A 1953 advertisement for a Schick electric razor from the Saturday Evening Post.
A 1953 advertisement for a Schick electric razor from the Saturday Evening Post.

Today in History: November 6

Highlights in history on this date:

1429: Henry VI is crowned king of England, seven years after acceding to the throne at the age of eight months.

1632: Sweden's King Gustavus II is killed in the Battle of Lutzen.

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

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

1893: Death of Russian composer Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky.

1913: Mahatma Gandhi is arrested while leading a march of Indian miners in South Africa.

1917: In World War I, the third battle of Ypres ends after five months when Australians and Canadians take Passchendaele. The advance was just 8km at a cost of at least 240,000 men.

1928: Jacob Schick obtains a patent for his "shaving implement", the first electric razor.

1932: In German elections, the Nazis lose 34 seats and two million votes but still remain the largest party in the Reichstag with 196 seats.

1935: The Lady Southern Cross, piloted by Charles Kingsford Smith and John "Tommy" Pethybridge, takes off from Allahabad, India during an attempt to set an England-Australia speed record. It later disappears over the Andaman Sea.

Aviator Charles Kingsford Smith and co-pilot John Pethybridge prepare to fly from England to Australian in a Lockheed Altair, the ‘Lady Southern Cross’, in 1935.
Aviator Charles Kingsford Smith and co-pilot John Pethybridge prepare to fly from England to Australian in a Lockheed Altair, the ‘Lady Southern Cross’, in 1935.

1942: Tidal wave kills 10,000 people in Bengal, India.

1943: In World War II, Russians recapture Kiev after two years of Nazi occupation.

1962: UN General Assembly calls for economic sanctions against South Africa because of its racial policies.

1977: A dam collapse drowns at least 38 people as a wall of water submerges a trailer camp outside Toccoa in the US state of Georgia.

1985: The Colombian army launches an assault on the Supreme Court building, which had been taken over by leftists rebels. Some 100 people, including 11 justices, die in the two-day siege.

1986: A helicopter ferrying oil workers from offshore rigs crashes in the North Sea off Scotland; 45 die.

1991: NATO leaders meeting in Rome formally call a halt to enmity with Soviet Union and its allies and offer them a voice in alliance affairs.

1994: Rescuers across southern Europe struggle to reach cut-off villages and families trapped under the rubble of collapsed houses amid the devastation caused by heavy flooding.

1999: Australians vote by 55 to 45 per cent to reject a constitutional referendum to set up a republic and replace the British monarch as head of state.

2000: Hillary Clinton defeats her Republican opponent for a US Senate seat in New York to become the only US first lady ever to win public office.

Hillary Clinton became the only US first lady to win public office on this day in 2000.
Hillary Clinton became the only US first lady to win public office on this day in 2000.

2001: New York voters pick Republican media mogul Michael Bloomberg as the new mayor to lead the recovery from the September 11 attacks, succeeding Rudolph Giuliani.

2005: Australian SAS soldier David Russell Nary, 42, is killed in a training exercise in Kuwait.

2008: Australia's biggest childcare operator, ABC Learning Centres Ltd, goes into voluntary administration and receivership owing more than $520 million to just three of its major backers.

2012: Barack Obama wins election to a second term as US president, beating Republican candidate Mitt Romney.

2013: Former Guantanamo Bay detainee David Hicks says he's appealing against his US conviction for supporting terrorism.

2014: AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd is arrested in New Zealand and charged with attempting to hire a hitman to kill two people.

2015: Australian journalist Peter Greste describes returning to his home in Kenya after nearly two years in an Egyptian prison as one of his "happiest moments".

2016: Unknown gunmen in the Afghan capital Kabul kidnap a female Australian employee of a non-governmental organisation who is not released until the following March.

2017: The parents of a two-year-old Darwin girl who died from meningococcal disease launch a campaign demanding the government fund vaccinations for the B-strain of the disease.

2018: An Indonesian passenger plane is grounded for an hour at Bengkulu in Sumatra after some on-board refused to fly until stinky durian fruit was removed.

Happy Birthday, Thandie Newton!
Happy Birthday, Thandie Newton!

TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS:

Adolphe Sax, Belgian inventor of the saxophone (1814-1894); John Philip Sousa, US composer (1854-1937); Ignace Jan Paderewski, Polish pianist-statesman (1860-1941); Jean Shrimpton, English model (1942); Ian Turpie, Australian actor and TV host (1943-2012); George Young, Australian songwriter and musician of Easybeats fame (1946-2017); Sally Field, US actor (1946); Glenn Frey, founding member of The Eagles (1948-2016); Graeme Wood, Australian cricketer (1956); Kelly Rutherford, US actor (1968); Ethan Hawke, US actor (1970); Rebecca Romijn, US supermodel-actor (1972); Thandie Newton, British-Zambian actor (1972).

THOUGHT FOR TODAY:

"A diplomatic peace is not yet the real peace. It is an essential step in the peace process leading towards a real peace." - Yitzhak Rabin, Israeli Prime Minister (1922-1995).


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