History of 6 September
1901 – U.S. President William McKinley was shot and mortally wounded (he died eight days later) by Leon Czolgosz. Czolgosz, an American anarchist, was executed the following October.
1909 – Robert Peary, American explorer, sent word that he had reached the North Pole. He had reached his goal five months earlier.
1939 – South Africa declared war on Germany.
1941 – Jews in German-occupied areas were ordered to wear the Star of David with the word “Jew” inscribed. The order only applied to Jews over the age of 6.
1943 – The youngest player to appear in an American League baseball game was pitcher Carl Scheib of the Philadelphia Athletics. Scheib was 16 years, eight months and five days old.
1944 – During World War II, the British government relaxed blackout restrictions and suspended compulsory training for the Home Guard.
1948 – Queen Juliana of the Netherlands was crowned.
1952 – In Montreal, Canadian television began broadcasting.
1972 – Rick DeMont lost the gold medal he received in a 400-meter swimming event because a banned drug was found in his system during routine drug testing.
1975 – Martina Navratilova requested political asylum while in New York for the U.S. Open Tennis Tournament.
1978 – James Wickwire and Louis Reichardt reached the top of the world’s second-largest mountain, Pakistan’s K-2. They were the first Americans to reach the summit.
1990 – Iraq warned that anyone trying to flee the country without permission would be put in prison for life.
1991 – The State Council of the Soviet Union recognized the independence of the Baltic states.
1991 – The name St. Petersburg was restored to Russia’s second-largest city. The city was founded in 1703 by Peter the Great. The name has been changed to Petrograd (1914) and to Leningrad (1924).
1992 – A 35-year old man died ten weeks after receiving a transplanted baboon liver.
1993 – Renault of France and Volvo of Sweden announced they were merging. Volvo eventually canceled the deal the following December.
1995 – U.S. Senator Bob Packwood was expelled by the Senate Ethics Committee.
1995 – Cal Ripken played his 2,131st consecutive game setting a new record. Lou Gehrig previously held the record.
1996 – Eddie Murray (Baltimore Orioles) hit his 500th career home run during a game against the Detroit Tigers. He was only the third person to have at least 3,000 hits and 500 home runs.
2000 – The U.N. Millennium Summit began in New York. It was the largest gathering of world leaders in history with more than 150 present.
2001 – The U.S. Justice Department announced that it was seeking a lesser antitrust penalty and would not attempt to break up Microsoft.
2001 – Ebay Inc. was found not liable for copyright infringement because bootleg copies of a Charles Manson documentary had been sold on the site.
2002 – In New York, the U.S. Congress convened at Federal Hall for a rare special session. The session was held in New York to express the nation’s mourning for the loss on September 11, 2001, and unity in the war against terrorism.
2002 – At the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the exhibition “George Catlin and His Indian Gallery” went on view. The exhibit contained over 400 objects.
2008 – The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) announced that Fannie Mae (Federal National Mortgage Association) and Freddie Mac (Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation) would be placed in government conservatorship.
2009 – The ro-ro ferry SuperFerry 9 sinks off the Zamboanga Peninsula in the Philippines with 971 persons aboard; all but ten are rescued.
2012 – Sixty-one people die after a fishing boat capsizes off the İzmir Province coast of Turkey, near the Greek Aegean islands.
2013 – Forty-one elephants are poisoned with cyanide in salt pans, by poachers in Hwange National Park.
2013 – It was announced that Leeuwarden would become the cultural capital of Europe of 2018 together with Valletta.
Celebrating Birthday Today
- 1981 – Yuki Abe, Japanese footballer
- 1981 – Yumiko Cheng, Hong Kong singer, and actress
- 1981 – Andrew Richardson, Jamaican cricketer
- 1981 – Mark Teahen, American baseball player
- 1983 – Braun Strowman, American wrestler and strongman
- 1984 – Helena Ekholm, Swedish skier
- 1984 – William Porterfield, Northern Irish cricketer
- 1985 – Mitch Moreland, American baseball player
- 1986 – Matt Keating, Australian rugby league player
- 1987 – Ramiele Malubay, Saudi Arabian-American singer
- 1987 – Emir Preldžić, Turkish basketball player
- 1988 – Ray Fujita, French-Japanese actor and singer
- 1988 – Max George, English singer-songwriter and actor
- 1988 – Denis Tonucci, Italian footballer
- 1989 – Nikos Boutzikos, Greek footballer
- 1989 – Kim So-Eun, South Korean actress
- 1990 – Matt McAndrew, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
- 1990 – John Wall, American basketball player
- 1992 – Young Tonumaipea, Samoan rugby league player
- 1993 – Mattia Valoti, Italian footballer
- 1995 – Mustafizur Rahman, Bangladeshi cricketer
- 1996 – Andrés Tello, Colombian footballer
- 1997 – Jai Field, Australian rugby league player
- 1997 – Tsukushi, Japanese wrestler
- 1998 – Michele Perniola, Italian singer
- 1999 – Patrick Brasca, Canadian-Taiwanese singer-songwriter