If October 6th had an Instagram, it would share photos of planets, cabaret performers, and cricket players. And the sharing would be nonstop, because it’s thanks to October 6th that we even have Instagram! Some of our greatest accomplishments in music, cinema, and science are owed to this date. Here are just a few of the people and events that make October 6 such a special time:
Famous Historical Events
1600: In celebration of the marriage of Maria de’ Medici and Henry IV, the opera Euridicepremieres in Florence, Italy. Composed by Jacopo Peri and Giulio Caccini, Euridice, also called L’Euridice, would go on to become the world’s oldest surviving opera. The opera tells the myth of Orpheus and his doomed lover, Eurydice. Though initial reception was mixed, Euridice is now recognized as the first pastoral play without any spoken dialogue, which would lead to the creation of further operatic pieces.
1889: The Moulin Rouge opens in Paris, France. The Moulin Rouge, a cabaret, was founded by Joseph Oller and Charles Zidler. The can-can dance was first performed here, and the cabaret employed several famous dancers, including Jane Avril and Yvette Guilbert. The original house would burn down in 1915, but it was rebuilt in 1921. The Moulin Rouge inspired the creation of the Moulin Rouge Hotel in Las Vegas, as well as numerous songs and movies, including the eponymous Moulin Rouge!.
1908: The Bosnian Crisis, also called the First Balkan Crisis, began on this date. Everything started with Austria-Hungary’s annexation of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Serbia was enraged by the announcement, since the two provinces had previously been under the authority of the Ottoman Empire. Other nations like France and Italy were also upset, as the annexation defied the Treaty of Berlin. Attempts at compromise would only increase tensions, and these tensions would later contribute to the assassination of Franz Ferdinand, which in turn led to the first World War.
1927: The Jazz Singer is released, becoming the first film with a soundtrack. The film was directed by Alan Crosland, and it starred May McAvoy and Al Jolson. The Jazz Singer’s release is credited with ending the silent film era, though it did face controversy due to its use of blackface. The film tells the story of Jakie Rabinowitz, a Jewish man who defies his family in order to become a famous jazz musician.
1995: 51 Pegasi b was discovered by two Swiss astronomers, Michel Mayor and Didier Queloz. 51 Pegasi b, also called Dimidium, was the first planet ever found to be orbiting another sun. 51 Pegasi b is structurally similar to Jupiter, thus earning it the distinction of a “hot Jupiter.”
2007: On this date in history, Jason Lewis became the first person to circumnavigate the world without using any sails or motors. He was a window washer when his friend, Steve Smith, asked him to accompany him on a quest around the globe. Steve wound up dropping out of the expedition early on, but Jason continued; he biked, swam, and kayaked through hazardous conditions, finally completing his journey after more than 13 years. His feat earned him a spot in the Guinness World Records.
2010: Instagram was created and launched by Kevin System and Mike Krieger. Instagram is a social networking service that allows users to upload and share photos and videos. The app also supplies filters and caption options. Hundred of millions of people use Instagram every day, and it’s won numerous awards. Currently, user @world_record_egg has the app’s most “liked” photo, which, fittingly, is a photo of an egg.
1769: Isaac Brock
Major General Isaac Brock joined the army in 1785. He was assigned to Canada in 1802, and in 1811, he was promoted to major general. He helped enlist Native American allies for the British in the War of 1812 and became known as the “Hero of Upper Canada.” His last words are preserved in Canadian folk legend: “Push on the York volunteers.”
1846: George Westinghouse
George Westinghouse was an inventor famous for introducing and developing alternating current for power and light. His technology helped create over 200 nuclear power plants, and he received over 300 patents for his work. Another of his inventions was an air brake for trains, which would become the standardized brake equipment throughout the USA and Europe.
1930: Richie Benaud
Famous cricketer, journalist, and broadcaster, Richie Benaud, was credited for having the most charisma and personality of any cricketer since World War II. He was from Australia and played for the New South Wales. He wrote numerous books on the sport and was inducted into the Australian Cricket Hall of Fame in 2007.
1989: Bette Davis
Bette Davis, the Academy Award winning actress, died on October 6th, 1989 in Paris, France. She was 81 at the time, and her cause of death was a resurgence of breast cancer. Bette Davis was nominated for the Academy Award ten times, and she won the Academy Award for Jezebel and Dangerous. She is also well-known for starring in All About Eve and What Happened to Baby Jane?, for which she received Oscar nominations.
1979: Elizabeth Bishop
Elizabeth Bishop died in Boston of a cerebral aneurysm. Bishop was a gifted and famous poet who was especially talented at writing sestinas. Her poetry collection, Poems: North & South/A Cold Spring, won the 1956 Pulitzer Prize, and her collection, Geography III, won the Neustadt International Prize for Literature, which no women had won before and no American has won since. Though talented, Bishop was not a prolific writer. She was also known for her detached style of poetry, which would sometimes reference her life but did so objectively.
If you have an invention in mind or want to start up a company, October 6th is a good date to do it. Just stay focused on the act of discovery and steer clear of any international conflicts…