October 6

TODAY IN HISTORY:

1723 – Benjamin Franklin arrived in Philadelphia at the age of 17.

1848 – The steamboat SS California left the New York Harbor to set sail for San Francisco, CA via Cape Horn. The trip took 4 months and 21 days. The steamboat arrived in San Francisco on February 28, 1849.

1866 – The Reno Brothers pulled the first train robbery in America near Seymour, IN. The got away with $10,000.

1872 – Fredrick Wurzburg opened Wurburg Dry Goods, which later became Wurburg’s Department Store in downtown Grand Rapids, MI.

1880 – The National League kicked the Cincinnati Reds out for selling beer.

1889 – Thomas Edison shows his first motion picture.

1927 – The first prominent “talkie” movie, “The Jazz Singer”, premiered.

1945 – Billy Sianis and his pet billy goat were ejected from Wrigley Field during Game 4 of the 1945 World Series.

1961 – President John F. Kennedy urged American families to build or buy bomb shelters to protect them in the event of a nuclear exchange with the Soviet Union.

1972 – Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore was officially dedicated.

1979 – Pope John Paul II became the first pontiff to visit the White House.

1991 – Elizabeth Taylor married Larry Fortensky. The ceremony was held at Michael Jackson’s estate near Los Angeles, CA. It was Taylor’s 8th marriage and Fortensky’s 3rd.

1992 – Ross Perot appeared in his first paid broadcast on CBS-TV after entering the U.S. Presidential race.

1995 – 51 Pegasi was discovered to be the second major star, apart from the Sun, to have a planet orbiting around it.

1998 – Matthew Shepard, a college student in Wyoming, was beaten to death for being gay.

1998 – The band Alabama received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

2007 – Jason Lewis completed the first human-powered circumnavigation of the globe.

2015 – Rock Band 4 was released for Playstation 4 and Xbox One.

 

BIRTHDAYS:

Britt Ekland 1942 – Actress (“The Wicker Man”, “The Man With the Golden Gun”, “The Night They Raided Minsky’s”)

Thomas McClary 1949 – Musician (The Commodores)

Kevin Cronin 1951 – Musician (REO Speedwagon)

David Hidalgo 1954 – Musician (Los Lobos)

Tony Dungy 1955 – NFL Coach, TV Personality (Indianapolis Colts 2002-2008, TV’s “Sunday Night Football”)

Elisabeth Shue 1963 – Actress (“Leaving Las Vegas”, “Piranha 3D”, “Hide and Seek”, “Hollow Man”, “The Saint”, “Cocktail”, “Adventures in Babysitting”, “The Karate Kid”, “Back to the Future” 2 & 3)

Matthew Sweet 1964 – Musician

Amy Jo Johnson 1970 – Actress (“Mighty Morphin Power Rangers”, “Felicity”, “The Division”, “Flashpoint”)

Jeremy Sisto 1974 – Actor (TV’s “Suburgatory”, “Six Feet Under”, “Law & Order”)

Olivia Thirlby 1986 – Actress (“Juno”, “Dredd”, “The Darkest Hour”)

Rhyon Brown 1992 – Actress (TV’s “Lincoln Heights”)

 

TODAY IS:

Badger Day

Mad Hatter Day

Noodle Day

Physician Assistant Day

World Smile Day

 

For additional information check out websites like: www.on-this-day.comwww.born-today.com, www.famousbirthdays.com, and www.daysoftheyear.com.

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