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 - Arthur Ashe
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1993: Former professional tennis player Arthur Ashe dies from AIDS-related pneumonia at the age of 49 in New York City. Ashe had contracted HIV from a blood transfusion he received during heart bypass surgery in the late 1980s. During his professional tennis career from 1969 to 1980, Ashe reached the No. 1 ranking, won three Grand Slam titles and became the first, and only, black man to ever win singles titles at Wimbledon, the U.S. Open and the Australian Open.


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