February 6

1626

Huguenot rebels and the French sign the Peace of La Rochelle.

1778

France recognizes the United States and signs a treaty of aid in Paris.

1788

Massachusetts becomes the sixth state to ratify the Constitution.

1862

The Battle of Fort Henry, Tenn., begins the Mississippi Valley campaign.

1891

The Dalton Gang commits its first crime, a train robbery in Alila, Calif.

1899

The Spanish-American War ends.

1900

President McKinley appoints W.H. Taft commissioner to report on the Philippines.

1904

Japan's foreign minister severs all ties with Russia, citing delaying tactics in negotiations over Manchuria.

1916

Germany admits full liability for Lusitania incident and recognizes the United State's right to claim indemnity.

1922

The Washington Disarmament Conference comes to an end with signature of final treaty forbidding fortification of the Aleutian Islands for 14 years.

1926

Mussolini warns Germany to stop agitation in Tyrol.

1929

Germany accepts Kellogg-Briand pact.

1933

Adolf Hitler's Third Reich begins press censorship.

1936

Adolf Hitler opens the Fourth Winter Olympics.

1941

The RAF clears the way as British take Benghazi, trapping thousands of Italians.

1944

Kwajalein Island in the Central Pacific falls to U.S. Army troops.

1945

MacArthur reports the fall of Manila, and the liberation of 5,000 prisoners.

1963

The United States reports that all Soviet offensive arms are out of Cuba.

1964

Cuba blocks the water supply to Guantanamo Naval Base in rebuke of the United State's seizure of four Cuban fishing boats.

1964

Paris and London agree to build a rail tunnel under the English Channel.

1965

Seven U.S. GIs are killed in a Viet Cong raid on a base in Pleiku.

1968

Charles de Gaulle opens the 19th Winter Olympics in France.

1975

President Gerald Ford asks Congress for $497 million in aid to Cambodia.

1977

Queen Elizabeth marks her Silver Jubilee.

1982

Civil rights workers begin a march from Carrolton to Montgomery, Alabama.

Born on February 6

1756

Aaron Burr, 3rd U.S. Vice President.

1895

George Herman "Babe" Ruth, baseball player with the Boston Red Sox, the New York Yankees and the Boston Braves. The first player to hit 60 home runs in one season.

1911

Ronald Reagan, film actor and 40th U.S. President (1981-1989).

1913

Mary Douglas Leakey, archaeologist and paleoanthropologist.

1932

Francois Truffaut, French film director (The 400 Blows, Shoot the Piano Player).

1933

Walter E. Fountroy, politician and civil rights leader.

1940

Tom Brokaw, NBC News anchorman.

1945

Bob Marley, reggae musician.

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