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On This Day in History - 6th October


1820Jenny Lind, Operatic soprano, known as the 'Swedish Nightingale'
1906Janet Gaynor, Winner of the very first 'Oscar'
1930Ritchie Benaud, Sports commentator & former Australian test cricketer
1939Melvyn Bragg, Writer and TV presenter of 'The South Bank Show'
1946Tony Greig, South African born, & former England cricket captain
1947Millie (Small), Pop singer
1949Bobby Farrell, Of the Pop group 'Boney M'


1829In trials for the Liverpool and Manchester railway, Stephenson's 'Rocket' was successful
1883The Orient Express travelled from Paris to Istanbul in almost 78 hours, on its maiden run
1891W H Smith, the English politician, bookseller and newsagent, died
1978The first ever woman train driver began work on the 'Underground'
1981Egyptian President Anwar Sadat was assassinated in Cairo
1985At Brands Hatch in Kent, Nigel Mansell won his first Grand Prix
1992At a gold mine, near Dolgellau in Wales, a new Welsh gold seam was discovered