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Events and People Who Made History on December 6

10th Century

963 - Leo VIII elected Pope

12th Century

1160 - Jean Bodels "Jeu de St. Nicholas," premieres in Arras
1196 - Northern Dutch coast flooded, "Saint-Nicolaas Flood"

13th Century

1240 - Mongols under Batu Khan occupy and destroy Kiev

15th Century

1424 - Don Alfonso V of Aragon grants Barcelona the right to exclude Jews
1491 - King Charles VIII of France marries Anna of Bretagne
1492 - Haiti discovered by Columbus, at Mole Saint Nicolas

16th Century

1527 - Pope Clemens VII fleas to Orvieto
1534 - Quito, Ecuador founded by Spanish

17th Century

1631 - 1st predicted transit of Venus (Kepler) is observed
1641 - Don Francisco de Mello appointed land guardian of South Netherlands
1648 - Pride's Purge: Thomas Pride prevents 96 presbyterians from sitting in English parliament

18th Century

1723 - Emperor Karel VI's Pragmatic Sanctie declares Constitution
1732 - 1st play in American colonies acted by professional players, New York City
1745 - Bonnie Prince Charlies army retreats to Scotland
1756 - British troops under Robert Clive occupy Fulta India
1768 - 1st edition of "Encyclopedia Brittanica" published (Scotland)
1787 - Laurens Pieter van de Speigel appointed Dutch pension advisor
1790 - Congress meets in Philadelphia, new temporary U.S. capital

19th Century

1820 - U.S. president James Monroe re-elected
1822 - Veterinary school in Utrecht opens
1825 - President John Quincy Adams suggests establishment of a U.S. observatory
1833 - HMS Beagle and Charles Darwin departs Rio de la Plata
1841 - Robert Schumann's 4th Symphony in D, premieres
1843 - Amsterdam-Utrecht railway opens
1846 - Opera "La Damnation de Faust" is produced (Paris)
1849 - Harriet Tubman escapes from slavery in Maryland
1862 - President Lincoln orders hanging of 39 Santee Sioux indians
1864 - Battle of Deveaux's Neck, SC
1865 - 13th Amendment is ratified, abolishing slavery
1866 - Chicago water supply tunnel 3,227 m into Lake Michigan completed
1870 - Joseph H Rainey, 1st black in House of Representatives (SC)
1873 - 1st international football game in US: Yale 2, Eton (England) 1
1875 - 44th Congress (1875-77) convenes
1876 - 1st crematorium in U.S. begins operation, Washington, Penn
1876 - City of Anaheim incorporated for 2nd time
1876 - U.S. Electorial College picks Rep Hayes as President (although Tilden won)
1877 - 1st sound recording made (Thomas Edison)
1877 - Washington Post publishes 1st edition
1882 - Atmosphere of Venus detected during transit
1884 - Aluminum capstone set atop Washington Monument, Wash, DC
1896 - D T Suzuki found the awakening at Engakuji temple, in Kamakura

20th Century

1903 - Sumatra Atjehs guerilla leader Panglima Polim surrenders
1904 - Theodore Roosevelt confirms Monroe-doctrine (Roosevelt Corollary)
1907 - Coal mine explosions in Monongah, WV, kills 361
1912 - China votes for universal human rights
1913 - White Sox beat Giants 9-4 in exhibition game in Tokyo
1914 - German troops over run Lodz
1916 - German army under General Mackensen occupies Bucharest
1917 - Finland declares independence from Russia (National Day)
1917 - French munition ship "Mont Blanc" explodes in Halifax, kills 1,700
1921 - Anglo-Irish Treaty signed; Ireland receives dominion status; partition creates Northern Ireland
1922 - 1st constitution of Irish Free State comes into operation
1922 - 1st electric power line commercial carrier in U.S., Utica, New York
1925 - Italy, Britain and Egypt sign Jaghbub accord (Italy)
1925 - Record 73,000 pay to watch Chicago Bears beat New York Giants 19-7
1929 - Turkey introduces female suffrage
1930 - 18th CFL Grey Cup: Toronto Balmy Beach defeat Regina Roughriders, 11-6
1930 - Pablo Neruda marries Marie A Hagenaar Vogelzang in Batavia
1933 - Ban on James Joyce' "Ulysses" in U.S., lifted
1938 - 117 Spanish knights under Captain Piet Laros return to Netherlands
1938 - French/German non-attack treaty drawn (Ribbentrop-Bonnet Pact)
1939 - 5th Heisman Trophy Award: Nile Kinnick, Iowa (HB)
1939 - Cole Porter's musical "Du Barry was a Lady," premieres in New York City
1940 - Gestapo arrest German resistance fighter/poster artist Helen Ernst
1940 - Pietro Badoglio resigns as viceroy of Ethiopia
1941 - Dutch and British pilots see Japanese invasion fleet at Singapore
1941 - King Leopold of Belgium marries Lilian Baels
1941 - New York City Council agrees to build Idlewild (Kennedy) Airport in Queens
1942 - Queen Wilhelmina announces Dutch Commonwealth
1942 - RAF bombs Philips factory (150 die)
1944 - U.S. 95th Infantry division reaches Westwall
1950 - Pope Pius XII publishes encyclical Mirabile illud
1952 - Czechoslovakian government tells Israeli ambassador, he's persona non grata
1953 - Brown's Lou "Toe" Groza kicks 8 PATs, beating Giants 62-14
1954 - Simone de Beauvoir receives Prix Goncourt
1955 - NY psychologist Joyce Brothers won "$64,000 Question" on boxing
1956 - "Happy Hunting" opens at Majestic Theater New York City for 413 performances
1956 - Nelson Mandela and 156 others arrested for political activities in South Africa
1957 - 1st U.S. attempt to launch a satellite fails - Vanguard rocket blows up
1957 - AFL-CIO votes to expel Teamsters (readmitted in October 1987)
1957 - Indonesia begins nationalizing Dutch possessions
1958 - U.S. lunar probe Pioneer 3 reaches 107,269 km, falls back
1960 - AL grants Gene Autry a franchise, LA Angels
1961 - 27th Heisman Trophy Award: Ernie Davis, Syracuse (HB)
1962 - U.S. abandons Skybolt balastic missile program
1963 - Beatles begin a tradition of releasing a Christmas record for fans
1963 - Test Cricket debut of Graeme Pollock at the Gabba
1964 - KTVR TV channel 13 in La Grande, OR (PBS) begins broadcasting
1964 - President Segni of Italy resigns
1965 - 2 trucks crashed into a crowd of dancers (Sotouboua Togo) kills 125
1966 - Polio vaccination becomes obligatory in Belgium
1967 - U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Sary Shagan U.S.S.R.
1968 - Baseball dismisses Commissioner William Eckert after 3 years
1968 - PBA National Championship won by Wayne Zahn
1968 - WKID (WSCV) TV channel 51 in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida (IND) 1st broadcast
1969 - 300,000 attend Altamont California rock concert feature Rolling Stones
1969 - "Buck White" closes at George Abbott Theater New York City after 7 performances
1969 - U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test
1970 - Cleveland Cavaliers 1st NBA home victory, beating Buffalo Braves 108-106
1971 - Lewis Franklin Powell confirmed as Supreme Court justice
1973 - Bahrain's constitution goes into effect
1973 - Gerald Ford sworn-in as 1st unelected Vice President, succeeds Spiro T. Agnew
1973 - NL votes to move San Diego Padres to Washington D.C. (doesn't happen)
1974 - George Harrison releases "Ding Dong, Ding Dong"
1975 - 41st Heisman Trophy Award: Archie Griffin, Ohio State (RB)
1975 - Senator Robert Dole and Elizabeth Hanford marry
1976 - War criminal Pieter Menten arrested in Zurich
1977 - South Africa grants Bophuthatswana independence
1978 - Spain adopts constitution
1980 - NASA launches Intelsat V
1981 - Rob de Castella of Australia sets Marathon record at 2:08:18
1982 - 11 soldiers and 6 civilians die by bomb planted by Irish National Liberation Army exploded in a pub in Ballykelly, Northern Ireland
1982 - Bomb attack on Londonderry, North Ireland disco, 17 killed
1982 - Senator Ted and Joan Kennedy divorce
1983 - A bomb planted on a bus in Jerusalem explodes, kills 6 Israelis
1984 - France performs nuclear test
1984 - Hijackers aboard Kuwaiti jetliner kill 2nd hostage
1986 - 52nd Heisman Trophy Award: Vinny Testaverde, Miami Florida (quarterback)
1986 - France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island
1987 - 3 satanist Missouri teenagers bludgeon comrade to death for "fun"
1987 - Christa Rothenburger skates female world record 500m (39.39 sec)
1987 - Jane Crafter/Steve Jones wins LPGA J C Penney Golf Classic
1988 - Agnes Neil Williams purchases Baltimore Orioles for $70 million Eli Jacobs becomes CEO of Baltimore Orioles
1988 - Arafat meets prominent American Jews in Stockholm, Sweden
1988 - Carlos Andres Perez re-elected president of Venezuela
1988 - Merv Hughes takes 13 wickets vs. WI at the WACA but Australia lose
1988 - Milwaukee Bucks win their 1,000th NBA game (2nd fastest)
1988 - Nelson Mandela is transferred to Victor Vester Prison, Capetown
1988 - STS-27 Atlantis lands in California after secret mission
1989 - Mafia drug kingpin bombs security force at Bogota, kills 52
1989 - Worst Canadian mass murder: Marc Lepine kills 14 women at U Montreal
1990 - NHL grants conditional membership to Tampa Bay Lightning
1990 - Saddam anounces release of all foriegn hostages
1990 - Shoeless Joe Jackson's signature is sold for $23,100
1991 - "Les Miserables" opens at Circustheater, Scheveningen
1991 - "Star Trek VI-Undiscovered Country" premieres
1992 - 300,000 hindus destroy mosque of Babri India, 4 die
1992 - 81st Davis Cup: USA beats Switzerland in Fort Worth (3-1)
1992 - Dottie Mochrie/Dan Forsmann wins LPGA J C Penney Golf Classic
1992 - San Francisco Giants renig on $43 million pact with Barry Bonds
1992 - SF 49er Jerry Rice catches NFL record 101st touchdown
1993 - Gunda Niemann skates ladies world record 5 km 7:13.29
1994 - Maltese Falcon auctioned for $398,590
1994 - Orange County California files for bankruptcy
1994 - Warner Brothers announces a 5th TV network to begin on Jan 11, 1995
1995 - 6th Billboard Music Awards
1995 - Michael Jackson collapses while rehearsing for an HBO special
1996 - Mashonaland defeat England in first-class tour match
1998 - JC Penney Golf Classic


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