Today in History: October 6

Today in History: October 6

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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.