September 6, 1935 -
This great Astaire and Rogers film, Top Hat, was released on this date.
This was the first film written specifically for Fred and Ginger.
September 6, 1936 -
The classic screwball comedy, My Man Godfrey, premiered on this date.
This is the only movie to ever get Oscar nominations for writing, directing and all four acting awards without being nominated for Best Picture. It's also the only movie to ever get those six nominations and lose them all.
September 6, 1946 -
One of the most fully realized middle period Hitchcock films, Notorious, was released on this date.
At the time, it was not common knowledge that uranium was being used in the development of the atomic bomb and Hitchcock claimed that he was trailed by the FBI for several months during the filming.
Today in History -
Although there can be no royalty in the United States, one young woman is crowned each year as Miss America. The first such coronation was held on September 6, 1921.
Miss America reigns for one year, at which point she must retire-unless she removes her clothing, in which case she's deposed. (Or is that denuded?)
Today in History
September 6 1901 -
While shaking hands at the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, New York, President William McKinley is shot twice in the abdomen at point-blank range with a .32 caliber revolver.
He dies a week later. The assassin, an anarchist by the name of Leon Frank Czolgosz, actually is a lone gunman (for once).
September 6 1951 -
During a drinking party in Mexico City, author William S. Burroughs instructs his wife Joan to balance a glass of gin on her head. He then takes careful aim with his new .38 pistol, and unintentionally blows her brains out in front of their friends. The Mexican authorities later charge Burroughs with criminal imprudence.
So kids remember, when a drunken Beat drug addict writer asks you to play "William Tell", Just Say No!!!
September 6 1966 -
Parliamentary messenger Demetrios Tsafendas assassinates Prime Minister Hendrik Verwoerd, considered to be the primary architect of apartheid, by stabbing him in his chest on the floor of the South African legislature.
While Verwoerd died shortly thereafter, Apartheid tenaciously clung to life until 1994.
And so it goes