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What happened on December 6? There are more than 278 events that were made this day in history. Here are the important historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

Interesting Facts & Myths About December 6

December 6 In HistoryDecember 6 is the 340th day of the year 2017. There are 25 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Wednesday. This day falls under the 49th week of the year 2017.

On this day in Irons, Michigan 49644 sunrise occured at 02:04 PM and sunset occured at 11:05 PM (local time).

The zodiac sign of a person born on this day is Sagittarius. The modern birthstone for this month is Turquoise while the mystical birthstone is Onyx.

According to the Chinese calendar, there are 75 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year (February 19, 2018).

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Historical Events For December 6

  • 1060
    Béla I of Hungary is crowned king of Hungary.
  • 1240
    Mongol invasion of Rus': Kiev under Danylo of Halych and Voivode Dmytro falls to the Mongols under Batu Khan.
  • 1534
    The city of Quito in Ecuador is founded by Spanish settlers led by Sebastián de Belalcázar.
  • 1648
    Colonel Pride of the New Model Army purges the Long Parliament of MPs sympathetic to King Charles I of England, in order for the King’s trial to go ahead; came to be known as “Pride’s Purge”.
  • 1704
    Battle of Chamkaur.
  • 1745
    Charles Edward Stuart’s army begins retreat during the second Jacobite Rising.
  • 1768
    The first edition of the Encyclopædia Britannica is published.
  • 1790
    The U.S. Congress moves from New York City to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
  • 1865
    The Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution is ratified, banning slavery.
  • 1877
    The first edition of the Washington Post is published.
  • 1877
    Thomas Edison, using his new phonograph, makes one of the earliest recordings of a human voice, reciting “Mary Had a Little Lamb”.
  • 1884
    The Washington Monument in Washington D.C. is completed.
  • 1897
    London becomes the world’s first city to host licensed taxicabs.
  • 1907
    A coal mine explosion at Monongah, West Virginia kills 362 workers.
  • 1916
    World War I: The Central Powers capture Bucharest.
  • 1917
    Finland declares independence from Russia.
  • 1917
    Halifax Explosion: In Canada, a munitions explosion kills more than 1,900 people and destroys part of the City of Halifax, Nova Scotia.
  • 1917
    World War I: USS Jacob Jones is the first American destroyer to be sunk by enemy action when it is torpedoed by German submarine ship SM.
  • 1921
    The Anglo-Irish Treaty is signed in London by British and Irish representatives.
  • 1922
    One year to the day after the signing of the Anglo-Irish Treaty, the Irish Free State comes into existence.
  • 1928
    The government of Colombia sends military forces to suppress a month-long strike by United Fruit Company workers, resulting in an unknown number of deaths.
  • 1933
    U.S. federal judge John M. Woolsey rules that the James Joyce’s novel Ulysses is not obscene.
  • 1941
    World War II: The United Kingdom declares war on Finland in support of the Soviet Union during the Continuation War.
  • 1947
    The Everglades National Park in Florida is dedicated.
  • 1956
    A violent water polo match between Hungary and the USSR takes place during the 1956 Summer Olympics in Melbourne, against the backdrop of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution.
  • 1957
    Project Vanguard: A launchpad explosion of Vanguard TV3 thwarts the first United States attempt to launch a satellite into Earth orbit.
  • 1965
    Pakistan’s Islamic Ideology Advisory Committee recommends that Islamic Studies be made a compulsory subject for Muslim students from primary to graduate level.
  • 1967
    Adrian Kantrowitz performed the first human heart transplant in the United States.
  • 1969
    Meredith Hunter is killed by the Hells Angels during a The Rolling Stones’s concert at the Altamont Speedway in California.
  • 1971
    Pakistan severs diplomatic relations with India following New Delhi’s recognition of Bangladesh.
  • 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).
  • 1975
    Balcombe Street Siege: An IRA Active Service Unit takes a couple hostage in Balcombe Street, London.
  • 1977
    South Africa grants independence to Bophuthatswana, although it is not recognized by any other country.
  • 1978
    Spain approves its latest constitution in a referendum.
  • 1982
    Droppin Well bombing: The Irish National Liberation Army detonate a bomb in Ballykelly, Northern Ireland, killing eleven British soldiers and six civilians.
  • 1988
    The Australian Capital Territory is granted self-government.
  • 1989
    The École Polytechnique Massacre (or Montreal Massacre): Marc Lépine, an anti-feminist gunman, murders 14 young women at the École Polytechnique in Montreal.
  • 1991
    In Croatia, forces of the Yugoslav People’s Army bombard Dubrovnik after laying siege to the city since May.
  • 1992
    The Babri Mosque in Ayodhya, India is demolished, leading to widespread riots causing the death of over 1500 people.
  • 1997
    A Russian Antonov An-124 cargo plane crashes into an apartment complex near Irkutsk, Siberia, killing 67.
  • 2001
    The Canadian province of Newfoundland is renamed Newfoundland and Labrador.
  • 2005
    An Iranian Air Force C-130 military transport aircraft crashes into a ten-floor apartment building in a residential area of Tehran, killing all 84 on board and 44 more civilians.
  • 2005
    Several villagers are shot dead during protests in Dongzhou, China.
  • 2006
    NASA reveals photographs taken by Mars Global Surveyor suggesting the presence of liquid water on Mars.
  • 2008
    The 2008 Greek riots break out upon the killing of a 15-year-old boy, Alexandros Grigoropoulos, by a police officer.

Who Were Born On December 6?

  • 846
    Hasan al-Askari, Shia Imam (d. 874)
  • 1285
    King Ferdinand IV of Castile (d. 1312)
  • 1421
    King Henry VI of England (d. 1471)
  • 1478
    Baldassare Castiglione, Italian diplomat and author (d. 1529)
  • 1550
    Orazio Vecchi, Italian composer (baptism) (d. 1605)
  • 1586
    Niccolò Zucchi, Italian astronomer (d. 1670)
  • 1608
    George Monck, 1st Duke of Albemarle, English soldier (d. 1670)
  • 1637
    Sir Edmund Andros, English governor in North America (d. 1714)
  • 1640
    Claude Fleury, French historian (d. 1723)
  • 1642
    Johann Christoph Bach, German composer (d. 1703)
  • 1685
    Marie-Adélaïde of Savoy, mother of Louis XV of France (d. 1712)
  • 1721
    Guillaume-Chrétien de Lamoignon de Malesherbes, French statesman (d. 1794)
  • 1721
    James Elphinston, British philologist (d. 1809)
  • 1752
    Gabriel Duvall, American jurist, and Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court (d. 1844)
  • 1778
    Joseph Louis Gay-Lussac, French physicist and chemist (d. 1850)
  • 1792
    King William II of the Netherlands (d. 1849)
  • 1805
    Adolf Reubke, German organ builder (d. 1875)
  • 1805
    Jean Eugène Robert-Houdin, French magician (d. 1861)
  • 1812
    Robert Spear Hudson, English businessman (d. 1884)
  • 1823
    Friedrich Max Müller, German orientalist (d. 1900)
  • 1833
    John S. Mosby, American Civil War figure (d. 1916)
  • 1841
    Frédéric Bazille, French painter (d. 1870)
  • 1849
    August von Mackensen, German field marshal (d. 1945)
  • 1853
    Haraprasad Shastri, Indian scholar and historian (d. 1931)
  • 1863
    Charles Martin Hall, American chemist (d. 1914)
  • 1872
    Arthur Henry Adams, Australian writer (d. 1936)
  • 1872
    William S. Hart, American actor (d. 1946)
  • 1875
    Evelyn Underhill, British poet (d. 1941)
  • 1876
    Fred Duesenberg, German-born American automobile maker (d. 1932)
  • 1886
    Joyce Kilmer, American poet (d. 1918)
  • 1887
    Joseph Lamb, American ragtime composer (d. 1960)
  • 1887
    Lynn Fontanne, British-American actress (d. 1983)
  • 1888
    Will Hay, English comedian and actor (d. 1949)
  • 1890
    Dion Fortune, British occultist (d. 1946)
  • 1890
    Rudolf Schlichter, German artist and writer (d. 1955)
  • 1890
    Yoshio Nishina, Japanese physicist (d. 1951)
  • 1892
    Sir Osbert Sitwell, British author (d. 1969)
  • 1896
    Ira Gershwin, American lyricist (d. 1983)
  • 1898
    Alfred Eisenstaedt, German-born American photojournalist (d. 1995)
  • 1898
    Gunnar Myrdal, Swedish economist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Economics (d. 1987)
  • 1900
    Agnes Moorehead, American actress (d. 1974)
  • 1903
    Tony Lazzeri, American baseball player (d. 1946)
  • 1904
    Ève Curie, French writer (d. 2007)
  • 1908
    Baby Face Nelson, American bank robber (d. 1934)
  • 1908
    Pierre Graber, Swiss Federal Councilor (d. 2003)
  • 1909
    Rulon Jeffs, American religious leader (d. 2002)
  • 1913
    Eleanor Holm, American swimmer (d. 2004)
  • 1913
    Karl Haas, German-American music educator (d. 2005)
  • 1916
    Hugo Peretti, American songwriter and record producer (d. 1986)
  • 1916
    Kristján Eldjárn, Icelandic museum curator and politician (d. 1982)
  • 1917
    Irv Robbins, Canadian-born American entrepreneur (d. 2008)
  • 1917
    Kamal Jumblatt, Lebanese leader of the Lebanese Druze (d. 1977)
  • 1919
    Paul de Man, Belgian literary critic (d. 1983)
  • 1920
    Dave Brubeck, American pianist and composer
  • 1920
    George Porter, British chemist, Nobel laureate (d. 2002)
  • 1921
    Otto Graham, American football player (d. 2003)
  • 1921
    Piero Piccioni, Italian musician and composer (d. 2004)
  • 1922
    Benjamin A. Gilman, American politician
  • 1922
    John Brunt, English soldier, Victoria Cross holder (d. 1944)
  • 1924
    Wally Cox, American actor (d. 1973)
  • 1928
    Bobby Van, American singer (d. 1980)
  • 1929
    Alain Tanner, Swiss filmmaker
  • 1929
    Frank Springer, American comics artist
  • 1929
    Nikolaus Harnoncourt, German conductor
  • 1930
    Daniel Lisulo, Zambian Prime Minister of Zambia
  • 1931
    Zeki Müren, Turkish, singer, actor, and composer (d. 1996)
  • 1932
    Kamleshwar.Indian writer.(d.2007)
  • 1933
    Henryk Górecki, Polish composer (d. 2010)
  • 1934
    Nick Bockwinkel, American professional wrestler
  • 1935
    Jean Lapointe, Quebec singer and senator
  • 1936
    David Ossman, American comedian
  • 1936
    Kenneth Copeland, American televangelist
  • 1937
    Alberto Spencer, Ecuadorian footballer (d. 2006)
  • 1938
    Patrick Bauchau, Belgian actor
  • 1940
    Lawrence Bergman, Quebec politician
  • 1940
    Richard Edlund, American special effects photographer
  • 1941
    Bill Thomas, American politician
  • 1941
    Richard Speck, American murderer (d. 1991)
  • 1942
    Peter Handke, Austrian writer
  • 1945
    Dan Harrington, American poker player
  • 1945
    Larry Bowa, American baseball player and manager
  • 1945
    Shekhar Kapur, Indian filmmaker
  • 1946
    Frankie Beverly, American singer-songwriter and record producer
  • 1946
    Willy van der Kuijlen, Dutch footballer
  • 1947
    Henk van Woerden, Dutch painter and writer (d. 2005)
  • 1947
    Lawrence Cannon, Canadian politician
  • 1947
    Miroslav Vitous, Czech jazz musician
  • 1948
    Don Nickles, American politician
  • 1948
    JoBeth Williams, American actress
  • 1948
    Keke Rosberg, Finnish race car driver
  • 1948
    Marius Müller-Westernhagen, German actor and musician
  • 1949
    Doug Marlette, American editorial cartoonist (d. 2007)
  • 1949
    Gregory Venables, British Anglican bishop
  • 1949
    Linda Creed, American songwriter (d. 1986)
  • 1950
    Joe Hisaishi, Japanese composer
  • 1950
    Karlheinz Subklewe, German footballer
  • 1950
    Sonia Manzano, American actress and writer
  • 1951
    Gerry Francis, English football player and manager
  • 1952
    Craig Newmark, American internet entrepreneur
  • 1952
    Ric Charlesworth, Australian field hockey player
  • 1953
    Gary Goodman, Australian cricket player
  • 1953
    Gary Ward, American baseball player
  • 1953
    Kin Shriner, American actor
  • 1953
    Masami Kurumada, Japanese manga artist
  • 1953
    Tom Hulce, American actor
  • 1955
    Rick Buckler, British drummer (The Jam)
  • 1955
    Steven Wright, American comedian
  • 1956
    Peter Buck, American guitarist (R.E.M.)
  • 1956
    Randy Rhoads, American guitarist (d. 1982)
  • 1957
    Adrian Borland, English musician (The Sound) (d. 1999)
  • 1958
    Nick Park, British filmmaker and animator
  • 1959
    Satoru Iwata, Japanese video game industry executive
  • 1961
    David Lovering, American drummer (Pixies)
  • 1961
    Manuel Reuter, German race car driver
  • 1962
    Janine Turner, American actress
  • 1963
    Ulrich Thomsen, Danish actor
  • 1965
    Gordon Durie, Scottish footballer
  • 1966
    Natascha Badmann, Swiss triathlete
  • 1967
    Hacken Lee, Hong Kong singer
  • 1967
    Judd Apatow, American film director, and screenwriter
  • 1967
    Lucia Rijker, Dutch boxer and actress
  • 1969
    Torri Higginson, Canadian actress
  • 1970
    Adrian Fenty, American politician
  • 1970
    Isabelle Arnould, Belgian swimmer
  • 1970
    Jeff Rouse, American swimmer
  • 1970
    Michaela Schaffrath, German actress
  • 1970
    Ulf Ekberg, Swedish musician (Ace of Base)
  • 1971
    Carole Thate, Dutch field hockey player
  • 1971
    José Contreras, Cuban baseball player
  • 1971
    Naozumi Takahashi, Japanese voice actor
  • 1971
    Richard Krajicek, Dutch tennis player
  • 1971
    Ryan White, American AIDS victim (d. 1990)
  • 1972
    Heather Mizeur, American politician
  • 1972
    Monica Santa Maria, Peruvian model and TV host (Nubeluz) (d. 1994)
  • 1972
    Rick Short, American baseball player
  • 1974
    Jens Pulver, American mixed martial artist
  • 1974
    Nick Stajduhar, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1975
    Noel Clarke, English actor and writer
  • 1976
    Alicia Machado, Venezuelan actress and former Miss Universe
  • 1976
    Colleen Haskell, American television personality
  • 1976
    Lindsay Price, American actress
  • 1977
    Andrew Flintoff, English cricketer
  • 1977
    Kevin Cash, American baseball player
  • 1977
    Paul McVeigh, Irish footballer
  • 1978
    Chris Basak, American baseball player
  • 1978
    Darrell Jackson, American football player
  • 1978
    K. D. Aubert, American actress
  • 1978
    Ramiro Pez, Argentine-born Italian rugby player
  • 1979
    Tim Cahill, Australian footballer
  • 1979
    Yanina González, Paraguayan model
  • 1980
    Ehren Wassermann, American baseball player
  • 1980
    Steve Lovell, British footballer
  • 1982
    Alberto Contador, Spanish cyclist
  • 1982
    Ryan Carnes, American actor
  • 1982
    Sean Ervine, Zimbabwean cricketer
  • 1982
    Susie Stoddart, Scottish racing driver
  • 1984
    Syndric Steptoe, American football player
  • 1985
    Aristeidis Grigoriadis, Greek swimmer
  • 1985
    Dulce María, Mexican actress and singer
  • 1985
    Rudra Pratap Singh, Indian cricketer
  • 1985
    Shannon Bobbitt, American basketball player
  • 1986
    Georgia Horsley, Miss England 2007
  • 1986
    Matt Niskanen, American hockey player
  • 1988
    Sandra Nurmsalu, Estonian musician
  • 1990
    Tamira Paszek, Austrian tennis player
  • 1995
    Joy Gruttmann, German singer
  • 1996
    Stefanie Scott, American actress
  • 2000
    Pablo Nicolás Urdangarín y de Borbón, Spanish royal

Who Died On December 6?

  • 343
    Saint Nicholas (b. 270)
  • 1185
    King Afonso I of Portugal (b. 1109)
  • 1352
    Pope Clement VI (b. 1291)
  • 1562
    Jan van Scorel Dutch painter and architect (b. 1495)
  • 1618
    Jacques-Davy Duperron, French cardinal (b. 1556)
  • 1658
    Baltasar Gracián y Morales, Spanish writer (b. 1601)
  • 1672
    King John II Casimir of Poland (b. 1609)
  • 1675
    John Lightfoot, English churchman (b. 1602)
  • 1716
    Benedictus Buns, Dutch Carmelite and composer (b. 1642)
  • 1718
    Nicholas Rowe, English poet and dramatist (b. 1674)
  • 1746
    Lady Grizel Baillie, Scottish songwriter (b. 1665)
  • 1771
    Giovanni Battista Morgagni, Italian anatomist (b. 1682)
  • 1779
    Jean-Baptiste-Siméon Chardin, French painter (b. 1699)
  • 1788
    Jonathan Shipley, British bishop and politician (b. 1714)
  • 1855
    William John Swainson, English naturalist and artist (b. 1789)
  • 1867
    Jean Pierre Flourens, French physician (b. 1794)
  • 1868
    August Schleicher, German linguist (b. 1821)
  • 1878
    Theodoros Vryzakis, Greek artist (b. 1814)
  • 1879
    Erastus Brigham Bigelow, American industrialist (b. 1814)
  • 1882
    Alfred Escher, Swiss politician and railroad entrepreneur (b. 1819)
  • 1882
    Anthony Trollope, British author (b. 1815)
  • 1889
    Jefferson Davis, President of the Confederate States of America (b. 1808)
  • 1892
    Ernst Werner von Siemens, German inventor and industrialist (b. 1816)
  • 1924
    Gene Stratton-Porter, American author, screenwriter and naturalist (b. 1863)
  • 1934
    Duke Charles Michael of Mecklenburg, head of the House of Mecklenburg-Strelitz (b. 1863)
  • 1949
    Leadbelly, American musician (b. 1888)
  • 1951
    Harold Ross, American magazine editor (b. 1892)
  • 1955
    Honus Wagner, American baseball player (b. 1874)
  • 1956
    B. R. Ambedkar, social reformer and architect of the Constitution of India (b. 1891)
  • 1961
    Frantz Fanon, West Indian psychiatrist and writer (b. 1925)
  • 1964
    Consuelo Vanderbilt, American socialite (b. 1877)
  • 1964
    Evert van Linge, Dutch footballer (b. 1895)
  • 1972
    Janet Munro, British actress (b. 1934)
  • 1976
    João Goulart, President of Brazil (b. 1918)
  • 1983
    Lucienne Boyer, French singer (b. 1903)
  • 1985
    Burr Tillstrom, American puppeteer (b. 1917)
  • 1988
    Roy Orbison, American singer, guitarist, and songwriter (b. 1936)
  • 1989
    Frances Bavier, American actress (b. 1902)
  • 1989
    John Payne, American actor (b. 1912)
  • 1989
    Sammy Fain, American popular music composer (b. 1902)
  • 1990
    Pavlos Sidiropoulos, Greek singer and songwriter (b. 1948)
  • 1990
    Tunku Abdul Rahman, Malaysia’s first prime minister (b.1903)
  • 1991
    Mimi Smith, maternal aunt and guardian of John Lennon (b. 1906)
  • 1991
    Sir Richard Stone, British economist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1913)
  • 1993
    Don Ameche, American actor (b. 1908)
  • 1996
    Pete Rozelle, commissioner of the National Football League (b. 1926)
  • 1997
    Willy den Ouden, Dutch freestyle swimmer. (b. 1918)
  • 1998
    César Baldaccini, French sculptor. (b. 1921)
  • 2000
    Aziz Mian, Pakistani singer (b. 1942)
  • 2000
    Werner Klemperer, German actor (b. 1920)
  • 2001
    Charles McClendon, Hall of Fame college football coach (b. 1923)
  • 2001
    Sir Peter Blake, New Zealand sailor and environmentalist (b. 1948)
  • 2002
    Philip Berrigan, American civil rights activist (b. 1923)
  • 2003
    Carlos Manuel Arana Osorio, President of Guatemala (b. 1918)
  • 2003
    Hans Hotter, German bass-baritone (b. 1909)
  • 2003
    Jerry Tuite, American professional wrestler (b. 1966)
  • 2004
    Raymond Goethals, Belgian football coach (b. 1921)
  • 2005
    Charly Gaul, Luxembourger cyclist (b. 1932)
  • 2005
    Danny Williams, South African singer (b. 1942)
  • 2005
    Devan Nair, 3rd President of Singapore (b. 1923)
  • 2005
    William P. Yarborough, Lieutenant General of the US Army and designer of “jump wings” (b. 1912)
  • 2006
    Betty Moschona, Greek actress (b. 1927)
  • 2006
    John Feeney, New Zealand documentary film-director (b. 1922)
  • 2007
    Katy French, Irish supermodel and socialite (b. 1983)
  • 2010
    Mark Dailey, Canadian television journalist and announcer (b. 1953)


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