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6th September


1972: Athletes killed in Munich

On September 6, 1972, violence rocks the Munich Olympic Games when Palestinian terrorists attack the Israeli compound in the Olympic village, killing two team members and kidnapping nine. In exchange for the athletes' lives, the Palestinians demanded safe passage and the release of some 200 imprisoned Arab and German terrorists. The next night--September 7--West German authorities conveyed the terrorists and their hostages to the airport. There, German sharpshooters opened fire in a desperate rescue attempt. In the ensuing fire-fight, the Palestinians killed five Israeli athletes with a grenade and gunned down the other four. Five of the Palestinians and one German were also killed. After a day of mourning, the Munich Games resumed.


Millions of people around the world watch live television pictures from London of the funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales who had died in a car crash in Paris a week earlier. Britain comes to a virtual standstill for the whole day with an estimated two million mourners either outside Westminster Abbey or lining the route and a further 32 million watching the funeral on television.The worldwide TV audience is estimated at two billion.


The Soviet Union recognises the independent Baltic republics of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.


Thanks to a computer error, 40,000 people in Paris receive letters charging them with murder, extortion and organised prostitution. Each should have been sent notification of a traffic offence.


For the first time since 1315, the historic Venice Regatta is held without the city's 230 gondoliers, who are on strike in protest at the damage being caused to the city by powerboats.


Palestinian terrorists hi-jack four airliners travelling to New York from Europe. A Pan-Am jumbo is blown up the next day in Cairo; two Boeing 707s are blown up on September 12th at an airstrip in Jordan. The fourth is flown to London where hi-jacker Leila Khaled is arrested.


Welsh singer Mary Hopkin enters the British pop charts with Those Were The Days which goes to No 1.


South African Prime Minister Hendrik Verwoerd is assassinated in the Parliament in Cape Town by Dimtric Tsafondas.


The start of a 17 day war between India and Pakistan when Indian troops invade West Pakistan.


The Nazis announce that the wearing of yellow Star of David badges is compulsory for all Jews living in Germany.


US President William McKinley is shot by anarchist Leon Czolgosz while at a reception at Buffalo in New York. McKinley dies 8 days later.


England beats Australia by five wickets at the Oval in the first Test Match played in England. English batsman W.G. Grace scores a century.


Opening of Britain's first telephone exchange - at Lombard Street in London.


Britain's first free public lending library opens in Manchester.


The Great Fire of London is finally put out after burning for four days - destroying more than 13,000 houses and almost 100 churches - including St Paul's Cathedral. A total of 6 people are killed.


Charles II famously spends the night hidden in an oak tree at Boscobel after his defeat by Oliver Cromwell at the Battle of Worcester.


Ferdinand Magellan's ship, the 'Victoria' - under the command of Juan Del Cano - arrives back in Spain, after completing the first circumnaviagation of the world. Magellan, its Portuguese navigator and original commander, had been killed by natives in the Phillipines.


Actress Brit Ekland.


American comedienne Jo Anne Worley. becomes popular during regular appearances on American TV's 'Rowan and Martin's Laugh In' .


American diplomat Joseph Kennedy born in Boston, Massachussets. A businessman withnstrong political affiliations, he's appointed Ambassador to Great Britain (1938-1940). Marries Rose Fitzgerald and has 9 children. including John (US President) and Bobby (US Attorney General) who are assassinated during 1960s. Dies in 1969.


English lawyer Lord Birkett. Becomes a Liberal MP, a judge and a significant member of the British legal team at the trial of Nazi war criminals at Nuremburg following the end of World War II.


Scottish physiologist John James Rickard Macleod. Shares the Nobel Prize for Medicine in 1923 with Sir Charles Banting for the discovery of insulin.


Austrian writer Felix Salten - pseudonym Siegmund Salzmann - born in Budapest, Hungary. Writer of animal stories, his best-known, 'Bambi' (1929) is translated into English and turned into a successful animation film by Walt Disney (1941).


English chemist John Dalton born in Cumbria. Develops atomic theory of matter which recognises that all matter is made up of a combination of atoms.


Cricketer Sir Len Hutton, the first professional captain of England, aged 74.


American film actor Otto Kruger. Films included 'High Noon'.


South African Prime Minister Hendrik Verwoerd is assassinated


English actress Gertrude Lawrence.


Suleiman I - Sultan of the Ottoman Empire from 1520.