February 06

This Day in History

1952

George VI dies

After a long illness, King George VI of Great Britain and Northern Ireland succumbs to cancer. The second son of King George V, he became king in 1936 after his elder brother, King Edward VIII, … (more...)

1934

A Treaty with the Maori – Waitangi Day

The 6 February is a highly significant date in New Zealand history  - Waitangi Day – so named after the historic Treaty of Waitangi that was signed on this day in 1840. This event took place in … (more...)

1918

Artist Gustav Klimt Dies

I know only one thing for certain', Gustav Klimt once said, "that I’m a poor fool." This, however, could hardly be further from the truth. Klimt, who died on this day in 1918, is the most well known … (more...)

1843

First US Minstrel Show Opens

On this day in 1843, the first minstrel show in the United States, The Virginia Minstrels, opens at the Bowery Amphitheatre in New York City. The entertainment, consisting of white and black actors in … (more...)