October 6 is the 279th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar; 86 days remain until the end of the year.
We have some interesting facts & historic events all about October 6th, including areas in religion, crime, health and more.
Keep reading for more interesting facts about October 6th in history!
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- Mad Hatter Day
- Physician Assistant Day
- Random Acts of Poetry Day
What Happened On This Day – October 6
2007: First successful human powered attempt to circumnavigate the world
Englishman Jason Lewis set out on the journey, also called Expedition 360 on July 12, 1994, from Greenwich, London. The over 46,000-mile expedition around the world took him 4,833 days, during which he used only human-powered modes of transportation including bicycles, roller blades, and a pedal powered boat.
1995: First exoplanet orbiting a Sun-like star discovered
Swiss astronomers Didier Queloz and Michel Mayor announced the discovered the exoplanet called 51 Pegasi B or Bellerophon. The Jupiter-like exoplanet orbits a star called 51 Pegasi, which has a magnitude of 5.49. 51 Pegasi B takes 4.23 Earth days to orbit around its star.
1981: Assassination of Anwar Sadat
The third president of Egypt, Sadat was killed by members of the terrorist group Takfir Wal-Hajira during a parade held to commemorate the 8th anniversary of Operation Badr – a military operation where Egyptian forces crossed the Suez Canal and overran the Bar Lev Line in Israel. The military operation stated the Yom Kippur War between Israel and a coalition of Arab states. The assassination is thought to be a result of Sadat’s efforts to bring peace to the region which started with the Camp David Accords in 1978.
1976: Coup in Thailand
Admiral Sangad Chaloryu staged a coup ousting the civilian government of Seni Pramoj.
1908: Bosnian crisis
Emperor Franz Joseph of Austria-Hungary declared the annexation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, which had been nominally under the rule of the Ottoman Empire. The takeover raised tensions within the Balkan region in Europe and threatened to end in a war.
Births On This Day, October 6
1985: Mitchell Cole, English footballer
1955: Tony Dungy, American football player, coach
1930: Hafez al-Assad, Syrian general, politician, 20th President of Syria
1846: George Westinghouse, American engineer, inventor
1769: Isaac Brock, English army officer
Deaths On This Day, October 6
1992: Bill O’Reilly, Australian cricketer
1989: Bette Davis, American actress
1981: Anwar Sadat, Egyptian politician, 3rd President of Egypt, Nobel Prize laureate
1892: Alfred, Lord Tennyson, English poet
1542: Thomas Wyatt, English poet