On This Day September 6
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1915 – The first military tank is produced in England during World War I. Nicknamed “Little Willie,” the prototype armored vehicle weighed 14 tons, got stuck in trenches and crawled at just two miles per hour. Over time, improved designs resulted in a machine that transformed battlefields.
1968 – “Two all-beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions on a sesame seed bun.” McDonald’s introduces the Big Mac to its fast food menu (for 49 cents), and decades later, it remains one of the restaurant chain’s most popular items. In 2017 alone, McDonald’s sold 1.3 billion Big Macs.
1997 – Millions of people around the world watch live televised coverage of the Westminster Abbey funeral of Princess Diana, who died in a Paris car crash days earlier. During the service, Elton John performs a new version of “Candle in the Wind” as a special tribute.
1975 – Glen Campbell’s “Rhinestone Cowboy” rides to the top of the Billboard pop chart and remains there for two weeks. The track also reaches No. 1 on the Hot Country Singles chart and garners two Grammy nominations.