On this day: September 6

Published On: Sep 06 2012 12:21:24 AM EDT   Updated On: Sep 06 2013 02:00:00 AM EDT

A president is shot, Cal Ripken Jr. breaks an unbreakable record, and the world mourns the passing of a princess, all on this day.

OTD September 6 - Hendrik Verwoerd
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1966: South African Prime Minister Hendrik Verwoerd, the architect of apartheid, is stabbed to death during a parliamentary meeting in Cape Town. His assassin, a uniformed parliamentary messenger named Dimitri Tsafendas, escaped the death penalty on the grounds of insanity.


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