March 6 is the 65th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (66th in Leap years). There are 300 days remaining.
It is 啓蟄 (Keichitsu) in the Japanese calendar.
- 1447 - Nicholas V becomes Pope.
- 1454 - Thirteen Years' War: Delegates of the Prussian Confederation pledged allegiance to Casimir IV of Poland, and the Polish king agreed to help in their struggle for independence from the Teutonic Knights.
- 1460 - Treaty of Alcaçovas - Portugal gives the Canary Islands to Castile in exchange for claims in West Africa.
- 1521 - Ferdinand Magellan discovers Guam.
- 1820 - The Missouri Compromise is signed into law by President James Monroe. The compromise allows Missouri to enter the Union as a slave state, but makes the rest of the northern part of the Louisiana Purchase territory slavery-free.
- 1834 - York, Upper Canada is incorporated as Toronto.
- 1836 - Texas Revolution: Battle of the Alamo - After a 13-day siege by an army of 3,000 Mexican troops, the 189 Texas volunteers defending the Alamo are defeated and the fort taken.
- 1853 - The Giuseppe Verdi opera La Traviata premieres in Venice.
- 1857 - The Supreme Court of the United States rules in the Dred Scott v. Sandford case.
- 1869 - Dmitri Mendeleev presents the first periodic table to the Russian Chemical Society.
- 1899 - Bayer registers aspirin as a trademark.
- 1900 - A coal mine explosion in West Virginia traps 50 coal miners.
- 1901 - In Bremen an assassin attempts to kill Wilhelm II of Germany.
- 1925 - Pionerskaya Pravda, one of the oldest children's newspapers in Europe, is founded
- 1940 - Winter War: An armistice is signed by Finland and the Soviet Union.
- 1946 - Vietnam War: Ho Chi Minh signs an agreement with France which recognizes Vietnam as an autonomous state in the Indochinese Federation and the French Union.
- 1947 - The Newport News , the first air-conditioned naval ship, is launched from Newport News, Virginia.
- 1951 - The trial of Ethel and Julius Rosenberg begins.
- 1953 - Georgy Maksimilianovich Malenkov succeeds Josef Stalin as Premier and First Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union.
- 1957 - United Kingdom colonies Gold Coast and Togoland become the independent Republic of Ghana.
- 1957 - Israel withdraws its troops from the Sinai Peninsula
- 1964 - Constantine II becomes King of Greece.
- 1964 - Tom O'Hara sets a new world record for the indoor mile run by completing it in 3 minutes, 56.4 seconds.
- 1970 - Cult leader and suspected murderer Charles Manson releases an album titled Lies to help finance his defense.
- 1975 - Algiers Accord: Iran and Iraq announce a settlement over their border dispute.
- 1981 - After 19 years presenting the CBS Evening News, Walter Cronkite signs off for the last time.
- 1983 - The United States Football League begins its first year of competition.
- 1984 - Twelve-month-long strike in British coal industry begins.
- 1987 - The British ferry M/S Herald of Free Enterprise capsizes in about 90 seconds after leaving the harbour of Zeebrugge, Belgium en route to Dover, England across the English Channel, killing 193.
- 1992 - The 'Michelangelo' computer virus begins to affect computers.
- 1997 - Picasso's Tete de Femme is stolen from a London gallery, and is recovered a week later.
1400 — 1900
- 1475 - Michelangelo Buonarroti, Italian painter, (d. 1564)
- 1619 - Cyrano de Bergerac, French soldier, poet, (d. 1655)
- 1779 - Antoine-Henri Jomini, general (d. 1869)
- 1806 - Elizabeth Barrett Browning, English poet, (d. 1861)
- 1812 - Aaron Lufkin Dennison father of the American System of Watch Manufacturing in Freeport, Maine (d. 1895)
- 1831 - Friedrich von Bodelschwingh , theologian, (d. 1910)
- 1885 - Ring Lardner, writer, (d. 1933)
- 1898 - Therese Giehse , actress, (d. 1975)
1901 — 1930
- 1903 - Empress Nagako of Japan (d. 2000)
- 1904 - Joseph Schmidt, tenor, (d. 1942)
- 1905 - Bob Wills, country music singer, (d. 1975)
- 1906 - Lou Costello, actor, comedian (d. 1959)
- 1914 - Kiril Kondrashin, Russian conductor (d. 1981)
- 1915 - Pete Gray , American baseball player (d. 2002)
- 1917 - Will Eisner, American illustrator and cartoonist (d. 2005)
- 1923 - Ed McMahon, American television personality
- 1923 - Jürgen von Manger , cabaretist, (d. 1994)
- 1923 - Wes Montgomery, American musician (d. 1968)
- 1926 - Alan Greenspan, American economist
- 1926 - Andrzej Wajda, Polish film director
- 1927 - Wes Montgomery, musician
- 1927 - Gordon Cooper, astronaut (d. 2004)
- 1928 - Gabriel García Márquez, Colombian writer
- 1929 - Günter Kunert , writer and lyricist
- 1930 - Lorin Maazel, French-born American conductor
1931 — 1950
- 1931 - Hal Needham, American stunt man
- 1933 - Ted Abernathy, Major League Baseball player (d. 2004)
- 1934 - John Noakes, British TV presenter (Blue Peter)
- 1935 - Ron Delany, Irish athlete
- 1936 - Marion Barry Jr., mayor of Washington, DC
- 1937 - Valentina Tereshkova, cosmonaut
- 1937 - Ivan Boesky, arbitrageur
- 1939 - Adam Osborne, British author, computer designer (d. 2003)
- 1939 - David Spielberg , American actor
- 1940 - Willie Stargell, Baseball Hall of Famer
- 1942 - Ben Murphy , American actor
- 1944 - Kiri Te Kanawa, opera singer
- 1944 - Mary Wilson (singer), singer, member of the Supremes
- 1946 - David Gilmour, musician ("Pink Floyd")
- 1947 - Rob Reiner, actor, comedian, movie producer
- 1947 - Dick Fosbury, athlete
- 1947 - Kiki Dee, singer
- 1948 - Anna Maria Horsford , American actress
- 1949 - Shaukat Aziz, politician
- 1949 - Martin Buchan, Scottish football (soccer) player
1951 — 2005
1200 — 1940
- 1252 - Saint Rose of Viterbo (b. 1235)
- 1836 - Davy Crockett, frontiersman (b. 1786)
- 1854 - Charles William Vane, 3rd Marquess of Londonderry, British noble
- 1888 - Louisa May Alcott, novelist, (b. 1832)
- 1899 - Victoria Kaiulani, princess of Hawaii (b. 1875)
- 1905 - John Henninger Reagan, American and Confederate politician (b. 1818)
- 1929 - David Buick , automobile pioneer
- 1932 - John Philip Sousa, band leader, conductor, composer, (b. 1854)
- 1933 - Anton Cermak, mayor of Chicago, wounded weeks earlier by an assassin's bullet intended for Franklin D. Roosevelt, dies of his injuries, (b. 1873)
1941 — 1980
- 1941 - Gutzon Borglum, sculptor, (b. 1867)
- 1948 - Ross Lockridge, Jr., novelist, (b. 1914)
- 1951 - Ivor Novello, actor, musician, composer, (b. 1893)
- 1961 - George Formby, British comedian & singer, (b. 1904)
- 1965 - Margaret Dumont, actress, (b. 1889)
- 1967 - Nelson Eddy, singer, actor (b. 1901)
- 1967 - Zoltán Kodály, Hungarian composer, (b. 1882)
- 1970 - William Hopper, American actor
- 1971 - Thurston Dart, English harpsichordist and conductor
- 1973 - Pearl S. Buck, writer, (b. 1892)
- 1976 - Max 'Slapsie Maxie' Rosenbloom, boxer, actor (b. 1903)
1981 — 2005
- 1982 - Ayn Rand, Russian-American author, (b. 1905)
- 1985 - Henry Wilcoxon, Dominican actor (b. 1905)
- 1986 - Georgia O'Keeffe, American artist, (b. 1887)
- 1992 - Elvia Allman , American actress
- 1993 - Douglas Marland, soap opera writer (b. 1935)
- 1994 - Melina Mercouri, Greek actress, political activist, politician (b. 1920)
- 1997 - Cheddi Jagan, President of Guyana (b. 1918)
- 1997 - Michael Manley, Prime Minister of Jamaica (b. 1924)
- 2000 - John Colicos, Canadian actor (b. 1928)
- 2001 - Kim Walker, American actress (b. 1968)
- 2003 - John Sanford, American author (b. 1904)
- 2004 - Frances Dee, American actress (b. 1909)
- 2005 - Hans Bethe, German-American physicist (b. 1906)
- 2005 - Tommy Vance, British radio DJ (b. 1943)
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