Mar 6, Louisa May Alcott (b.1832) died in Boston just hours after the burial of her father. Her novels included “Little Women” (1868). In 1998 “Little Women” premiered in Houston as an opera by Mark Adomo. In 2010 Susan Cheever authored “Louisa May Alcott: A Personal Biography.”
Mar 6, Svetlana Alliluyeva, the daughter of Josef Stalin, appeared at the US Embassy in India and announced her intention to defect to the West. She arrived at New York in April and held a press conference during which she denounced her father’s regime.
Mar 6, In a case that drew much notoriety, a woman in New Bedford, Mass., reported being gang-raped atop a pool table in a tavern; four men were later convicted.
Mar 6, Melina Mercouri (b.1920), Greek born actress turned politician, died of lung cancer in New York City.
Mar 6, Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II launched the first official royal Web site.
Mar 6, Francesca Trombino, lawyer, was bludgeoned to death in Pordenone. She was representing a US Marine in the Feb 3 cable-car disaster. She was also representing the wife of the captured suspect in a divorce case.
Mar 6, Two American women died when their twin-engine plane crashed after take-off from Iceland. They were on their way to Britain for a long-distance air race.
Mar 6, In Nigeria 30 girls died from a fire at the Gindiri Girls School in Jos. They were reportedly locked in for the night so as not to mix with boys.
Mar 6,Thousands of women marched through Paris to press for equal rights for women and show support for a law to ban Islamic head scarves in public schools.
Mar 6, Dana Reeve (44), singer, actress and non-smoker, died of lung cancer. She won worldwide admiration for her devotion to her “Superman” husband, Christopher Reeve (d.2004), through his decade of near-total paralysis.
Mar 6, Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo signed into law a package of anti-terror measures that has drawn protests as a threat to civil liberties.
Mar 6, In California Annette Yeomans (51) surrendered at the Vista jail and was booked for investigation of grand theft and embezzlement. The former bookkeeper reportedly embezzled $9.9 million, forcing her company to make layoffs as she bought 400 pairs of shoes that she kept in a room-sized closet decorated with a crystal chandelier and a plasma television. Authorities alleged that Yeomans embezzled the money from 2001 to 2007 while she was chief financial officer for Quality Woodworks, Inc., a cabinetry business in San Marcos.
Mar 6, In Paraguay about 100 women disrobed in a square in downtown Asuncion to protest nuclear weapons.
Mar 6, Sandra Bullock won worst-actress for her romantic comedy flop “All About Steve” at the Razzies, a spoof of the Oscars that mocks Hollywood’s low-points of the year.
Mar 6, Louise White (81) of Newport, RI, claimed last month’s $336.4 million Powerball jackpot.