6 DECEMBER
   
 

Born On This Day:

  • King Henry VI of England, 1421
  • Robert Houdin, 1805
  • William S. Hart, 1870
  • Alfred Joyce Kilmer, 1886
  • Lynn Fontanne, 1887
  • Sir Osbert Sitwell, 1892
  • Ira Gershwin, 1896
  • Alfred Eisenstaedt, 1898
  • Agnes Moorehead, 1906
  • Dave Brubeck, 1920
  • Wally Cox, 1924
  • Bobby Van, 1932
  • Tom Hulce, 1953
  • Steven Wright, 1955

Died On This Day:

  • Afonso I Henrigues of Portugal, 1185
  • Nicholas-Jacques Conte, 1805
  • Anthony Trollope, 1882
  • Jefferson Davis, 1889
  • Russell Herman Conwell, 1925
  • Honus Wagner, 1955
  • Burr Tillstrom, 1985
  • Roy Orbison, 1988
  • Sammy Fain, 1989
  • Don Ameche, 1993
  • James 'Scotty' Reston, 1995
  • Werner Klemperer, 2000
  • Sunny von Bulow, 2008

Today's Events:

  • 1492 - Columbus discovers the island of Hispaniola, today comprising Haiti and the Dominican Republic.
  • 1534 - City of Quito in Ecuador founded by Spaniards.
  • 1662 - Oldest date of surviving Swedish 5 dalers, first paper money, first issued in July 1661.
  • 1732 - Farquhar's 'The Recruiting Officer' opens; first professionally-acted play presented in NY.
  • 1877 - Thomas Alva Edison records first sound on his phonograph machine, 'Mary Had a Little Lamb.'
  • 1897 - Treaty of Constantinople signed.
  • 1906 - Britain grants independence to Transvaal, but four years later it becomes province of South Africa.
  • 1917 - Entire city of Halifax, Nova Scotia destroyed by ship explosion and tidal wave; 1,654 dead.
  • 1921 - Anglo-Irish treaty signed setting up Irish Free State.
  • 1923 - President Calvin Coolidge's speech to a joint session of Congress is first presidential address on radio.
  • 1952 - The Great Smog of London begins reducing visibility to ten yards; to last 48 hours.
  • 1969 - Rolling Stones play on as woman is stabbed to death by Hell's Angels at Altamont concert California.
  • 1971 - War breaks out between India and Pakistan.
  • 1982 - First execution by lethal injection; murderer Charles Brooks in Huntsville, TX.
  • 1997 - Asteroid called 1997 XF11 discovered by Jim Scotti at University of Arizona; may hit earth in 2028.
  • 2012 - Washington becomes the first State to legalize marijuana for recreational use; minutes after midnight festive crowds spark up in Seattle.

Feast Day of Saint:

  • St. Nicholas (died today in A.D. 342)
  • Abraham of Kratia

Holiday:

  • Independence Day Finland (1917)
  • Feast of St. Nicolas celebrated in Bari, Italy
  • Day of Quito celebrated in Equador as City founded by Spaniards on this day in 1534

Non-Specific Holiday:

  • ADVENT SUNDAY, Sunday nearest to feast of Saint Andrew (Nov. 30) whether before or after.
  • CHANUKKA (Jewish Feast of Lights), eight day holiday beginning on 25th day of lunar month Kislev.
  • TSAO CHÜN, Festival of the Kitchen God in China (23rd day of the twelfth moon (or 24th in Kwantung)
  • CH'U HSI, Night of the Thirtieth (29th day of the twelfth moon)
  • KWANZAA - African American Heritage celebrated December 26 - January 1

 

 
   
 
 
 
 
 
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