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This Day In History: Oct. 6

This Day in History

1781: During the American Revolution, the siege of Lord Cornwallis begins in Virginia.
1849: 14 leaders of the Hungarian independence movement are executed by Austria, which imposes centralized rule.
1863: The first Turkish bath in the United States opens, in Brooklyn, NY.
1876: The American Library Association is founded in Philadelphia.
1927: The Jazz Singer with Al Jolson—the first successful film with prerecorded sound—opens in New York.
1973: Egypt and Syria attack Israel, beginning the Yom Kippur War.
1981: Egyptian President Anwar al-Sadat is assassinated in Cairo during a military parade.
2000: Yugoslav president Slobodan Milosevic concedes defeat in the presidential election to opposition leader Vojislav Kostunica, ending the dictator's 13-year reign.
2001: The U.S. rejects an offer by Afghanistan's Taliban rulers to release eight Western aid workers on trial for trying to convert Muslims to Christianity, in exchange for the U.S. dropping preparations to attack Afghanistan.
2004: A report by the U.S.'s chief weapons inspector concludes that Iraq had "essentially destroyed" its unconventional weapons capability by the end of 1991, contradicting claims made by the U.S. and allies when Iraq was invaded in 2003.

Today's Birthdays

1552: Matteo Ricci, Italian Jesuit missionary (Macerata, Italy; died 1610)
1773: Louis-Philippe, king of France (Paris, France; died 1850)
1820: Jenny Lind, singer known as the ""Swedish Nightingale"" (Stockholm, Sweden; died 1887)
1846: George Westinghouse, engineer/inventor (Central Bridge, NY; died 1914)
1887: Le Corbusier, architect (La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland; died 1965)
1905: Helen Wills Moody, tennis champion (Centerville, CA; died 1998)
1906: Janet Gaynor, actress (Philadelphia, PA; died 1984)
1908: Carole Lombard, actress (Fort Wayne, IN; died 1942)
1914: Thor Heyerdahl, anthropologist/explorer/author (Larvik, Norway; died 2002)
1917: Fannie Lou Hamer, civil rights activist (Ruleville, MS; died 1977)
1925: Shana Alexander, journalist (Boston, MA; died 2005)
1930: Hafez al-Assad, president of Syria (Qardaha, Syria; died 2000)
1942: Britt Eklund, actress (Stockholm, Sweden)
1948: Gerry Adams, Irish nationalist leader (Belfast, Northern Ireland)
1956: Stephanie Zimbalist, actress (Encino, CA)
1963: Elisabeth Shue, actress (Wilmington, DE)
1973: Rebecca Lobo, basketball player (Southwick, MA). Ioan Guffudd, actor (Cardiff, Wales)


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