Record temperatures, a squall line and a blizzard top the list of Michigan weather events on this day in history. From the National Weather Service archives here are the events that happened on October 6.
1906 - The wood schooner-barge, 2-mast Samuel H. Foster, while carrying light, was driven ashore and wrecked by a gale/blizzard while in tow of the tug L. L. Barth with the barge Wayne in Misery Bay, near the base of the Keweenaw in Lake Superior.
1963 - The temperature rose to 89° in Flint. This ties with October 1, 2002 and October 3, 1953 for the record maximum temperature for the month of October in Flint. Other daily records include Lansing with 89°, Alpena with 86°, Detroit with 91° and Houghton Lake with 83°.
1998 - A squall line moved across Lower Michigan producing tornadoes, downbursts, and some flooding. A tornado struck Ferris State University in Big Rapids, injuring seven students. Another tornado moved from northern Isabella County into southern Clare County, damaging several homes. Total damage with the storms was more than a million dollars.
2003 - A blast of cold air settles into the state with temperatures dipping into the 20s. Record lows for this day include Grand Rapids and Muskegon with 28°, Flint with 26° and Marquette 23°.