December 6 Events in History - December 6 Birthdays - December 6 Deaths
2014 NASA awakens its New Horizons craft from hibernation for the last time; the vessel was launched 9 years ago to travel over 3 billion miles to Pluto and will be within range to begin data collection on the planet in January 2015
2014 The U.S. Obama administration will keep over 10,000 troops in Afghanistan, delaying fulfillment of Obama's pledge to withdraw all but 9,800 troops; the plan is to reduce troops to around 5,500 by the end of next year
2013 In the U.S., record snowfall leaves hundreds of thousands without power; Dallas-Fort Worth experiences an ice storm causing traffic accidents, power outages and airport delays
2013 Shanghai officials deliver the highest level health warning as a record level of smog shrouds the city; hundreds of flights were delayed or cancelled
2012 Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge leaves the hospital after suffering from severe morning sickness
2012 The toll of those afflicted by Typhoon Bopha in the southern Philippines rises to 179,000 left homeless after the storm passed
2011 Belgium's new federal government is sworn in after a historically long 541 days of negotiations
2011 An austerity budget is approved by the Parliament of Greece
2010 International shark experts are called to investigate attacks on tourists in Sharm el-Sheikh that included one fatality
2010 U.S. diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks reveal a cable from Hillary Clinton accusing Saudi Arabia's rich of being the largest source of funding for Sunni terrorist groups
1998 JC Penney Golf Classic
1996 Mashonaland defeat England in first-class tour match
1995 6th Billboard Music Awards
1995 Michael Jackson collapses while rehearsing for an HBO special
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
1993 Gunda Niemann skates ladies world record 5 km 7:13.29
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 SF 49er Jerry Rice catches NFL record 101st touchdown
1992 San Francisco Giants renig on $43 million pact with Barry Bonds
1991 "Les Miserables" opens at Circustheater, Scheveningen
1991 "Star Trek VI-Undiscovered Country" premieres
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
1989 Mafia drug kingpin bombs security force at Bogota, kills 52
1989 Worst Canadian mass murder: Marc Lepine kills 14 women at U Montreal
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
1988 Agnes Neil Williams purchases Baltimore Orioles for $70 million Eli Jacobs becomes CEO of Baltimore Orioles
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
1986 52nd Heisman Trophy Award: Vinny Testaverde, Miami Florida (quarterback)
1986 France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island
1984 France performs nuclear test
1984 Hijackers aboard Kuwaiti jetliner kill 2nd hostage
1983 A bomb planted on a bus in Jerusalem explodes, kills 6 Israelis
1982 Bomb attack on Londonderry, North Ireland disco, 17 killed
1982 Senator Ted and Joan Kennedy divorce
1982 11 soldiers and 6 civilians die by bomb planted by Irish National Liberation Army exploded in a pub in Ballykelly, Northern Ireland
1981 Rob de Castella of Australia sets Marathon record at 2:08:18
1980 NASA launches Intelsat V
1978 Spain adopts constitution
1977 South Africa grants Bophuthatswana independence
1976 War criminal Pieter Menten arrested in Zurich
1975 41st Heisman Trophy Award: Archie Griffin, Ohio State (RB)
1975 Senator Robert Dole and Elizabeth Hanford marry
1974 George Harrison releases "Ding Dong, Ding Dong"
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)
1971 Lewis Franklin Powell confirmed as Supreme Court justice
1970 Cleveland Cavaliers 1st NBA home victory, beating Buffalo Braves 108-106
1969 "Buck White" closes at George Abbott Theater New York City after 7 performances
1969 300,000 attend Altamont California rock concert feature Rolling Stones
1969 U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test
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
1967 U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Sary Shagan U.S.S.R.
1966 Polio vaccination becomes obligatory in Belgium
1965 2 trucks crashed into a crowd of dancers (Sotouboua Togo) kills 125
1964 KTVR TV channel 13 in La Grande, OR (PBS) begins broadcasting
1964 President Segni of Italy resigns
1963 Beatles begin a tradition of releasing a Christmas record for fans
1963 Test Cricket debut of Graeme Pollock at the Gabba
1962 U.S. abandons Skybolt balastic missile program
1961 27th Heisman Trophy Award: Ernie Davis, Syracuse (HB)
1960 AL grants Gene Autry a franchise, LA Angels
1958 U.S. lunar probe Pioneer 3 reaches 107,269 km, falls back
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
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
1955 New York psychologist Joyce Brothers won "$64,000 Question" on boxing
1954 Simone de Beauvoir receives Prix Goncourt
1953 Brown's Lou "Toe" Groza kicks 8 PATs, beating Giants 62-14
1952 Czechoslovakian government tells Israeli ambassador, he's persona non grata
1950 Pope Pius XII publishes encyclical Mirabile illud
1944 U.S. 95th Infantry division reaches Westwall
1942 Queen Wilhelmina announces Dutch Commonwealth
1942 RAF bombs Philips factory (150 die)
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
1940 Gestapo arrest German resistance fighter/poster artist Helen Ernst
1940 Pietro Badoglio resigns as viceroy of Ethiopia
1939 5th Heisman Trophy Award: Nile Kinnick, Iowa (HB)
1939 Cole Porter's musical "Du Barry was a Lady," premieres in New York City
1938 117 Spanish knights under Captain Piet Laros return to Netherlands
1938 French/German non-attack treaty drawn (Ribbentrop-Bonnet Pact)
1933 Ban on James Joyce' "Ulysses" in U.S., lifted
1930 18th CFL Grey Cup: Toronto Balmy Beach defeat Regina Roughriders, 11-6
1930 Pablo Neruda marries Marie A Hagenaar Vogelzang in Batavia
1929 Turkey introduces female suffrage
1925 Italy, Britain and Egypt sign Jaghbub accord (Italy)
1925 Record 73,000 pay to watch Chicago Bears beat New York Giants 19-7
1922 1st constitution of Irish Free State comes into operation
1922 1st electric power line commercial carrier in U.S., Utica, New York
1921 Anglo-Irish Treaty signed; Ireland receives dominion status; partition creates Northern Ireland
1917 Finland declares independence from Russia (National Day)
1917 French munition ship "Mont Blanc" explodes in Halifax, kills 1,700
1916 German army under General Mackensen occupies Bucharest
1914 German troops over run Lodz
1913 White Sox beat Giants 9-4 in exhibition game in Tokyo
1912 China votes for universal human rights
1907 Coal mine explosions in Monongah, WV, kills 361
1904 Theodore Roosevelt confirms Monroe-doctrine (Roosevelt Corollary)
1903 Sumatra Atjehs guerilla leader Panglima Polim surrenders
1896 D T Suzuki found the awakening at Engakuji temple, in Kamakura
1884 Aluminum capstone set atop Washington Monument, Wash, DC
1882 Atmosphere of Venus detected during transit
1877 1st sound recording made (Thomas Edison)
1877 Washington Post publishes 1st edition
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)
1875 44th Congress (1875-77) convenes
1873 1st international football game in US: Yale 2, Eton (England) 1
1870 Joseph H Rainey, 1st black in House of Representatives (SC)
1866 Chicago water supply tunnel 3,227 m into Lake Michigan completed
1865 13th Amendment is ratified, abolishing slavery
1864 Battle of Deveaux's Neck, SC
1862 President Lincoln orders hanging of 39 Santee Sioux indians
1849 Harriet Tubman escapes from slavery in Maryland
1846 Opera "La Damnation de Faust" is produced (Paris)
1843 Amsterdam-Utrecht railway opens
1841 Robert Schumann's 4th Symphony in D, premieres
1833 HMS Beagle and Charles Darwin departs Rio de la Plata
1825 President John Quincy Adams suggests establishment of a U.S. observatory
1822 Veterinary school in Utrecht opens
1820 U.S. president James Monroe re-elected
1790 Congress meets in Philadelphia, new temporary U.S. capital
1787 Laurens Pieter van de Speigel appointed Dutch pension advisor
1768 1st edition of "Encyclopedia Brittanica" published (Scotland)
1756 British troops under Robert Clive occupy Fulta India
1745 Bonnie Prince Charlies army retreats to Scotland
1732 1st play in American colonies acted by professional players, New York City
1723 Emperor Karel VI's Pragmatic Sanctie declares Constitution
1648 Pride's Purge: Thomas Pride prevents 96 presbyterians from sitting in English parliament
1641 Don Francisco de Mello appointed land guardian of South Netherlands
1631 1st predicted transit of Venus (Kepler) is observed
1534 Quito, Ecuador founded by Spanish
1527 Pope Clemens VII fleas to Orvieto
1492 Haiti discovered by Columbus, at Mole Saint Nicolas
1491 King Charles VIII of France marries Anna of Bretagne
1424 Don Alfonso V of Aragon grants Barcelona the right to exclude Jews
1240 Mongols under Batu Khan occupy and destroy Kiev
1196 Northern Dutch coast flooded, "Saint-Nicolaas Flood"
1160 Jean Bodels "Jeu de St. Nicholas," premieres in Arras
963 Leo VIII elected Pope