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On This Day — October 6th

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October 6th is the 279th day of the year (280th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 86 days remaining until the end of the year. This date is slightly more likely to fall on a Tuesday, Thursday or Saturday (58 in 400 years each) than on Sunday or Monday (57), and slightly less likely to occur on a Wednesday or Friday (56).

On this day in history:

1539 – Spanish conquistador Hernando de Soto and his army enter the Apalachee capital of Anhaica (present-day Tallahassee, Florida) by force.

1723 – Benjamin Franklin arrives in Philadelphia at the age of 17.

1927 – Opening of The Jazz Singer, the first prominent “talkie” movie.

1977 – The first prototype of the Mikoyan MiG-29, designated 9-01, makes its maiden flight.

1979 – Pope John Paul II becomes the first pontiff to visit the White House.

1995 – 51 Pegasi is discovered to be the second major star apart from the Sun to have a planet orbiting around it.

Celebrity Birthdays:

Amazing Grace Star Ioan Gruffudd turns 44

Back to the Future Actress Elisabeth Shue turns 54

Former Governor of Virginia and American Presidential Candidate Jim Gilmore turns 68

YouTube Personality Jazz Jennings turns 17

Happy Birthday to all October 6th babies!

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