Today's History Trivia for November 6
1991 The last Kuwait oil well fire is extinguished Iraqi forces has ignited them while retreating in the Gulf War.
1987 A banana is used to demonstrate how to put on a condom by singer Ruben Blades on a PBS special.
1967 Donahue The TV show debuts as a local program in Dayton, Ohio. It was a pioneer in controversial daytime talk-shows.
1963 Laura Bush Laura Welch, the 17-year-old future first lady, runs a stop sign striking a car and killing its sole occupant, Michael Douglass, her 17-year-old friend and classmate.
1928 First animated electric sign in the U.S. is installed, on the Times Building in New York's Time Square.
1923 The electric razor is patented, by Colonel Jacob Schick.
1899 Packard Automobile James and William Packard take their first automobile for a test drive on the streets of Warren, Ohio. Having been dissatisfied with the Winton car, he suggested improvements to the manufacturer. They said if he thought he could build a better car, he should do so - so he did!
1869 First U.S. intercollegiate football game Rutgers beats Princeton 6-4, although the rules were more like soccer.
Today's Birthdays for November 6
1955 Maria Shriver journalist. TV: First Person (anchorwoman).
1949 Brad Davis d. 1991 American actor. Film: Midnight Express. He died of AIDS.
1948 Glenn Frey d. 2016 American Grammy-winning singer, with The Eagles. Music: Take It Easy (1972), Hotel California (1976, #1), and Smuggler's Blues (1985).
1946 Sally Field American Oscar-Emmy-winning actress. TV: Gidget (title role) and The Flying Nun (title roll).
1931 Mike Nichols d. 2014 (Michael Igor Peschkowsky), German-born American Oscar-Tony-Grammy-Emmy-BAFTA winning director. Stage: Barefoot in the Park (1963, Tony) and The Odd Couple (1965, Tony). Film: The Graduate (1967, Oscar).
1921 James Jones d. 1977 American author. Writings: From Here to Eternity (1951), which in 1954 was declared unmailable by the U.S. Post Office.
1914 Jonathan Harris d. 2002 (Jonathan Charasuchin), American actor. TV: Lost in Space (Dr. Zachary Smith).
1903 June Marlowe d. 1984 (Gisella Goetten), American actress. She was billed as "The Most Beautiful Girl On the Screen." Film: The Little Rascals series (Mrs. Crabtree, the schoolteacher).
1861 James Naismith d. 1939 American gym instructor. He invented basketball while an instructor for the YMCA (1891). A few years later basketball was banned by the YMCA, which claimed not enough people could play at one time.
1854 John Philip Sousa d. 1932 American bandmaster. The March King, bandmaster of the U.S. Marine Band. He and J.W. Pepper developed a type of bass tuba now known as the sousaphone. Music: The Stars and Stripes Forever (1897, National March of the USA), Semper Fidelis (1888, Official March of the US Marine Corps), and The Liberty Bell (1893, theme for Monty Python's Flying Circus).
1814 Adolphe Sax d. 1894 Belgian instrument maker. He patented the saxophone (1846). He spent much of life in legal battles over his musical patents and died in poverty.
1671 Colley Cibber d. 1757 English actor, dramatist. He wrote the first opera performed in America: Flora; or Hob in the Well (1735).
1638 James Gregory d. 1675 Scottish mathematician, astronomer. He invented the reflecting telescope (Gregorian telescope) and discovered infinite series representations for a number of trigonometry functions.
Deaths for November 6
1975 Annette Kellerman b. 1887 Australian world record-holder swimmer, actress. She starred in the first sex-shocker movie, A Daughter of the Gods (1916). It was the first $1,000,000 film production. Earlier, in 1907, she had been arrested for wearing a one-piece bathing suit at a Boston beach. She was one of the first to wear the scandalous one-piece swim suit, as opposed the traditional pantaloons. Her life was portrayed in the movie Million Dollar Mermaid (1952).
1991 Gene Tierney b. 1920 American actress. Film: Laura (1944, title role), Leave Her to Heaven (1945), The Razor's Edge (1946), and The Left Hand of God (1955).
1963 Clarence Elmer Mitchell b. 1891 American baseball player. He is the only person to have hit into a unassisted triple play in a World Series game (1920).
1962 Howard Roger Garis b. 1873 American children's author, creator of the Uncle Wiggily the rabbit stories and board game.
1905 Sir George Williams b. 1821 English merchant. Founded the Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA, 1844). He wanted to create a place for young men that would not tempt them into sin.
1893 Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky b. 1840 Russian composer. Music: The Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker.
1858 Samuel Cornish b. 1795 American journalist. He co-published the first African-American newspaper in American, Freedom's Journal (1827).
1836 Charles X b. 1757 King of France (1824-30), his unpopular rule led to a revolution in which he lost the throne.
1672 Heinrich Schütz b. 1585 German composer, called the "Father of German music." He composed Dafne (1727), the first German opera.
1406 Innocent VII b. 1336 Italian religious leader, 204th Pope (1404-06).