5
1998*In an act of unbelievable irony, President Clinton signs a bill changing the name of Washington National Airport to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport. (President Reagan dismissed nearly 13,000 air traffic controllers for defying a back-to-work order on August 5th, 1981.)Ref: 70
1999*Excerpts of former White House intern Monica Lewinsky's videotaped testimony were shown at President Clinton's impeachment trial.Ref: 70
2000*First lady Hillary Rodham Clinton launched her campaign for the U.S. Senate.Ref: 70
2001*Ariel Sharon was elected Israeli prime minister in a landslide over Ehud Barak.Ref: 70
2002*A federal judge ordered John Walker Lindh, the so-called "American Taliban," held without bail pending trial.Ref: 70
2003*(Grasso) The New York Stock Exchange sets up a committee to improve its governance. (WSJ, p 1, 9/18/2003)Ref: 33
2003*Edging closer to war, President Bush declares "the game is over" for Saddam Hussein and urges skeptical allie to join in disarming Iraq. (XDG, p 4A, 2/06/2004)Ref: 83
1948*First radio-controlled airplane flown.Ref: 5
1959*The United States successfully test-fired for the first time a Titan intercontinental ballistic missile from Cape Canaveral.Ref: 70
1971*NASA Astronaut Alan B. Shepard took a six-iron that he had stashed away inside his spacecraft and swung at three golf balls on the surface of the moon.Ref: 4
1778*In Paris, a treaty is signed making France an ally with America in the American Revolution. France is the first country to recognize US independence. Britain declares war on France. News of the alliance reaches Virginia on May 8. ( Dayton Daily News, 2/06/2000, p 2A) 
1778*England declares war on France.Ref: 5
1832*US ship destroys Sumatran village in retaliation for piracy.Ref: 5
1840*Waitangi Day; treaty signed between Britain & Maoris of New Zealand.Ref: 5
1862*Victory for Gen. Ulysses S. Grant in Tennessee, capturing Fort Henry, and ten days later Fort Donelson. Grant earns the nickname "Unconditional Surrender" Grant.Ref: 5
1862*Naval Engagement at Tennessee River-USS Conestago vs CSS Appleton Belle.Ref: 5
1864*Skirmish at Barnett's Ford Virginia.Ref: 5
1865*John Pegram US Confederate Brigadier-General, dies in battle at 33.Ref: 5
1865*2nd day of battle at Dabney's Mills (Hatcher's Run).Ref: 5
1865*Robert E. Lee appointed commander in chief of the armies of the Confederacy.Ref: 17
1899*A peace treaty was signed between the United States and Spain ending the Spanish-American War is ratified by the Senate.Ref: 70
1900*Battle at Vaalkrans, South-Africa (Boers vs British army).Ref: 5
1904 Japan's foreign minister severs all ties with Russia, citing delaying tactics in negotiations over Manchuria.Ref: 2
1904 Russian-Japanese war began.Ref: 5
1916*Germany admits full liability for Lusitania incident and recognizes the United State's right to claim indemnity.Ref: 2
1919*Germany National Assembly meets at Weimar. 
1932 Fascist coup in the Memel territory.Ref: 5
1941*Submarine U-107 torpedoes and sinks Canadian merchant ship Maplecourt west of Northern Ireland. Maplecourt was part of convoy SC-20 from Montreal, Canada, to Preston, England. 
1941*The RAF clears the way as British take Benghazi, Libya, trapping thousands of Italians.Ref: 2
1941*Battle of Beda Fomm Italian 10th army destroyed.Ref: 5
1943*First Spitfire in action above Darwin, Australia, Mu Ki-46 shot down.Ref: 5
1943*Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower named commander of Allied expeditionary forces in North Africa.Ref: 17
1944*Kwajalein Island in the Central Pacific falls to U.S. Army troops.Ref: 2
1945*MacArthur reports the fall of Manila, and the liberation of 5,000 prisoners.Ref: 2
1945*Jan Bos Dutch resistance fighter, executed.Ref: 5
1945*Paul Bos Dutch resistance fighter, executed.Ref: 5
1945*8th Air Force bombs Magdeburg/Chemnitz.Ref: 5
1945*Russian Red Army crosses the river Oder.Ref: 5
1965*Seven U.S. GIs are killed in a Viet Cong raid on a base in Pleiku.Ref: 2
1967 Cultural Revolution in Albania.Ref: 5
1968*Dutch 2nd Chamber condemns US bombing of North Vietnam.Ref: 5
1984 Moslem militiamen take over West Beirut from Lebanese army.Ref: 5
1926*The National Football League (NFL) adopted a rule that made players ineligible for competition until their college classes graduate.Ref: 4
1926*St Louis Browns acquire catcher Wally Schang from New York Yankees.Ref: 5
1932*Dog sled racing happened for the first time in Olympic competition. The demonstration program was presented by the United States and Canada. “Mush! Mush! Onward you huskies!”Ref: 4
1934*Ford Frick, a New York news reporter and broadcaster, is named the NL's public relations director.Ref: 1
1934*Reds purchase 43-year-old Dazzy Vance from the Cards for $7,500.Ref: 5
1935*Demanding a yearly salary of $25,000, Dizzy Dean becomes a holdout. The Cardinal ace will sign for $19,500 the following day.Ref: 1
1936*Adolf Hitler opens the Fourth Winter Olympics in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany.Ref: 2
1941 Auke Adema win 6th official Dutch 11 Cities Skating Race (9:19).Ref: 5
1956*Supporting the Wagner-Cashmore plan to build a $30-million downtown Brooklyn sports center, Walter O'Malley promises to buy four million dollars worth of bonds.Ref: 1
1958*The Red Sox sign Ted Williams for $135,000 making him the highest paid player in major league history.Ref: 1
1967*Muhammad Ali retained his world heavyweight title and won the WBA heavyweight title with a 15-round decision over Ernest Terrell in the Houston Astrodome.Ref: 4
1968*The XIXth Winter Olympic games are opened in Grenoble, France by President deGaulle. Some 18,000 people participated in the opening ceremonies as the games were dedicated by General Charles de Gaulle. Thousands of scented paper roses were dropped from helicopters against a background of five circles drawn in the sky by the smoke of parachutists. And Olympic flags were shot into the air by cannons.Ref: 4
1968*Former President Dwight Eisenhower shot a hole-in-one.Ref: 5
1968*Joan Whitney Payson was elected president of the New York Mets. She turned out to be a good luck charm. One year later, the ‘Miracle’ Mets became world champions.Ref: 4
1970*NBA expands to 18 teams with Buffalo, Cleveland, Houston & Portland.Ref: 5
1973*6th ABA All-Star Game West 123 beats East 111 at Utah.Ref: 5
1974*3rd time Rangers shut-out Islanders 6-0.Ref: 5
1977*4th time Rangers shut-out Islanders 4-0.Ref: 5
1977*Alain Prieur jumps his motorcycle 65 meter over 16 buses, near Paris.Ref: 5
1977 Harley Race beats Terry Funk in Toronto, to become NWA wrestling champion.Ref: 5
1981*Suleiman Nyambui runs world record 5k indoor (13:20.4).Ref: 5
1983*13th NFL Pro Bowl NFC beats AFC 20-19.Ref: 5
1983*Nancy Lopez win LPGA Elizabeth Arden Golf Classic.Ref: 5
1986*The Yankees sign free-agent Al Holland. Holland saved five games for three different teams last season.Ref: 1
1986*New Jersey Devil Peter McNab becomes the 42nd NHLer to score 350 goals.Ref: 5
1987 US female Figure Skating championship won by Jill Trenary.Ref: 5
1990*Brett Hull becomes first son of NHL 50 goal scorer (Bobby) to score 50.Ref: 5
1990*Ground breaking begins on Baltimore Orioles' new $102 million stadium.Ref: 5
1991*Mousey Davis becomes the first coach of the New York-New Jersey Knights.Ref: 5
1993*Riddick Bowe stopped Michael Dokes in the first round at Madison Square Garden in New York. It was Bowe’s first defense of his heavyweight title.Ref: 4
1993*44th NHL All-Star Game Wales beat Campbell 16-6 at Montréal.Ref: 5
1994*Dawn Coe-Jones win LPGA Healthsouth Palm Beach Golf Classic.Ref: 5
1994*Leonid Voloshin triple jumps world record 17.77 meters.Ref: 5
1994*NFL Pro Bowl NFC beats AFC 17-3.Ref: 5
1995*Darryl Strawberry suspended from baseball for 60 days.Ref: 5
1998*The Twins trade Chuck Knoblauch to New York Yankees for $3 million & 4 minor leaguers.Ref: 5
2001*The Tampa Bay Devil Rays unveil new uniforms at a "fashion show" at Baywalk in downtown St. Petersburg.Ref: 86
1843*The first minstrel show in America, the Original Virginia Minstrels, opened at the Bowery Amphitheatre in New York City.Ref: 4
1851*Robert Schumann's 3rd Symphony "Rhenisch" premieres in Düsseldorf.Ref: 5
1921 "The Kid", starring Charlie Chaplin & Jackie Coogan, released.Ref: 5
1924*Station KFSG (Kall Four Square Gospel) went on the air. One of the earliest radio stations licensed, it broadcast the services of Angelus Temple, the flagship congregation of the International Foursquare Gospel Church, founded by Aimee Semple Mc Pherson in 1923.Ref: 5
1927*Ten year-old violin prodigy Yehudi Menuhim a sensation in Paris debut;is paid $5,000 per concert.Ref: 10
1929*Rudy Vallee and his orchestra recorded Deep Night (Victor disc #21868). It says in the fine print, under the artist’s name, that the tune was written by Vallee, himself.Ref: 4
1936*Pravda criticizes Shostakovich's ballet "Clear Brook".Ref: 5
1943*A Los Angeles jury acquitted actor Errol Flynn of three counts of statutory rape.Ref: 6
1943*Frank Sinatra made his debut as vocalist on radio’s Your Hit Parade this night. Frankie had left the Tommy Dorsey Band just four months prior to beginning the radio program. He was described as, “...the biggest name in the business.”Ref: 4
1946*"Lute Song" opens at Plymouth Theater NYC for 142 performances.Ref: 5
1950 For the first time, NBC radio broadcast Dangerous Assignment. The show starred Brian Donlevy in the role of soldier of fortune, Steve Mitchell.Ref: 4
1956 Chicago's Daily Defender, begins publishing.Ref: 5
1964*"Rugantino" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 28 performances.Ref: 5
1965*"Kelly" opens & closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC.Ref: 5
1965*Righteous Brothers "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'" hits #1.Ref: 5
1969*Jerry Herman's "Dear World" premieres at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 132 performances.Ref: 5
1973*"Shelter" opens at John Golden Theater NYC for 31 performances.Ref: 5
1976*George Harrison releases "This Guitar (Can't Keep From Crying)".Ref: 5
1981*Former Beatles, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and George Harrison team up once again to record a musical tribute to John Lennon. The result of that session became All Those Years Ago. The song went to #2 on the pop music charts for three weeks. It was recorded on Harrison’s own Dark Horse label.Ref: 4
1981*"Brady Brides" debuts on NBC TV.Ref: 5
1982*"Centerfold" by J Geils Band hit #1 on pop chart.Ref: 5
1990 Steve Briers of Wales recited the entire lyrics of Queen's album "A Night At The Opera" in 9 minutes & 58.44 seconds backwards!Ref: 5
1992*"Late Night's 10th Anniversary Show At Radio City Music Hall" on NBC.Ref: 5
1994*"Government Inspector" closes at Lyceum Theater NYC after 37 performances.Ref: 5
1995*Beachboy Brian Wilson wed Melinda Ledbetter.Ref: 5
2003*ABC's "20/20" aired a British documentary on Michael Jackson in which the singer revealed he sometimes let children sleep in his bed.Ref: 70
1461*Dzore Drzic, Croatian poet, is born.Ref: 5
1536 Toyotomi Hideyoshi 2nd of three unifier of Japan in 16th century, is born.Ref: 5
1564*Christopher Marlowe English poet/dramatist (Dr Faustus), is born.Ref: 5
1608*Antonio Vieira Portuguese Jesuit preacher, is born.Ref: 5
1612*Antoine Arnauld [Grand Arnauld], French lawyer/theologist, is born.Ref: 5
1665*Anne Stuart Queen of England (1702-14), is born.Ref: 5
1673*Maximilian Dietrich Freisslich composer, is born.Ref: 5
1695*Andre Cheron composer, is born.Ref: 5
1705*Johann Matthias Leffloth composer, is born.Ref: 5
1724*Paul-Louis Cyfflé Flemish sculptor (Terre de Lorraine), is born.Ref: 5
1753*Evariste Désiré Desforges chevalier de Parny French poet, is born.Ref: 5
1756*Aaron Burr is born in Newark, NJ. His father is the president of the College of New Jersey, later renamed Princeton.Ref: 87
1778*Ugo Foscolo Italy, writer/poet (Last Letters of Jacopo Ortis), is born.Ref: 5
1788*Károly Kisfaludy Hungary, romantic poet (Tartars in Hungary-1819), is born.Ref: 5
1793*Pietro Rovelli composer, is born.Ref: 5
1797 Joseph Maria von Radowitz Prussian minister of Foreign affairs, is born.Ref: 5
1798*Théodore Caruelle d'Aligny French painter/etcher, is born.Ref: 5
1802*Charles Wheatstone English physicist/musician, is born.Ref: 5
1804 Ragnerus L van Andringa de Kempenaer Dutch officer/swindler, is born.Ref: 5
1807*Hans Matthison-Hansen composer, is born.Ref: 5
1818*William Maxwell Evarts (Union), died in 1901, is born.Ref: 5
1830*Marcellus Monroe Crocker Brigadier General (Union volunteers), died in 1865, is born.Ref: 5
1832*John Brown Gordon Major General (Confederate Army), died in 1904, is born.Ref: 5
1833*James Ewell Brown "JEB" Stuart Major General (Commander of Cavalry, Confederate Army), is born.Ref: 5
1833*José M de Pereda y Sánchez the Porrúa Spanish writer (Sotileza), is born.Ref: 5
1834*William Dorsey Pender Major General (Confederate Army), died in 1863, is born.Ref: 5
1838*Sir Henry Irving [John H Brodribb], England, knighted 1895/actor (Hamlet), is born.Ref: 5
1843*F. W. H. Myers, English writer/cofounder of the Society for Psychical Research, is born.Ref: 70
1848*Luigi Mancinelli composer, is born.Ref: 5
1860*Johan [Eliza J] de Meester Dutch journalist/writer (Geertje), is born.Ref: 5
1861*George Tyrrell, Irish-bn. English Jesuit priest/philosopher, is born.Ref: 70
1864*John Henry Mackay Scottish/German author/poet (Anarchists), is born.Ref: 5
1866*Karl T Sapper German geography/geologist (Vulkankunde), is born.Ref: 5
1869 Louis Phillippe-Robert duc d'Orleans is born.Ref: 10
1872*Theodor Lessing writer, is born.Ref: 5
1874*Milton Bennett Medary US, architect (Washington Chapel), is born.Ref: 5
1876*Wilhelm Schmidtbonn[-Schmidt] German playwright (Der Sprechende Eros), is born.Ref: 5
1878*Waclaw Gieburowski composer, is born.Ref: 5
1879*Carl Ramsauer, is born.Ref: 5
1881*Karl Weigl composer, is born.Ref: 5
1886*Louis Piérard Belgian journalist/writer (Great Germany), is born.Ref: 5
1888*Ljudmil Stojanow Bulgarian poet (Metsh i Slowo, Cholera), is born.Ref: 5
1889*Karel Wellens Flemish painter, is born.Ref: 5
1889*Siegfried Kracauer writer, is born.Ref: 5
1890*Anton Hermann Fokker aviation pioneer, is born.Ref: 5
1893*Sir Muhammad Zafrulla Khan President of UN General Assembly (1962-63), is born.Ref: 5
1895*Babe (George Herman) Ruth ‘The Sultan of Swat’, ‘The Bambino’: Baseball Hall of Famer: Boston Red Sox pitcher [won 89 games over six seasons/World Series: 1915, 1916, 1918], NY Yankees outfielder [World Series: 1921-1923, 1926-1928, 1932/60 home runs in 1927/all-star: 1933, 1934], Boston Braves; 714 home runs in 22 seasons; is born in Baltimore MD.Ref: 4
1897*Alberto [de Almeida] Cavalcanti Brazil, director (Nicholas Nickleby), is born.Ref: 5
1898*Melvin Tolson, African-American poet, is born.Ref: 70
1899*Ramon Novarro [José RG Samaniegos], Durango Mexico, actor (Ben Hur), is born.Ref: 5
1900*Roy Smeck guitarist/banjoist, is born.Ref: 5
1900*Rudolf Värnlund Swedish playwright (Heliga Familjen), is born.Ref: 5
1901*Ben Lyon Atlanta GA, actor (I Cover the Waterfront, Night Nurse), is born.Ref: 5
1902*Louis Nizer lawyer/author (defended blacklisted stars in the '50s, Catspaw), is born.Ref: 5
1903*Pieter G Buckinx Flemish writer (Temptation of Poverty), is born.Ref: 5
1903*Claudio Arrau Chile, composer/pianist (Boston Symphony Orchestra), is born.Ref: 17
1904*Claudio Arrau Chile, composer/pianist (Boston Symphony Orchestra), is born.Ref: 5
1905*Wladislaw Gomulka premier of Poland, is born.Ref: 5
1907*Sam Green industrialist/inventor, is born.Ref: 5
1908*General Edward Lansdale model for "Quiet American" & "Ugly American", is born.Ref: 5
1908*Amintore Fanfani premier of Italy, is born.Ref: 5
1908*Thomas Dorrington Tomlinson national Park Warden, is born.Ref: 5
1909*Israel Citkowitz composer, is born.Ref: 5
1910*George H Poyser English soccer player/manager (Brentford), is born.Ref: 5
1910*Irmgard Keun West German writer (Das kunstseidene Mädchen), is born.Ref: 5
1911*Ronald Reagan Illinois, actor (Bedtime for Bonzo)/40th President (R) (1981-89), is born. (TWA, 1997)Ref: 95
1912*Eva Braun, mistress/wife of Adolf Hitler, is born.Ref: 68
1913*Mary Douglas Leakey, archaeologist and paleoanthropologist, is born.Ref: 2
1913*John Lund Rochester NY, actor (Wackiest Ship in the Army), is born.Ref: 5
1915 Derk Roemers Dutch politician (Social-Democrat), is born.Ref: 5
1916*Bill Doggett musician: Honky Tonk, Slow Walk; is born.Ref: 68
1917*Arthur Gold Toronto, Canada, pianist, is born.Ref: 5
1917*Liberato Firmino Sifonia composer, is born.Ref: 5
1919*Zsa Zsa Gabor [Zsa Sari], Budapest Hungary, actress (Queen of Outer Space), is born in Budapest Hungary.Ref: 17
1919*Louis Heren journalist/writer (China's Three Thousand Years), is born.Ref: 5
1920*James H Scheuer (Representative-D-NY, 1965-73, 75- ), is born.Ref: 5
1922*Patrick MacNee London England, actor (Jonathan Steed-Avengers), is born.Ref: 5
1923*Maurice Le Roux composer, is born.Ref: 5
1924*Billy W William Ambrose right soccer star, is born.Ref: 5
1924*Billy Wright English soccer player, is born.Ref: 5
1924*Paolo Volponi Italian communist/author (Road to Rome), is born.Ref: 5
1927*Smoky (Forrest Harrill) Burgess baseball: catcher: Chicago Cubs, Philadelphia Phillies [all-star:1954], Cincinnati Redlegs [all-star: 1955], Pittsburgh Pirates [all-star: 1959-1961, 1964/World Series: 1960], Chicago White Sox; is born.Ref: 5
1929*Sixten Jernberg cross-country skier: Winter Olympics record: most medals won by a man [9: 4 gold, 3 silver, 2 bronze, 1956-1964], is born.Ref: 4
1929*Keith Waterhouse English writer (Billy Liar, Say Who Are You?), is born.Ref: 5
1931*Rip (Elmore) Torn actor: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Extreme Prejudice, RoboCop 3, Beyond the Law, The President’s Plane is Missing, is born in Texas.Ref: 4
1931*Mamie Van Doren (Joan Olander) actress: High School Confidential, The Candidate, Three Nuts in Search of a Bolt, Teacher’s Pet, Francis Joins the WACs; pinup model, is born in Rowena SD.Ref: 4
1932*Francois Truffaut, French film director (The 400 Blows, Shoot the Piano Player), is born.Ref: 2
1933*Leslie Crowther English TV-comic/quizmaster, is born.Ref: 5
1933*Walter E Fauntroy (Representative-D-DC, 1971- ), is born.Ref: 5
1936*Otis Williams rocker (Charms), is born.Ref: 5
1936*Wies Andersen [Aloïs de Bois], Belgian actor/producer (Maigret), is born.Ref: 5
1937 Baldev Singh Chahal campaigner, is born.Ref: 5
1938*Ellsworth Milburn composer, is born.Ref: 5
1939*Mike Farrell St Paul MN, actor (BJ Honeycutt-MASH, Battered), is born.Ref: 5
1940*Jimmy Tarbuck English comic/golfer, is born.Ref: 5
1940*Tom Brokaw Yankton SD, news anchor (NBC Nightly News 1982- ), is born.Ref: 5
1941*Stephen Albert composer, is born.Ref: 5
1941*Gigi Perreau actress: Journey to the Center of Time, The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit, Dance with Me Henry, The Betty Hutton Show, Follow the Sun, is born in Los Angeles CA.Ref: 4
1942*John London bassist (Michael Nesmith band), is born.Ref: 5
1943*Fabian Forte Philadelphia PA, singer (Turn Me Loose, Tiger), is born.Ref: 5
1943*Gayle Hunnicutt Ft Worth TX, actress (Legend of Hell House, Dallas), is born.Ref: 5
1944*Michael Tucker Baltimore MD, actor (Stuart Markowitz-LA Law), is born.Ref: 5
1945*Bob Marley Jamaican reggae vocalist (Bob Marley & Wailers-Roots Rock Reggae), is born.Ref: 5
1947*Allen Jones musician: saxophone: group: Amen CornerRef: 4
1947*Rik Massengale golf: champ: Bob Hope Chrysler Classic [1977]Ref: 4
1947*Charles Hickcox US, 200 meter/400 meter medley swimmer (Olympics-3 gold-1968), is born.Ref: 5
1949*Frank Rich US politician, is born.Ref: 5
1949*Manuel Orantes tennis champion (US Open-1975), is born.Ref: 5
1949*Richie Zisk baseball player, is born.Ref: 5
1950*Rich Glover football: NY Giants, U of Nebraska DE: Outland Trophy winner [1972], is born.Ref: 4
1950*Natalie Cole, Los Angeles CA, singer (Unforgettable, Pink Cadillac, Miss You Like Crazy), is born.Ref: 5
1950*Mike Batt composer/arranger, is born.Ref: 5
1950*Punky Meadows Washington DC, rock guitarist (Angel), is born.Ref: 5
1951*Maria Christina Belgian princess/daughter of Leopold III, is born.Ref: 5
1952*John Sanderford Orlando FL, actor (Recoil, Ryan's Hope), is born.Ref: 5
1952*Richard Charsworth Australian women field hockey head coach (Olympics-96), is born.Ref: 5
1953*Susie Hutchison Flintridge CA, equestrian show jumper (Olympics-96), is born.Ref: 5
1954*Scott Kempner "Top Ten" rocker (Del Lords), is born.Ref: 5
1955*Eric Money basketball: Univ. of Arizona; Detroit Pistons, New Jersey Nets, Philadelphia 76ers, is born.Ref: 4
1956*Jon Walmsley Lancashire England, actor (Jason-Waltons), is born.Ref: 5
1956*Linda Grovenor Baltimore MD, actress (Die Laughing, Wheels of Fire), is born.Ref: 5
1957*Jerry Marotta rocker (Orleans-Love Takes Time), is born.Ref: 5
1957*Kathy Najimy actress (Sister Act, Veronica's Closet), is born.Ref: 5
1957*Robert Townsend Chicago IL, comedian/actor (Hollywood Shuffle, Ratboy), is born.Ref: 5
1958*Bill Dawley baseball player, is born.Ref: 5
1958 Cecily Adams Queens NY, entertainment caster (American Heart), is born.Ref: 5
1958*Kelly Leadbetter Phoenix AZ, LPGA golfer (1986 Hennessy French Open), is born.Ref: 5
1958*Mark Hamilton Louisville KY, sprint kayak Olympics-96), is born.Ref: 5
1958*Simon Baker Australian speed walker, (Olympics-84, 88, 96), is born.Ref: 5
1958*Barry Miller Tony Award-winning actor: Biloxi Blues [1985]; Saturday Night Fever, The Last Temptation of Christ, is born in Los Angeles CA.Ref: 4
1960*Megan Gallagher Reading PA, actress (Slap Maxwell, Millennium), is born.Ref: 5
1961*Yuri Ivanovich Onufriyenko Russian major/cosmonaut (Mir, Soyuz TM-23), is born.Ref: 5
1962*Axl Rose [William Bailey] Lafayette IN, rocker (Guns & Roses), is born.Ref: 5
1963*Mike Hough Montréal, NHL left wing (Florida Panthers), is born.Ref: 5
1964*Matt Hayes Australian soling yachtsman (Olympics-96), is born.Ref: 5
1964*Skip Ewing Redlands CA, country vocalist (Coast of Colorado), is born.Ref: 5
1965*Jan Sverák Zatec Czechoslovakia, director (Kolya, Jizda, Ropaci), is born.Ref: 5
1966*Rick Astley rock vocalist (Never Gonna Give You Up), is born.Ref: 5
1966*Alex Antonitsch Austria, tennis star, is born.Ref: 5
1966*Tom Tupa NFL punter/quarterback (Cleveland Browns, New England Patriots), is born.Ref: 5
1967*Bennie Dekker Dutch soccer player (NEC/AZ/De Graafschap), is born.Ref: 5
1967*Mike Evans WLAF defensive tackle (Amsterdam Admirals), is born.Ref: 5
1967*Randy Hilliard NFL defensive back (Denver Broncos-Superbowl 32), is born.Ref: 5
1968*Malika Mahfoud Copenhagen Denmark, golfer (Gippsland Ladies Amateur), is born.Ref: 5
1968*Richard Newbill WLAF linebacker (London Monarchs), is born.Ref: 5
1969*April Lerman Chicago IL, actress (Lila-Charles in Charge), is born.Ref: 5
1969*Anna Acker-Macosko Marshfield WI, LPGA golfer (1995 Gold Coast Tour), is born.Ref: 5
1969*Bob Wickman Green Bay WI, pitcher (Chicago White Sox, New York Yankees), is born.Ref: 5
1969*Greg Patrick WLAF safety (Frankfurt Galaxy), is born.Ref: 5
1969*James Jones NFL defensive tackle (Denver Broncos, Baltimore Ravens), is born.Ref: 5
1969*Kurt Abbott US baseball player (Florida Marlins), is born.Ref: 5
1970*Jeff Rouse US, 50 meter/100 meter backstroke swimmer (Olympics-gold/silver-92, 96), is born.Ref: 5
1970*Mark Hutton Adelaide Australia, pitcher (New York Yankees), is born.Ref: 5
1971*Carlos Rogers NBA forward/center (Toronto Raptors), is born.Ref: 5
1971*Lance Bade Vancouver British Columbia, US double trap (Olympics-bronze-1996), is born.Ref: 5
1971*Mana Endo Hiroshima Japan, tennis star (1996 3rd round Australian Open), is born.Ref: 5
1971*Peter Tchernyshev St Petersburg Russia, dance skater (& Naomi Lang), is born.Ref: 5
1972*David Binn NFL safety (San Diego Chargers), is born.Ref: 5
1972*Mark Labbrook Australian 200 meter/400 meter runner (Olympics-96), is born.Ref: 5
1972*Shawn Respert NBA guard (Milwaukee Bucks, Toronto Raptors), is born.Ref: 5
1973*Arie Obdam Dutch soccer player (FC Volendam), is born.Ref: 5
1973*Fred Miller tackle (St Louis Rams), is born.Ref: 5
1974*Nathan Davis defensive tackle (Atlanta Falcons), is born.Ref: 5
1974*Olaf Lindenbergh soccer player (Ajax, De Graafschap), is born.Ref: 5
1975*Chad Allen Dallas TX, baseball outfielder (Olympics-bronze-96), is born.Ref: 5
1975*Leo Insam hockey defenseman (Team Italy 1998), is born.Ref: 5
1976*Elina Zisi Miss Greece-Universe (1997), is born.Ref: 5
1976*Kim Zmeskal Houston TX, US gymnast (Olympics-92), is born.Ref: 5
1984*Brandon Hammond actor (Gregory Hines Show), is born.Ref: 5
679*Death of Amandus, the founder of Belgian monasticism. During his 95 years, he established eight abbeys, five in the Southern Netherlands.Ref: 5
743*Hisham ibn 'Abd al-Malik 10th Moslem caliph, dies at about 52.Ref: 5
891*Photius Byzantine theologist/patriarch of Constantinople/saint, dies.Ref: 5
1140*Thurstan archbishop of York, dies.Ref: 5
1497*John Ockeghem Flemish singer/composer, dies at 79.Ref: 5
1612*Christopher Clavius calendar reformer, dies (birth date unknown).Ref: 5
1617*Prosper Alpinus Italian physician/botanist, dies at 63.Ref: 5
1685*King Charles II British monarch: King of England, Scotland, Ireland [1660-1685]; dies at age 54.Ref: 4
1695*Ahmed II 21st sultan of Turkey (1691-95), dies.Ref: 5
1699*Jozef Ferdinand of Bavaria heir of Spanish king Carlos II, dies.Ref: 5
1725*Johann Philipp Krieger composer, dies at 75.Ref: 5
1740*Clement XII [Lorenzo Corsini], blind Pope (1730-40), dies at 87.Ref: 69
1783*Lancelot "Capability" Brown English architect (Kew), dies at about 67.Ref: 5
1785 Iman Willem Falck Dutch governor of Ceylon (1765-83), dies at 48.Ref: 5
1793*Carlo Goldoni Italian author (L'avaro), dies at 85.Ref: 5
1798*Niels Schiorring composer, dies at 54.Ref: 5
1803*Gasparo Angiolini, Italian choreographer/composer, dies at age 71.Ref: 70
1804*Joseph Priestley, chemist: discovered oxygen; his scientific works covered chemistry, physics, electricity, magnetism, and optics; is born in England.Ref: 4
1807*John Reid composer, dies at 85.Ref: 5
1823*Ann Ward Radcliffe, English Gothic novelist (The Italian), dies.Ref: 2
1833*Pierre-Andre Latreille, French zoologist, dies at age 70.Ref: 70
1859*Johannes Josephus Viotta composer, dies at 45.Ref: 5
1865*King Charles II British monarch: King of England, Scotland, Ireland [1660-1685]; dies.Ref: 4
1881*Pieter Mijer Governor-General of Netherlands Indies (1866-72), dies at 68.Ref: 5
1896*Abraham Czn van Stolk Dutch art collector, dies at 82.Ref: 5
1897*Ebenezer C Brewer British writer (Dictionary of Phrase & Fable), dies.Ref: 5
1899*Georg Leo earl von Caprivi German chancellor, dies at 67.Ref: 5
1914*J Albert Neuhuys Dutch painter (Hague School), dies at 69.Ref: 5
1916*Anne C A I van Diest Belgian physician/feminist, dies at 73.Ref: 5
1917*Edouard A Drumont French anti-semite journalist, dies at 72.Ref: 5
1918*Gustav Klimt, Austrian painter/cartoonist, dies at 55.Ref: 5
1919*Friedrich W Mengelberg German sculptor/painter, dies at 81.Ref: 5
1923*Edward E Barnard US astronomer (5th moon Jupiter), dies at 65.Ref: 5
1927*Daniël F Scheurleer Dutch musicologist/banker, dies at 71.Ref: 5
1929*Frederick Gates, American philanthropist and businessman, dies at age 75.Ref: 70
1930*Eva Strittmatter writer, dies at 17.Ref: 5
1938*Marianne V von Werefkin Russian/German/Swiss house painter, dies at 77.Ref: 5
1941*Maximilien Luce French painter, dies at 82.Ref: 5
1942 Wobbe de Vries Dutch linguist, dies at 78.Ref: 5
1943*HA Seyffardt Dutch Lieutenant-General/NSB "minister", dies at 71.Ref: 5
1947*Albert J Bakker Dutch actor (Teun the night watch), dies at 82.Ref: 5
1947*Luigi Russolo composer, dies at 61.Ref: 5
1948*Robert Brasillach French author/Nazi collaborator, dies at 38.Ref: 5
1950*Art (Arthur) Fletcher baseball: shortstop: NY Giants [World Series: 1911-1913, 1917], Philadelphia Phillies; 3rd base coach: NY Yankees [1927-1945]; manager: Philadelphia Phillies [1923-1926]; dies.Ref: 5
1951*"Broker Special" train crashes in Woodbridge NJ, killing 84.Ref: 5
1952*George VI King of Britain (1936-52), dies at 56 (succeeded by daughter, Elizabeth II).Ref: 5
1958*7 members on Manchester United football team die in an air crash.Ref: 5
1960*Rhythm-and-blues singer, songwriter Jesse Belvin dies at 26 in a car crash in Little Rock, AR.Ref: 5
1961*Archibald T Davison composer, dies at 77.Ref: 5
1963 Mohammed ibn al-Chattabi Abd el-Krim Morocco opposition leader, dies.Ref: 5
1963*Werner Erich Josten German composer (Jungle), dies at 77.Ref: 5
1964*Sophocles Venizelos premier of Greece (1944, 50-51), dies at 69.Ref: 5
1965*Jack Wagner actor (Jive Junction), dies at 68.Ref: 5
1966*Johan Algot Haquinius composer, dies at 79.Ref: 5
1967*Martine Carol French actress (Nana), dies of heart attack at 46.Ref: 5
1967*Henry Morgenthau Jr., US Secretary of the Treasury (1934-45), dies at age 75,Ref: 70
1968*C Montague Shaw actor (Buck Rogers, Planet Outlaws), dies at 85.Ref: 5
1970*Roscoe Karns actor (Captain Shafer-Hennesey), dies at 78.Ref: 5
1972*Julian H Steward US anthropologist (South American), dies at 70.Ref: 5
1973*Ira S Bowen US physicist/astronomer (Mt Wilson/Palomar), dies at 74.Ref: 5
1976*Vince Guaraldi jazz pianist (Charlie Brown TV specials), dies at 43.Ref: 5
1979*Alain Teister Dutch sculptor/writer, dies at 47.Ref: 5
1979*Arthur van Schendel Dutch art historian, dies at 68.Ref: 5
1981*Orchestra leader Hugo Montenegro died in Palm Springs, California of emphysema. His arrangement of the spaghetti western theme The Good, the Bad and the Ugly went to #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 June 1, 1968.Ref: 4
1982*Ben Nicholson England, painter/sculptor (Circle), dies at 87.Ref: 5
1984*(Green River Killer) Mary Exzetta West, 16, is last seen. She is the 39th of 48 women Gary Ridgway admits killing. (USA Today, p 3A, 11/06/2003)Ref: 13
1985*Charles Briggs actor (13 Frightened Girls, Captain Newman), dies at 53.Ref: 5
1985*Dandy Nichols actress (Confessions of a Window Cleaner), dies at 78.Ref: 5
1986*William Collier actor (Up the River, She's My Weakness), dies.Ref: 5
1986*Minoru Yamasaki, American architect (World Trade Center, New York), dies at age 73.Ref: 70
1988*Lee Goodman actor (Imitation of Life), dies of TB at 64.Ref: 5
1988*Marghanita Laski English author (Victorian chaise-lounge), dies.Ref: 5
1988*Carmen Franco, Spanish consort of Francisco Franco, dies at age 87.Ref: 5
1989*Pulitzer Prize-winning (Guns of August) historian Barbara W. Tuchman dies in Greenwich, CT, at age 77.Ref: 70
1989*Andre Cayatte dies.Ref: 5
1990*Jane Novak silent screen actress (Ghost Town), dies of stroke at 94.Ref: 5
1990*John Merivale actor (Caltiki), dies.Ref: 5
1991*Danny Thomas (Amos Jacobs) Emmy Award-winning Best Actor: Make Room for Daddy [1954]; philanthropist: St. Jude’s Children’s Research Center, Memphis, TN; Marlo’s Dad, dies of a heart attack at 76.Ref: 68
1991*Marten Levendig Dutch TV correspondent to Moscow, dies.Ref: 5
1991*Salvador Luria, Italian-born American Nobel-Prize winning biologist (1969), dies at age 78.Ref: 70
1992*Frank Wilson actor (Beware, Sunday Sinners, Club), dies at 37.Ref: 5
1992*Wade Preston actor (Man Called Sledge), dies at 62.Ref: 5
1992*Sixteen people are killed when a C-130 military transport crashes in Evanston IL. (XDG, p 4A, 2/06/2004)Ref: 83
1993*Frances Hunt actress (You're a Sweetheart), dies of stroke at 77.Ref: 5
1993*Tennis Hall-of-Famer and human rights advocate Arthur Ashe died in New York at age 49.Ref: 68
1994*Ignace Strasfogel Polish/US pianist/conductor/composer, dies at 84.Ref: 5
1994*Jack Kirby cartoonist (X-Men, Spiderman, Hulk), dies at 76.Ref: 5
1994*Norman Del Mar conductor/writer (Conducting Brahms), dies at 74.Ref: 5
1994*Joseph (Cheshire) Cotton actor: Citizen Kane, The Third Man, Duel in the Sun, Hush… Hush, Sweet Charlotte, Tora Tora Tora, The Philadelphia Story, Once More with Feeling; dies at age 88.Ref: 5
1995*Arthur S Taylor Jr US drummer/author (Notes on notes), dies at 65.Ref: 5
1995*James Ingram Merrill US poet (Braving the elements), dies at 68.Ref: 5
1996*Guy Madison (Robert Ozell Moseley) actor: Zorro, Drums in the Deep South, Special Forces, Hell Commandos, Till the End of Time; dies at age 74.Ref: 4
1996*Ronald Fletcher broadcaster, dies at 85.Ref: 5
1996*Rosemary Tsay drama critic/SOE operator, dies at 76.Ref: 5
1998*Carl Wilson musician: guitar, group: The Beach Boys: I Get Around, Help Me Rhonda, Good Vibrations, CA Girls, Surfin’ USA, Little Deuce Coupe, Surfer Girl, Be True to Your School; brother of Brian and Dennis; original group: Carl and the Passions; dies of lung cancer at 51.Ref: 4
1998*[Johann Hoelzel] Falco singer (Rock Me Amadeus), dies at 40.Ref: 5
1998*Nazim al-Kudsi Syrian PM (1949, 1950-51)/President (1961-63), diesRef: 5
2000*Derroll Adams folk musician: banjo; singer: Feelin’ Fine [w/Wiz Jones]; songwriter: Portland Town, Wish I was a Rock; in film: Don’t Look Back; dies.Ref: 4
2002*Guy Stockwell actor: dies.Ref: 4

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