6th September, on this day

394 Battle of the Frigidus: The Christian Roman Emperor Theodosius I defeats and kills the pagan usurper Eugenius and his Frankish magister militum Arbogast.
1492 Christopher Columbus sails from La Gomera in the Canary Islands, his final port of call before crossing the Atlantic for the first time.
1522 Ferdinand Magellan's ship, the 'Victoria' - under the command of Juan Del Cano - arrives back in Spain, after completing the first circumnaviagation of the world. Magellan, its Portuguese navigator and original commander, had been killed by natives in the Phillipines
1620 Pilgrims set sail from Plymouth England to the New World
1628 Puritans land at Salem, from Mass Bay Colony, witches soon to settle
1651 Charles II famously spends the night hidden in an oak tree at Boscobel after his defeat by Oliver Cromwell at the Battle of Worcester
1666 The Great Fire of London is finally put out after burning for four days - destroying more than 13,000 houses and almost 100 churches - including St Paul's Cathedral. A total of 6 people are killed.
1776 Hurricane hits Guadeloupe, killing more than 6000.
1781 The Battle of Groton Heights takes place, resulting a British victory.
1839 Great fire in NY
1852 Britain's first free public lending library opens in Manchester
1861 Forces under Union General Ulysses S. Grant bloodlessly capture Paducah, Kentucky, which gives the Union control of the mouth of the Tennessee River.
1862 Stonewall Jackson occupies Fredrick, Maryland
1863 After 59 day siege, confederates evacuate Fort Wagner, SC
1869 1st westbound train arrives in SF
1869 Mine fire kills 179 at Avondale, Pennsylvania
1870 Louisa Ann Swain of Laramie, Wyoming becomes the first woman in the United States to cast a vote legally after 1807
1873 Regular Cable Car service begins on Clay Street
1876 Race riot in Charleston SC
1879 Opening of Britain's first telephone exchange - at Lombard Street in London
1880 England beats Australia by five wickets at the Oval in the first Test Match played in England. English batsman W.G. Grace scores a century
1885 Eastern Rumelia declares its union with Bulgaria. The Unification of Bulgaria is accomplished.
1899 Carnation processes its 1st can of evaporated milk
1901 US President William McKinley is shot by anarchist Leon Czolgosz while at a reception at Buffalo in New York. McKinley dies 8 days later
1909 Word received, Adm Peary discovers North Pole 5 months earlier
1913 1st aircraft to loop the loop (Adolphe Pegoud-France)
1914 Battle of the Marne; Germans prevented from occupying Paris
1920 1st radio broadcast of a prizefight
1924 Charles Paddock captures 100 and 200 yd AAU national senior outdoor track and field championships
1930 Democratically elected Argentine president Hipólito Yrigoyen is deposed in a military coup.
1937 Spanish Civil War: The start of the Battle of El Mazuco.
1939 The Battle of Barking Creek.
1939 South Africa declares war on Germany.
1940 King Carol II of Romania abdicates and is succeeded by his son Michael.
1941 The Nazis announce that the wearing of yellow Star of David badges is compulsory for all Jews living in Germany
1941 Jews of Vilna Poland are confined to a ghetto
1943 "Congressional Limited" train derails near Frankfort Pa, kills 79
1944 The city of Ypres, Belgium is liberated by allied forces.
1948 Juliana becomes queen of the Netherlands
1949 Howard Unruh kills 13 neighbors in 12 minutes
1949 Allied military authorities relinquish control of former Nazi Germany assets back to German control.
1949 A former sharpshooter in World War II, Howard Unruh kills 13 neighbors in Camden, New Jersey, with a souvenir Luger to become the first U.S. single-episode mass murderer.
1952 Canada's first television station, CBFT-TV, opens in Montreal.
1955 Istanbul Pogrom: Istanbul's Greek and Armenian minority are the target of a government-sponsored pogrom.
1963 The Centre for International Industrial Property Studies (CEIPI) is founded.
1965 The start of a 17 day war between India and Pakistan when Indian troops invade West Pakistan
1966 "Star Trek" premiers on NBC TV
1966 Race riot in Atlanta Georgia
1966 South African Prime Minister Hendrik Verwoerd is assassinated in the Parliament in Cape Town by Dimtric Tsafondas
1968 Swaziland gains independence from Britain
1968 Welsh singer Mary Hopkin enters the British pop charts with Those Were The Days which goes to No 1
1970 Palestinian terrorists hi-jack four airliners travelling to New York from Europe. A Pan-Am jumbo is blown up the next day in Cairo; two Boeing 707s are blown up on September 12th at an airstrip in Jordan. The fourth is flown to London where hi-jacker Leila Khaled is arrested
1972 John and Yoko appear on Jerry Lewis Muscular Dystrophy Telethon
1975 6.8 quake along Anatolian Fault kills over 2,000 in Lice Turkey
1976 Soviet air force pilot Lt. Viktor Belenko lands a MiG-25 jet fighter at Hakodate on the island of Hokkaido in Japan and requests political asylum in the United States
1978 Begin and Sadat meet at Camp David to discuss peace
1982 Polish dissidents seize the Polish Embassy in Bern, Switzerland
1983 USSR admits to shooting down Korean Air Flight KAL-007
1985 Midwest Express Airlines Flight 105, a Douglas DC-9 crashes just after takeoff from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, killing 31.
1986 In Istanbul, two terrorists from Abu Nidal's organization kill 22 and wound six inside the Neve Shalom synagogue during Shabbat services.
1986 Barbra Streisand's 1st live concert in 20 years
1986 USSR charges correspondent Nicholas Daniloff with spying
1987 For the first time since 1315, the historic Venice Regatta is held without the city's 230 gondoliers, who are on strike in protest at the damage being caused to the city by powerboats
1988 Crippled soviet Soyuz TM-5 lands safely with 2 cosmonauts aboard
1989 Thanks to a computer error, 40,000 people in Paris receive letters charging them with murder, extortion and organised prostitution. Each should have been sent notification of a traffic offence
1991 The Soviet Union recognises the independent Baltic republics of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania
1991 The name Saint Petersburg is restored to Russia's second largest city, which had been renamed Leningrad in 1924.
1992 Hunters discover the emaciated body of Christopher Johnson McCandless at his camp 20 miles west of the town of Healy, Alaska.
1997 Millions of people around the world watch live television pictures from London of the funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales who had died in a car crash in Paris a week earlier. Britain comes to a virtual standstill for the whole day with an estimated two million mourners either outside Westminster Abbey or lining the route and a further 32 million watching the funeral on television.The worldwide TV audience is estimated at two billion

6th September 2005

Bush to lead inquiry into Katrina

E. Coli bacteria in floodwater

Deadly fire in Egyptian theatre

6th September 2006

Bush 'to transfer terror figures'

Israel to lift Lebanon blockade

'Virtually untreatable' TB found

6th September 2007

Suicide bomb kills 20 in Algeria

UK jets shadow Russian bombers

Fears growing for missing Fossett

6th September 2008

Bhutto's widower wins presidency

Deadly rockslide hits Cairo homes

Polish agents tell of CIA jails

6th September 2009

Hundreds saved from doomed ferry

Six vanish in Korea flood mystery

China warning to syringe stabbers

6th September 2010

Birthdates which occurred on 6th September:

1711 Heinrich Melchior Muhlenberg founder of US Lutheran church
1757 Marquis de Lafayette American patriot, French revolutionary
1766 John Dalton chemist, developed atomic theory of matter
1805 Horatio Greenough US, neoclassical sculptor/writer
1811 James Melville Gilliss founded Naval Observatory in Washington
1814 Sir George Cartier (C) Canadian co-PM (1858-62)
1817 Sir Alexander Tilloch Galt a Canadian founding father
1860 Jane Addams US, pacifist/social worker/feminist (Nobel 1931)
1881 Leo Carrillo LA Calif, actor (Pancho-Cisco Kid)
1883 Lord Birkett England, judge (Nremburg Trials)
1885 Otto Kruger Toledo Ohio, actor (Lux Video Theater, High Noon)
1888 Joseph P Kennedy financier/diplomat, father of JFK, RFK & Teddy
1899 Billy Rose theatrical producer (Diamond Horse Show)
19-- Elizabeth Lawrence actress (Myra Sloane-All My Children)
19-- Keone Young Honolulu Hawaii, actor (Kay O'Brien)
19-- Rennie Roker NYC, actor (Nobody's Perfect)
1902 Morgan Beatty Little Rock Ark, news anchor (Du Mont Evening News)
1904 Maxie Rosenbloom light heavyweight boxing champ (1930-34)
1908 Paul Lavalle Beacon NY, bandleader (Cities Service Band of America)
1912 Vincent DiMaggio baseball player (Giants, Phils, Reds, Braves)
1915 Franz Josef Strauss Germany, minister of defense (1956-62)
1923 William Kraft Chicago, Ill, composer/percussionist
1925 Jimmy Reed Mississippi, blues singer (Soulin', Big Boss Man)
1928 Evgeny Svetlanov Moscow Russia, conductor (Siberian Fantasy)
1928 Rudolph Plukfelder USSR, light heavyweight (Olympic-gold-1964)
1934 Jody McCrea LA Calif, actor (Ben Matheson-Wichita Town)
1937 Jo Anne Worley Lowell Indiana, comedienne (Laugh-in)
1938 Joan Tower New Rochelle NY, composer (Breakfast Rhythms)
1939 David Allan Coe country musician (Mysterious Rhinestone Cowboy)
1944 Linda Kaye Henning Cal, actress (Betty Joe-Petticoat Junction)
1944 Swoosie Kurtz Omaha Nebraska, actress (Slap Shot, Garp)
1946 Bryan D O'Connor Orange Cal, Col USMC/astronaut (STS 61B, STS 40)
1947 Jane Curtin Cambridge Mass, actress (SNL, Allie Lowell-Kate & Allie)
1947 Roger Waters singer (Pink Floyd)
1953 Katherine Cannon Hartford Ct, actress (Father Murphy, The Survivors)
1954 Jon Erikson US, 1st to triple cross English Channel (1981)
1955 Anne Henning US, 500m speed skater (Olympic-gold-1972)
1960 Michael Winslow actor/comedian (Police Academy)
1961 Peggy MacIntaggart Midland Ontario, playmate (January, 1990)
1961 P i Waaktaar rocker (Aha-Take on Me)
1967 Amy Lynn Baxter model (Penthouse Pet 1990)
1974 Justin Whalin LA, actor (Charles in Charge)


Deaths which occurred on September 6th:
1701 James II king of England (1685-88), dies at 68
1901 Pres William McKinley assassinated by Leon Czologosz in Buffalo, NY
1939 Arthur Racham artist, dies at 71
1959 Kay Kendall British actress, dies at 32
1960 Jimmy Savo comedian (Through the Crystal Ball), dies at 65
1963 Margarita Sierra actress, dies at 26 after heart surgery
1966 Dr Verwoerd South African PM, assassinated in assembly
1974 Otto Kruger actor (Lux Video Theater), dies on 89th birthday
1984 E.J. Andre actor (Eugene Bullock-Dallas), dies at 74
1984 Ernest Tubb singer (Grand Ole Opry), dies at 70
1985 Jane Frazee singer/actress (Alice-Beulah), dies at 67 of pneumonia
1985 Johnny Desmond singer (Your Hit Parade), dies of cancer at 65