What Happened On This Day – February 6
1996 The crash of a Boeing 757 aircraft leaves no survivors
Birgenair Flight 301 was the worst accident involving this type of aircraft.
1989 The Round Table Talks start in Poland
The negotiations between the Polish government and the trade union Solidarność, or Solidarity in English, marked the beginning of the end of communism in Eastern Europe.
1959 The first microchip is patented
For his invention of the integrated circuit, Jack Kilby was awarded the 2000 Nobel Prize in Physics.
1952 Elizabeth II becomes Queen of the United Kingdom
She succeeded her father, George VI, who died that day.
1840 New Zealand becomes a British colony
While the Treaty of Waitangi is generally celebrated as the country's founding document, many Māori claim they were deceived and unwittingly stripped of their right to govern the country.
Births On This Day – February 6
1950 Natalie Cole
American singer-songwriter, actress
1945 Bob Marley
Jamaican/American singer-songwriter, guitarist
1911 Ronald Reagan
American actor, politician, 40th President of the United States
1895 Babe Ruth
American baseball player
1665 Anne, Queen of Great Britain
Deaths On This Day – February 6
2011 Gary Moore
Irish singer-songwriter, guitarist, producer
2007 Frankie Laine
American singer-songwriter, actor
1999 Don Dunstan
Australian politician, 35th Premier of South Australia
1918 Gustav Klimt
Austrian painter, graphic artist
1804 Joseph Priestley
English chemist, minister, philosopher