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On This Day — September 6th

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September 6th is the 249th day of the year (250th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 116 days remaining until the end of the year.

Events

1781 – American Revolutionary War: General Benedict Arnold led British forces to victory in the Battle of Groton Heights.

1916 – The first self-service grocery store, Piggly Wiggly, was founded in Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.

1944 – World War II: Soviet forces captured the city of Tartu on their way to re-establishing their rule in Estonia.

1970 – The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine hijacked four jet aircraft, landing two of them at Dawson’s Field in Zarqa, Jordan, and one in Beirut, with the last hijacking attempt foiled.

1997 – An estimated 2.5 billion people worldwide watched the funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales on television.

Celebrity Birthdays

Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters turns 75

Luther Star Idris Elba turns 46

James Bond Actress Naomie Harris turns 42

Kate Middleton’s sister, Pippa Middleton turns 35

WWE Star Braun Strowman turns 35

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