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Today in History! March 6

Here are three interesting things that have happened on this date in our history:

1.  Mar 6, 1475:Michelangelo was born

Because my maternal grandparents are Italian, and my great uncle was a famous Italian artist, I have a great appreciation for the Masters of Italian arts.

In 1964 my parents took us to the World’s Fair in New York.  The Vatican had a pavilion and brought the Pieta so that the world could see it.  It was awe inspiring, even for the children.  We were taken by it on a moving platform.


2.  March 6, 1899 – Bayer patents aspirin

Bayer did not invent aspirin.  It was an old folk remedy make from the bark of willow trees.   A French chemist  Charles Frederic Gerhardt made the discovery  in 1853.  Bayer patented aspirin, manufacturing it with a cross imprinted in the tablets.  It was only sold by pharmacies or given by doctors at that time.  The cross was the only way that people knew that it was Bayer aspirin.

They lost the US patent during World War I because the American government seized the assets of the Bayer company, and the word became “generic” for all similar products.  Bayer still has the patent for aspirin in most of the other countries of the world with the exceptions of the US and Great Britain.

3.  March 6, 1947 – Rob Reiner is born

Rob Reiner is child of Hollywood, and now a King of Hollywood!  He has had almost every great job in the industry.  Well known and winning awards for acting in “All in the Family”, writer, producer, director, and more.

Some of the movies I love that he has directed are – “Stand by Me”, “The Princess Bride”, “When Harry Met Sally”, “The American President”,  and “Alex and Emma”.

Rob Reiner is an American Hollywood Treasure!



















  1. ransae
    March 6, 2012 at 12:02 pm

    Reblogged this on Ransae's Blog.

  2. March 6, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    What do i owe you for educating me and giving me eaves to learn ? Sally – Thanks a ton.

  3. March 6, 2012 at 12:04 pm

    Must have been a slow day for news over the centuries .

  4. March 6, 2012 at 12:07 pm

    Aspirin was made from the bark of willow trees? Well, I’ll be! : )

  5. March 6, 2012 at 12:08 pm

    That image at Pieta is also used on my favorite prayer book, “The Pieta Prayer booklet.” Also know as the little blue prayer book.

    Interesting history on Bayer and I LOVE Princess Bride and Stand By Me 🙂


  6. March 6, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    Thank you Sally :), great post. History is so fascinating all the time.

  7. March 6, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    Well, 2 out of 3 are good things…

  8. March 6, 2012 at 12:57 pm

    History is always informative, even if it is not something you want to learn about. Thanks, Sally.

  9. March 6, 2012 at 1:05 pm

    Medicine derived from the bark of willow trees…. what could sound like an alternative, herbal remedy is a household staple!

  10. March 6, 2012 at 1:06 pm

    Very well! 🙂

  11. Nancy
    March 6, 2012 at 1:31 pm

    I remember the first time I saw the Pieta…an indescribable feeling.

  12. G'Day
    March 6, 2012 at 1:40 pm

    Thank you Sally, I’m a big fan of the greatest masters of history.

  13. March 6, 2012 at 2:32 pm

    As a huge fan of All in the Family, always enjoy hearing news about ‘Meathead’…

  14. March 6, 2012 at 3:07 pm

    Thanks for the eaves, Sally!

    Like your writing…

  15. March 6, 2012 at 3:49 pm

    Sally…..This is really cool……….!!

  16. March 6, 2012 at 4:01 pm

    Didn’t know about the aspirin. Cool

  17. March 6, 2012 at 4:44 pm

    I didn’t know that about the aspirin. I’ve always associated Bayer with aspirin, but the patent bit and the US seizing the company’s assets was news to me. Nice read!

  18. March 6, 2012 at 4:45 pm

    Thanks Sally for sharing the birth date of Michelangelo with us! Have a great Tuesday! Best, Lucas

  19. March 6, 2012 at 6:00 pm

    What is odd (sad) is twice today I have seen mention of Rpb Reiner’s birthday, but not one of Michelangelo until your post. Reiner has a wonderful body of work, but to overshadow one of the great masters – shows what the populace seems to value the most now I guess! The bayer Aspirin, I might argue, has been more enjoyed than Reiner even and still – it’s just you that gets these things in there. Great post as always!

  20. March 7, 2012 at 12:31 am

    Superb post Sally !
    Most interesting

  21. Randy Duckworth
    March 9, 2012 at 7:03 pm

    Excellent Post! Enjoyed this very much! Thank You!

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