Thursday, October 06, 2005

Thursday, October 6

This Day In History

  • 1683   Thirteen families from Krefeld, Germany, arrived in present-day Philadelphia to begin Germantown, one of America's oldest European settlements.
  • 1857   The first major chess tournament was sponsored in New York by the New York Chess Club.
  • 1863   The first Turkish bath was opened in Brooklyn, NY. Dr. Charles Shepard was the proprietor.
  • 1884   The Naval War College was established in Newport, R.I.
  • 1889   The Moulin Rouge cabaret opened in Paris.
  • 1927   The era of talking pictures arrived with the opening of ''The Jazz Singer,'' starring Al Jolson.
  • 1939   In an address to the Reichstag, Adolf Hitler denied having any intention of war against France and Britain.
  • 1949   American-born Iva Toguri D'Aquino, convicted as Japanese wartime broadcaster ''Tokyo Rose,'' was sentenced to 10 years in prison and fined $10,000.
  • 1973   War erupted in the Middle East as Egypt and Syria attacked Israel during the Yom Kippur holiday.
  • 1976   In his second debate with Democratic candidate Jimmy Carter, President Gerald R. Ford asserted there was ''no Soviet domination of eastern Europe.'' Ford later conceded that he had misspoken.
  • 1979   Pope John Paul II became the first pontiff to visit the White House, where he was received by President Jimmy Carter.
  • 1983   Cardinal Terence Cooke of New York died at age 62.
  • 1987   The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 9-5 against the nomination of Robert H. Bork to the Supreme Court.
  • 1989   Actress Bette Davis died in France at age 81.
Happy Birthday To
  • 1820   Jenny (Johanna) Lind (‘The Swedish Nightingale’: singer; died Nov 2, 1887)
  • 1846   George Westinghouse (inventor: railway braking systems; developer: alternating current [AC] electricity; founder: Westinghouse Electric Company; died March 12, 1914)
  • 1897   Florence Seibert (physician, scientist: developed process that removed all bacteria from water in a single distillation; perfected test used worldwide for tuberculosis; died in 1991)

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