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December 6 is the 340th day of the year (341st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 25 days remaining until the end of the year.
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· 1240 – Mongol invasion of Rus’: Kiev under Danylo of Halych and Voivode Dmytro falls to the Mongols under Batu Khan.
· 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“.
· 1865 – The Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution is ratified, banning slavery.
· 1877 – Thomas Edison, using his new phonograph, makes one of the earliest recordings of a human voice, reciting “Mary Had a Little Lamb“.
· 1904 – Theodore Roosevelt announced his “Corollary” to the Monroe Doctrine, stating that the United States would intervene in the Western Hemisphere should Latin American governments prove incapable or unstable.
· 1917 – Halifax Explosion: In Canada, a munitions explosion kills more than 1,900 people and destroys part of theCity of Halifax, Nova Scotia.
· 1917 – World War I: USS Jacob Jones is the first American destroyer to be sunk by enemy action when it istorpedoed by German submarine SM U-53.
· 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 –
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 theContinuation War.
· 1956 – A violent water polo match between Hungary and the USSR takes place during the 1956 Summer Olympicsin 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.
· 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 confirmGerald Ford as Vice President of the United States (on November 27, the Senate confirmed him 92 to 3).
· 1975 – The Troubles: Fleeing from the police, a Provisional IRA unit takes a couple hostage in
Balcombe Street, London
, beginning a six-day siege.
· 1977 – South Africa grants independence to Bophuthatswana, although it is not recognized by any other country.
· 1982 – The Troubles: The Irish National Liberation Army bombed a pub frequented by British soldiers in Ballykelly,Northern Ireland. It killed eleven soldiers and six civilians.
· 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 sinceMay.
· 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.
· 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.
· 2006 – NASA reveals photographs taken by Mars Global Surveyor suggesting the presence of liquid water on Mars.