October 6: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

Did you know that on this day, October 6, 2010, Instagram was officially launched?

October 6th is known as Noodle Day as well as Mad Hatter Day.

Welcome to day 279 of 365! We’re only 86 days away from celebrating the new year… but it’s probably too early to be thinking about that yet.

Wait until you see what we have in store for you today. October 6th wouldn’t be what it is without its many faces in history.

Did you know that on this day in 2010, Instagram was officially launched? The social media application gained 25,000 users on its first day.

Keep reading for more interesting facts about October 6th in history!

What Events Happened On October 6 In History?

2022 A gunman killed 38 people in a daycare center in Thailand.

Among the 38 victims were 24 children, with some as young as two years old. Other victims were teachers and workers at the daycare center. The suspect was a former policeman dismissed due to drug abuse allegations. He later shot his wife, son, and himself at their home.


2019 Protestors took to the streets in Hong Kong after the government announced a ban on face masks.

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2012 Pope Benedict XVI’s butler, Paolo Gabriele, was convicted and jailed for 18 months for leaking confidential documents.

The verdict was made on the fourth day of hearings after a two-hour debate.

ABC News

2010 Instagram was launched and gained 25,000 users on its first day.

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1995 The 51 Pegasi b planet was discovered. It was the first discovered exoplanet around a sun-like star.

OTD in 1995: The 51 Pegasi b planet was discovered. It was the first discovered exoplanet around a sun-like star.

This planet is around half the size of Jupiter and orbits its star every four days. It was discovered by Michael Mayor and Didier Queloz at the Haute-Provence Observatory in France.

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1979 Pope John Paul II became the first pope to visit the White House in Washington, D.C.

In his meeting with President Jimmy Carter, the Pope said, "It gives me great joy to be the first pope in history to come to the capital of this nation, and I thank almighty God for this blessing."


1978 The drama romance film “Days of Heaven” by Terrence Malick was released.


1960 The American epic historical drama movie “Spartacus” premiered in New York City.

It was directed by Stanley Cupric and starred Kirk Douglas & Laurence Olivier.

1956 Dr. Albert Sabin announced his oral vaccine against polio was ready to test.

OTD in 1956: Dr. Albert Sabin announced his oral vaccine against polio was ready to test.

The treatment could make a person immune for life and came in a sugar cube form that was cherry flavored.

1927 “The Jazz Singer” was released. It was the first motion picture with pre-recorded dialogue, revolutionizing the movie industry.

MTV News

1898 The largest music fraternity in the USA, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, was founded.

Since its founding, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia has initiated over 260,000 members who call themselves Sinfonians. The fraternity's goal is to assist its members in adopting music as a profession and advance the cause of music in the USA. There are 24 Si Mu Alpha Sinfonia chapters across the country, with the fraternity's headquarters in Evansville, Indiana.

1889 The Moulin Rouge cabaret opened its doors in Paris for the first time.

1857 The first American Chess Congress started in New York.

Daniel Willard Fiske organized the event, and it lasted until November 10. The top sixteen chess players in the US were invited to compete to win the first prize of $300.

1683 Thirteen Mennonite families arrived in Philadelphia from Germany.

OTD in 1683: Thirteen Mennonite families arrived in Philadelphia from Germany.

This marked the beginning of forming Germantown, Philadelphia, and the introduction of the Mennonite community in the United States.

1600 Euridice, the oldest-surviving opera, premiered in Florence, Italy.

Written by Jacopo Peri, Euridice tells the story of the legendary Greek musician Orpheus and his wife, Euridice. At the opera's premiere in the Palazzo Putti, Jacopo Peri performed as Orpheus.

Famous People Born On October 6

If today’s your birthday, you share this special day with Scarlett Hefner! Here are other famous people born on this day.

1998 Matt Cornett

American Singer

Matt Cornett
24 years old
Born In:
Arkansas, USA

1990 Scarlett Byrne

English Actress

Scarlett Byrne
32 years old
Born In:
England, UK

1973 Ioan Gruffudd

Welsh Actor

Ioan Gruffudd
49 years old
Born In:
Wales, UK

1976 Brett Gelman

American Actor

Brett Gelman
46 years old
Born In:
Illinois, USA

Famous People Who Died On This Day

1942 - 2018 Scott Wilson

Scott Wilson

Scott Wilson was an American actor born on March 29, 1942. He died on this day in 2018, at age 76 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

Special Holidays On October 6

If you’re looking to try something new today, here are some special holidays that might just give you an idea.

October 6: National Noodle Day

National Noodle Day

Noodles can be found all over the world in all shapes, sizes, and colors. They’re most often made from flour but can even be made from beans or vegetables like zucchini or carrots; there are oodles of noodles possibilities! Celebrate today by eating your favorite type of noodles!

October 6: National Mad Hatter Day

National Mad Hatter Day

National Mad Hatter Day was created in honor of the Mad Hatter from Lewis Carrol’s Alice in Wonderland. Today you’re strongly encouraged to take a walk on the sillier side of life. You could host a dress-up tea party, wear some silly hats, or even go on a wild adventure!

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Fun Fact Of The Day

There is an ex-monk in Spain who has been building a Cathedral by hand since 1961.

October 6 Birthday Facts, Zodiac & Birthstone

Those of you who were born on October 6 share the Libra star sign.

Libra is represented by the scales. The scales are the only inanimate object out of all the zodiacs, and just like scales, Libras are obsessed with symmetry and have a passion for perfect balance.

For those of you born in October, you have the Pink Tourmaline birthstone. Tourmaline gets its name from the Sinhalese (Sri Lankan) word “tourmali,” which means “mixed stones.”

For people born on this day, your estimated date of conception falls on January 13 in the same year.

A baby that is conceived on October 6, 2023, will likely be due next year around June 29.

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