This Day in History - June 6

June 6

1523 – Gustav Vasa becomes king of Sweden

1606 – French author, Pierre Corneille, is born

1641 – Spain loses Portugal

1674 – Sivaji crowns himself King of India

1683 – The world’s first university museum, The Ashmolean, opens in Oxford, England

1755 – American revolutionary, Nathan Hale, is born

1756 – American painter, John Trumbull, is born

1775 – Marinus Willett and a small group of Sons of Liberty confront British soldiers and seize five wagonloads of weapons as the Redcoats evacuate New York City

1799 – Russian writer, Alexander Pushkin, is born

1813 – The US invasion of Canada is halted at Stony Creek, Ontario

1832 – English jurist and philosopher, Jeremy Bentham, dies

1833 – President Andrew Jackson boards a Baltimore & Ohio Railroad train for a pleasure trip, becoming the first president to ride the “Iron Horse”

1850 – Nobel Prize-winning German and American physicist, Karl Ferdinand Braun, is born

1862 – The city of Memphis surrenders to the Union after an intense naval engagement on the Mississippi River

1865 – Confederate raider William Quantrill dies from a wound received while escaping a Union patrol near Taylorsville, Kentucky

1868 – British explorer, Robert F. Scott, is born

1872 – The last Russian Czarina, Alexandra, is born

1875 – German novelist and essayist, forced into exile by the Nazis, Thomas Mann, is born

1891 – First Prime Minister of Canada, John A. Macdonald, dies

1901 – First President of Indonesia, Sukarno, is born

1902 – Bandleader, Jimmie Lunceford, is born

1907 – Professional baseball player, Bill Dickey, is born

1918 – US Marines enter combat at the Battle of Belleau Wood

1924 – The German Reichstag accepts the Dawes Plan, an American plan to help Germany pay off its war debts

1925 – Poet-novelist and children’s author, Maxine Kumin, is born

1930 – Frozen foods are sold commercially for the first time

1933 – Park-In-Theaters, the first-ever drive-in movie theater, opens in Camden, New Jersey

1934 – President Franklin Roosevelt signs the Securities Exchange Act, establishing the Securities and Exchange Commission

1934 – American broadcast journalist, press secretary to President Lyndon Johnson, Bill Moyers, is born

1939 – First black woman to be admitted to the Mississippi Bar, founder of the Children’s Defense Fund, Marian Wright Edelman, is born

1941 – The US government authorizes the seizure of foreign ships in US ports

1944 – D-Day Operation Overlord lands 400,000 Allied American, British, and Canadian troops on the beaches of Normandy in German-occupied France

1946 – The NBA is founded

1949 – George Orwell’s novel of a dystopian future, Nineteen Eighty-four, is published. The novel’s all-seeing leader, “Big Brother,” becomes a universal symbol for intrusive government and oppressive bureaucracy

1961 – Swiss psychiatrist, Carl Gustav Jung, one of the founders of modern psychiatry, dies

1963 – English actor and producer, Jason Isaacs is born

1964 – Two US Navy jets flying low-altitude reconnaissance missions over Laos are shot down by communist Pathet Lao ground fire

1966 –James Meredith is shot and wounded while on a solo march in Mississippi to promote voter registration among blacks

1968 – 64th US Attorney General, Robert F. Kennedy, dies

1971 – The Ed Sullivan Show airs for the very last time

1972 – South Vietnamese forces drive out all but a few of the communist troops remaining in Kontum

1981 – Over 500 are killed when their train plunges into the Baghmati River in India. The train engineer, reverential of cows, braked too hard to avoid a cow crossing the tracks, derailing the cars into the river

1982 – Israel invades southern Lebanon

1984 – During the bloody climax of fighting between the Indian government and Sikh separatists, Indian army troops fight their way into the besieged Golden Temple in Amritsar, the holiest shrine of Sikhism, and kill at least 500 Sikh rebels

1984 – The video game Tetris, created by Russian computer engineer, Alexey Pajitnov, is published

1985 – The body of Nazi war criminal Dr. Josef Mengele is located and exhumed near Sao Paolo, Brazil

1992 – New York Mets first basemen Eddie Murray, drives in the 1,510th run of his career, breaking Mickey Mantle’s record for career RBIs by a switch hitter

1997 – Eighteen-year-old Melissa Drexler gives birth to a baby boy in the bathroom stall at Aberdeen Township banquet hall in New Jersey, during her high school prom. Maintenance was called in to clean up blood found in the stall and found a garbage bag with a dead baby inside. An autopsy later revealed the baby had been born alive but had been strangled to death. Drexler, who had managed to conceal her pregnancy from everyone she knew, delivered the baby in 20-30 minutes and then returned to the dance, even calling out to her friend at one point, “Go tell the boys I’ll be right out.” Drexler pled guilty to aggravated manslaughter and was sentenced to 15 years in prison with the possibility in three years. She was released on parole after 37 months in November of 2001

1998 – HBO airs the pilot episode of Sex and the City

 2013 – Esther Williams, champion teenage swimmer who went on to star in a series of hugely popular aquatic-themed movie-musicals in the 1940s and 50s, 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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