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Friday 6 October 2017 Calendar with holidays, observances and special days

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Holidays and observances

  • German-American Day (United States)
  • National Noodle Day (United States)

Events

  • 2007 – Jason Lewis completes the first human-powered circumnavigation of the globe.
  • 1995 – 51 Pegasi is discovered to be the second major star apart from the Sun to have a planet orbiting around it.
  • 1979 – Pope John Paul II becomes the first pontiff to visit the White House.
  • 1977 – The first prototype of the Mikoyan MiG-29, designated 9-01, makes its maiden flight.
  • 1942 – World War II: The October Matanikau action on Guadalcanal begins as United States Marine Corps forces attack Imperial Japanese Army units along the Matanikau River.
  • 1927 – Opening of The Jazz Singer, the first prominent "talkie" movie.
  • 1910 – Eleftherios Venizelos is elected Prime Minister of Greece for the first time (seven times in total).
  • 1903 – The High Court of Australia sits for the first time.
  • 1898 – Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, the largest American music fraternity, is founded at the New England Conservatory of Music by Ossian Everett Mills.
  • 1884 – The Naval War College of the United States Navy is founded in Newport, Rhode Island.
  • 1876 – The American Library Association was founded.
  • 1777 – American Revolutionary War: General Sir Henry Clinton leads British forces in the capture of Continental Army Hudson River defenses in the Battle of Forts Clinton and Montgomery.
  • 1683 – German immigrant families found Germantown in the colony of Pennsylvania, marking the first major immigration of German people to America.

Births

  • 1988 – Trey Edward Shults, American film director
  • 1986 – Meg Myers, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1986 – Olivia Thirlby, American actress
  • 1985 – Sylvia Fowles, American basketball player
  • 1984 – Joanna Pacitti, American singer-songwriter
  • 1982 – William Butler, American musician and composer
  • 1979 – Richard Seymour, American football player
  • 1977 – Jamie Laurie, American singer-songwriter
  • 1977 – Melinda Doolittle, American singer-songwriter
  • 1974 – Jeremy Sisto, American actor, producer, and screenwriter
  • 1973 – Jeff B. Davis, American comedian, actor, and singer
  • 1973 – Rebecca Lobo, American basketball player and sportscaster
  • 1970 – Amy Jo Johnson, American Actress
  • 1970 – Darren Oliver, American baseball player
  • 1968 – Bob May, American golfer
  • 1966 – Jacqueline Obradors, American actress
  • 1966 – Tommy Stinson, American singer-songwriter and bass player
  • 1965 – John McWhorter, American academic and linguist
  • 1965 – Peg O'Connor, American philosopher and academic
  • 1965 – Rubén Sierra, Puerto Rican-American baseball player
  • 1965 – Steve Scalise, American lawyer and politician
  • 1964 – Matthew Sweet, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer
  • 1964 – Ricky Berry, American basketball player (d. 1989)
  • 1964 – Tom Jager, American swimmer and coach
  • 1963 – Elisabeth Shue, American actress
  • 1962 – David Baker, American biologist and academic
  • 1962 – Rich Yett, American baseball player
  • 1959 – Brian Higgins, American politician
  • 1959 – Oil Can Boyd, American baseball player
  • 1959 – Walter Ray Williams, Jr., American bowler
  • 1956 – Kathleen Webb, American author and illustrator
  • 1955 – Tony Dungy, American football player and coach
  • 1954 – Bill Buford, American author and journalist
  • 1954 – Darrell M. West, American political scientist, author, and academic
  • 1954 – David Hidalgo, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1951 – Kevin Cronin, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer
  • 1950 – David Brin, American physicist and author
  • 1949 – Leslie Moonves, American businessman
  • 1949 – Lonnie Johnson, American inventor
  • 1949 – Thomas McClary, American R&B singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1948 – Glenn Branca, American guitarist and composer
  • 1946 – Eddie Villanueva, Filipino evangelist and politician, founded the ZOE Broadcasting Network
  • 1946 – Lloyd Doggett, American lawyer and politician
  • 1942 – Dan Christensen, American painter (d. 2007)
  • 1942 – Fred Travalena, American comedian and actor (d. 2009)
  • 1941 – Paul Popham, American soldier and activist, co-founded Gay Men's Health Crisis (d. 1987)
  • 1940 – Ellen Travolta, American actress
  • 1939 – Jack Cullen, American baseball player
  • 1939 – John J. LaFalce, American captain, lawyer, and politician
  • 1939 – Richard Delgado, American lawyer and academic
  • 1939 – Sheila Greibach, American computer scientist and academic
  • 1936 – Julius L. Chambers, American lawyer, educator, and activist (d. 2013)
  • 1935 – Bruno Sammartino, Italian-American wrestler and trainer
  • 1934 – Marshall Rosenberg, American psychologist and author (d. 2015)
  • 1931 – Riccardo Giacconi, Italian-American astrophysicist and astronomer, Nobel Prize laureate
  • 1929 – George Mattos, American pole vaulter (d. 2012)
  • 1928 – Barbara Werle, American actress and singer (d. 2013)
  • 1927 – Bill King, American sportscaster (d. 2005)
  • 1925 – Shana Alexander, American journalist and author (d. 2005)
  • 1922 – Joe Frazier, American baseball player and manager (d. 2011)
  • 1922 – Teala Loring, American actress (d. 2007)
  • 1921 – Joseph Lowery, American minister and activist
  • 1917 – Fannie Lou Hamer, American activist and philanthropist (d. 1977)
  • 1915 – Carolyn Goodman, American psychologist and activist (d. 2007)
  • 1915 – Humberto Sousa Medeiros, Portuguese-American cardinal (d. 1983)
  • 1912 – Perkins Bass, American lawyer and politician (d. 2011)
  • 1910 – Barbara Castle, English journalist and politician, First Secretary of State (d. 2002)
  • 1908 – Carole Lombard, American actress (d. 1942)
  • 1906 – Janet Gaynor, American actress (d. 1984)
  • 1905 – Helen Wills, American tennis player and painter (d. 1998)
  • 1900 – Vivion Brewer, American activist and desegregationist (d. 1991)
  • 1897 – Florence B. Seibert, American biochemist and academic (d. 1991)
  • 1896 – David Howard, American film director (d. 1941)
  • 1895 – Caroline Gordon, American author and critic (d. 1981)
  • 1887 – Le Corbusier, Swiss-French architect and painter, designed the Philips Pavilion and Saint-Pierre, Firminy (d. 1965)
  • 1874 – Frank G. Allen, American merchant and politician, 51st Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1950)
  • 1866 – Reginald Fessenden, Canadian engineer and academic, invented radiotelephony (d. 1932)
  • 1862 – Albert J. Beveridge, American historian and politician (d. 1927)
  • 1846 – George Westinghouse, American engineer and businessman, founded the Westinghouse Air Brake Company (d. 1914)
  • 1744 – James McGill, Scottish-Canadian businessman and philanthropist, founded McGill University (d. 1813)
  • 1732 – John Broadwood, Scottish businessman, co-founded John Broadwood and Sons (d. 1812)
  • 1510 – John Caius, English physician and academic, co-founded the Gonville and Caius College (d. 1573)

Deaths

  • 2015 – Vladimir Shlapentokh, Ukrainian-American sociologist, historian, political scientist, and academic (b. 1926)
  • 2014 – Marian Seldes, American actress (b. 1928)
  • 2014 – Vic Braden, American tennis player and coach (b. 1929)
  • 2013 – Rift Fournier, American screenwriter and producer (b. 1936)
  • 2013 – Ulysses Curtis, American-Canadian football player and coach (b. 1926)
  • 2012 – Joseph Meyer, American lawyer and politician, 19th Secretary of State of Wyoming (b. 1941)
  • 2012 – Nick Curran, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (b. 1977)
  • 2006 – Buck O'Neil, American baseball player and manager (b. 1911)
  • 2006 – Wilson Tucker, American author and critic (b. 1914)
  • 2001 – Arne Harris, American director and producer (b. 1934)
  • 2000 – Richard Farnsworth, American actor and stuntman (b. 1920)
  • 1999 – Gorilla Monsoon, American wrestler and sportscaster (b. 1937)
  • 1998 – Mark Belanger, American baseball player (b. 1944)
  • 1997 – Johnny Vander Meer, American baseball player and manager (b. 1914)
  • 1993 – Larry Walters, American truck driver and pilot (b. 1949)
  • 1993 – Nejat Eczacıbaşı, Turkish chemist, businessman, and philanthropist, founded Eczacıbaşı (b. 1913)
  • 1989 – Bette Davis, American actress (b. 1908)
  • 1985 – Nelson Riddle, American composer, conductor, and bandleader (b. 1921)
  • 1983 – Terence Cooke, American cardinal (b. 1921)
  • 1979 – Elizabeth Bishop, American poet and short-story writer (b. 1911)
  • 1973 – Margaret Wilson, American missionary and author (b. 1882)
  • 1973 – Sidney Blackmer, American actor (b. 1895)
  • 1969 – Walter Hagen, American golfer (b. 1892)
  • 1962 – Tod Browning, American actor, director, screenwriter (b. 1880)
  • 1959 – Bernard Berenson, American historian and author (b. 1865)
  • 1951 – Otto Fritz Meyerhof, German-American physician and biochemist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1884)
  • 1951 – Will Keith Kellogg, American businessman, founded the Kellogg Company (b. 1860)
  • 1829 – Pierre Derbigny, French-American politician, 6th Governor of Louisiana (b. 1769)
  • 1101 – Bruno of Cologne, German-Italian monk and saint, founded Carthusian Order (b. 1030)
  • 1014 – Samuel of Bulgaria, Tsar of the First Bulgarian Empire (b. 958)
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