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On this day in history - October 6

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.

Illustration of stork, signifying birth

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

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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