Today in History - October 6th

  • 1683 - On this day in history, 13 Mennonite families from Germany founded Germantown, PA (Philadelphia area).
  • 1762 - Today in history, English troops occupied the capital of the Philippines (Manila).
  • 1789 - French Revolution: King Louis XVI returned to Paris from Versailles after being confronted by the Parisian women on the 5th of October --an early victory for women during a crucial time in the history of France.
  • 1876 - On this day in history, The American Library Association was organized in Philadelphia.
  • 1890 - Today in history, The Mormon Church outlawed polygamy
  • 1911 - Beatrix van Rijk became the first licensed Dutch woman pilot, paving the way for many more to come.
  • 1928 - Chiang Kai-Shek became president of China, on this day in history.
  • 1939 - Today in history, Hitler announced plans to regulate "Jewish problem." German Jews held wealth and influence which threatened Hitler's regime in his eyes.
  • 1941 - Advancing through Continental Europe, on this day in history The German Army occupied Briansk, in the USSR.
  • 1943 - On this day in history, Himmler wanted acceleration of the "Final Solution."  The Nazis used euphemistic language to disguise their crimes. They used the term 'Final Solution' to refer to their plan to completely extinguish the Jewish people.
  • 1944 - Another "colonizer" on the prowl, the Soviets marched into Hungary & Czechoslovakia, today in history.
  • 1951 - Stalin proclaimed Russia had atom bomb, on this day in history, creating an arms race like no other in our chronicles.

SCIENCE, INVENTIONS, PATENTS - Today in History, October 6th

  • 1783 - Today in history, Benjamin Hanks patented the self-winding clock.
  • 1889 - Thomas Edison showed his first motion picture, on this day in history.
  • 1893 - Today in history, Nabisco Foods invented Cream of Wheat, a breakfast comfort food that survives to this day.
  • 1956 - Dr. Albert Sabin discovered the oral polio vaccine, on this day in history.

CULTURE, LIFESTYLE - Today in History, October 6th

  • 1857 - Today in history, The American Chess Association was organized, along with the 1st major US chess tournament (NYC).
  • 1869 - On this day in history, John Brahms' "Liebeslieder Walzer," premiered.
  • 1886 - Today in history was the start of Sherlock Holmes' adventure "Resident Patient."
  • 1889 - Famed nightclub Moulin Rouge opened in Paris. The Can-Can was all the rage.
  • 1955 - On this day in history, LSD was made illegal in the USA.

SPORTS - Today in History, October 6th

  • 1882 - The first World-Series game was played --Cincinnati (AA) won over Chicago (NL) 4-0, today in history.
  • 1920 - First set of brothers opposed each other in The World Series: Cleveland's Wheeler Johnston pinched-hit as his brother Jimmy played 3rd base for Brooklyn, on this day in history.


  • 1846 - Today in history, George Westinghouse was born in Central Bridge, New York, to become a great entrepreneur and engineer. (d. 1914)
  • 1887 - Remarkable architect/city planner/artist (Urbanisme) Le Corbusier [Charles Jeanneret] was born in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland.
  • 1888 - Li Ta-chao, co-founder with Mao Tse-tung of the Chinese Communist Party, was born on this day in history.
  • 1906 - Today in history, beauty Janet Gaynor was born in Philadelphia to become a great actress (Sunrise, A Star Is Born).
  • 1908 - On this day in history, Actress Carol Lombard [Jane Alice Peters] entered the world in Fort Wayne, Indiana. (My Man Godfrey, In Name Only).
  • 1963 - Elisabeth Shue, Wilmington, Delaware, actress (Cocktail, Adventures in Babysitting)