On this day: February 6

POSTED: 02:58 PM PST Feb 05, 2013    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PST Feb 05, 2016 

The Union gets its first victory of the Civil War, Ronald Reagan is born, The Righteous Brothers hit No. 1, and astronaut Alan Shepard works on his lunar golf game, all on this day.

OTD February 6 - Woodbridge train wreck
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1951: The Broker, a Pennsylvania Railroad passenger train, derails near Woodbridge Township, New Jersey, killing 85 people and injuring more than 500 more. The wreck is the third worst train disaster in American history and the deadliest since 1918.


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