February 6th in History

This day in historyFebruary 6 is the 37th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. There are 328 days remaining until the end of the year (329 in leap years).



In 1649,  The claimant King Charles II of England and Scotland is declared King of Great Britain, by the Parliament of Scotland. This move was not followed by the Parliament of England nor the Parliament of Ireland.

In 1685,  James II of England and VII of Scotland becomes King upon the death of his brother Charles II.

In 1778,  American Revolutionary War: In Paris the Treaty of Alliance and the Treaty of Amity and Commerce are signed by the United States and France signaling official recognition of the new republic.

In 1783,  Lancelot “Capability” Brown, English gardener (b. 1716) dies. He was more commonly known as Capability Brown, was an English landscape architect. He is remembered as “the last of the great English eighteenth-century artists to be accorded his due”, and “England’s greatest gardener”. He designed over 170 parks, many of which still endure. His influence was so great that the contributions to the English garden made by his predecessors Charles Bridgeman and William Kent are often overlooked; even Kent’s apologist Horace Walpole allowed that Kent had been followed by “a very able master”.

In 1788,  Massachusetts becomes the sixth state to ratify the United States Constitution.

In 1806,  Battle of San Domingo: British naval victory against the French in the Caribbean.

In 1815,  New Jersey grants the first American railroad charter to John Stevens.

In 1819,  Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles founds Singapore.

In 1820,  The first 86 African American immigrants sponsored by the American Colonization Society depart New York to start a settlement in present-day Liberia.

In 1833,  Otto becomes the first modern King of Greece.

In 1840,  Signing of the Treaty of Waitangi, establishing New Zealand as a British colony.

In 1843,  The first minstrel show in the United States, The Virginia Minstrels, opens (Bowery Amphitheatre in New York City).

In 1851,  The largest Australian bushfires in a populous region in recorded history take place in the state of Victoria.

In 1862,  American Civil War: The U.S. Navy gives the Union its first victory of the war, capturing Fort Henry, Tennessee in the Battle of Fort Henry.

In 1899,  Spanish-American War: The Treaty of Paris, a peace treaty between the United States and Spain, is ratified by the United States Senate.

In 1900,  The international arbitration court at The Hague is created when the Senate of the Netherlands ratifies an 1899 peace conference decree.

In 1914,  The Bondetåget, a peasant uprising in support of the monarchy, takes place in Sweden

In 1918,  British women over the age of 30 get the right to vote.

In 1919,  The five-day Seattle General Strike begins.

In 1922,   The Washington Naval Treaty is signed in Washington, D.C., limiting the naval armaments of United States, Britain, Japan, France, and Italy.

In 1934,  Far right leagues rally in front of the Palais Bourbon in an attempted coup against the French Third Republic, creating a political crisis in France.

In 1942,  World War II: The United Kingdom declares war on Thailand.

In 1951,  The Broker, a Pennsylvania Railroad passenger train derails near Woodbridge Township, New Jersey. The accident kills 85 people and injures over 500 more. The wreck is one of the worst rail disasters in American history.

In 1952,  Elizabeth II becomes queen regnant of the United Kingdom and the other Commonwealth realms upon the death of her father, George VI. At the exact moment of succession, she was in a treehouse at the Treetops Hotel in Kenya.

In 1958,  Eight Manchester United F.C. players and 15 other passengers are killed in the Munich air disaster.

In 1959,  Jack Kilby of Texas Instruments files the first patent for an integrated circuit.

In 1959,  At Cape Canaveral, Florida, the first successful test firing of a Titan intercontinental ballistic missile is accomplished.

In 1975,  A crucial by-election is held in Kankesanthurai, Sri Lanka.

In 1976,  In testimony before a United States Senate subcommittee, Lockheed Corporation president Carl Kotchian admits that the company had paid out approximately $3 million in bribes to the office of Japanese Prime Minister Kakuei Tanaka.

In 1978,  The Blizzard of 1978, one of the worst Nor’easters in New England history, hit the region, with sustained winds of 65 mph and snowfall of 4″ an hour.

In 1981,  The National Resistance Army of Uganda launches an attack on a Ugandan Army installation in the central Mubende District to begin the Ugandan Bush War.

In 1987,  Justice Mary Gaudron is appointed to the High Court of Australia, the first woman to be appointed.

In 1988,  Michael Jordan makes his signature slam dunk from the free throw line inspiring Air Jordan and the Jumpman logo.

In 1989,  The Round Table Talks start in Poland, thus marking the beginning of overthrow of communism in Eastern Europe.

Danny Thomas 1957.JPGIn 1991,  Danny Thomas, American singer, actor, and producer (b. 1914) dies. He was born Amos Muzyad Yakhoob Kairouz and was an American nightclub comedian and television and film actor and producer, whose career spanned five decades. Thomas was best known for starring in the television sitcom Make Room for Daddy (also known as The Danny Thomas Show). He was also the founder of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. He is the father of Marlo Thomas, Terre Thomas, and Tony Thomas. As a “starving actor,” Thomas had made a vow: If he found success, he would open a shrine dedicated to St Jude Thaddeus, the patron saint of hopeless causes. Thomas never forgot his promise to St. Jude, and after becoming a successful actor in the early 1950s, his wife joined him and began traveling the United States to help raise funds to build his dream – St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. He fervently believed that “no child should die in the dawn of life.’ With help from Dr. Lemuel Diggs and close friend, Anthony Abraham, an auto magnate in Miami, Florida, Thomas founded the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee in 1962. Since its inception, St. Jude has treated children from all 50 states and around the world, continuing the mission of finding cures and saving children. Dr. Peter C. Doherty of St. Jude’s Immunology Department, was a co-recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1996 for key discoveries on how the immune system works to kill virus-infected cells.

In 1993,  Arthur Ashe, American tennis player (b. 1943) dies. He was an American World No. 1 professional tennis player. He won three Grand Slam titles, ranking him among the best tennis players from the United States. Ashe, was the first black player ever selected to the United States Davis Cup team and the only black man ever to win the singles title at Wimbledon, the US Open, and the Australian Open. He retired in 1980. He was ranked World No. 1 by Harry Hopman in 1968 and by Lance Tingay of The Daily Telegraph and World Tennis Magazine in 1975. In the ATP computer rankings, he peaked at No. 2 in May 1976. In the early 1980s, Ashe contracted HIV from a blood transfusion he received during heart bypass surgery. Ashe publicly announced his illness in April 1992 and began working to educate others about HIV and AIDS. He founded the Arthur Ashe Foundation for the Defeat of AIDS and the Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health before his death from AIDS-related pneumonia on February 6, 1993.

In 1996,  Willamette Valley Flood of 1996: Floods in the Willamette Valley of Oregon, United States, causes over US$500 million in property damage throughout the Pacific Northwest.

In 1996,  Birgenair Flight 301 crashed off the coast of the Dominican Republic, all 189 people inside the airplane are killed. This is the worst accident/incident involving a Boeing 757.

In 1998,  Washington National Airport is renamed Ronald Reagan National Airport.

In 2000,  Second Chechen War: Russia captures Grozny, Chechnya, forcing the separatist Chechen Republic of Ichkeria government into exile.

In 2006,  Taliban militants declared a cease-fire Feb. 6 in fighting with Pakistani forces, and the government said it was preparing for peace talks with al-Qaida-linked extremists in the lawless tribal area near the border with Afghanistan.

In 2008, ChristianBusinessDaily.com Endorses Ron Paul for President – Christian Business Daily has long stood for policy that is rooted in solid Biblical principles – sound stewardship of financial and other resources, rewards for fruitfulness and productivity, and environments that allow for enterprise to flourish without undue taxation or public theft masquerading as compassion. This is why our editorial team has chosen to support a presidential candidate in the Republican primaries, Ron Paul.

romneyIn 2008, Mitt Romney is made it official and ended his campaign for the Republican nomination for president. Romney won several caucus and primary states but failed to match John McCain and couldn’t overcome the support Mike Huckabee developed in southern states. Romney announced his plan to depart from the race in a speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference. He said he would get out of the race to ensure the eventual nominee has an easier time pulling the GOP together behind his campaign in the face of a battle against pro-abortion Democrats Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama. “If I fight on in my campaign, all the way to the convention, I would forestall the launch of a national campaign and frankly I’d be making it easier for Senator Clinton or [Barack] Obama to win,” Romney said. “If this were only about me, I would go on. But I entered this race because I love America, and because I love America, I feel I must now stand aside, for our party and for our country,” he added.

In 2012, A 6.9 magnitude earthquake hits near the central Philippines off the coast of Negros Island causing at least 51 deaths and injuring 112 others.

Janice Voss.jpgIn 2012,  Janice E. Voss, American engineer and astronaut (b. 1956) dies from breast cancer. She was an American engineer and a NASA astronaut. She flew in space five times, jointly holding the record for American women. She was selected as an astronaut candidate in 1990 and flew as a mission specialist on missions STS-57 (1993), STS-63 (1995), STS-83 (1997), STS-94 (1997) and STS-99 (2000). During her career as an astronaut, she participated in the first Shuttle rendezvous with the Mir space station on STS-63: it flew around the station, testing communications and inflight manoeuvres for later missions, but did not actually dock. As an STS-99 crew member on the Shuttle Radar Topography Mission, she and her fellow crew members worked continuously in shifts to produce what was at the time the most accurate digital topographical map of the Earth. The Cygnus CRS Orb-2 capsule was named SS Janice Voss in her honor.

In 2013, A 8.0 magnitude earthquake hits the Solomon Islands killing 10 people and injuring 17 others.

In 2016,  A 6.4 magnitude earthquake hits southern Taiwan, killing at least 38 people and injuring over 530 more.

In 2016, Secretary of State Madeleine Albright warned women of dire consequences if they don’t support her preferred candidate. Attempting to sway young women to support Hillary, Albright said, “We can tell our story about how we climbed the ladder and a lot of you younger women don’t think you have to — it’s been done — it’s not done and you have to help. Hillary Clinton will always be there for you. “And just remember: there’s a special place in hell for women who don’t help each other,” she said.

May God Bless and  Keep You This Day Till Tomorrow

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