Today's History Trivia for February 6
1971 Lunar Golf Alan Shepard hits some golf balls on the moon as part of the Apollo 14 mission. He had connected the head of a six-iron to the shaft of a piece of rock collecting equipment, covering it with a sock so it wouldn't be discovered before launch.
1933 The highest recorded sea wave 112 ft., heads from Manilla, Philippines to San Diego, Ca. Source: Guinness Book of World Records
1931 City Lights starring Charlie Chaplin is released in the U.S.
1837 Civil Rights The U.S. House of Representatives rules that slaves do not have the right of petition that is granted to American citizens under the Constitution.
1815 First U.S. railroad charter New Jersey grants a charter John Stevens to build a railroad from Trenton to New Brunswick, although he never completed it.
1802 U.S. declares war against Tripoli Tripoli had declared war the previous May after the U.S. refused to continue payment of tribute to the rulers of the North African Barbary States of Algiers, Tunis, Morocco, and Tripoli.
1788 Massachusetts becomes the 6th state.
1778 American Revolution France recognizes the independence of the U.S. with the signing of the Treaty of Alliance.
Today's Birthdays for February 6
1911 Ronald Wilson Reagan d. 2004 American politician, actor, 40th U.S. President (1981-89), 33rd Governor of California (1967-75), president of the Screen Actors Guild (1947-52, 59-60). Film: Knute Rockne - All American (1940, the Gipper). Quote: The nine most terrifying words in the English language are: "I'm from the government and I'm here to help."
1895 Babe Ruth d. 1948 (George Herman Ruth), American baseball legend, called "The Sultan of Swat," he hit 714 home runs. Pitched 29 2/3 scoreless innings in the 1918 World Series, a record that stood until 1961.
1950 Natalie Cole d. 2015 American Grammy-winning singer.
1945 Jennifer Jackson American model, Playboy's first African-American Playmate of the Month (March, 1965).
1943 Fabian (Fabian Anthony Forte), American teen idol.
1940 Tom Brokaw American TV newscaster.
1939 Mike Farrell American actor. TV: Days of Our Lives (Scott Banning) and M*A*S*H (B.J. Hunnicutt).
1931 Rip Torn (Elmore Rual Torn), American actor, comedian.
1917 Zsa Zsa Gabor d. 2016 (Sári Gábor), Hungarian-born American actress, Miss Hungary (1936), and police slapper (1989). She is often credited as being the first person to be famous for being famous. Commenting on her nine marriages: "I am a marvelous housekeeper: Every time I leave a man I keep his house." Film: Moulin Rouge (1952) and Queen of Outer Space (1958).
1913 John Lund d. 1992 American actor. Film: To Each His Own (1946) and A Foreign Affair (1948).
1910 Carlos Marcello d. 1993 (Calogero Minacori), New Orleans and Gulf Coast mafia boss.
1889 Elmo Lincoln d. 1952 (Otto Elmo Linkenhelt), American actor. Film: Tarzan of the Apes (1918, making him the first Tarzan of film). He was afraid of heights and had to have a double do the scenes in trees.
Deaths for February 6
2011 Kenneth Olsen b. 1926 American businessman. He co-founded the computer giant Digital Equipment Corporation (1957). In 1977, he declared, "There is no reason for any individual to have a computer in his home."
2009 James Whitmore b. 1921 American Tony-Grammy-Emmy-winning actor. TV: The Law and Mr. Jones (Abe Lincoln Jones).
2007 Frankie Laine b. 1913 (Francesco Paolo LoVecchio), American Oscar-winning singer. Music: Mule Train (#1) and High Noon (1952, Oscar). He also sang the theme to TV's Rawhide.
1998 Carl Wilson b. 1946 American guitarist, with The Beach Boys. Music: Surfin' USA (1963), I Get Around (1964, #1), Help Me Rhonda, (1965, #1), and Good Vibrations (1966, #1).
1994 Joseph Cotten b. 1905 American actor. Film: Citizen Kane (1941), The Magnificent Ambersons (1942), and Journey into Fear (1942).
1993 Arthur Ashe b. 1943 American tennis player, first black male to win a major tennis title (1968, U.S. Open) and the first black to win at Wimbledon (1975). Died of AIDS acquired during heart bypass surgery in 1983.
1991 Danny Thomas b. 1912 (Amos Jacobs), American actor. TV: Make Room for Daddy (daddy).
1952 George VI b. 1895 King of England and Northern Ireland (1936-52), he and Queen Elizabeth were the first British Sovereigns to visit (1939) the U.S.
1804 Joseph Priestley b. 1733 English clergyman, scientist. He is credited with the discovery of oxygen (1774).
1740 Clement XII b. 1652 Italian religious leader, 246th Pope (1730-40). Condemned the Freemasons (1738).
1515 Aldus Manutius b. 1450 Italian printer. He was the first publisher of paperbacks and the inventor of italics.