Friday 6 November 2020 Calendar with holidays, observances and special days
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Holidays and observances
- 2012 – Barack Obama is reelected President of the United States; Tammy Baldwin becomes the first openly gay politician to be elected to the United States Senate.
- 1995 – Cleveland Browns relocation controversy: Art Modell announces that he signed a deal that would relocate the Cleveland Browns to Baltimore to become the Baltimore Ravens, the first time the city had a football team since 1983 when they were the Baltimore Colts.
- 1984 – Ronald Reagan is reelected President of the United States.
- 1971 – The United States Atomic Energy Commission tests the largest U.S. underground hydrogen bomb, code-named Cannikin, on Amchitka Island in the Aleutians.
- 1965 – Cuba and the United States formally agree to begin an airlift for Cubans who want to go to the United States. By 1971, 250,000 Cubans had made use of this program.
- 1956 – Dwight D. Eisenhower is reelected President of the United States.
- 1944 – Plutonium is first produced at the Hanford Atomic Facility and subsequently used in the Fat Man atomic bomb dropped on Nagasaki, Japan.
- 1942 – World War II: First flight of the Heinkel He 219.
- 1934 – Memphis, Tennessee becomes the first major city to join the Tennessee Valley Authority.
- 1928 – Herbert Hoover is elected the 31st President of the United States.
- 1869 – In New Brunswick, New Jersey, Rutgers College defeats Princeton University (then known as the College of New Jersey), 6–4, in the first official intercollegiate American football game.
- 1865 – American Civil War: CSS Shenandoah is the last Confederate combat unit to surrender after circumnavigating the globe on a cruise on which it sank or captured 37 unarmed merchant vessels.
- 1861 – American Civil War: Jefferson Davis is elected president of the Confederate States of America.
- 1860 – Abraham Lincoln is elected as the 16th president of United States.
- 1856 – Scenes of Clerical Life, the first work of fiction by the author later known as George Eliot, is submitted for publication.
- 1844 – The first Constitution of the Dominican Republic is adopted.
- 1789 – Pope Pius VI appoints Father John Carroll as the first Catholic bishop in the United States.
- 1528 – Shipwrecked Spanish conquistador Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca becomes the first known European to set foot in the area that would become Texas.
- 1989 – Aaron Hernandez, American football player (d. 2017), was an American football tight end in the National Football League (NFL) and convicted murderer. A productive player during his three seasons with the New England Patriots, Hernandez's career came to an abrupt end after his arrest and conviction for the murder of Odin Lloyd.
- 1989 – Jozy Altidore, American soccer player. Josmer Volmy "Jozy" Altidore (/ˈdʒoʊzi ˈæltɪdɔːr/ JOH-zee AL-ti-dor; born November 6, 1989) is an American professional soccer player who plays as a forward for Toronto FC and the United States national team.
- 1988 – Emma Stone, American actress. Stone has appeared in Forbes Celebrity 100 in 2013 and in 2017, she was featured by Time as one of the 100 most influential people in the world.
- 1986 – Katie Leclerc, American actress and producer. In 2011, she was cast in the television show Switched at Birth, starring as Daphne Vasquez.
- 1984 – Ricky Romero, American baseball player. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Toronto Blue Jays.
- 1979 – Adam LaRoche, American baseball player. David Adam LaRoche (born November 6, 1979) is an American former professional baseball first baseman who played 12 seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB).
- 1979 – Lamar Odom, American basketball player and actor. As a member of the Los Angeles Lakers in the National Basketball Association (NBA), he won championships in 2009 and 2010 and was named the NBA Sixth Man of the Year in 2011.
- 1978 – Erik Cole, American ice hockey player. Erik Thomas Cole (born November 6, 1978) is an American former professional ice hockey left winger.
- 1976 – Mike Herrera, American singer-songwriter and bass player. He is also the frontman of Tumbledown and the bassist of Goldfinger.
- 1976 – Pat Tillman, American football player and soldier (d. 2004), was an American professional football player in the National Football League (NFL) who left his sports career and enlisted in the United States Army in June 2002 in the aftermath of the September 11 attacks. His service in Iraq and Afghanistan, and subsequent death, were the subject of national attention when he was killed by friendly fire.
- 1972 – Rebecca Romijn, American model and actress. She also had a recurring role as Alexis Meade on the television series Ugly Betty, and as Number One on Star Trek: Discovery.
- 1970 – Ethan Hawke, American actor, director, and screenwriter. Hawke has directed three feature films, three Off-Broadway plays, and a documentary.
- 1968 – Jerry Yang, Taiwanese-American engineer and businessman, co-founded Yahoo!. Jerry Chih-Yuan Yang (Chinese: 楊致遠; born November 6, 1968) is a Taiwanese-American computer programmer, internet entrepreneur, and venture capitalist.
- 1968 – Kelly Rutherford, American actress. She is known for her television roles as Stephanie "Sam" Whitmore on the NBC daytime soap opera Generations (1989–1991), as Megan Lewis on the Fox primetime soap opera Melrose Place (1996–1999), and as Lily van der Woodsen on The CW series Gossip Girl (2007–2012).
- 1966 – Paul Gilbert, American guitarist and singer. Big.
- 1966 – Peter DeLuise, American actor and director. Peter John DeLuise is an American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter, known for his role as Officer Doug Penhall in the Fox TV series 21 Jump Street, and for directing and writing episodes of science fiction television shows, particularly in the Stargate franchise.
- 1964 – Arne Duncan, American educator and politician, 9th United States Secretary of Education, was the United States Secretary of Education from 2009 through December 2015. While his tenure as Secretary was marked by varying degrees of opposition from both social conservatives and teachers unions, he nevertheless enjoyed strong support from the US president who appointed him, Barack Obama.
- 1964 – Corey Glover, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actor. As an actor, he played Francis in the 1986 war movie Platoon.
- 1964 – Greg Graffin, American singer-songwriter and producer. He also embarked on a solo career in 1997, when he released the album American Lesion.
- 1962 – Annette Zilinskas, American singer and bass player. Zilinskas has also been the lead vocalist for Blood on the Saddle, and was a member of Los Angeles bands Weather Bell, The Ringling Sisters, and Medicine.
- 1961 – Craig Goldy, American guitarist. Craig Goldy is an American guitarist, most notably of the band Dio and Giuffria.
- 1960 – Michael Cerveris, American actor, singer, and guitarist. In 2004, Cerveris won the Tony Award as Best Featured Actor in a Musical for Assassins as John Wilkes Booth.
- 1958 – Trace Beaulieu, American actor, puppeteer, producer, and screenwriter. In 2010 he published a book of poems entitled Silly Rhymes For Belligerent Children with illustrations by artist Len Peralta.
- 1957 – Cam Clarke, American voice actor and singer. Cameron Arthur Clarke (born November 6, 1957) is an American voice actor and singer, known for his voice work in animation, video games and commercials.
- 1957 – Klaus Kleinfeld, German-American businessman, was chairman and chief executive officer (CEO) of Arconic. Kleinfeld is former chairman and CEO of Alcoa Inc., and former president and CEO of Siemens AG.
- 1957 – Lori Singer, American actress. She is perhaps best known for her role as Ariel Moore, the female lead in the 1984 feature film Footloose, and as Julie Miller in the television series Fame.
- 1955 – Maria Shriver, American journalist and author. Maria Owings Shriver (/ˈʃraɪvər/; born November 6, 1955) is an American journalist, author, former First Lady of California, and the founder of the nonprofit organization The Women's Alzheimer's Movement.
- 1955 – William H. McRaven, American admiral. William Harry McRaven is a retired United States Navy Four-Star admiral who last served as the ninth commander of the United States Special Operations Command from August 8, 2011, to August 28, 2014.
- 1954 – Catherine Crier, American journalist and judge. She was the youngest elected state judge in Texas history at age thirty and served as a Texas State District Judge for the 162nd District Court.
- 1952 – Michael Cunningham, American novelist and screenwriter. Cunningham is a senior lecturer of creative writing at Yale University.
- 1951 – John Falsey, American screenwriter and producer, was an American television writer and producer.
- 1950 – Amir Aczel, Israeli-American mathematician, historian, and academic (d. 2015), was an Israeli-born American lecturer in mathematics and the history of mathematics and science, and an author of popular books on mathematics and science.
- 1949 – Joseph C. Wilson, American diplomat, United States Ambassador to Gabon, was an American diplomat who was best known for his 2002 trip to Niger to investigate allegations that Saddam Hussein was attempting to purchase yellowcake uranium; his New York Times op-ed piece, "What I Didn't Find in Africa"; and the subsequent leaking of information pertaining to the identity of his wife Valerie Plame as a CIA agent. He also served as the CEO of a consulting firm he founded, JC Wilson International Ventures, and as the vice chairman of Jarch Capital, LLC.
- 1948 – Glenn Frey, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actor (d. 2016), was an American singer, songwriter, actor and founding member of the rock band the Eagles. Frey was the co-lead singer and frontman for the Eagles, roles he came to share with fellow member Don Henley, with whom he wrote most of the Eagles' material.
- 1948 – Sidney Blumenthal, American journalist and activist. Sidney Stone Blumenthal (/ˈbluːmənθɔːl/) is an American journalist, activist, writer, and political aide.
- 1947 – Edward Yang, Taiwanese-American director and screenwriter (d. 2007), was a Taiwanese filmmaker. Yang, along with fellow auteurs Hou Hsiao-hsien and Tsai Ming-liang, was one of the leading film-makers of the Taiwanese New Wave and Taiwanese Cinema.
- 1946 – Sally Field, American actress. She is the recipient of various accolades, including two Academy Awards, three Primetime Emmy Awards, two Golden Globe Awards, and a Screen Actors Guild Award, and she has been nominated for a Tony Award and two BAFTA Awards.
- 1941 – Doug Sahm, American singer-songwriter and musician (d. 1999), was an American musician and singer-songwriter from Texas. Born in San Antonio, Texas, he was a child prodigy in country music but became a significant figure in roots rock and other genres.
- 1941 – Guy Clark, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (d. 2016), was an American folk singer, musician, songwriter, recording artist, performer and luthier. He released more than twenty albums, and his songs have been recorded by other artists including Jerry Jeff Walker, Jimmy Buffett, Lyle Lovett, Ricky Skaggs, Steve Wariner, Rodney Crowell, Steve Earle, Johnny Cash and Willie Nelson.
- 1940 – Dieter F. Uchtdorf, German-American pilot and religious leader. Called as an apostle in 2004, he previously served as Second Counselor to Thomas S.
- 1940 – Ruth Messinger, American politician and activist. Ruth Wyler Messinger is a former political leader in New York City and a member of the Democratic Party as well as the Democratic Socialists of America.
- 1939 – Michael Schwerner, American activist (d. 1964), was one of three Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) field/social workers killed in Philadelphia, Mississippi, by members of the Ku Klux Klan. Schwerner and two others were killed in response to their civil rights work, which included promoting voting registration among African Americans, most of whom had been disenfranchised in the state since 1890.
- 1938 – Mack Jones, American baseball player (d. 2004). Jones (November 6, 1938 – June 8, 2004), nicknamed "Mack The Knife", was a Major League Baseball left fielder who played for the Milwaukee and Atlanta Braves (1961–1967), Cincinnati Reds (1968), and Montreal Expos (1969–1971).
- 1938 – P. J. Proby, American singer-songwriter and actor. Proby recorded the singles "Hold Me", "Somewhere", and "Maria".
- 1937 – Garry Gross, American photographer (d. 2010), was an American fashion photographer who went on to specialize in dog portraiture.
- 1937 – Leo Goeke, American tenor and actor (d. 2012), was an American operatic tenor who had an active international career from the 1960s through the 1980s. He was particularly admired for his portrayal of Tom Rakewell in The Rake’s Progress at the Glyndebourne Festival in 1975 and its subsequent revivals there in 1977, 1978 and 1980.
- 1937 – Marco Vassi, American author (d. 1989), was an American experimental thinker and author, most noted for his erotica. He wrote fiction and nonfiction, publishing hundreds of short stories, articles, more than a dozen novels, and at least one play, "The Re-Enactment," (under the name of Fred Vassi) at the Caffe Cino in January 1966.
- 1931 – Mike Nichols, German-born American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2014), was an American film and theater director, producer, actor, and comedian. He was noted for his ability to work across a range of genres and for his aptitude for getting the best out of actors regardless of their experience.
- 1930 – Derrick Bell, American scholar, author and critical race theorist (d. 2011), was an American lawyer, professor, and civil rights activist. In 1971, he became the first tenured African-American professor of law at Harvard Law School, and he is often credited as one of the originators of critical race theory along with Richard Delgado, Charles Lawrence, Mari Matsuda, and Patricia Williams.
- 1930 – Tom Hornbein, American anesthesiologist and mountaineer. Thomas "Tom" Hornbein is an American mountaineer.
- 1929 – June Squibb, American actress. She is best known for her supporting role in the film Nebraska (2013), which earned her further critical acclaim and many accolades, including Oscar and Golden Globe nominations.
- 1926 – Zig Ziglar, American soldier, businessman, and author (d. 2012), was an American author, salesman, and motivational speaker.
- 1923 – Ray B. Sitton, American pilot and general (d. 2013), was an American lieutenant general, command pilot and navigator. He was Director of the Joint Staff, Organization of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Washington, D.C.
- 1922 – Frank J. Lynch, American lawyer, judge, and politician (d. 1987). Lynch (November 6, 1922 – January 25, 1987) was a lawyer, judge, and legislator from Pennsylvania.
- 1916 – Ray Conniff, American composer and conductor (d. 2002), was an American bandleader and arranger best known for his Ray Conniff Singers during the 1960s.
- 1914 – Jonathan Harris, American actor (d. 2002), was an American character actor whose career included more than 500 television and movie appearances, as well as voiceovers. Two of his best-known roles were as the timid accountant Bradford Webster in the television version of The Third Man and the fussy villain, Dr.
- 1908 – Tony Canzoneri, American boxer (d. 1959), was an American professional boxer. A three-time world champion, he held a total of five world titles.
- 1906 – James D. Norris, American lieutenant and businessman (d. 1966), was an American sports businessman, with interests in boxing, ice hockey, and horse racing. He was the son of James E.
- 1900 – Ida Lou Anderson, American orator and professor, pioneer in the field of radio broadcasting (d. 1941). She was a professor at Washington State College in the 1920s and 1930s.
- 1894 – Opal Kunz, American pilot and activist (d. 1967), was an early American aviator, the chief organizer of the Betsy Ross Air Corps, and a charter member of the Ninety-Nines organization of women pilots. In 1930, she became the first woman pilot to race with men in an open competition.
- 1893 – Edsel Ford, American lieutenant and businessman (d. 1943), was the son of Clara Jane Bryant Ford and the only child of Henry Ford. He was the president of Ford Motor Company from 1919 until his death in 1943.
- 1892 – Harold Ross, American journalist and publisher, co-founded The New Yorker (d. 1951), was an American journalist who co-founded The New Yorker magazine in 1925 and served as its editor-in-chief from its inception until his death.
- 1887 – Walter Johnson, American baseball player and manager (d. 1946). Walter Perry Johnson (November 6, 1887 – December 10, 1946), nicknamed "Barney" and "The Big Train", was a Major League Baseball right-handed pitcher.
- 1886 – Ida Barney, American astronomer, mathematician, and academic (d. 1982), was an American astronomer, best known for her 22 volumes of astrometric measurements on 150,000 stars. She was educated at Smith College and Yale University and spent most of her career at the Yale University Observatory.
- 1882 – Thomas H. Ince, American actor, director, and producer (d. 1924), was an American silent film producer, director, screenwriter, and actor. Ince was known as the "Father of the Western" and was responsible for making over 800 films.
- 1880 – Chris van Abkoude, Dutch-American author and educator (d. 1959), was a Dutch writer and novelist of mostly children's books. He wrote the series of Pietje Bell novels from 1914 to 1936 and many books in between.
- 1880 – George Poage, American sprinter and hurdler (d. 1962), was the first African-American athlete to win a medal in the Olympic Games, winning two bronze medals at the 1904 games in St. Louis.
- 1880 – Yoshisuke Aikawa, Japanese businessman and politician, founded Nissan Motor Company (d. 1967), was a Japanese entrepreneur, businessman, and politician, noteworthy as the founder and first president of the Nissan zaibatsu (1931-1945), one of Japan's most powerful business conglomerates around the time of the second world war.
- 1876 – Everett Shinn, American painter and illustrator (d. 1953), was an American realist painter and member of the Ashcan School. He also exhibited with the short-lived group known as "The Eight," who protested the restrictive exhibition policies of the powerful, conservative National Academy of Design.
- 1861 – Dennis Miller Bunker, American painter (d. 1890), was an American painter and innovator of American Impressionism. His mature works include both brightly colored landscape paintings and dark, finely drawn portraits and figures.
- 1861 – James Naismith, Canadian-American physician and educator, invented basketball (d. 1939), was a Canadian-American physical educator, physician, Christian chaplain, sports coach, and innovator. He invented the game of basketball at age 30 in 1891.
- 1855 – E. S. Gosney, American philanthropist and eugenicist, founded the Human Betterment Foundation (d. 1942). In 1928 he founded the Human Betterment Foundation (HBF) in Pasadena, California, with the stated aim "to foster and aid constructive and educational forces for the protection and betterment of the human family in body, mind, character, and citizenship," primarily through the advocacy of compulsory sterilization of the mentally ill and mentally retarded.
- 1854 – John Philip Sousa, American commander, composer, and conductor (d. 1932), was an American composer and conductor of the late Romantic era known primarily for American military marches. He is known as "The March King" or the "American March King", to distinguish him from his British counterpart Kenneth J.
- 1851 – Charles Dow, American journalist and economist (d. 1902), was an American journalist who co-founded Dow Jones & Company with Edward Jones and Charles Bergstresser.
- 1841 – Nelson W. Aldrich, American businessman and politician (d. 1915), was a prominent American politician and a leader of the Republican Party in the United States Senate, where he served from 1881 to 1911. By the 1890s, he was one of the "Big Four" key Republicans who largely controlled the major decisions of the Senate, along with Orville H.
- 1835 – Cesare Lombroso, Italian criminologist and physician, founded the Italian school of criminology (d. 1909), was an Italian criminologist, physician, and founder of the Italian School of Positivist Criminology. Lombroso rejected the established classical school, which held that crime was a characteristic trait of human nature.
- 1814 – Adolphe Sax, Belgian-French instrument designer, invented the saxophone (d. 1894), was a Belgian inventor and musician who created the saxophone in the early 1840s, patenting it in 1846. He also invented the saxotromba, saxhorn and saxtuba.
- 2014 – Rick Rosas, American bass player (b. 1949)
- 2013 – Ace Parker, American football and baseball player (b. 1912)
- 2013 – Burl Noggle, American historian, author, and academic (b. 1924)
- 2012 – Frank J. Prial, American journalist and author (b. 1930)
- 2012 – Joel Connable, American journalist and actor (b. 1973)
- 2010 – Robert Lipshutz, American soldier and lawyer, 17th White House Counsel (b. 1921)
- 2009 – Ron Sproat, American screenwriter and playwright (b. 1932)
- 2006 – Nelson S. Bond, American author (b. 1908)
- 2002 – Sid Sackson, American game designer (b. 1920)
- 2000 – David Brower, American environmentalist, founded the Sierra Club Foundation (b. 1912)
- 2000 – L. Sprague de Camp, American historian and author (b. 1907)
- 1995 – Aneta Corsaut, American actress (b. 1933)
- 1991 – Gene Tierney, American actress (b. 1920)
- 1989 – Dickie Goodman, American songwriter and producer (b. 1934)
- 1987 – Ross Barnett, American soldier, lawyer, and politician, 52nd Governor of Mississippi (b. 1898)
- 1978 – Harry Bertoia, Italian-American sculptor and furniture designer (b. 1915)
- 1968 – Charles B. McVay III, American admiral (b. 1898)
- 1965 – Clarence Williams, American singer-songwriter, pianist, and producer (b. 1898)
- 1965 – Edgard Varèse, French-American composer and educator (b. 1883)
- 1949 – Lester Allen, American screen, stage, vaudeville, circus actor, and film director (b. 1891)
- 1937 – Colin Campbell Cooper, American painter and academic (b. 1856)
- 1936 – Henry Bourne Joy, American businessman (b. 1864)
- 1928 – Arnold Rothstein, American mob boss (b. 1882)
- 1873 – William J. Hardee, American general (b. 1815)
- 1816 – Gouverneur Morris, American scholar, politician, and diplomat, United States Ambassador to France (b. 1752)
- 1790 – James Bowdoin, American banker and politician, 2nd Governor of Massachusetts (b. 1726)