On This Day in History: June 6
June 6 is the 157th day of the year (158th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. 208 days remain until the end of the year.
Lottery News On This Day
- Nebraska Lottery warns players about misprinted Lucky for Life tickets. Lucky for Life players are encouraged to check lottery tickets printed on or before Thursday after about 125 multi-draw tickets were misprinted with incorrect end-of-game dates, Nebraska Lottery officials said in a release Friday.
- North Carolina retiree wins $344.6 million lottery jackpot using fortune cookie numbers. North Carolina lottery officials Tuesday evening revealed that a Cumberland County man was the winner of the $344.6 million Powerball ticket that was purchased in Hope Mills.
- Iowa Lottery investigation highlights difficult balance between security and profits. An examination of the difficult balance between running a secure lottery and ensuring that Iowa Lottery games are accessible and friendly for players, while still turning a healthy profit for the state.
- Man who makes living with horseshoes wins $1M Powerball prize. A Minnesota man who shoes horses for a living said he is grateful for his "impulse purchase."
- Wife of $1M Powerball winner charged with promoting prostitution. The Rankin, Pennsylvania, police officer who bought a $1 million Powerball ticket is named in a police complaint against his wife, Jennifer Brown, who faces charges, including promoting prostitution through an Internet site.
- New Mexico Lottery adds midday Pick 3 drawing. Starting Monday, New Mexico's Pick 3 lottery game will offer a 1 pm midday drawing in addition to the current 9:30 pm evening drawing.
- Woman who let Powerball winner go ahead of her has no regrets. Meet the woman who "was kind enough" to allow Gloria Mackenzie to cut in line when and purchase the winning ticket for the record $590.5 million Powerball jackpot.
- Ark. Lottery Commission denies tampering claim. The Arkansas Lottery Commission is denying allegations that it deliberately sold unsecure tickets that had a design defect that could easily lead to potential tampering.
- Woman sues business partner for share of $12.6M lottery jackpot. A lawsuit launched by a New Westminster, British Columbia, woman who claims she was tricked out of her equal share of a $12.6 million lottery jackpot is going to a full trial.
- Florida woman cashes $21M Lotto ticket. A Key Largo, Florida, woman claimed the $21 million Florida Lotto jackpot from the drawing held on April 28.
- Anonymous winner claims $23M Calif. lottery jackpot. A lucky California retiree who doesn't want to be named bought a SuperLotto ticket last week worth $23 million.
- Virginia man wins $250,000 twice in three months. Lightning struck twice for Kevin Branch of Chesterfield, Virginia, who claimed his second $250,000 Mega Millions prize in three months. Plus, a Georgia mayor wins a $250,000 Mega Millions prize, and a second-place Mega Millions ticket from California is waiting to be claimed.
- Lawsuit over $315 million lottery jackpot goes to trial. A California lab technician's lawsuit seeking a share of the $315 million Mega Millions multi-state lottery jackpot divvied up by seven co-workers will go to trial.
- S.D. couple claim Powerball lottery jackpot. Beating 1-in-146 million odds to become South Dakota's latest multimillionaires, Pierre couple Lan "Bill" Nguyen and his wife, Tina, stepped forward Tuesday with the winning ticket for a nearly $117 million Powerball lottery jackpot.
- Kentucky Lottery's "666" numbers sell out. Thousands of hopeful Kentucky Lottery players quickly snatched up the 10,000 available Pick 3 tickets with the numbers 6-6-6 for today's midday drawing at 1:20 p.m., and the 10,000 available tickets for the 11 p.m. drawing were expected to be sold by early afternoon.
- S.C. Lottery Stops Selling Number "666". The South Carolina Educational Lottery has stopped selling tickets Tuesday with combiations with "666" in it.
- UK online lottery company fizzles. The chairman of UK-based "Monday", an online-only lottery, was believed to be close to resigning as the company finds itself on the brink of financial ruin after just four weeks in operation.
- N.C. gets lottery advice from Georgia, Florida. Two states - Georgia and Florida - are often cited by lottery critics and supporters as examples of success and failure, and both have lessons to offer for North Carolina.
- Ohio store sells winning $106 million Mega Millions lottery ticket. Ohio has its fourth Mega Millions lottery winner, who will gross $106 million, or a $66,666,686 lump sum.
- One Florida Lotto ticket wins $12 million jackpot. One lucky Florida resident in the Cape Haze area woke up Sunday morning and realized they now had a few extra dollars available to buy the little things, and maybe even a few big things.
Top 25 Lottery Jackpots On This Day
- 1.$522 Million
Jun 7, 2019
- 2.$414 Million
Jun 9, 2020
- 3.$380.6 Million
Jun 7, 2017
- 4.$260 Million
Jun 7, 2016
- 5.$221 Million
Jun 7, 2014
- 6.€156 Million
Jun 8, 2012
- 7.€164.32 Million
Jun 6, 2019
- 8.$177 Million
Jun 6, 2012
- 9.€130 Million
Jun 7, 2019
- 10.€100 Million
Jun 6, 2014
- 11.€100 Million
Jun 7, 2013
- 12.$127 Million
Jun 8, 2018
- 13.€110 Million
Jun 9, 2015
- 14.$123 Million
Jun 8, 2016
- 15.€90 Million
Jun 8, 2018
- 16.€91.19 Million
Jun 6, 2016
- 17.$87 Million
Jun 6, 2018
- 17.$87 Million
Jun 9, 2004
- 17.$87 Million
Jun 9, 2004
- 20.€73 Million
Jun 7, 2016
- 21.€58 Million
Jun 12, 2009
- 22.$80 Million
Jun 6, 2003
- 22.$80 Million
Jun 6, 2017
- 24.€54 Million
Jun 7, 2011
- 25.$72.5 Million
Jun 7, 2014
Lottery Post Member Birthdays On This Day
Wednesday, Jun 6, 1984
37 years old
Monday, Jun 6, 1983
38 years old
Monday, Jun 6, 1977
44 years old
Thursday, Jun 6, 1974
47 years old
Saturday, Jun 6, 1970
51 years old
Monday, Jun 6, 1966
55 years old
Wednesday, Jun 6, 1962
59 years old
Monday, Jun 6, 1960
61 years old
Wednesday, Jun 6, 1956
65 years old
Saturday, Jun 6, 1953
68 years old
Wednesday, Jun 6, 1951
70 years old
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Worldwide Events On This Day
- Eastern Mediterranean event. A near-Earth asteroid estimated at ten meters in diameter explodes over the Mediterranean Sea between Greece and Libya. The explosion is estimated to have a force of 26 kilotons, slightly more powerful than the Nagasaki atomic bomb.
- Punsalmaagiin Ochirbat wins the first presidential election in Mongolia.
- The grave of "Wolfgang Gerhard" is opened in Embu, Brazil; the exhumed remains are later proven to be those of Josef Mengele, Auschwitz's "Angel of Death"; Mengele is thought to have drowned while swimming in February 1979.
- The Lebanon War begins. Forces under Israeli Defense Minister Ariel Sharon invade southern Lebanon during Operation Peace for the Galilee, eventually reaching as far north as the capital Beirut.
- British referendum results in continued membership of the European Economic Community, with 67% of votes in favour.
- Soyuz 11 is launched. The mission ends in disaster when all three cosmonauts, Georgy Dobrovolsky, Vladislav Volkov, and Viktor Patsayev are suffocated by uncontrolled decompression of the capsule during re-entry on 29 June.
- Rocket experiments at Cuxhaven are banned by the German authorities.
- Commencement of Operation Overlord, the Allied invasion of Normandy, with the execution of Operation Neptune-commonly referred to as D-Day-the largest seaborne invasion in history. Nearly 160,000 Allied troops cross the English Channel with about 5,000 landing and assault craft, 289 escort vessels, and 277 minesweepers participating. By the end of the day, the Allies have landed on four invasion beaches and are pushing inland.
- The United States Navy's victory over the Imperial Japanese Navy at the Battle of Midway is a major turning point in the Pacific Theater of World War II. All four Japanese fleet carriers taking part-Akagi, Kaga, Sōryū and Hiryū-are sunk, as is the heavy cruiser Mikuma. The American carrier Yorktown and the destroyer Hammann are also sunk.
- New Deal: U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 into law, establishing the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
- The first drive-in theater opens in Camden, New Jersey.
- Battle of Belleau Wood in World War I: the U.S. Marine Corps suffers its worst single day's casualties while attempting to recapture the wood at Château-Thierry (the losses are exceeded at the Battle of Tarawa in November 1943).
- The eruption of Novarupta in Alaska begins. It is the largest volcanic eruption of the 20th century.
- Governor Davis H. Waite orders the Colorado state militia to protect and support the miners engaged in the Cripple Creek miners' strike.
- The Chicago "L" elevated rail system begins operation.
- The Great Seattle Fire destroys all of downtown Seattle.
- The Shewan forces of Menelik II of Ethiopia defeat the Gojjame army in the Battle of Embabo. The Shewans capture Negus Tekle Haymanot of Gojjam, and their victory leads to a Shewan hegemony over the territories south of the Abay River.
- The First Battle of Memphis, a naval engagement fought on the Mississippi results in the capture of Memphis, Tennessee by Union forces from the Confederates.
- Queensland is established as a separate colony from New South Wales. The date is still celebrated as Queensland Day.
- The Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA) is founded in London.
- The June Rebellion in Paris is put down by the National Guard.
- Alexis St Martin is accidentally shot in the stomach, leading to William Beaumont's studies on digestion.
- The Battle of Stoney Creek, considered a critical turning point in the War of 1812. A British force of 700 under John Vincent defeats an American force twice its size under William Winder and John Chandler.
- In the Seven Years' War, British forces begin the Siege of Havana and temporarily capture the city.
- Swedish regent Gustav Vasa is elected King of Sweden and, marking a symbolic end to the Kalmar Union, 6 June is designated the country's national day.
- Battle of Novara. In the Italian Wars, Swiss troops defeat the French under Louis II de la Trémoille, forcing them to abandon Milan; Duke Massimiliano Sforza is restored.
- The M8.2-8.8 Lo Mustang earthquake affects Tibet and Nepal, causing severe damage in Kathmandu and parts of the Indo-Gangetic plain.
- Constantine VII, the 8-year-old illegitimate son of Leo VI the Wise, becomes nominal ruler of the Byzantine Empire under the regency of a seven-man council headed by Patriarch Nicholas Mystikos, appointed by Constantine's uncle Alexander III on his deathbed.
Births On This Day
- Becky Sauerbrunn, American footballer; twice a winner of the FIFA Women's World Cup, also an Olympic gold medallist
- Natalie Morales, American television journalist and NBC News anchor
- Björn Borg, Swedish tennis player; winner of eleven Grand Slam singles titles including five consecutive Wimbledons
- Sam Simon, American director, producer and screenwriter; co-developer of The Simpsons (d. 2015)
- Harvey Fierstein, American actor and playwright; twice a winner at the Tony Awards
- Wladyslaw Zmuda, Polish footballer and manager; 91 caps for Poland and voted Best Young Player at the 1974 FIFA World Cup
- Holly Near, American folk singer and songwriter
- Arlene Harris, American entrepreneur, inventor, investor and policy advocate
- David Blunkett, British Labour politician; Home Secretary 2001-2004
- Robert Englund, American actor; best known for Nightmare on Elm Street
- Ada Kok, Dutch butterfly stroke swimmer; winner of three Olympic medals including gold in 1968
- Tony Levin, American bass player and songwriter
- Monty Alexander, Jamaican jazz pianist
- Phillip Allen Sharp, American molecular biologist; 1993 Nobel Prize laureate (Physiology or Medicine)
- Tommie Smith, American sprinter and football player; winner of 1968 Olympic 200m gold medal in a world record time
- Richard Smalley, American chemist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate in 1996 for chemistry (d. 2005)
- Willie John McBride, Northern Irish rugby player who toured with the British Lions five times
- Louis Andriessen, Dutch pianist and composer
- Gary U.S. Bonds, American singer-songwriter
- D. Ramanaidu, Indian actor, director, and producer, founded Suresh Productions (d. 2015)
- Levi Stubbs, American soul singer; lead vocalist of the Four Tops (d. 2008)
- Jon Henricks, Australian swimmer; winner of two Olympic gold medals in 1956
- Albert II, King of the Belgians from 9 August 1993 to 21 July 2013 (abdicated)
- Heinrich Rohrer, Swiss physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2013)
- David Scott, American colonel, engineer, and astronaut who was the commander of Apollo 15
- Frank Tyson, English-Australian cricketer, coach and journalist (d. 2015)
- James Barnor, Ghanaian photographer
- Sunil Dutt, Indian actor, director, producer, and politician (d. 2005)
- Klaus Tennstedt, German conductor (d. 1998)
- Maxine Kumin, American poet and author (d. 2014)
- Frank Chee Willeto, American soldier and politician, 4th Vice President of the Navajo Nation and a noted code talker during World War II (d. 2013)
- V. C. Andrews, American author, illustrator, and painter (d. 1986)
- Jean Pouliot, Canadian broadcaster (d. 2004)
- Peter Carington, 6th Baron Carrington, English army officer and politician, 6th Secretary General of NATO (d. 2018)
- Kenneth Connor, English comedy actor (d. 1993)
- Edwin G. Krebs, American biochemist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2009)
- Kirk Kerkorian, American businessman, founded the Tracinda Corporation (d. 2015)
- Hamani Diori, Nigerien academic and politician, 1st President of Niger (d. 1989)
- Vincent Persichetti, American pianist and composer (d. 1987)
- Isaiah Berlin, Latvian-English historian and philosopher (d. 1997)
- Bill Dickey, American baseball player and manager who played in eight World Series, winning seven (d. 1993)
- Max August Zorn, German mathematician and academic who is noted for Zorn's Lemma (d. 1993)
- Aram Khachaturian, Armenian composer and conductor (d. 1978)
- Jimmie Lunceford, American saxophonist and bandleader (d. 1947)
- Jan Struther, English author, poet and hymnwriter who created the character Mrs Miniver (d. 1953)
- Sukarno, Indonesian engineer and politician, 1st President of Indonesia (d. 1970)
- Manfred Sakel, Ukrainian-American psychiatrist and physician (d. 1957)
- Jacobus Johannes Fouché, South African politician, 2nd State President of South Africa (d. 1980)
- Ninette de Valois, English ballerina, choreographer, and director (d. 2001)
- Henry Allingham, English World War I soldier and supercentenarian (d. 2009)
- Italo Balbo, Italian air marshal and fascist politician who played a key role in developing Mussolini's air force (d. 1940)
- Masti Venkatesha Iyengar, Indian author and academic (d. 1986)
- Erich Marcks, German general in WWII who planned Operation Barbarossa (d. 1944)
- Ted Lewis, American singer, clarinet player, and bandleader (d. 1971)
- Thomas Mann, German author and critic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1955)
- Alix of Hesse, German princess and Russian empress (d. 1918)
- Robert Falcon Scott, English sailor and explorer (d. 1912)
- Henry Newbolt, English historian, author, and poet (d. 1938)
- Aleksandr Lyapunov, Russian mathematician and physicist (d. 1918)
- Karl Ferdinand Braun, German-American physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate in 1909 for physics (d. 1918)
- Eliza Orzeszkowa, Polish author and publisher (d. 1910)
- Friedrich Wilhelm Schneidewin, German philologist and scholar (d. 1856)
- Alexander Pushkin, Russian author and poet (d. 1837)
- John Trumbull, American soldier and painter (d. 1843)
- Nathan Hale, American soldier (d. 1776)
- Joseph I of Portugal, King of Portugal from 31 July 1750 until his death (d. 1777)
- Claude-Jean Allouez, French-American missionary and explorer (d. 1689)
- Pierre Corneille, French playwright and producer (d. 1684)
- Diego Velázquez (date of baptism), Spanish painter and educator (d. 1660)
- Andrea Cesalpino, Italian philosopher, physician, and botanist (d. 1603)
- Regiomontanus (Johannes Müller von Königsberg), German mathematician, astronomer, and bishop (d. 1476)
Deaths On This Day
- Viktor Korchnoi, Russian chess grandmaster; arguably the best player never to become World Chess Champion (b. 1931)
- Peter Shaffer, English playwright and screenwriter; works included Equus and Amadeus (b. 1926)
- Vincent Bugliosi, American lawyer and author; prosecuting attorney in the Tate-LaBianca murders case (b. 1934)
- Ludvík Vaculík, Czech journalist and author; noted for The Two Thousand Words which inspired the Prague Spring (b. 1926)
- Lorna Wing, English psychiatrist and physician; pioneered studies of autism (b. 1928)
- Jerome Karle, American crystallographer and academic; awarded the 1985 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for research into the molecular structure of chemical compounds (b. 1918)
- Esther Williams, American swimmer and actress (b. 1921)
- Vladimir Krutov, Russian ice hockey player; together with Igor Larionov and Sergei Makarov, formed the famed KLM Line. (b. 1960)
- Jean Dausset, French-Spanish immunologist and academic; awarded the 1980 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his studies of the genetic basis of immunological reaction (b. 1916)
- Billy Preston, American singer-songwriter, pianist, and actor (b. 1946)
- Anne Bancroft, American film actress; winner of the 1963 Academy Award for Best Actress for The Miracle Worker (b. 1931)
- George Davis Snell, American geneticist and immunologist; awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1980 for his studies of histocompatibility (b. 1903)
- Barry Sullivan, American film actor (b. 1912)
- Stan Getz, American saxophonist and jazz innovator (b. 1927)
- Hans Leip, German author, poet, and playwright who wrote the lyrics of Lili Marleen (b. 1893)
- Kenneth Rexroth, American poet and academic (b. 1905)
- Jack Haley, American actor (b. 1897)
- J. Paul Getty, American businessman, founded the Getty Oil Company (b. 1892)
- Robert F. Kennedy, American soldier, lawyer, and politician, 64th United States Attorney General (b. 1925)
- William Baziotes, American painter and academic (b. 1912)
- Yves Klein, French painter (b. 1928)
- Tom Phillis, Australian motorcycle racer (b. 1934)
- Carl Gustav Jung, Swiss psychiatrist and psychotherapist (b. 1875)
- Max Meldrum, Scottish-Australian painter and educator (b. 1875)
- Louis Lumière, French film director, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1864)
- James Agate, English author and critic (b. 1877)
- Gerhart Hauptmann, German novelist, poet, and playwright, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1862)
- Louis Chevrolet, Swiss-American race car driver and businessman, founded Chevrolet and Frontenac Motor Corporation (b. 1878)
- Julian Byng, 1st Viscount Byng of Vimy, English field marshal and politician, 12th Governor-General of Canada (b. 1862)
- Lillian Russell, American actress and singer (b. 1860)
- Yuan Shikai, Chinese general and politician, 2nd President of the Republic of China (b. 1859)
- John A. Macdonald, Scottish-Canadian lawyer and politician, 1st Prime Minister of Canada (b. 1815)
- Henri Vieuxtemps, Belgian violinist and composer (b. 1820)
- Robert Stirling, Scottish minister and engineer, invented the stirling engine (b. 1790)
- William Quantrill, leader of a Confederate guerrilla band in the American Civil War (b. 1837)
- Camillo Benso, Count of Cavour, Italian politician, 1st Prime Minister of Italy (b. 1810)
- Jeremy Bentham, English jurist and philosopher (b. 1748)
- Antonio Cachia, Maltese architect, engineer and archaeologist (b. 1739)
- Patrick Henry, American lawyer and politician, 1st Governor of Virginia (b. 1736)
- Martino Martini, Italian Jesuit missionary (b. 1614)
- Nakagawa Kiyohide, Japanese daimyo (b. 1556)
- João de Castro, Portuguese soldier and politician, Governor of Portuguese India (b. 1500)
- Vecchietta, Italian painter, sculptor, and architect (b. 1412)
- Robert Passelewe, Bishop of Chichester
- William III of Dampierre, Count of Flanders
- Henry I, King of Castile and Toledo (b. 1204)
- Norbert of Xanten, German bishop and saint (b. 1060)
- Agnes of Aquitaine, Queen of Aragon and Navarre
- Alexander III, Byzantine emperor (b. 870)
- Abu Musa Utamish, vizier to the Abbasid Caliphate
- Qiao Xuan, Chinese official (b. c. 110)