Today in History: December 6

Today in History

December 6

1492   Christopher Columbus lands on the island of Santo Domingo in search of gold.
1812   The majority of Napoleon Bonaparte‘s Grand Armeé staggers into Vilna, Lithuania, ending the failed Russian campaign.
1861   Union General George G. Meade leads a foraging expedition to Gunnell’s farm near Dranesville, Virginia.
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.
1863   The monitor Weehawken sinks in the Charleston Harbor.
1865   The 13th Amendment is ratified, abolishing slavery.
1876   Jack McCall is convicted for the murder of Wild Bill Hickok and sentenced to hang.
1877   Thomas A. Edison makes the first sound recording when he recites “Mary had a Little Lamb” into his phonograph machine.
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.
1917   The Bolsheviks imprison Czar Nicholas II and his family in Tobolsk.
1917   A collision in the harbor followed by the explosion of a burning French ammunition ship devastates the port of Halifax, Nova Scotia and kills more than 1,900 people. [From MHQ—The Quarterly Journal of Military History]
1921   Ireland’s 26 southern counties become independent from Britain forming the Irish Free State.
1922   Benito Mussolini threatens Italian newspapers with censorship if they keep reporting “false” information.
1934   American Ambassador Davis says Japan is a grave security threat in the Pacific.
1938   France and Germany sign a treaty of friendship.
1939   Britain agrees to send arms to Finland, which is fighting off a Soviet invasion.
1941   President Franklin D. Roosevelt issues a personal appeal to Emperor Hirohito to use his influence to avoid war.
1945   The United States extends a $3 billion loan to Great Britain to help compensate for the termination of the Lend-Lease agreement.
1947   Florida’s Everglades National Park is established.
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.
1957    Vanguard TV3 explodes on the launchpad, thwarting the first US attempt to launch a satellite into Earth’s orbit.
1967   Adrian Kantrowitz performs the first human heart transplant in the US.
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.
1971   Pakistan severs diplomatic relations with India after New Delhi recognizes the state of Bangladesh.
1973   The US House of Representatives confirms Gerald Ford as Vice-President of the United States, 387–35.
1975   A Provisional IRA unit takes a couple hostage in Balcombe Street, London, and a 6-day siege begins.
1976   Democrat Tip O’Neill is elected speaker of the House of Representatives. He will serve the longest consecutive term as speaker.
1992   The Babri Mosque in Ayodhya, India, is destroyed during a riot that started as a political protest.
2006   NASA reveals photographs from Mars Global Surveyor that suggest the presence of water on the red planet.
Born on December 6
1421   Henry VI, the youngest king of England to accede to the throne (only 269 days old).
1886   Joyce Kilmer, American poet, best known for “Trees.”
1896   Ira Gershwin, American lyricist and musical collaborator with his brother George.
1898   Alfred Eisenstaedt, photojournalist.
1898   Gunnar Myrdal, Swedish economist and sociologist.
1901   Eliot Porter, nature photographer.
1920   Dave Brubeck, jazz pianist and composer.
1942   Peter Handke, playwright and poet.
1948   JoBeth Williams, actress, director (Poltergeist, The Big Chill); current (2013) president of the Screen Actors Guild Foundation.
1952   Charles Bronson (Michael Gordon Peterson), criminal often called “the most violent prisoner in Britain” by the British Press.
1952   Craig Newmark, founder of Craigslist.
1967   Judd Apatow, film producer, director, screenwriter (Bridesmaids).

One Response to Today in History: December 6

  1. Ahamd raza says:

    6 decmber ko kia hota hia….

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