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Today In History - October 6

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Today in History in 1889 Thomas Edison showed his first motion picture; in1927 “Jazz Singer” the first movie with a sound track premiered in New York City; and in 1976 "Disco Duck" by Rick Dees and His Cast of Idiots received a gold record.

Our on this day in history archives contain over 200,000 events, birthdays and deaths from 6,000 years of history. Here is a roundup of a few of them:

Historical Events

  • 1889 - Thomas Edison shows his 1st motion picture
  • 1890 - Mormon Church outlaws polygamy
  • 1911 - Cy Young's farewell appearance in a major league game is a letdown as he loses to Brooklyn 13-3 in a Braves uniform in his 906th game
  • 1927 - "Jazz Singer," 1st movie with a sound track, premieres (NYC)
  • 1911 - Cy Young's farewell appearance in a major league game is a letdown as he loses to Brooklyn 13-3 in a Braves uniform in his 906th game
  • 1948 - The 1948 Ashgabat earthquake kills 100,000 in the Turkmen Soviet Socialist Republic.
  • 1948 - Paleoanthropologist Mary Leakey finds the first partial fossil skull of Proconsul africanus, an ancestor of apes and humans on Rusinga Island, Kenya.
  • 1951 - Stalin proclaims USSR has atom bomb
  • 1956 - Dr Albert Sabin discovers oral polio vaccine
  • 1961 - JFK advises Americans to build fallout shelters
  • 1976 - "Disco Duck" by Rick Dees and His Cast of Idiots received a gold record.
  • 1995 - 51 Pegasi was discovered to be the first major star apart from the Sun to have a planet (and extrasolar planet) orbiting around it.
  • 1996 - Bob Dole and President Bill Clinton meet in their 1st debate
  • 2012 - Paolo Gabriele, Pope Benedict XVI's butler, is found guilty of leaking confidential documents and is sentenced to 18 months imprisonment

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Famous Birthdays

  • 1846 - George Westinghouse, Central Bridge, New York, entrepreneur and engineer (alternated US currency), (d. 1914)
  • 1905 - Helen Wills Moody, Centerville California, American tennis player (8 Wimbledon titles 1927-1938)
  • 1906 - Janet Gaynor, Philadelphia, actress (Sunrise, A Star Is Born)
  • 1908 - Carol Lombard [Jane Alice Peters], Fort Wayne, Indiana, American actress (My Man Godfrey, InName Only)
  • 1940 - Ellen Travolta, Englewood NJ, actress (Grease, Charles in Charge)
  • 1942 - Britt Ekland, Stockholm Sweden, actress (Wicker Man, Asylum)
  • 1942 - Fred Travalena, NYC, comedian/impressionist (Buy & Cell)
  • 1956 - Stephanie Zimbalist, NYC, actress (Remington Steele, Centennial)
  • 1963 - Elisabeth Shue, Wilmington, Delaware, actress (Cocktail, Adventures in Babysitting)

Famous Weddings

  • 1953 - MLB baseball player Hank Aaron (19) weds Barbara Lucas
  • 1977 - Professional boxer George Foreman (28) weds Cynthia Lewis
  • 1978 - ABBA member Anni-Frid Lyngstad (32) weds fellow musician Benny Andersson (31)
  • 1991 - Actress Elizabeth Taylor (59) weds for 8th time to construction worker Larry Fortensky (39)
  • 1996 - American country singer Faith Hill (44) weds singer and actor Tim McGraw (45) in Rayville, Louisiana
  • 2007 - "Baywatch" actress Pamela Anderson (40) weds Rick Salomon (39) at the Mirage Hotel in Las Vegas
  • 2007 - "The Montel Williams Show" talk show host Montel Williams (51) weds American Airlines flight attendant Tara Fowler on a beach in Bermuda
  • 2008 - Steven Curtis Chapman's oldest daughter Emily Chapman (45) weds longtime boyfriend Tanner Richards
  • 2012 - Former "Private Practice" actress Audra McDonald (42) weds Broadway star Will Swenson (38) in Croton-on-Hudson, New York

Famous Divorces

  • 1980 - Oscar-winning actor Dustin Hoffman (43) divorces actress Anne Byrne (37) after 11 years of marriage
  • 2006 - "Friends" actor Matt LeBlanc (39) divorces former model Melissa McKnight (41) due to irreconcilable differences after 3 years of marriage

Famous Deaths

  • 1892 - Alfred Lord Tennyson, writer and British Poet Laureate, dies at 83
  • 1969 - Walter Hagen, US PGA golfer (US Open 1914, 19), dies at 76
  • 1981 - [Mohammed] Anwar al-Sadat, pres Egypt (1970-81), assassinated at 62
  • 1985 - Nelson Riddle, American bandleader (b. 1921)
  • 1989 - Bette Davis, US actress (All About Eve, White Mama), dies at 81
  • 1992 - Denholm Elliott, English actor (Raiders of Lost Ark), dies at 70
  • 1993 - Agnes de Mille, US dancer/choreographer (Oklahoma!), dies at 88
  • 1996 - Ted Bessell, director/actor (That Girl), dies of an aneurism at 61
  • 2000 - Richard Farnsworth, American actor (b. 1930)

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