1895 

Oct 6, Caroline Gordon, writer, was born. Her work included “The Strange Children.”

1908 

Oct 6, Carol Lombard, American comedienne and actress who was nominated for an Oscar for My Man Godfrey, was born in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Lombard started during the silent movie era revealed herself to be a wonderful amusing and witty actress after the advent of the talkies and quickly became one of the top box office draws of the 1930’s in such films as ‘My Man Godfrey’. Clark Gable was married to Lombard. (My Man Godfrey, Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Made for Each Other).

1975    

Oct 6, Chilean Vice Pres. Bernardo Leighton and his wife, Anita Fresno, were shot in Rome. Anita was left permanently disabled. In 2000 Chilean authorities arrested former Gen. Eduardo Iturriaga for the shooting.

1979   

Oct 6, Elizabeth Bishop (b.1911), American poet, died. She had spent 17 years in Brazil and won a Pulitzer Prize for poetry in 1956. In 2008 Thomas Travisano and Saskia Hamilton edited “Words in Air: The Complete Correspondence Between Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell.” In 2010 Michael Sledge authored a novel, “The More I Owe You,” based on her life.

1987     

Oct 6, In Oklahoma Michael Houghton (27) and Laura Lee Sanders (22) were kidnapped from behind a Tulsa bar, stuffed into a car trunk and taken to a rural area where the car was set afire. Scott Allen Hain was executed for the murders on Apr 3, 2003. Hain was 17 in 1987 and claimed to be under the influence of Robert Lambert.

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1989

Oct 6, Actress Bette Davis (81) died in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France. In 1962 she authored her memoir “The Lonely Life.” In 2006 Charlotte Chandler authored “The Girl Who Walked Home Alone,” a personal biography of Davis.

1991

Oct 6, Reports surfaced that a former personal assistant to Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas, University of Oklahoma law professor Anita Hill, had accused Thomas of sexually harassing her from 1981-1983.

1999

Oct 6, Amalia Rodrigues (b.1920), Portuguese actress and fado singer, died at age 79.

2007   

Oct 6, US Representative Jo Ann Davis (57), Virginia’s first Republican woman elected to Congress, died of breast cancer.

2009   

Oct 6, Hilary Mantel won the 2009 Man Booker Prize for her historical novel “Wolf Hall.” It covered the period Henry VIII’s divorce from Catherine of Aragon and marriage to Anne Boleyn. A sequel, “Bring Up the Bodies,” was published in 2012.

2010

Oct 6, In Britain Halima Bashir (30), a doctor who says she was gang-raped in 2004 by Sudanese soldiers after speaking out about atrocities in Darfur, won the Anna Politkovskaya award for women human rights defenders. She wrote about her experiences in her memoir, “Tears of the Desert” (2008).

2011    

Oct 6, Australian actress Diane Cilento (78), who was once married to James Bond actor Sean Connery, died. In 1956 she was nominated for a Tony Award for her portrayal of Helen of Troy in the play “Tiger at the Gates.” She received an Academy Award nomination in 1963 for best supporting actress for her work in the movie “Tom Jones.”

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2014  

Oct 6, Brittany Maynard (29), a newlywed diagnosed with a deadly brain tumor, posted a video about her decision to take control over how she dies. She tentatively selected Nov 1 as her date of death in Oregon. The former California teacher moved to Oregon after learning that California was not among the five US states that allowed access to a lethal drug for terminal illness. Montana, New Mexico, Vermont and Washington states also allowed access to the lethal drug.

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