This Day in History - March 6

March 6

1475 – Painter, sculptor and architect Michelangelo Buonarroti is born

1521 – Ferdinand Magellan discovers Guam

1776 – A committee of the New York Provincial Congress instruct Major William Malcolm to dismantle the Sandy Hook lighthouse

1806 – Poet Elizabeth Barret Browning is born

1820 – The Missouri Compromise is enacted by Congress, providing for the admission of Missouri into the Union as a slave state but prohibits slavery in the remaining territory of the northern Louisiana Purchase

1831 – Union Army general Philip Henry Sheridan is born

1836 – The Alamo falls after 13 days of fighting, to Mexican forces

1842 – Wife of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Constanze Mozart, dies

1853 – Giuseppe Verdi’s opera La Traviata premieres in Venice

1857 – The Supreme Court’s Dred Scott decision holds that blacks can’t be citizens

1860 – Abraham Lincoln defends the right to strike on the campaign trail

1862 – The USS Monitor leaves New York

1869 – Dmitri Mendeleev presents the first periodic table of chemical elements to the Russian Chemical Society

1884 – Over 100 suffragists under Susan B. Anthony, present President Chester Arthur with demands for his voiced support of the female suffrage movement

1885 – Writer Ring Lardner is born

1888 – Just hours after burying her father, Louisa May Alcott dies

1899 – Aspirin is patented by Friedrich Bayer & Co.

1899 – Publisher Richard Leo Simon is born

1900 – Auto pioneer Gottlieb Daimler dies

1901 – Wilhelm II of Germany survives an attempt on his life in Bremen

1902 – The Madrid Foot Ball Club is founded in Spain

1908 – American comedian Lou Costello is born

1914 – German Prince Wilhelm de Wied is crowned King of Albania

1916 – The Allies recapture Fort Douaumont in France during the Battle of Verdun

1926 – Economist Alan Greenspan is born

1928 – A Communist attack on Beijing results in 3,000 dead and another 50,000 fleeing

1928 – Columbian-born novelist Gabriel Garcia-Marquez is born

1930 – Clarence Birdseye begins selling prepackaged frozen foods for the first time

1936 – 2nd Mayor of the District of Columbia, Marion Barry is born

1937 – Russian astronaut Valentina Nikolayeva-Tereshkova is born

1939 – Jose Miaja takes over Madrid, Spain’s government after a coup and vows to seek “peace with honor”

1943 – British RAF fliers bomb Essen and the Krupp arms works in the Ruhr, Germany

1944 – Opera soprano Dame Kiri Te Kanawa is born

1945 – Cologne, Germany, falls to General Courtney Hodges’ First Army

1946 – Singer, songwriter and guitarist David Gilmour is born

1947 – Winston Churchill opposes the withdrawal of troops from India

1947 – Actor and filmmaker Rob Reiner is born

1948 – Western powers agree to internationalize the Ruhr region

1951 – The Rosenberg trial begins in New York, where Ethel and Julius Rosenberg were charged with espionage and accused of selling nuclear secrets to the Russians

1953 – Georgi Malenkov is named Soviet premier after the death of Josef Stalin

1957 – The former British colonies of Togoland and the Gold Coast unite to form independent Ghana

1960 – The Swiss grant women the right to vote in municipal elections

1965 – The US announces it will send 3,500 troops to Vietnam

1967 – President Lyndon Johnson announces his plan to establish a draft lottery

1967 – Josef Stalin’s daughter Svetlana Aliluyeva, defects to the US

1971 – Operation Lam Son 710 continues as South Vietnamese troops force their way into Tchepone, an enemy supply center

1972 – Basketball player Shaquille O’Neal is born

1973 – President Richard Nixon imposes price controls on oil and gas

1975 – Iran and Iraq announce the settlement of a border dispute

1980 – Islamic militants in Tehran say they will turn over the American hostages to the Revolutionary Council

1981 – President Regan announces plans to cut 37,000 federal jobs

1981 – Anchor Walter Cronkite retires from CBS Evening News, and is replaced by Dan Rather

1982 – Author and philosopher Ayn Rand dies

1983 – Interim chancellor of West Germany, Helmut Kohl, is elected German chancellor

1986 – Artist Georgia O’Keefe dies

1987 – The British ferry Herald of Free Enterprise capsizes in the Channel off the coast of Belgium, killing at least 26

1997 – Queen Elizabeth II launches the first royal website

2001 – Napster, Inc. began facing legal troubles that would eventually destroy the company, for distributing music content to the public for free

2007 – Philosopher Jean Baudrillard dies

Written by Crystal McCann

Crystal is the Chief Operating Officer of Lanterns Media Network and the owner of Madisons Media. She lives in Texas with her husband and dogs and is the proud mother of two adult children.

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