On This Day: February 6

February 6, 2015 § Leave a comment

1804
Joseph Priestley, British chemist, died. His work on the isolation of gases led him to discover oxygen in 1774.

Source: infoplease.com

Joseph Priestley (1733–1804) by Ellen Sharples (1794). Source: Wikipedia. Click to enlarge.

Joseph Priestley (1733–1804) by Ellen Sharples (1794). Source: Wikipedia. Click to enlarge.

1819
Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles founds freeport harbor Singapore.

Raffles (1781–1826) by George Francis Joseph, oil on canvas, 1817. Source: Wikipedia. Click to enlarge.

Raffles (1781–1826) by George Francis Joseph, oil on canvas, 1817. Source: Wikipedia. Click to enlarge.

1854
Composer R. Schumann (1810–1856)is saved from suicide attempt into the Rhine.

1921
“The Kid,” starring Charlie Chaplin & Jackie Coogan, released.

Source: HistoryOrb

1935
The popular board game Monopoly® went on sale for the first time.

Source: infoplease.com

1937
Of Mice and Men is published.

On this day, John Steinbeck‘s novella Of Mice and Men, the story of the bond between two migrant workers, is published. He adapted the book into a three-act play, which was produced the same year. The story brought national attention to Steinbeck’s work, which had started to catch on in 1935 with the publication of his first successful novel, Tortilla Flat.

Read the rest: History.com

John Steinbeck (1902–1968) in Sweden during his trip to accept the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1962. Soyce: Wikipedia.

John Steinbeck (1902–1968) in Sweden during his trip to accept the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1962. Soyce: Wikipedia.

1943
Singer Frank Sinatra (1915–1998) debuts on radio’s “Your Hit Parade”.

Source: HistoryOrb

1945
Reggae musician Bob Marley (1945–1981) was born in St. Ann parish in Jamaica.

Source: The Times

1948
1st radio-controlled airplane flown.

1967
Cultural Revolution in Albania.

Source: HistoryOrb

1971
Astronaut Alan B. Shepard hit a golf ball and Edgar Mitchell threw a “javelin” on the moon. They landed in the same crater and remain on the Moon today.

Source: infoplease.com

1976
George Harrison releases “This Guitar (Can’t Keep From Crying)”.

1981
Beatles Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr & George Harrison record a tribute to John Lennon.

1987
No-smoking rules take effect in US federal buildings.

Source: HistoryOrb

 

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