June 6 Today in History

Today’s Important Historical Events

1523 Gustav Vasa is elected King of Sweden, marking the end of the Kalmar Union

1716 French transport the 1st African slaves to Louisiana

1916 The death of Yuan Shikai, ruler of much of China since 1912, causes the central government to virtually collapse in the face of warlords, including Sun Yat-sen

1944 Operation Overlord: D-Day begins as the 156,000-strong Allied Expeditionary Force lands in Normandy, France, during World War II

1982 30,000 Israeli troops invade Lebanon to drive out the PLO

Today’s Historical Events

640 Arab Muslim army sent by Caliph Omar begins siege of Heliopolis, city succumbs mid to late July, paving way for Muslim conquest of Byzantine Egypt

1002 German King Henry II the Saint crowned

1242 24 wagonloads of Talmudic books burned in Paris

1328 Franciscan theologian William of Ockham [Occam] excommunicated by Pope John XXII

1391 Inhabitants of Seville, Spain, massacre 5,000 Jews

1513 Battle of Novara, the War of the League of Cambrai: the Swiss Confederacy defeat the French

1520 France and England sign treaty of Scotland

1523 Gustav Vasa is elected King of Sweden, marking the end of the Kalmar Union

Today’s Historical Events in Film and TV

1931 George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin‘s musical “Girl Crazy” starring Ginger Rogers and featuring debut of Ethel Merman, closes at the Alvin Theater, NYC, after 272 performances, and making stars of Rogers and Merman

1949 “It Pays To Be Ignorant” game show debut on CBS-TV

1949 WKY (now KTVY) TV channel 4 in Oklahoma City, OK (NBC) 1st broadcast

1951 1st Berlin International Film Festival opens

1960Steve Allen Show” last airs on NBC-TV

1968 WKHA TV channel 35 in Hazard, KY (PBS) begins broadcasting

1971 WHAE (now WGNX) TV channel 46 in Atlanta, Georgia (CBN) begins broadcasting

1971 Final broadcast of “The Ed Sullivan Show” (a repeat from 7 February) on CBS-TV

Today’s Historical Events in Music

1931 “There Ought To Be A Moonlight Saving Time” by Guy Lombardo hits #1

1962 The Beatles meet their producer George Martin for the first time and record “Besame Mucho” with Pete Best on drums

1964 The Beatles arrive in Netherlands

1965 Rolling Stones release single “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction”

1971 John Lennon and Yoko Ono unannounced appearance at Fillmore East in NYC

1972 David Bowie releases his breakthrough album “The Rise & Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars”

1977 Doobie Brothers sponsor a Golf Classic & Concert at Calabasas Park Country Club & Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles to benefit the United Way

1983 17th Music City News Country Awards: Marty Robbins & Roy Acuff win

Today’s Historical Events in Sports

1848 New York Yacht Club holds its first annual regatta; won by the schooner Carnelia

1885 19th Belmont: Paul Duffy aboard Tyrant wins in 2:43

1896 21st Preakness: Henry Griffin aboard Margrave wins in 1:51

1901 British Open Men’s Golf, Muirfield: Scotsman James Braid wins first of 5 Open titles by 3 strokes from Harry Vardon of Jersey

1923 Edgar Wallace becomes the first British radio sports reporter reporting on The Derby for the British Broadcasting Company

1924 US Open Men’s Golf, Oakland Hills CC: Unknown Englishman Cyril Walker wins his only major title, 3 strokes ahead of runner-up and defending champion Bobby Jones

1925 French Championships Men’s Tennis: René Lacoste wins 1st of 3 French titles, beating fellow Frenchman Jean Borotra 7-5, 6-1, 6-4

1925 French Women’s Tennis Championships: Suzanne Lenglen beats Kitty McKane 6-1, 6-2

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