What happened This day in History on March 6th
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1987 Belgium Herald of Free Enterprise
6th March, 1987: The British ferry, the Herald of Free Enterprise, capsized after leaving Zeebrugge, Belgium in the English Channel on route to Dover with the loss of more than 140 passengers when the cargo doors were not closed allowing sea water to flood the ship through the car deck entrance. It is Believed the person in charge of closing the door had fallen asleep in the bunk. As a result, 188 people died.
| 1961 England George Formby
6th March, 1961 : George Formby the British entertainer known for his Ukulele has died after suffering a heart attack
1899 Germany Aspirin Patent
6th March, 1899
: The Patent Office in Berlin registers Aspirin, the brand name for ( acetylsalicylic acid which was originally made from a chemical found in the bark of willow trees ) on behalf of the German pharmaceutical company Friedrich Bayer & Co.
6th March, 1908: Elwood T. Hauce the first vice-president of the Union Trust Company, had taken his own life on this day. People who knew him had said that he had been depressed for quite some time as a result of financial problems.
1920 U.S.A. Farm Labor Costs
6th March, : According to a questionnaire generated by the U.S. Postmaster, high cost was a major influencer of farm production. The issue of keeping costs lower in order to keep consumer prices lower was addressed. A major consideration during this time was the cost of farm labor.
| 1936 England Spitfire
6th March, 1936 : The sleek new prototype (K5054) for what would become the Spitfire Fighter Aircraft takes off on its maiden flight from Eastleigh now called Southampton Airport. The aircraft started life as the Supermarine Type 300 fighter featuring undercarriage retraction, an enclosed cockpit, oxygen breathing-apparatus and the newly-developed Rolls-Royce PV-XII engine ( later named the Merlin ).
1940 U.S.A. School Performance
6th March, : Unlike other school minstrel performances that had taken place in this area, this particular production had been reported to have been one of the best. The jokes, music, and acting performances were considered to be phenomenal.
1947 U.S.A. Hour Glass
6th March, : For the last time, Hour Glass had aired on television. This particular production had featured performers such as Ed Canton, Ed Sullivan, Bob Hope, and Abbott and Costello. It was considered the show that proved that “high-quality entertainment” and “novelty programming” could be achieved (presumably at the same time).
1951 U.S.A. Rosenberg Trial
6th March, 1951: The trial of suspected spies Ethel and Julius Rosenberg were indicted for conspiring to obtain national defense secrets for the Soviets starts in New York.
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1957 Ghana Independence
6th March, 1957 : Ghana gains it's independence from Britain and becomes the first black African country to become independent.
1962 Canada No Nuclear Weapons Testing
6th March, : It was reported on this day that Prime Minister Diefenbaker had approved Canada’s desire to take a stand against nuclear weapon testing. As a result, provisions were being discussed, one being the possible mutual disarmament arrangement being made between the Soviet Union and Canada.
1964 Greece King Paul, Constantine II
6th March, 1964: King Paul, Constantine II became the new King following the death of his father.
1965 Vietnam Troop Movement
6th March, : South Vietnam had requested troops to be sent to South Vietnam’s Da Nang’s air base. This action was intended to help free up South Vietnamese troops for battle work. The Marines had officially begun landing in Da Nang on March 8.
1965 Canada Robbery
6th March, 1965 : A team of 20 officers search the Northern Bushland in Canada. They were on the lookout for three men bearing weapons while speeding away in a stolen car. The three fugitives had a hostage in their possession as well. This high-speed chase had begun shortly after a robbery of a private home had taken place. At the end of the chase, the three robbers had escaped into a thick brush of bush. The hostage was left behind.
1970 England Rabies Scare
6th March, 1970 : The British government announces an indefinite ban on the importation of domestic pets following a pet dog imported from Pakistan dying from Rabies. Britain is one of the few countries in the world where rabies has not entered the wild animal population and cases of rabies are not often seen.
1974 England Miners End Strike
6th March, 1974 : British miners have called off a four-week strike following an agreement of a 35% increase in miners wages.
1981 U.S.A. Walter Cronkite
6th March, 1981: Walter Cronkite retires as the nation's most beloved anchorman from CBS Evening News.
1983 Germany Helmut Kohl
6th March, 1983: Helmut Kohl is elected German chancellor as his Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party is voted back into power.
1986 U.S.A. Georgia O’ Keefe
6th March, : Georgia O’ Keefe lived a fairly long life before passing away today at age 98. She is most known for her paintings of the American Southwest. O’ Keefe was born in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin in the year 1887, and grew up in Virginia. Later on, she attended school at the Art Institute of Chicago.
1993 Angola Rebel Fighting
6th March, 1993 : A battle for the city of Huambo between Unita rebels and Angolan government forces in the city of Huambo, is continuing with the loss of over 350 lives. It is thought the rebels are likely to gain control of the city within the next few days.
2006 United States Roe v. Wade has been challenged in South Dakota
6th March, 2006 : Governor Rounds has signed legislation to ban most abortions in South Dakota,
and has set a challenge to the 1973 U.S.
Supreme Court decision to legalize abortion. The bill will make it a crime for
doctors to perform abortions unless the
procedure was necessary to save the woman’s life, and makes no exception
for cases of rape or incest.
2007 U.S.A. Libby Convicted
6th March, 2007 : Lewis ( Scooter ) Libby former chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney is convicted of perjury, lying and obstruction of justice over charges relating to his role in the leaking of the identity of CIA operative Valerie Plame
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2009 United States Two ‘Mafia cops’ are sentenced to life in New
6th March, 2009 : Two former police officers have been sentenced to life in prison on being convicted
of eight murders in New York. Stephen
Carapacca, 67, and Louis Eppolito, 61, were secretly on the payroll of New York's
Lucchese Family the court found.
Convicted in 2006, their sentences have been delayed. There is no possibility
of early release. They are said to have earned
$4,000 a month on the payroll of Luchese underboss Anthony (Gaspipe) Casso, and
had orchestrated the murders as well as
passed along confidential police information.
2012 United States Three Year Old McNugget Sells for $8,100 on eBay
6th March, 2012 : A woman from Nebraska has sold a three year old McNugget for a total of $8,100 on the internet auction website eBay. The woman claimed that the McNugget resemebled George Washington and that she wanted to sell it to raise money to send children to a summer camp. The auction site eased its rules on selling expired food for the woman so that she could raise money to support her cause.