What happened on February 6 News and Events on This Day in History
Find Out What happened 6th February Major News Stories include King George V1 Dies, Bondi Beach Freak Waves, Mercedes 300SL Coupe introduced, Manchester United Football Club Disaster, ABC's 20/20 airs Television documentary Living with Michael Jackson,
1952 England King George V1 Dies
Wednesday, 6th February, 1952 : King George V1 dies making Elizabeth II the Sovereign of Great Britain, The Future Queen of England heard the news while on a trip to Kenya .
1971 Space Apollo 14
6th February, 1971 : Alan Shepard became the first man to hit a golf ball on the Moon, using a ball and golf club head he had smuggled on board inside his space suit.
1964 England / France Channel Tunnel
6th February, 1964 : The British and French Governments announce commitment to build a tunnel under the English Channel. In 1984 Euro tunnel was selected to build the tunnel and The Channel Tunnel is finally opened in 1994. When completed The Channel Tunnel consists of three tunnels and is the longest undersea tunnel in the world, measuring 31 miles in total, with 24 miles under the sea. I loved this TV Advert for PG Tips
UK 1911 Great Britain Rolls-Royce Mascot
6th February, 1911 : On this day and year in history, the official Rolls-Royce Mascot has been chosen. It is a silver-winged animal called “The Spirit of Ecstasy”, and it is used as the Rolls hood ornament to this day.
U.S. 1926 U.S.A. First Doughnut Making Machine
6th February, 1926 : In Dubuque, Iowa the first doughnut-making machine was launched by a company called Trausch Bakery.
U.S. 1928 U.S.A. Anastasia Tchaikovsky
6th February, 1928 : Anastasia Tchaikovsky, the young woman who claimed to be the daughter of the late Russian Czar who was murdered had come to the United States. Reporters were skeptical of this claim because there had been about dozen other women who had made the same claim.
U.S. 1937 U.S.A. “Rattlesnakes
6th February, 1937 : A report was printed on this day about the “Rattlesnake Scare”. The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) had housed a rattlesnake in a camp located about a half a mile from the rim of the Grand Canyon. During lunch time, a rattlesnake named Cleo had walked in to where some visitors where eating with CCC members.
The rattlesnake was de-fanged, but the visitors did not know this at first. Therefore, they ran out of the room as fast as they could.
Australia 1938 Australia Bondi Beach Freak Waves
6th February, 1938 : A series of freak waves strike Bondi Beach in Sydney, Australia. The waves pull people back into the sea causing the death of 5 and a further 250 had to be rescued as they had been dragged hundreds of yards off shore. The day became tragically known as "Black Sunday" in Australia.
U.S. 1943 U.S.A. Frank Sinatra
6th February, 1943 : Frank Sinatra makes his singing debut on the popular radio show “Your Hit Parade.” His career takes off after that and he eventually becomes one of the most respected vocalists of all time.
U.S. 1943 World War II Dwight D. Eisenhower
6th February, 1943 : Lt. Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower becomes the commander-in-chief of all allied forces in North Africa.
Germany 1950 West Germany Nazism
6th February, 1950 : West Germans had harshly criticized the allied countries on this day. The allied countries were the forces that fought against the Germans and other pro-Nazi armies during World War II, and the U.S. was one of those countries.
In response to West Germany’s Criticism, U.S. high commissioner John J. McCloy reprimanded the West Germans for their criticism. He also made it clear that Nazism would not rule again in that country.
McCloy also presented a nine-point plan for West Germany to follow. Part of this plan included the strong suggestion that Germans stop involving them selves too much in foreign affairs and take care of the problems in their own country.
U.S. 1950 U.S.A. Strike
6th February, 1950 : Federal telephone negotiations were being made to postpone and/or end nationwide walkout planned for Wednesday 6 p.m. the same week. Earnest Weaver, president of the installment division of CIO Communications Workers of America, said the organization would consider a walkout postponement if their was something to be gained.
However, Weaver also mentioned that it would be impossible to call off a strike within 24 hours. Therefore, any decision to postpone the workers strike would have to be made before tomorrow (Tuesday).
This did not give federal negotiators much time to reach a decision. However, another meeting was scheduled for 2 p.m. that day. If the strike were to take place, it would involve 300,000 workers.
U.S. 1951 U.S.A. Train Crash
6th February, 1951 : A commuter train, The Broker, derailed off a temporary trestle and slid down an embankment in Woodbridge, New Jersey, killing 85 and injuring many more.
Germany 1954 Germany Mercedes 300SL Coupe
6th February, 1954 : Mercedes introduced the 300SL coupe, the car is far advanced of anything else with its gull-wing doors a six-cylinder engine and a top speed of 155mph. Only 1,400 300SL coupes are ever produced but many consider it to be the most impressive sports car of the decade.
Germany 1958 Germany Manchester United Football Club Disaster
6th February, 1958 : A British European Airways flight crashes just after takeoff from Munich Airport. Eight players from the Manchester United soccer team together with 15 others died in the crash. The Team manager Matt Busby and striker Bobby Charlton are being treated in hospital.
Cuba 1964 Cuba Guantanamo Bay
6th February, 1964 : Cuba has shut off the fresh water pipeline to the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay until 36 Cuban fishermen jailed in Florida are freed
U.S. 1974 U.S.A. National Health Insurance
6th February, 1974 : President Nixon has urged Congress to approve a comprehensive national health insurance plan
U.S. 1985 U.S.A. Hertz
6th February, 1985 : Walter L. Jacobs, the founder of the first car rental company, died on this day. He had formed what is now the present-day Hertz Corporation, after Hertz had purchased Jacob’s car rental business.
U.S. 1995 U.S.A. Pre-employment alcohol testing
6th February, 1995 : Pre-employment alcohol testing for motor carriers was to take place as of the first of this year. However, it was delayed, and as of this date it was determined that May 1 would be the date when the DOT would require trucking companies as well as other transport companies to comply with this new ruling.
The testing was to be completed with some type of unit that would check an employee’s breath, or would include a test of saliva.
UK 1995 England Security Cutbacks
6th February, 1995 : It was revealed via a letter not intended to be made public that airport security cutbacks were to be made. A third of the staff of Transec, the company responsible for airport security in UK and overseas ports are to be let go.
As a result, Brian Mawhinney was questioned regarding this manner. Concerns were expressed as well by people such as Dr. Jim Swire, whose daughter was killed by the airport bombing incident that took place in 1988.
Dr, Swire recounted the promise that was made that airport security would be improved. However, he feared that instead progress in this area would be reversed.
U.S. 1998 U.S.A. Mary Kay Letourneau
6th February, 1998 : A school teacher was sent to prison for the second time as of this date. Mary Kay Letourneau was sent back to prison for seven years after violating a restraining order that was set between her and a former student. She had been on probation and failed to uphold the agreement set before.
U.S. 1998 U.S.A. Ronald Reagan National Airport
6th February, 1998 : Washington National Airport is renamed to honor former president President Ronald Reagan to Ronald Reagan National Airport
Israel 2001 Israel Ariel Sharon
6th February, 2001 : Ariel Sharon wins a landslide victory to become the new prime minister of Israel.
U.S. 2003 U.S.A. Michael Jackson
6th February, 2003 : The ABC's 20/20 airs the Granada Television documentary Living with Michael Jackson where British journalist Martin Bashir interviewed Michael Jackson over a period of 8 months, from the middle of 2002 to January 2003. It was shown first in the UK on ITV on 3 February 2003 and in the US three days later on ABC. The interview was unusual as Jackson allowed access to his personal life and talked freely about his traumatic childhood. The part that caused the most controversy was when Michael Jackson revealed he allowed children to sleep in his bed and when combined with other testimony eventually led to a court case for child molestation where he was found innocent.
Russia 2004 Russia Terrorist Attack
6th February, 2004 : An explosion rips through a Moscow subway car during rush hour, killing 41 people in a terrorist attack blamed on Chechen separatists.
Canada 2006 Canada Stephen Harper becomes Prime Minister of Canada
6th February, 2006 : Stephen Harper is sworn in as Canada's new prime minister. The ceremony takes place in Ottawa, and two weeks after the general election. Harper is the leader of the Conservative Party, and had promised to end the corruption in Canadian politics, reduce taxation and create a smaller government. By not obtaining an absolute majority in Parliament, he will need to form a coalition in order to push these pledges through.
United States 2006 United States The Senate Judiciary Committee hears that email and telephone tapping will be necessary
6th February, 2006 : The Attorney General has told senators that spying on Americans' phone calls and emails abroad will be a necessary part of the War on Terror. Alberto Gonzales defends the policy to members of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Committee chairman Arlen Specter queries whether President Bush has the authority to order this sort of spying, and questions are asked on whether electronic eavesdropping would be illegal and infringes on civil liberties.
United States 2007 United States The 2008 budget is to give National Parks a large increase
6th February, 2007 : President Bush's 2008 budget will be giving the National Park Service a large funding increase in preparation for its one hundreth birthday in 2016. The President has alloted $2.4 billion for the National Park Service in 2008. His plan will be adding $100 million each year leading up to the centennial, and pledges another $100 million from private donations. Combined, these will equal a $3 billion investment over 10 years. Other key features of the proposed budget will include $20 million for cultural and natural resource programs at twenty parks. $22.5 million will be given for federal land acquisition, and funds for Civil War battlefield grants.
United States 2007 United States Obama related to Founding Fathers
6th February, 2007 : A genealogist has said that Barack Obama has some ancestral ties to the White House from his mother's side. The founder of the Waikoloa-based Family Forest Project has found links between the Democratic senator from Illinois and Presidents George Washington, James Madison, Harry Truman and Jimmy Carter. The company that was first to establish the cousin relationship between George Bush and John Kerry in the 2004 race has traced Obama's maternal ancestors in establishing these relationships.
World Wide Web 2007 World Wide Web Denial of service attack on the Internet
6th February, 2007 : Denial of service attacks on the system that underpins the Internet started at 12:00 pm UTC (4:00 am PST), and lasted for approximately two-and-a-half hours. Three-and-a-half hours after the attack stopped, a second attack, this time lasting five hours, began. The technology that was developed after the 2002 D.N.S. attack kept the attack to a restricted impact.
U.S. 2008 U.S.A. Severe Storms
6th February, 2008 : Severe thunderstorms with tornados sweep through Tennessee, Arkansas, Kentucky and Alabama leaving at least 50 dead and many more injured.
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Russia 2009 Russia Movement of NATO supplies
6th February, 2009 : The Russian foreign minister, Sergey Lavrov, has said that Russia has approved a plan to allow the U.S. military to ship
nonlethal equipment across its territory into Afghanistan. 'We expect our American partners to provide a concrete request
with the quantity and description of cargo. We shall grant the relevant permission as soon as it happens.' Russia repeated its
desire to cooperate with the United States and NATO in Afghanistan after Kyrgyzstan had decided to shut down its key
transit and refueling point, at the Manas air base.
Iraq 2009 Iraq U.N. Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, visits Iraq
6th February, 2009 : The U.N. Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, has visited Iraq to congratulate its voters on the outcome of their nationwide
local elections. After talks with political leaders in Baghdad, Mr. Ki-Mon said that the vote showed how far Iraq had come.
He added that it still had a long way to go before Iraqis could claim to have a 'genuine freedom and security.' Allies of the
Prime Minister Nouri Maliki had swept to victory in the elections.
United States 2010 United States Heavy snow storm on the eastern states
6th February, 2010 : Some of the heaviest snow in decades has hit parts of the eastern United States,
where it has paralysing air and road
transport. It has brought Washington D.C. to a standstill. The storm has knocked
down power lines and left hundreds of
thousands of people without electricity. Nearly two feet of snow had fallen by
noon across the region, and the mayor of
Washington D.C., and governors of Virginia and Maryland have had to declare states
of emergency. West Virginia, Delaware,
Pennsylvania and New Jersey are also affected. Hundreds of thousands of people
will be remaining without power after the
blizzard blanketed the area.
India 2011 India Indian Navy Apprehends Pirates
6th February, 2011 : The Indian Navy captured twenty pirates and
rescued over twenty hostages after apprehending a Thai fishing boat in
the Indian Ocean. The pirates had used the stolen boat from Thailand as a
basis of operations for other raids on boats in the area.
Netherlands 2012 Netherlands Mitsubishi to Close Plant
6th February, 2012 : Mitsubishi, the Japanese carmaker, has announced it will stop production at its plant in the Netherlands, its only one in Western Europe. The closing would happen at the end of the year and effect 1,500 employees. Workers went on strike after the announcement.
Iran 2013 Iran US Increases Iran Sanctions
6th February, 2013 : The United States tightened pressure on Iran by increasing sanctions against the country focusing on media and oil. The move came in an effort to encourage the country to abandon its nuclear program.
Celebrating Birthday's TodayRonald Reagan Born: Ronald Wilson Reagan 6th February 1911 Tampico, Illinois Died: 5th June 2004 Bel Air, Los Angeles, California Known For : Ronald Reagan is best known and remembered as the 40th President of the United States (1981–1989), and prior to entering politics and becoming the Governor of California (1967–1975), he was a successfull actor appearing in over 50 movies including Cowboy from Brooklyn ( 1938 ), Kings Row ( 1942 ). In 1942 he enlisted in the U.S. Army. He was a republican president who pushed through sweeping changes in home economics by reducing business regulation and the growth in government spending often referred to as the "Reagan Doctrine". He is also remembered for his foriegn policy where he supported anti-Communist movements worldwide and used the strength of the American Economy to expand the military which contributed to the end of the Cold War. He was a popular president with the people and in the western world. The only blot on his presidency was the Iran-Contra affair. In his personal life he was married to Jane Wyman in 1940 and divorced in 1948, he married his second wife Nancy in 1952 who he was married to until his death in 2005. He had suffered from Alzheimer's disease diagnosed in 1994 until his death.
Bob Marley Born: Robert Nesta Marley 6th February 1945 Nine Mile, Saint Ann, Jamaica Died: 11th May 1981 Miami, Florida, United States Known For : Bob Marley was a Jamaican born singer-songwriter and musician best known for his music as "Bob Marley and The Wailers" whose reggae hits included "I Shot the Sheriff" ( 1973 ), "No Woman, No Cry" ( 1974 ) , and "One Love" ( 1977 ). These hits and others have stood the test of time and are still popular 30 years later. On a personal note this webmaster was introduced to reggae music through the work of Bob Marley and love his music to this day.