Monday, December 10, 2018 (Week 50)

December 6 in History

What happened on December 6 in history?

A chronological timetable of historical events that occurred on december 6 in history. Historical facts of the day in the areas of military, politics, science, music, sports, arts, entertainment and more. Discover what happened on december 6 in history.

2006
NASA reveals photographs from Mars Global Surveyor that suggest the presence of water on the red planet.
1992
The Babri Mosque in Ayodhya, India, is destroyed during a riot that started as a political protest.
1976
Democrat Tip O’Neill is elected speaker of the House of Representatives. He will serve the longest consecutive term as speaker.
1975
A Provisional IRA unit takes a couple hostage in Balcombe Street, London, and a 6-day siege begins.
1973
US House of Representatives confirms Gerald Ford as Vice-President of the United States, 387–35.
1971
Pakistan severs diplomatic relations with India after New Delhi recognizes the state of Bangladesh.
1969
Hells Angels, hired to provide security at a Rolling Stones concert at the Altamont Speedway in California, beat to death concert-goer Meredith Hunter.
1967
Adrian Kantrowitz performs first human heart transplant in the US.
1957
Vanguard TV3 explodes on the launchpad, thwarting the first US attempt to launch a satellite into Earth’s orbit.
1948
The “Pumpkin Spy Papers” are found on the Maryland farm of Whittaker Chambers. They become evidence that State Department employee Alger Hiss is spying for the Soviet Union.
1947
Florida’s Everglades National Park is established.
1945
The United States extends a $3 billion loan to Great Britain to help compensate for the termination of the Lend-Lease agreement.
1941
President Franklin D. Roosevelt issues a personal appeal to Emperor Hirohito to use his influence to avoid war.
1939
Britain agrees to send arms to Finland, which is fighting off a Soviet invasion.
1938
France and Germany sign a treaty of friendship.
1934
American Ambassador Davis says Japan is a grave security threat in the Pacific.
1922
Benito Mussolini threatens Italian newspapers with censorship if they keep reporting “false” information.
1921
Ireland’s 26 southern counties become independent from Britain forming the Irish Free State.
1917
The Bolsheviks imprison Czar Nicholas II and his family in Tobolsk.
1906
Lieutenant Thomas E. Selfridge flies a powered, man-carrying kite that carries him 168 feet in the air for seven minutes at Baddeck, Nova Scotia.
1877
Thomas A. Edison makes the first sound recording when he recites “Mary had a Little Lamb” into his phonograph machine.
1876
Jack McCall is convicted for the murder of Wild Bill Hickok and sentenced to hang.
1865
The 13th Amendment is ratified, abolishing slavery.
1863
The monitor Weehawken sinks in Charleston Harbor.
1862
President Abraham Lincoln orders the hanging of 39 of the 303 convicted Indians who participated in the Sioux Uprising in Minnesota. They are to be hanged on December 26.
1861
Union General George G. Meade leads a foraging expedition to Gunnell’s farm near Dranesville, Virginia.
1812
The majority of Napoleon Bonaparte’s Grand Armeé staggers into Vilna, Lithuania, ending the failed Russian campaign.
1776
Phi Beta Kappa, the first scholastic fraternity, is founded at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg.
1492
Christopher Columbus lands on the island of Santo Domingo in search of gold.

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