6th June

Born on this Day 6th June
1542 Richard Grenville
1599 Diego Velazquez
1799 Alexander Pushkin
1862 Henry John Newbolt
1868 Capt. Robert Falcon Scott
1896 Henry Allingham
1919 Peter Carrington
1927 Janet Leigh
1932 Billie Whitelaw
1944 David Penhaligon
1947 David Blunkett
1949 Robert Englund
1956 Bjorn Borg
1957 Mike Gatting
1958 Danny Webb
1959 Amanda Pays
1963 Jason Isaacs
1974 Sonya Walge
1976 Geoff Rowley
1978 Carl Barât
1981 Philip McGinley

Died On This Day
1961 Carl Gustav Jung
1968 Robert Kennedy
1995 Mark McManus


1972 David Bowie released ‘The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars’ in the USA.

1973 ‘Keep YOurself Alive’, Queen’s first single, was released in the US.


1727 The first boxing title fight took place in London, where James Figg defeated Ned Sutton.

1988 Jockey Lester Piggot went to prison for tax evasion and was stripped of his OBE by the Queen.

1992 Monica Seles won her third French Open title with a 6-2, 3-6, 10-8 victoryover German tennis player Steffi Graf.

People & Showbiz

1946 American Henry Morgan became the first man to take his shirt off on television.

1983 The Prince and Princess of Wales attended the premiere of the James Bond film ‘Octopussy’.

1993 Ted Turner announced the sale of MGM, with the exception of its film library, for $490 million

1993 American actor Glenn Ford offered his estranged wife Jeanne Bauss £100,000 as a divorce deal, the equivalent of almost £2400 a day for their six week marriage.

General Events

1664 America’s New Amsterdam city was renamed New York.

1683 The first public museum, the Ashmolean in Broad Street, Oxford, was opened to the public, with exhibits including a stuffed dodo.

1844 The YMCA (Young Man’s Christian Association) was founded at 72 St. Paul’s Churchyard, London by George Williams.

1850 Levi Strauss made his first pair of blue jeans.

1944 WWII Allied troops landed on the beaches of Normandy on D-DAY, the biggest land, sea and air operation ever seen.

1988 Four years before Teenage Mutant Ninja turtles mania was to hit the world’s cinemas, three giant turtles were found in a New York sewage plant.

1991 Britain rejected offers from Colonel Gadaffi to restore diplomatic links between Britain and Libya.

1997 Police captured Pietro Aglieri, a leading Mafia crime lord and two other Mafia hit men who had been on the run since 1989, in an operation involving 300 officers who entered his farmhouse and surrounded the grounds.

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