Special Sub-Topic: It Happened on September 6th
|1522: Upon arrival in Spain on Sept 6, Ferdinand Magellan's ship Victoria was the first to accomplish this. What was this 'first'? |
First ship to circumnavigate the globe. The Victoria was the only surviving ship to return to Europe from the five-ship fleet with which Magellan started. The historic voyage ended in Sanlucar de Barrameda, Spain - 16 months after Magellan's death at sea. The first ship known to have brought tea to Europe was Dutch, and arrived 1610 from Macao, China. In 1498, Vasco da Gama was the first person to sail a ship directly from Europe to India. Christopher Columbus brought the first cocoa beans to Europe between 1502 and 1504.
|1901: The Pan-American Exhibition in Buffalo, N.Y. was the site of the murder of an American political figure by an anarchist named Leon Czolgosz. Who was murdered? |
President William McKinley. President William McKinley, 58, was shot on September 6, 1901 by Leon Czolgosz while greeting visitors to the Temple of Music at the Pan-American Exhibition. Inspired by the assassination of King Umberto of Italy, Czolgosz shot the President as the anarchist's statement for the common man against the government. President McKinley died from his wound on Sept 15. Senator Lodge (d. 1924), President Cleveland (d. 1908), and Susan B. Anthony (d. 1906), all died of natural causes.
|1628: A group of English religious reformers arrived to settle in Salem, MA. Who were they? |
Puritans. The Puritans left England to escape religious disdvantages and became the dominant religion of New England in the 17th century. The Pilgrims arrived in 1620 at Plymouth, the Quakers in Pennsylvania in 1675, and Dutch and German Mennonites came to Pennsylvania in 1683.
|1888: The father of an American dynasty is born in Boston. Among his 4 sons are 3 who will become major political figures. Who is this man born on September 6, 1888? |
Joseph P. Kennedy. Joseph P. Kennedy was born on this date. He was the father of President John F. Kennedy, and U.S. Senators Robert Kennedy, and Edward Kennedy. Preston S. Bush (b. 1895), was the grandfather of President George H.W. Bush. Patrick Kennedy (b. 1967) is the grandson of Joseph and the son of Edward Kennedy,and has served as a U.S. representative for Rhode Island. James Roosevelt (b. 1828) was the father of President Franklin Roosevelt.
|1995: On this date, Lou Gehrig's Major League Baseball record of playing in 2,130 straight games was broken. Which baseball player who broke this record?|
Cal Ripken, Jr.. Cal Ripken, Jr. broke Lou Gehrig's consecutive game record on September 6. By the time he retired in 1998, Ripken's record had stretched to 2,632 games. Ken Griffey, Jr, Kirby Puckett, and Wade Boggs were all American League All-Stars along with Ripken in 1995.
|1975: An East European sports star requests political asylum in the United States. Who is this athlete?|
Martina Navratilova. Tennis star Martina Navritilova, a native of Czechoslovakia, requested U.S. political asylum on Sept 6, 1975. Romanian gymnast and Olympic gold medalist Nadia Comaneci requested asylum in 1989. Alexander Karelin is a Russian wrestler and Olympic gold medalist who lives in Moscow, and Ivan Patzaichin is a Romanian canoer and Olympic gold medalist who is retired and living in Romania.
|1920 - The first American radio broadcast of a prizefight was aired from Benton Harbor, MI. Who was the winning boxer?|
Jack Dempsey. Jack Dempsey successfully defended his World Heavyweight Title by knocking out Billy Miske in the 3rd round of this September 6 bout, broadcast by WWJ radio in Detroit. Joe Louis was World heavyweight Champion from 1937-49. Eddie Eagan won the 1920 Olympic Gold Medal in boxing in the Light-Heavyweight division.
|1943 - The youngest player ever to participate in an American League game, played on this date in Philadelphia. Who was this young pitcher? |
Carl Scheib. Born in 1927, Carl Scheib, debuted for the Philadelphia Athletics on this date at the age of 16 years, 8 months, and 5 days. He played major league baseball until 1954. The incorrect answers were also major league baseball players in 1943: "Schoolboy" Rowe was a pitcher with the Philadephia Phillies, born in 1910; Charlie Brewster was a shortstop with the Philadelphia Blue Jays, born in 1916; Paul Busby was an outfielder with the Philadelphia Phillies, born in 1918.
|1860 - This future Nobel prize winner, pioneer social worker, and feminist, was born on this date in Illinois. Who is this pioneer?|
Jane Addams. Jane Addams founded Hull House in Chicago, one of the first settlement houses in the United States. She won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1931. Margaret Sanger (b. 1879) was a pioneer birth control activist, and founder of the American Birth Control League (which eventually became Planned Parenthood). Katharine Houghton Hepburn (b. 1878) was a women's suffragist and feminist, and mother of actress Katharine Hepburn. Clara Barton (b. 1812) was a pioneer nurse and humanitarian.
|1997 - The funeral of this Englishwoman makes news around the world. Who is she?|
Diana, Princess of Wales. Princess Diana's funeral on September 6, 1997 was seen by over 2 billion people world-wide. It took place at Westminster Abbey. Dame Barbara Cartland (d. 2000) was a prolific writer of romance novels, and was also step-grandmother to Princess Diana. Princess Margaret (d. 2002) was the younger sister of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II. Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother (d. 2002), was the mother of Queen Elizabeth II.
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