1877 ~ CHESTER won the Melbourne Cup on Tuesday the 6th November 1877. This was the first time the Melbourne Cup was held on a Tuesday, from which it was then held traditionally on the first Tuesday of November to current time.
1956 ~ EVENiNG PEAL the mare ridden by George Podmore won the MELBOURNE CUPon Tuesday 6th November 1956, trained by E. D. Lawson. Evening Peal was the first mare to win the Melbourne Cup since Rainbird won in 1945, and was the first horse to have an Oaks-Cup double victory in successive years.
1962 ~ EVEN STEVENS the chestnut stallion thoroughbred racehorse ridden by Les Coles won the MELBOURNE CUP, on Tuesday 6th November 1962, trained by Arch McGregor. Even Stevens was the 1st “fly in” to win the Melbourne Cup, when he was on the inaugural Qantas flight for horses from Wellington to Melbourne on the 2nd October 1962.
1964 ~ Arkie Whiteley the Australian actress was born on Tuesday the 6th November 1964 (died 2001).
1968 ~ Jerry Yang the Taiwanese-American businessman and co-founder of Yahoo! was born on Tuesday the 6th November 1968.
1970 ~ Ethan Hawke the American actor, director, and screenwriter was born on Tuesday the 6th November 1970.
1973 ~ GALA SUPREME the Victorian bred grey gelding thoroughbred racehorse ridden by Frank Reys won the MELBOURNE CUP, on Tuesday 6th November 1973, trained by Ray J. Hutchins. Gala Supreme became a successful show horse after his racing days were over. Frank Reys (1931–1984) was the first and only Australian Aboriginal jockey to win the Melbourne Cup when he rode to victory on Gala Supreme.
1983 ~ Jon Hume the Australian singer-songwriter from Evermore was born on Tuesday the 6th November 1983.
1979 ~ HYPERNO the bay gelding thoroughbred racehorse ridden by Harry White won the MELBOURNE CUPon Tuesday 6th November1979, trained by Bart Cummings. Hyperno enjoyed his retirement on Harry White’s rural property until he died in 2002.
2012 ~ OZ LOTTO had the draw for the largest Australianlotto jackpot prize on Tuesday 6th November 2012. Four winners shared a Division 1 prize pool of $111,972,151 in draw #977, on Melbourne Cup Day. The 4 division 1 winners each received $27,993,037.