On This Day September 6
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1937 – Actress Jo Anne Worley, best remembered from the comedy-variety show “Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In”
1943 – Roger Waters, lead singer and bass player for the British rock band Pink Floyd
1944 – Emmy- and Tony-winning actress Swoosie Kurtz (“Fifth of July,” “The House of Blue Leaves,” “Carol and Company,” “Sisters,” “Mike & Molly”)
1947 – Emmy-winning actress and comedian Jane Curtin (“Saturday Night Live,” “Kate & Allie,” “3rd Rock from the Sun,” “I Love You, Man”)
1958 – Grammy-winning comedian and TV personality Jeff Foxworthy (“The Jeff Foxworthy Show,” “Blue Collar TV”)
1964 – Actress Rosie Perez (“Do the Right Thing,” “White Men Can’t Jump,” “Fearless,” “In Living Color”)
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.
1968 – Berkeley, California becomes the first U.S. city with a population of more than 100,000 to desegregate its public schools.
1976 – A Soviet Air Force pilot lands his MiG fighter jet in Japan and requests asylum in the U.S.
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.
1969 – The Rolling Stones are in the midst of a four-week run at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with “Hony Tonk Women.”
1970 – Jimi Hendrix takes the stage at the Open Air Love and Peace Festival in Fehmarn, Germany and plays what becomes his final concert before his death 12 days later in London at the age of 27.
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.
1980 – Diana Ross goes right-side-up to No. 1 on the singles chart with “Upside Down,” and holds the top spot for four weeks.
1986 – “Venus,” by Bananarama, rises to the top of the Billboard singles survey. It’s the cover of a 1970 chart-topping hit by Dutch rock band Shocking Blue.
1997 – “Mo Money Mo Problems,” by The Notorious B.I.G. featuring Puff Daddy and Mase, is the No. 1 single. The song is ‘Biggie’s’ second posthumous chart-topper, following “Hypnotize.”
2008 – The Jonas Brothers own the top spot on the pop chart for the second and final week with “A Little Bit Longer.”