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This Day in History – September 6

This Day In History

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

1716 – 1st lighthouse built in north America (Boston).

1869 – 1st westbound train arrives in San Francisco.

1899 – Carnation processes its first can of evaporated milk.

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

1909 – Word received that American Explorer Robert Peary had discovered the North Pole, 5 months earlier.

1916 – 1st true supermarket, the “Piggly Wiggly” is opened by Clarence Saunders in Memphis, Tennessee.

1935 – “Steamboat Round the Bend” film directed by John Ford and starring Will Rogers released weeks after Rogers’ death.

1948 – 37th Davis Cup: USA beats Australia in New York (5-0).

1955 – “Catch a Star” opens at Plymouth Theater NYC for 23 performances.

1958 – Mary Ann Mobley (Miss), 21, crowned 31st Miss America 1959.

1969 – “Cabaret” closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 1166 performances.

1975 – Czech tennis star Martina Navratilova asks for US political asylum in New York City during the US Open.

1980 – US College football longest losing streak of 50 games ends for Macalester College (St. Paul).

1981 – Musical “They’re Playing Our Song” closes at Imperial NYC after 1082 performances.

1985 – Midwest Express Airlines Flight 105, a Douglas DC-9 crashes just after takeoff from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, killing 31.

1987 – Conjoined twins Benjamin & Patrick Binder separated at John Hopkins Hospital.

1990 – US citizen is shot in Kuwait; oil markets surge on aggressive U.S. statements toward Iraq.

1997 – Funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales held at Westminster Abbey in London.

2006 – “New Moon” 2nd book in Stephenie Meyer’s “Twilight Saga” is published by Little Brown, sells 5.3 million copies (2015).

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