ON THIS DAY: November 6, 2017

November 6th is

Cappuccino Day

Job Action Day *

Parents as Teachers Day *

Saxophone Day *

International Day for Preventing the Exploitation
of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict*


MORE! Adolphe Sax, Opal Kunz and Derrick Bell, click



Belarus –
October Revolution Day 

Dominican Republic –
Constitution Day

Kyrgyzstan –
Social Revolution Day

Morocco & Western Sahara –
Green March Day *

Tajikistan – Constitution Day


On This Day in HISTORY

1528 – Shipwrecked Spanish conquistador Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca becomes the first known European to set foot in future-Texas

1558 – Thomas Kyd born, English playwright; The Spanish Tragedy

1753 – Jean-Baptiste Bréval born, French cellist and composer

1789 – Pope Pius VI appoints Father John Carroll as the first U.S. Catholic bishop

1814 – Saxophone Day * celebrates Adolphe Sax’s birthday, Belgian saxophone inventor

1833 – Jonas Lie born, notable Norwegian novelist, poet and playwright; Familien paa Gilje (The Family at Gilje)

1851 – Charles Dow born, American journalist, founder of The Wall Street Journal and co-founder of Dow Jones & Company

1854 – John Philip Sousa born, the “March King,” composer and band director; “Stars and Stripes Forever” “The Washington Post”

1856 – Scenes of Clerical Life, three short stories by the author later known as George Eliot, is submitted for publication

1860 – Abraham Lincoln elected as the sixteenth U.S. president

1861 – Jefferson Davis is elected president of the Confederate States of America.

1886 – Ida Barney born, American astronomer and mathematician; produced 22 volumes of astrometric measurements on 150,000 stars; worked at the Yale University Observatory as a researcher (1922-1955); awarded the American Astronomical Society’s Annie J. Cannon Award in Astronomy in 1952

1892 – Harold Ross born, American editor, of The New Yorker (1925-1951)

1894 – William C. Hooker patented a mousetrap

1894 – Opal Kunz born, American aviator; first woman pilot to race men in an open competition; chief organizer of the Betsy Ross Air Corps, and charter member of the Ninety-Nines, a women pilots’ organization; during WWI, was a flight instructor for Navy cadets and the Civilian Pilot Training Program

1900 – Ida Lou Anderson born, pioneer in radio broadcasting, and professor; mentor and adviser to Edward R. Murrow; died at age 40 of complications from childhood polio

1903 – Panama’s ambassador to the U.S., Philippe Bunau-Varilla, signs the Hay-Bunau-Varilla Treaty, which granted the U.S. rights to build and indefinitely administer the Panama Canal Zone and its defenses

1913 – Mohandas Gandhi is arrested leading a march of Indian miners in South Africa

1921 – James R. Jones born, American author; won the 1952 National Book Award for his first published novel, From Here to Eternity

1923 –  Jacob Schick patents the electric shaver

1930 – Derrick Bell born, first tenured African-American professor of law at Harvard Law School (1969-1979); Dean of University of Oregon School of Law (1980-1985); led protests at Harvard over lack of people of color and women on the faculty — Bell resigned his tenured position at Harvard over the school’s refusal to hire a fully-qualified Asian woman; was a New York University professor of law (1991-2011); influential proponent of “critical race theory”; author of Race, Racism and American Law.

1935 – Edwin Armstrong presents his paper “A Method of Reducing Disturbances in Radio Signaling by a System of Frequency Modulation” to the New York section of the Institute of Radio Engineers, announcing his development of FM radio

1938 – Diana E. H. Russell born in South Africa, educated in Britain and the U.S.; feminist writer, sociologist and anti-apartheid activist; pioneer in Women’s Studies, offering one of the earliest courses as an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Mills College; organizer of the first International Tribunal on Crimes against Women in Brussels in 1976; advocate for the use of ‘Femicide’ to describe violent murders of women by men because they are female, and adding it as a category to legislation against hate crimes

1940 – Ruth Messinger born, New York City liberal political leader and advocate for public education, ran unsuccessfully for mayor against incumbent Rudy Giuliani in 1997; president and CEO of American Jewish World Service (1998-2016)

1944 – Plutonium is first produced at the Hanford Atomic Facility and subsequently used in the ‘Fat Man’ atomic bomb dropped on Nagasaki, Japan

1947 – First show for NBC News of Meet the Press; Martha Rountree, co-founder of Meet the Press, was the first moderator, and its only female host to date, from 1947 to 1953

1946 – Sally Field born, American actress and director; Oscar-winner for Best Actress for Norma Rae and Places in the Heart; director and co-author of the TV movie The Christmas Tree (1996), and the feature film Beautiful (2000); advocate for women’s rights and gay rights

1948 – Glenn Frey, musician-singer with The Eagles, is born

1952 – The first hydrogen bomb is exploded at Eniwetok Atoll in the Pacific Ocean

1962 – U.N. General Assembly adopts a resolution condemning South Africa’s racist apartheid policies, and calling for all member states to terminate military and economic relations with South Africa

1965 – ‘Freedom Flights’ program allows 250,000 Cubans refugees in the U.S. by 1971

1967 – Phil Donahue’s talk show makes its debut as a local program in Dayton OH

1973 – NASA’s Pioneer 10 spacecraft begins photographing Jupiter

1975 – Following an International Court of Justice declaration that there were legal ties between the Moroccan throne and the Sahrawi people, King Hassan II of Morocco launches the Green March, a mass march of 300,000 unarmed Moroccans, to “reclaim” the nation of Western Sahara from Spanish colonialism – Western Sahara has been a bone of contention ever since, with the Polisario Front of the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic fighting for self-rule

1983 – U.S. Army choppers drop hundreds of leaflets over northern and central Grenada, urging residents to cooperate in locating any Grenadian or Cuban resisters to the invasion

1984 – For the first time in 193 years, the New York Stock Exchange remained open during a presidential election day

1986 – U.S. intelligence sources publicly confirm the Lebanese magazine Ash Shiraa’s story that the U.S. secretly sold arms to Iran to secure release of American hostages

1989 – Attempting to free the U.S. hostages held in Iran, the U.S. announces it will unfreeze $567 million in Iranian assets that had been held since 1979

1990 – 20% of Universal Studios’ Southern California backlot is destroyed by an arson fire

1991 – Kuwait douses the last oil fire Iraq ignited during the Persian Gulf War

1995 – Queen releases their album Made in Heaven

1999 – Australian voters reject anti-Queen Elizabeth II referendum as their head of state

2001U.N. General Assembly declares November 6 as International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict  *

2001 – Parents as Teachers Day * is started by the Parents as Teachers National Center in St. Louis MO; teach your child something new today!

2008 – Job Action Day * is started by LiveCareers to connect people with job-search and career advice

2009 – The federal government reported U.S. unemployment rose to 10.2 percent in October, the first time the jobless rate hit double digits since 1983


About wordcloud9

Nona Blyth Cloud has lived and worked in the Los Angeles area for the past 50 years, spending much of that time commuting on the 405 Freeway. After Hollywood failed to appreciate her genius for acting and directing, she began a second career managing non-profits, from which she has retired. Nona has now resumed writing whatever comes into her head, instead of reports and pleas for funding. She lives in a small house overrun by books with her wonderful husband.
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