September 6 is the 249th day of the year in a standard year and is one of the most important days in history in terms of exploration of the New World. Some of the events that occurred on this day that shaped our world include the return of Ferdinand Magellan’s ship Victoria, the settling of Salem, Massachusetts and the tragedy of the Munich Massacre, an act of terrorism during the Summer Olympics.
1492 – Columbus Sails
Christopher Columbus set sail from La Gomera, his final port before crossing the Atlantic Ocean in search of the West Indies.
1522 – The Victoria Returns
Ferdinand Magellan’s ship returns after circumnavigating the world, but without its captain, who was killed during the voyage.
1620 – The Mayflower
The Pilgrims set sail from England and journeyed to Plymouth Rock, setting up the second successful English settlement in America in what would become Massachusetts.
1628 – Settling of Salem
The Puritans made the city of Salem a part of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, setting the stage for its famous witch trials years later.
1972 – Munich Massacre
During the 1972 Summer Olympics, a Palestinian terrorist group known as Black September invaded the Olympic Village and took 11 Israeli athletes hostage, killing all 11.
1991 – Baltic Independence
The Soviet Union officially recognized the independence of the three Baltic nations: Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. This marked the beginning of the end for the Soviet Union, which broke apart later that year.
1995 – The Iron Oriole
Baltimore Orioles shortstop Cal Ripken, Jr. officially breaks Lou Gehrig’s record for consecutive games played by participating in his 2,131st straight baseball game. Ripken ended his streak in 1998 at 2,632 games.
1997 – Princess Diana’s Funeral
The first wife of Prince Charles, Lady Diana Spencer, was officially laid to rest after her tragic death from a car accident at the age of 36.
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Swaziland celebrates its independence from the United Kingdom, which it achieved in 1968. In the United States, Sept. 6 is known as National Coffee Ice Cream Day.
1954 – Carly Fiorina
Became the first woman to lead a Fortune Top 20 company when she became CEO of Hewlett Packard in 1995. She would eventually run for United States Senate in California in 2010 and for the Republican nomination for president in 2016, losing both races.
1958 – Jeff Foxworthy
Became famous for his You Might be a Redneck standup routine, as well as becoming the host of the game show Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?
1962 – Chris Christie
Became the governor of New Jersey in 2011 and served two full terms. In doing so, he became the first Republican in the Garden State’s history to complete two full terms as governor. He ran for the Republican nomination for president in 2016.
1972 – Idris Elba
Elba is one of the 20 highest-grossing actors in history, having made $3.6 billion in North America. He has won a Golden Globe for his role as the title character in the BBC series Luther.
2007 – Madeline L’Engle
Wrote A Wrinkle In Time as well as four sequels, the first of which is acclaimed as one of the 100 Greatest Chapter Books.
2012 – Art Modell
Bought the NFL’s Cleveland Browns in 1961 and owned them until controversially moving them to Baltimore in 1996, where he renamed them the Ravens.
2018 – Burt Reynolds
Starred in hit movies such as The Longest Yard, Smokey and the Bandit, The Cannonball Runand Boogie Nights, the last of which won him a Golden Globe Award.