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Today in History: October 6

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Today in History
October 6

1014   The Byzantine Emperor Basil earns the title "Slayer of Bulgers" after he orders the blinding of 15,000 Bulgerian troops.
1536   William Tyndale, the English translator of the New Testament, is strangled and burned at the stake for heresy at Vilvorde, France.
1696   Savoy Germany withdraws from the Grand Alliance.
1788   The Polish Diet decides to hold a four year session.
1801   Napoleon Bonaparte imposes a new constitution on Holland.
1847   Charlotte Bronte's novel Jane Eyre is published in London.
1866   The Reno brothers–Frank, John, Simeon and William–commit the country's first train robbery near Seymore, Indiana netting $10,000.
1927   The first "talkie," The Jazz Singer, opens with popular entertainer Al Jolson singing and dancing in black-face. By 1930, silent movies were a thing of the past.
1941   German troops renew their offensive against Moscow.
1965   Patricia Harris takes post as U.S. Ambassador to Belgium, becoming the first African American U.S. ambassador.
1966   Hanoi insists the United States must end its bombings before peace talks can begin.
1969   Special Forces Captain John McCarthy is released from Fort Leavenworth Penitentiary, pending consideration of his appeal to murder charges.
1973   Israel is taken by surprise when Egypt, Syria, Iraq and Jordan attack on the Jewish holy day of Yom Kippur, beginning the Yom Kippur War.
1981   Egyptian president Anwar el-Sadat is assassinated in Cairo by Islamic fundamentalists. He is succeeded by Vice President Hosni Mubarak.
1987   Fiji becomes a republic independent of the British Commonwealth.
1995   Astronomers discover 51 Pegasi is the second star known to have a planet orbiting it.
2000   Yugoslavia's president Slobodan Milosevic and Argentina's vice-president Carlos Alvarez both resign from their respective offices.
2007   Explorer and author Jason Lewis becomes the first person to complete a human-powered circumnavigation of the globe.

Born on October 6

1820   Jenny Lind, soprano known as the "Swedish Nightingale."
1846   George Westinghouse, prolific inventor, held over 100 patents on creations including air brakes for trains.
1887   Le Corbusier, Swiss-born French architect and city planner.
1895   Caroline Gordon, writer (The Strange Children).
1906   Janet Gaynor, film actress.
1908   Carol Lombard, American comediennne and actress.
1908   Sammy Price, jazz pianist.
1914   Thor Heyerdahl, Norwegian anthropologist and explorer.
1917   Fannie Lou Hamer, US civil rights advocate; became vice-chair of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party.
1931   Riccardo Giacconi, Italian astrophysicist ; won Nobel Prize in Astrophysics for his pioneering contributions that led to the discovery of cosmic X-ray sources.
1948   Gerry Adams, Irish politician who was an important figure in Northern Ireland's peace process; president of Sinn Fein, Northern Ireland's second-largest political party, since 1983.

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