November 6

1429: Henry VI is crowned King of England.

1812: The first winter snow falls on the French Army as Napoleon Bonaparte retreats form Moscow.

1860: Abraham Lincoln is elected 16th president of the United States.

1861: Jefferson Davis is elected to a six-year term as president of the Confederacy.

1863: A Union force surrounds and scatters defending Confederates at the Battle of Droop Mountain in West Virginia.

1891: Comanche, the only 7th Cavalry horse to survive George Armstrong Custer’s “Last Stand” at the Little Bighorn, dies at Fort Riley, Kansas.

1911: Maine becomes a dry state.

1917: The Bolshevik “October Revolution” (Oct. 25 on the old Russian calendar), led by Vladimir Lenin and Leon Trotsky, seizes power in Petrograd.

1923: As European inflation soars, one loaf of bread in Berlin is reported to be worth about 140 billion German marks.

1945: The first landing of a jet on a carrier takes place on USS Wake Island when an FR-1 Fireball touches down.

1973: Coleman Young becomes the first African American mayor of Detroit, Michigan.

1985: Guerrillas of the leftist 19th of April Movement seize Colombia’s Palace of Justice in Bogata; during the two-day siege and the military assault to retake the building over 100 people are killed, including 11 of the 25 Supreme Court justices.

1986: A British International Helicopters Boeing 234LRR Chinook crashes 2.5 miles east of Sumburgh Airport; 45 people are killed, the deadliest civilian helicopter crash to date.

1986: The Iran arms-for-hostages deal is revealed, damaging the Reagan administration.

1995: The Rova of Antananarivo, home of Madagascar’s sovereigns from the 16th to the 19th centuries, is destroyed by fire.

1999: Australia’s voters reject a referendum to make the country a republic with a president appointed by Parliament.

Born on November 6

1814: Adolphe Sax, instrument maker and inventor of the saxophone.

1851: Charles Henry Dow, American financial journalist who (with Edward D. Jones) inaugurated the Dow-Jones averages.

1854: John Philip Sousa, “The March Master,” American bandmaster and composer. Among his 140 marches are “Stars and Stripes Forever” and “Semper Fidelis.”

1861: James Naismith, Canadian physical education instructor who, in 1891, invented the game of basketball.

1887: Walter Johnson, baseball pitcher, “The Big Train.”

1892: Harold Ross, New Yorker editor.

1921: James Jones, American novelist (“From Here to Eternity”).

1931: Mike Nichols, film and stage director (“The Graduate”).

1941: Guy Clark, Texas country-folk singer, songwriter (“Desperados Waiting for a Train,” “Texas 1947”).

1946: Sally Field, actress; won Academy Award for Best Actress in 1979 (“Norma Rae”) and 1984 (“Places in the Heart”); won three Emmys for work in television.

1948: Glenn Frey, singer, songwriter, musician; a founding member of the band Eagles.

1955: Maria Shriver, journalist, author; first lady of California while married to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

1976: Pat Tillman, professional football player who ended his career to enlist in the U.S. Army in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks; he was killed by friendly fire in Afghanistan on April 22, 2004.

1988: Emma Stone, actress (“Zombieland,” “Spiderman”).

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