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    What happened on December 6

    • December 6, 0963 Leo VIII is elected as Pope.

    • December 6, 1240 Mongol invasion of Rus: Kiev under Danylo of Halych and Voivode Dmytro falls to the Mongols under Batu Khan.

    • December 6, 1492 "Haiti discovered by Columbus, at Mole Saint Nicolas"

    • December 6, 1534 "Quito, Ecuador founded by Spanish"

    • December 6, 1534 The city of Quito in Ecuador is founded by Spanish settlers led by Sebastin de Belalczar.

    • December 6, 1631 The first predicted transit of Venus (Kepler) is observed

    • December 6, 1745 "Charles Edward Stewart and the Jacobite Army retreated from Derby, England."

    • December 6, 1768 "First edition of ""Encyclopedia Brittanica"" published (Scotland)"

    • December 6, 1768 The first edition of the Encyclopdia Britannica is published.

    • December 6, 1790 "Congress meets in Philadelphia, new temporary US capitol"

    • December 6, 1790 "The U.S. Congress moves from New York City to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania."

    • December 6, 1825 President John Adams suggests establishment of a US observatory

    • December 6, 1845 Alpha Sigma Phi Fraternity is founded at Yale College.

    • December 6, 1846 "The opera ""La Damnation de Faust"" is produced (Paris)"

    • December 6, 1849 American abolitionist Harriet Tubman escapes from slavery.

    • December 6, 1849 Harriet Tubman escapes from slavery in Maryland

    • December 6, 1865 "The Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution is ratified, banning slavery."

    • December 6, 1866 "Chicago water supply tunnel 3,227 m into Lake Michigan completed"

    • December 6, 1870 "Joseph H Rainey, first black in the House of Reps (SC)"

    • December 6, 1872 "William S. Hart (actor, director, silent screen star: Wild Bill Hickock) was born This was the first TV show I watched in 1954"

    • December 6, 1875 44th Congress (1875-77) convenes

    • December 6, 1876 City of Anaheim incorporated for 2nd time

    • December 6, 1876 "The first crematorium in US begins operation, Washington PA"

    • December 6, 1877 The Washington Post newspaper is first published.

    • December 6, 1877 Washington Post publishes first edition

    • December 6, 1880 "The Edmonton Bulletin, the first newspaper in Edmonton and in the province of Alberta begins publication"

    • December 6, 1882 Atmosphere of Venus detected during transit

    • December 6, 1884 "Aluminum capstone set atop Washington Monument, Washington DC"

    • December 6, 1884 The Washington Monument in Washington D.C. is completed.

    • December 6, 1897 London becomes the world's first city to host motorised taxicabs.

    • December 6, 1900 Journalist and parliamentary reporter Alphonse Desjardins founds North Amberica's first credit union in Levis Quebec

    • December 6, 1907 "A coal mine explosion at Monongah, West Virginia kills 362 workers."

    • December 6, 1907 "Coal mine explosions in Monongah WV, kills 361"

    • December 6, 1916 Bucharest was captured by the Central Powers

    • December 6, 1916 David Lloyd George becomes Prime Minister of United Kingdom.

    • December 6, 1917 "At 9:05 A.M., in the harbor of Halifax in the Canadian province of Nova Scotia, the most devastating man-made explosion in the pre-nuclear age occurs when the Mont Blanc, a French munitions ship, explodes twenty minutes after colliding with another vessel."

    • December 6, 1917 Finland declares independence from Russia (National Day)

    • December 6, 1917 "Halifax Explosion: In Canada, a munitions explosion kills more than 1900 people and destroys part of the city of Halifax, Nova Scotia."

    • December 6, 1921 Irish Free State gains independence from Britain

    • December 6, 1921 The Anglo-Irish Treaty is signed in London by British and Irish representatives

    • December 6, 1922 "One year to the day after the signing of the Anglo-Irish Treaty, the Irish Free State comes into existence."

    • December 6, 1922 "The first commercial carrier of electricity launched its service on this day in 1922 in Utica, New York."

    • December 6, 1922 the first constitution of Irish Free State comes into operation

    • December 6, 1923 Presidential address broadcast on radio (President Calvin Coolidge) for the first time

    • December 6, 1933 U.S. federal judge John M. Woolsey rules that the James Joyce novel Ulysses is not obscene.

    • December 6, 1941 NYC Council agrees to build Idlewild (Kennedy) Airport in Queens

    • December 6, 1947 The Everglades National Park in Florida is dedicated.

    • December 6, 1948 "Arthur Godfrey?s Talent Scouts debuted on CBS-TV. The show introduced such talent as Pat Boone, The Chordettes, Carmel Quinn, The McGuire Sisters, Rosemary Clooney, Tony Bennett, Connie Francis, Steve Lawrence and Al Martino."

    • December 6, 1955 "New York psychologist Joyce Brothers won ""$64,000 Question"" on boxing"

    • December 6, 1955 "The Federal government standardized the size of license plates throughout the U.S. Previously, individual states had designed their own license plates, resulting in wide variations."

    • December 6, 1956 Nelson Mandela and 156 others arrested for political activities in S Africa

    • December 6, 1956 "The water polo Blood In The Water match between Hungary and the USSR took place during the 1956 Summer Olympics in Melbourne, representative of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution."

    • December 6, 1957 AFL-CIO votes to expel Teamsters (readmitted in October 1987)

    • December 6, 1957 Project Vanguard: A launchpad explosion of Vanguard TV3 thwarts the first United States attempt to launch a satellite into orbit around the Earth.

    • December 6, 1957 The first US attempt to launch a satellite fails-Vanguard rocket blows up

    • December 6, 1958 "US lunar probe Pioneer 3 reaches 107,269 km, falls back"

    • December 6, 1962 US abandons Skybolt ballistic missile program

    • December 6, 1963 Beatles begin a tradition of releasing a Christmas record for fans

    • December 6, 1965 2 trucks crashed into a crowd of dancers (Sotouboua Togo) kills 125

    • December 6, 1965 Pakistan's Islamic Ideology Advisory Committee recommends that Islamic Studies be made a compulsory subject for Muslim students from primary to graduation level.

    • December 6, 1967 Number one hit on UK music charts - The Beatles - Hello Goodbye

    • December 6, 1969 "300,000 attend the Altamont CA, rock concert feature Rolling Stones"

    • December 6, 1969 Meredith Hunter is killed by Hells Angels during The Rolling Stones's concert at the Altamont Speedway in California.

    • December 6, 1971 Lewis Franklin Powell confirmed as Supreme Court justice

    • December 6, 1971 Pakistan breaks diplomatic relations with India following New Delhi's recognition of Bangladesh.

    • December 6, 1973 "Gerald Ford sworn-in as first unelected VP, succeeds Spiro T Agnew"

    • December 6, 1973 "The Twenty-fifth Amendment: The United States House of Representatives votes 387 to 35 to confirm Gerald Ford as Vice President of the United States (on November 27, the Senate confirmed him 92 to 3)."

    • December 6, 1975 "Balcombe Street Siege: An IRA Active Service Unit takes a couple hostage in Balcombe Street, London."

    • December 6, 1975 H-46 Sea Knight helicopters from NAS Whidbey Island began search and rescue operations in the northwestern Washington state areas flooded by heavy rains

    • December 6, 1977 South Africa grants Bophuthatswana independence

    • December 6, 1977 "South Africa grants independence to Bophuthatswana, although it is not recognized by any other country"

    • December 6, 1978 Spain approves its latest constitution in a referendum.

    • December 6, 1980 Jim Bakker rapes Jessica Hahn

    • December 6, 1980 NASA launches Intelsat V

    • December 6, 1982 "11 soldiers and 6 civilians die by bomb planted by Irish National Liberation Army exploded in a pub in Ballykelly, Northern Ireland"

    • December 6, 1982 Sen Ted and Joan Kennedy divorce

    • December 6, 1983 "A bomb planted on a bus in Jerusalem explodes, kills 6 Israelis"

    • December 6, 1984 Hijackers aboard Kuwaiti jetliner kill 2nd hostage

    • December 6, 1985 "John Cougar Mellencamp promised 24,000 people at a New York City concert that he would refund their $17.50 tickets. A power outage had caused a 20-minute interruption during this, his debut concert."

    • December 6, 1985 UK joins US Star Wars project

    • December 6, 1986 Number one hit on UK music charts - Europe - The Final Countdown

    • December 6, 1987 "3 satanist Missouri teenagers bludgeon comrade to death for ""fun"""

    • December 6, 1988 "Arafat meets prominent American Jews in Stockholm, Sweden"

    • December 6, 1988 "Nelson Mandela is transferred to Victor Vester Prison, Capetown"

    • December 6, 1988 STS-27 Atlantis lands in California after secret mission

    • December 6, 1989 "cole Polytechnique Massacre: Marc Lpine kills 14 young women in Montreal, Quebec."

    • December 6, 1989 Worst Canadian mass murder - man kills 14 women at University of Montreal

    • December 6, 1990 Saddam anounces release of all foreign hostages

    • December 6, 1991 """Star Trek VI-The Undiscovered Country"" premieres"

    • December 6, 1991 "Brooke Ashley Meadowcroft is born Salt Lake City, Utah"

    • December 6, 1991 "In Croatia, forces of the Yugoslav People's Army bombard Dubrovnik after laying siege there since May."

    • December 6, 1992 "Extremist Hindu activists demolish Babri Masjid - a 16th century mosque in Ayodhya, India which had been used as temple since 1949. Hindus believe this structure was built on the site which is the birthplace of Lord Rama."

    • December 6, 1992 Riots follow Hindu attack on Ayodha Mosque in India

    • December 6, 1994 "Apple filed a lawsuit against a San Francisco software firm called Canyon Co., alleging the company had stolen thousands of lines of code from Apple's QuickTime for Windows."

    • December 6, 1995 "After a long and heated debate, House and Senate committee members agreed on the final wording of the Communications Decency Act, which made it a crime to provide pornography to minors over the Internet."

    • December 6, 1997 "A Russian Antonov An-124 transport cargo plane crashes into an apartment complex near Irkutsk, Siberia, killing 67."

    • December 6, 2001 Name of the Canadian province of Newfoundland changed to Newfoundland and Labrador.

    • December 6, 2005 "Several villagers shot dead during protests in Dongzhou, China."

    • December 6, 2006 "3 people in Milwaukee, Wisconsin are killed in the 2006 Falk Corporation explosion."

    • December 6, 2006 NASA reveals photographs taken by Mars Global Surveyor suggesting the presence of liquid water on Mars.

    • December 6, 2008 "Important Islamic date - Hajj: December 6 - December 9, 2008"

    • December 6, 2009 "An HIV-positive man is accused of attempting to intentionally infect his wife with the virus, the first case of its kind in New Zealand."

    • December 6, 2009 "Archaeologists discover evidence of mass cannibalism in Europe during the Neolithic period at a 7,000 year old burial site in Germany."

    • December 6, 2009 "Flamengo wins its sixth Brazilian national football title, following a 2-1 win over Grˆmio in the last round of 2009 Campeonato Brasileiro S‚rie A."

    • December 6, 2009 Legislative elections take place in Comoros.

    • December 6, 2009 "Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom firmly warns newspaper editors in a letter to cease publication of personal pictures of the British Royal Family after years of being ""hounded"" by paparazzi."

    • December 6, 2009 "Restrictions on internet access and foreign media are put in place ahead of the Student's Day in Iran, as former President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani urges ""freedom"" in the country."

    • December 6, 2009 Romanians take part in the 2nd round of a presidential election. (

    • December 6, 2009 The opposition Democratic Progressive Party in Taiwan makes large gains in local elections against the Kuomintang.

    • December 6, 2009 There are violent riots and protests in Athens between police and protesters as the city commemorates the first anniversary of the fatal shooting of 15-year-old Alexandros Grigoropoulos by a police officer.

    • December 6, 2009 "Voters in Bolivia go to the polls for a general election with exit polls indicating that the President of Bolivia Evo Morales has won. , ,"







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