Once Upon A Time – October 6 – 1951 – Joseph Stalin Proclaims The Soviet Union Has The Atomic Bomb

1917 Battle of Passchendaele: Canadian troops capture the village of Passchendaele in the Third Battle of Ypres, after 250,000 casualties on both sides

1939 Adolf Hitler announces plans to regulate Jewish problem

1948 Earthquake in Ashgabat kills 100,000 in the Turkmen Soviet Socialist Republic

1949 US President Harry Truman signs Mutual Defense Assistance Act (for NATO)

1951 Joseph Stalin proclaims the Soviet Union has the atomic bomb

1956 Scientist Albert Sabin announces that his oral Polio vaccine is ready for testing; it would soon supplant Jonas Salk’s vaccine in many parts of the world

HISTORICAL EVENTS TODAY

TODAY IN FILM & TV

1927 “The Jazz Singer”, directed by Alan Crosland, starring Al Jolson and May McAvoy, released, 1st film with a soundtrack (Honorary Academy Award 1928)

1960 “Spartacus”, directed by Stanley Kubrick and starring Kirk Douglas and Laurence Olivier, premieres in NYC

TODAY IN MUSIC

1987 “Faith” single released by George Michael (Billboard Song of the Year 1988)

TODAY IN SPORT

1882 1st World Series Baseball Game 1: Cincinnati Red Stockings (AA) beat Chicago White Stockings (NL), 4-0 at Bank Street Grounds, Cincinnati

MORE FACTS…

1995 51 Pegasi discovered as the first major star, apart from the Sun, to have a planet orbiting around it

1945 Tavern owner “Billy Goat” Sianis buys seat for his goat for Game 4 of Baseball World Series, is escorted out and casts goat curse on Chicago Cubs

FAMOUS WEDDINGS

1936 Diana Mitford marries Oswald Mosley in the house of Joseph Goebbels with Adolf Hitler as a guest

1953 MLB baseball player Hank Aaron (19) weds Barbara Lucas (divorced 1971)

1956 South African politician “Kobie” Coetsee marries Helena E Malan

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