It happened today – this day in history – September 6

1492: Christopher Columbus’ fleet leaves Gomera, one of the Canary Islands.

1620: The Mayflower departs Plymouth with 102 Pilgrims and about 30 crew for the New World.

1622: The Spanish silver fleet disappears off the Florida Keys.

1628: Puritans from the Masschusetts Bay Colony land at Salem.

1642: The Long Parliament issues ordinance ordering the closure of London theatres.

1651: Charles II hides in an oak tree during his escape after losing the Battle of Worcester.

1666: The Great Fire of London is finally extinguished.

1688: Austrian armies occupy Belgrade.

1690: William III escapes back to England during the Nine Years War with France.

1715: Pro-James III-uprising in Scotland.

1776: 100 French and Dutch ships sink when a hurricane hits Martinique, killing 600. On the same day, it hits Guadeloupe, killing more than 6,000.

1791: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s opera “La Clemenza di Tito” premieres in Prague.

1819: Thomas Blanchard patents the lathe.

1861: Union general Ulysses S Grant’s forces occupy Paducah, Kentucky in the American Civil War.

1862: Confederate general Stonewall Jackson’s army occupies Frederick, Maryland during the American Civil War.

1876: A race riot breaks out in Charleston, South Carolina.

1880: Beginning of the first Test Cricket in England, v Australia at The Oval. W G Grace scores 152.

1886: Queen Victoria establishes the Distinguished Service Order (DSO).

1898: Lord Kitchener destroys Mahdi’s tomb in Omdurman.

1901: US President William McKinley is shot by anarchist Leon Czolgosz while visiting the Pan-American Exposition in New York.

1913: Woolwich Arsenal play their first match at Highbury against Leicester Fosse in the Second Division. The home side wins 2-1.

1914: French and British forces prevent a German advance on Paris at the beginning of the First Battle of the Marne.

1916: The first real supermarket, the “Piggly Wiggly”, is opened by Clarence Saunders in Memphis, Tennessee.

1920: Jack Dempsey KOs Billy Miske in Round 3 for the heavyweight boxing title – broadcast for the first time on radio.

1924: Unsuccessful assassination attempt on Benito Mussolini.

1930: Argentine president Hipolito Yrigoyen is deposed in a military coup.

1939: South Africa declares war on Nazi-Germany.

1942: Czech marathon runner Oskar Hêks is transported to Auschwitz-Birkenau.

1946: Terence Rattigan’s “The Winslow Boy” premieres in London.

1948: Juliana is crowned Queen of The Netherlands following the abdication of her mother, Queen Wilhemina.

1952: A jet fighter disintegrates and falls into the crowd at the Farnborough Air Show in Hampshire, killing 31 people including the pilot and injuring 63 others. On the same day, actress Gertrude Lawrence dies from cancer aged 54.


1954: A US plane is shot down over Siberia.

1959: Actress Kay Kendal dies from leukaemia at 32.

1960: Australian middle distance runner Herb Elliott breaks his own world record to win the 1500m at the Rome Olympics in 3:35.6.

1963: Cilla Black signs a management contract with Beatles manager Brian Epstein.

1965: Indian troops invade West Pakistan.

1966: Race riot in Atlanta, Georgia. On the same day, Hendrik Verwoerd, Prime Minister of South Africa, is assassinated by Dimitri Tsafendas.

1968: Working at EMI Studios in Abbey Road, St John’s Wood, Eric Clapton adds lead guitar to The Beatles track While My Guitar Gently Weeps. On the same day, George Harrison records the lead vocal on his song which appears on the White Album.

1970: Four New York-bound airliners are hijacked over western Europe in an unprecedented operation carried out by the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP). On the same day, Jimi Hendrix makes his final live appearance at the Isle Of Fehmarn in Germany.

1971: Prime Minister Edward Heath meets with Irish Taoiseach Jack Lynch at Chequers to discuss the situation in Northern Ireland.

1972: All nine Israeli athletes kidnapped days earlier in the Olympic Village in Munich are killed in a gun battle at the Furstenfeldbruck military airbase along with four of the terrorists from the Palestinian Black September group.

1975: Czech tennis star Martina Navratilova asks for political asylum during the US Open in New York City. On the same day, Chris Evert wins her first of six US singles titles, beating Australian Evonne Goolagong Cawley 5-7, 6-4, 6-2.

1976: A Russian pilot defects to Japan in a Mig 25 jet.

1981: Singles chart:

  1. Tainted Love – Soft Cell
  2. Prince Charming – Adam and the Ants
  3. Japanese Boy – Aneka
  4. Wired For Sound – Cliff Richard
  5. Hold On Tight – ELO
  6. Love Action – The Human League
  7. Start Me Up – The Rolling Stones
  8. Souvenir – OMD
  9. One In Ten – UB40
  10. She’s Got Claws – Gary Numan
1981: Gary Numan – Dance

Album chart:

  1. Dead Ringer – Meat Loaf
  2. Tattoo You – The Rolling Stones
  3. Time – ELO
  4. Dance – Gary Numan
  5. Love Songs – Cliff Richatf
  6. Secret Combination – Randy Crawford
  7. Duran Duran – Duran Duran
  8. Present Arms – UB40
  9. Classic Rock: Rock Classics – London Symphony Orchestra
  10. Bat Out Of Hell – Meat Loaf

1982: Dissidents seize the Polish Embassy in Bern, Switzerland.

1983: The Soviet Union admits that it shot down South Korean airliner KAL 007 on September 1 after it strayed into Soviet airspace

1986: Martina Navratilova wins her third US Open singles title, beating Helena Suková of Czechoslovakia 6-3, 6-2.

1988: Damaged Soviet Soyuz TM-5 craft lands safely with two cosmonauts on board. On the same day, 11 year-old schoolboy Thomas Gregory swims the English Channel.

1989: The Amateur Athletic Federation strips Canadian drugs cheat Ben Johnson of all track records.

1990: Tom Fogerty, rhythm guitarist with credence Clearwater Revival dies aged 49, due to complications from AIDS contracted during a blood transfusion.

1991: Russia’s second largest city, Leningrad, is restored to its original name of St Petersburg after 67 years.

1992: Gay Kelleway becomes the first female jockey to ride a winner at Royal Ascot.

1994: Keyboard player Nicky Hopkins dies aged 50 of complications from intestinal surgery.

1997: Over a million people line the route of the funeral procession for Diana, Princess of Wales in an outpouring of grief.

1998: Iconic Japanese director/screenwriter Akira Kurosawa dies from a stroke aged 88.

2007: Operatic tenor Luciano Pavarotti dies aged 71.

2015: German police confirm more than 13,000 refugees have arrived in Southern Germany in past two days.

2017: Catalonia’s parliament passes a law to allow a referendum on independence from Spain.

2018: Brazilian presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro is is stabbed at a campaign rally in Juiz de Fora. On the same day, New York and New Jersey state attorneys launch investigations into sexual abuse by the Catholic clergy, bring the total number of states investigating to six. Also, actor Burt Reynolds dies aged 82.

2019: Former President of Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe, dies aged 95.

BIRTHDAYS: Dave Bargerdon, trombonist (Blood Sweat and Tears), 79; Roger Waters, musician/songwriter (Pink Floyd), 78; Jane Curtin, actress, 74; Bruce Rioch, footballer/manager, 74; Patrick O’Hearn, bassist (Frank Zappa) 67; Buster Bloodvessel (Douglas Trendle), singer (Bad Manners), 63; Pal Waaktaar, guitarist/songwriter (A-Ha), 60; Pat Nevin, footballer, 58; Rosie Perez, actress, 57; Macy Gray singer, (Natalie McIntyre), 52; Paddy Boom, (Patrick Seacor), drummer (Scissor Sisters), 52; Emily Maitlis, journalist, 51; Idris Elba, actor/musician, 49; Greg Rusedski, former tennis star, 48; Tim Henman, former tennis star, 47; Nina Persson, singer (The Cardigans), 47; Naomie Harris, actress, 45; Mathew Horne, actor, 43; Kerry Katona, media personality, 41; Pippa Middleton, socialite, 38.