About December 6

December 6, 2020 is the 341st day of the year 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 25 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Sunday.

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Sagittarius is the sun sign of a person born on this day. Turquoise is the modern birthstone for this month. Onyx is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 68 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

What Happened On December 6

  • 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”.
  • 1745
    Charles Edward Stuart’s army begins retreat during the second Jacobite Rising.
  • 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.
  • 1907
    A coal mine explosion at Monongah, West Virginia kills 362 workers.
  • 1917
    Halifax Explosion: In Canada, a munitions explosion kills more than 1,900 people and destroys part of the City of Halifax, Nova Scotia.
  • 1941
    World War II: The United Kingdom declares war on Finland in support of the Soviet Union during the Continuation War.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 1992
    The Babri Mosque in Ayodhya, India is demolished, leading to widespread riots causing the death of over 1500 people.
  • 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.

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