Today is Wednesday October 6, the 279th day of 2021 with 86 to follow.
The moon is new. The morning stars are Jupiter, Neptune, Saturn and Uranus. The evening stars are Jupiter, Neptune, Saturn, Uranus and Venus.
People born on this date are under the sign of Libra. They include opera singer Jenny Lind in 1820; inventor / maker George Westinghouse in 1846; the Swiss architect Le Corbusier in 1887; the French aviator Roland Garros in 1888; tennis champion Helen Wills Moody in 1905; actor Carole Lombard in 1908; journalist Shana Alexander in 1925; former Syrian President Hafez al-Assad in 1930; actor Britt Ekland in 1942 (79); Northern Irish politician Gerry Adams in 1948 (73); television director Leslie Moonves in 1949 (72); football coach Tony Dungy in 1955 (66); the writer David Brin in 1950 (71 years old); actor Elisabeth Shue in 1963 (58 years old); actor Amy Jo Johnson in 1970 (51 years old); actor Ioan Gruffudd in 1973 (48); actor Olivia Thirlby in 1986 (35); actor Scarlett Byrne in 1990 (31); rapper / actor Roshon Fegan in 1991 (30); the actor Rio Mangini in 2002 (19 years old).
At this date in history:
In 1853, Antioch College opened in Yellow Springs, Ohio, as the first non-sectarian school to provide equal opportunities for men and women.
In 1889, Thomas Edison launched his first film.
In 1908, Austria-Hungary annexed Bosnia-Herzegovina, two provinces in the European Balkan region that were once under the control of the Ottoman Empire, triggering a crisis.
In 1927, The jazz singer starring Al Jolson, Hollywood’s legendary “first talkie”, premiered in New York City, ushering in the era of sound and the subsequent end of silences.
In 1945, the Billy Goat curse was placed on the Chicago Cubs when Billy Sianis and his pet goat were thrown out of Wrigley Field during World Series Game 4 due to the strong smell of his pet goat. The curse ended in 2016, when the Cubs won the World Series.
In 1973, Egypt and Syria, attempting to reclaim territory lost in the Third Arab-Israeli War, launched a coordinated attack on Israel on Yom Kippur, the holiest day in the Jewish calendar. This conflict, which will last 19 days, will become the Yom Kippur War.
In 1979, Pope John Paul II became the first pontiff to visit the White House.
In 1981 Egyptian President Anwar Sadat was assassinated while surveying a military parade in Cairo.
In 1991, Elizabeth Taylor walked down the aisle for the eighth time when she married Larry Fortensky. Although she had eight marriages, the actor had seven married; she married Richard Burton twice.
In 2001, Cal Ripken Jr. retired after a baseball career with the Baltimore Orioles that included a record 2,632 straight games.
In 2004, a US weapons inspector said Iraq began destroying its illicit weapons in 1991 and had none in 1996, seven years before the US invasion. A report determined that 12 years of international sanctions had succeeded in disarming the country from weapons of mass destruction.
In 2012, the cost of a gallon of regular gasoline in California hit an all-time high of $ 4.61. Industry analysts said the increase was mainly due to refinery and pipeline issues.
In 2017, the tropical storm that would later increase in intensity until Hurricane Nate entered the Gulf of Honduras. The storm made landfall two days later in Louisiana and killed nearly 50 people in Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama and the United States.
In 2018, Brett Kavanaugh was sworn in to become a Supreme Court justice after a contentious confirmation process in which he was charged with sexual misconduct.
In 2020, a trio of scientists from the United States, Great Britain and Germany jointly won the Nobel Prize in Physics for their findings on black holes.
A thought for the day: “I have lived by a man’s code designed to fit into a man’s world, but at the same time, I never forget that a woman’s first job is to choose the good shade of lipstick. ” – American actor Carole Lombard