1847: Author Henry David Thoreau leaves Walden Pond and moves in with Ralph Waldo Emerson in Concord, Massachusetts.
1861: Union General Ulysses S. Grant seizes Paducah, Kentucky. This gives the Union Army full control of the mouth of the Tennessee River.
1863: Morris Island and Battery Wagner are evacuated by the Confederate Army during the American Civil War.
1916: Piggly Wiggly opens up in Memphis, Tennessee. It’s considered to be the first self-service grocery store.
1939: South Africa declares war on Nazi Germany during World War II.
1944: During WWII, Allied forces liberate Ypres, Belgium.
1944: The Soviets capture Tartu, Estonia.
1946: S Secretary of State James F. Byrnes tells the press that the United States will adhere to a policy of economic reconstruction in Germany.
1976: Soviet Air Force pilot Lieutenant Viktor Belenko lands his MiG-25 jet fighter on Hokkaido Island in Japan and formally requests that the U.S give him political asylum. The United States grants him his requested asylum.
1991: The independence of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania is recognized by the Soviet Union.
1991: Leningrad’s name is changed back to St. Petersburg.
Famous Birthdays on September 6
American comedian and actress Jane Curtin is born in 1947.
American guitarist Claydes Charles Smith is born in 1948.
American singer-songwriter Buddy Miller is born in 1952.
American author and playwright Raymond Benson is born in 1955.
American basketball player Kevin Willis is born in 1962.
American author Alice Sebold is born in 1963.
Irish poet and author Christopher Nolan is born in 1965.
American singer-songwriter and actress Macy Gray is born in 1967.
Scottish author Christopher Brookmyre is born in 1968.
American author and illustrator Tony DiTerlizzi is born in 1969.
American rapper Foxy Brown is born in 1979.
Nigerian boxer Samuel Peter is born in 1980.
American baseball player Mark Teahen is born in 1981.