394 Sep 6 Theodosius became sole ruler of Italy after defeating Eugenius at the Battle of the River Frigidus.
1422 Sep 6 Sultan Murat II ended a vain siege of Constantinople.
1492 Sep 6 Columbus’ fleet sailed from Gomera, Canary islands.
1635 Sep 6 Adrian A. Metius, mathematician and fort architect, died at 63.
1688 Sep 6 Imperial troops defeated the Turks and took Belgrade, Serbia.
1690 Sep 6 King William III escaped back to England.
1701 Sep 6 James II [Stuart], king of England (1685-88), died at 68.
1715 Sep 6 A pro-James III uprising took place in Scotland.
1757 Sep 6 Marie Joseph du Motier, Marquis de LaFayette, French soldier and statesman who aided George Washington during the American Revolution, was born in Auvergne, France.
1766 Sep 6 John Dalton, English scientist, was born. He developed the atomic theory of matter.
1791 Sep 6 Mozart’s last opera “La Clemenza di Tito,” premiered in Prague. It was composed for the coronation festivities of the King of Bohemia.
1793 Sep 6 French General Jean Houchard and his 40,000 men began a three-day battle against an Anglo-Hanoverian army at Hondschoote, southwest Belgium, in the wars of the French Revolution.
1819 Sep 6 Thomas Blanchard (b.1788) patented the lathe.
1837 Sep 6 The Oberlin Collegiate Institute of Ohio went co-educational.
1847 Sep 6 Henry David Thoreau left Walden Pond and moved back into town, to Concord, Massachusetts.
1862 Sep 6 Stonewall Jackson occupied Frederick, Maryland.
1863 Sep 6 After 59 day siege, confederates evacuated Ft Wagner, SC.
1866 Sep 6 Frederick Douglass became the 1st US black delegate to a national convention.
1870 Sep 6 The last British troops to serve in Austria were withdrawn.
1876 Sep 6 A race riot took place in Charleston, SC.
1893 Sep 6 Floriano Vieira Peixoto, acting president of Brazil, faced a rebellion by officers of his navy led by Admiral Custodio Jose de Mello.
1898 Sep 6 Lord Kitchener destroyed Mahdi’s tomb in Omdurman (Sudan).
1899 Sep 6 Carnation processed its 1st can of evaporated milk.
1907 Sep 6 By this time some 55 new cases of bubonic plague were identified in San Francisco and the issue became a national concern.
1909 Sep 6 American explorer Robert Peary sent word that he had reached the North Pole five months earlier (Apr 6, 1909).
1914 Sep 6 In the Battle of Marne German forces bypassed Paris to chase retreating allied forces. French Gen. Gallieni orchestrated an attack using the British Expeditionary Force along with the French 3rd, 5th and 6th armies.
1916 Sep 6 Clarence Saunders opened his first Piggly Wiggly grocery store in Memphis, Tenn. He pioneered self-service in the US and obtained a patent. He later franchised over a 1,000 stores.
1917 Sep 6 French pilot Georges Guynemer shot down 54th German aircraft.
1924 Sep 6 An assassination attempt on Mussolini failed.
1928 Sep 6 Robert Pirzig, author, was born. His work included “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance.”
1930 Sep 6 In Argentina a military coup took place. It involved the overthrow of the government of Hipolito Yrigoyen by forces loyal to General Jose Felix Uriburu.
1936 Sep 6 Aviator Beryl Markham flew the first east-to-west solo flight across the Atlantic Ocean.
1937 Sep 6 The Soviet Union accused Italy of torpedoing two Russian ships in the Mediterranean.
1939 Sep 6 Arthur Rackham, English artist and illustrator (Grimm’s Fairy Tales), died at 71.
1939 Sep 6 The Union of South Africa declared war on Germany.
1941 Sep 6 Jews of Vilna, Poland (Lithuania), were confined to their ghetto.
1943 Sep 6 The United States asked the Chinese Nationals to join with the Communists to present a common front to the Japanese.
1944 Sep 6 During World War II, the British government relaxed blackout restrictions and suspended compulsory training for the Home Guard.
1946 Sep 6 Terence Rattigan’s “Winslow Boy,” premiered in London.
1947 Sep 6 Jane Curtin, was born. She became a successful improvisational comedy performer gained celebrity with her performances on the original cast of TV’s ‘Saturday Night Live’ show in 1975.
1949 Sep 6 Howard Unruh (28) killed 13 neighbors in 12 minutes in Camden, New Jersey. The dead included 5 men, 5 women and 3 children. Unruh (1921-2009) was eventually pronounced insane and spent the rest of his life in a state psychiatric hospital.
1951 Sep 6 William Burroughs (1914-1997), American writer, shot and killed his wife Joan Vollmer (27) in Mexico City. He claimed to be trying to shoot a glass off her head, a la William Tell, during a day of drinking and drugs but shot her in the head.
1952 Sep 6 The 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a conviction against Harry Bridges as a Communist who lied to obtain US citizenship.
1953 Sep 6 Adenauer’s CDU won elections in German FR.
1954 Sep 6 A US plane was shot down above Siberia.
1956 Sep 6 Felix Borowski, composer and music critic, died at 84.
1965 Sep 6 India and Pakistan began a second war over Kashmir. Pakistan paratroopers raided Punjab. It ended in a cease-fire that left India with control of two-thirds of Kashmir.
1968 Sep 6 Swaziland in southern Africa gained independence from Britain.
1969 Sep 6 “Cabaret” closed at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 1166 performances.
1972 Sep 6 The Summer Olympics resumed in Munich, West Germany, a day after the deadly hostage crisis that claimed the lives of 11 Israelis and five Arab abductors.
1975 Sep 6 A 6.8 quake along the Anatolian Fault kills over 2,000 in Lice, Turkey.
1976 Sep 6 A Soviet pilot landed his MIG-25 in Tokyo and asked for political asylum in the United States.
1978 Sep 6 Genentech of South San Francisco, Ca., announced the successful laboratory production of human insulin using recombinant DNA technology.
1981 Sep 6 “They’re Playing Our Song” closed at Imperial NYC after 1082 performances.
1984 Sep 6 Lanford Wilson’s play “Balm in Gilead,” written in 1965, premiered in NYC.
1986 Sep 6 Some 300 invitees paid $5,000 to hear Barbra Streisand’s benefit concert. Streisand launched her concert One Voice, in part, as a protest against Reagan-era nuclear arms proliferation in the late Cold War.
1989 Sep 6 The Guardian reported that a French police computer had mixed codes and accused 41,000 Parisians of murder and prostitution rather than traffic fines.
1990 Sep 6 Iraq increased pressure on trapped Westerners, warning that anyone trying to leave without permission could face life in prison.
1993 Sep 6 President Clinton visited South Florida, where he met with residents recovering from Hurricane Andrew.
1995 Sep 6 Baltimore Orioles shortstop Cal Ripken broke Lou Gehrig’s record by playing his 2,131st consecutive game.
1996 Sep 6 The death toll from Hurricane Fran rose to 17 in Virginia, West Virginia and the Carolinas.
1997 Sep 6 Weeping masses gathered in Calcutta, India, to pay homage to Mother Teresa, who had died the day before at age 87.
1999 Sep 6 In Afghanistan opposition fighters attacked the Taliban in Baghlan province and seized 7 military posts.
2001 Sep 6 In SF Barry Bonds became the fifth player in baseball history to hit 60 home runs in a season, connecting in the second inning of San Francisco’s game against Arizona.
2002 Sep 6 Meeting outside Washington D.C., for only the second time since 1800, Congress convened in New York to pay homage to the victims and heroes of Sept. 11, 2001.
2003 Sep 6 Fabian, the most powerful hurricane to hit Bermuda in 50 years pushed away from the British territory after deadly winds split trees and swept trucks off roads. Four people were missing and feared dead.
2004 Sep 6 Former hurricane Frances pounded the Florida Panhandle as a tropical storm.
2005 Sep 6 New Orleans Mayor C. Ray Nagin instructed law enforcement officers and the US military to evacuate all holdouts for their own safety. He warned that the fetid water could spread disease and that natural gas was leaking all over town.
2006 Sep 6 Pres. Bush acknowledged that the CIA had subjected dozens of detainees to “tough” interrogation at secret prisons abroad and that 14 remaining detainees have been transferred to the detention center at Guantanamo Bay.
2007 Sep 6 FBI agents arrested 12 people, including 11 public officials, in New Jersey on charges of taking bribes in exchange for influencing the awarding of public contracts. Mims Hackett Jr., mayor of Orange, was among those arrested.
2008 Sep 6 The $500 million GeoEye-1, a super-sharp Earth-imaging satellite, was launched into orbit from Vandenberg Air Force Base on the Central California coast. GeoEye Inc. said that in black-and-white mode, the satellite can distinguish objects on the Earth’s surface as small as 16 inches.
2010 Sep 6 Pres. Obama called for a $50 billion boost in spending on the nation’s roads, runways and railroads in an effort to boost the sluggish US economy.
2011 Sep 6 Newly retired Gen. David Petraeus was sworn in as the 20th director of the CIA.
2012 Sep 6 President Barack Obama and VP Joe Biden accepted the Democratic Party nomination for a 2nd term. Obama urged voters to stay optimistic that America can pull itself out of an economic rut.
2013 Sep 6 Afghanistan began releasing 11 Taliban prisoners in exchange for the release of Fariba Ahmadi Kakar, a female member of the Afghan Parliament.
2014 Sep 6 A Bahrain court ruled that prominent rights activist Maryam al-Khawaja be kept behind bars for an extra 10 days despite a UN call for her release. She was arrested for assaulting a police officer after arriving at Manama airport on August 30. Khawaja accused police of attacking her at the airport.

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