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History Events on December 06

NASA reveals photographs taken by Mars Global Surveyor suggesting the presence of liquid water on Mars.


World War I
World War I: The Central Powers capture Bucharest.


Vladimir Nabokov
Vladimir Nabokov completes his controversial novel Lolita.


Theodore Roosevelt
Theodore Roosevelt articulated his "Corollary" to the Monroe Doctrine, stating that the U.S. would intervene in the Western Hemisphere should Latin American governments prove incapable or unstable.


Anglo-Irish Treaty
The Anglo-Irish Treaty is signed in London by British and Irish representatives.


Halifax Explosion
Halifax Explosion: A munitions explosion near Halifax, Nova Scotia kills more than 1,900 people in the largest artificial explosion up to that time.


Twenty-fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution
The Twenty-fifth Amendment: The United States House of Representatives votes 387-35 to confirm Gerald Ford as Vice President of the United States. (On November 27, the Senate confirmed him 92-3.)


London becomes the world's first city to host licensed taxicabs.


École Polytechnique massacre
The École Polytechnique massacre (or Montreal Massacre): Marc Lépine, an anti-feminist gunman, murders 14 young women at the École Polytechnique in Montreal.


South Africa grants independence to Bophuthatswana, although it is not recognized by any other country.


Béla I of Hungary
Béla I is crowned king of Hungary.


in Venezuela, Hugo Chávez is victorious in presidential elections.


Altamont Free Concert
Altamont Free Concert: At a free concert performed by the Rolling Stones, eighteen-year old Meredith Hunter is stabbed to death by Hells Angels security guards.


Indo-Pakistani War of 1971
Pakistan severs diplomatic relations with India, initiating the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971.


Khabarovsk United Air Group Flight 3949
Khabarovsk United Air Group Flight 3949 crashes into the Bo-Dzhausa Mountain, killing 98.


Finnish Declaration of Independence
Finland declares independence from Soviet Russia.


Army of the West (1846)
American and Californio forces clash at the Battle of San Pasqual


World War II
World War II: The United Kingdom and Canada declare war on Finland in support of the Soviet Union during the Continuation War. Camp X opens in Canada to begin training Allied Secret Agents for the War.


The city of Quito in Ecuador is founded by Spanish settlers led by Sebastián de Belalcázar.


Georgia (U.S. state)
Georgia ratifies 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution


Venezuelan elections are held. For the first time in 17 years the United Socialist Party of Venezuela loses its majority in parliament.


Nefertiti Bust
The Nefertiti Bust is discovered.


Yugoslav Wars
Yugoslav Wars: In Croatia, forces of the Serb-dominated Yugoslav People's Army (JNA) bombard Dubrovnik after laying siege to the city for seven months.


Washington Monument
The Washington Monument in Washington, D.C., is completed.


United States Congress
The U.S. Congress moves from New York City to Philadelphia.


USS Jacob Jones (DD-61)
World War I: USS Jacob Jones is the first American destroyer to be sunk by enemy action when it is torpedoed by German submarine SM U-53.


The Troubles
The Troubles: Fleeing from the police, a Provisional IRA unit takes a British couple hostage in their flat on Balcombe Street, London, beginning a six-day siege.


Babri Masjid
The Babri Masjid in Ayodhya, India, is demolished, leading to widespread riots causing the death of over 1,500 people.


Charles Edward Stuart
Charles Edward Stuart's army begins retreat during the second Jacobite Rising.


Everglades National Park
The Everglades National Park in Florida is dedicated.


Irish Free State
One year to the day after the signing of the Anglo-Irish Treaty, the Irish Free State comes into existence.


Antonov An-124 Ruslan
A Russian Antonov An-124 Ruslan cargo plane crashes into an apartment complex near Irkutsk, Siberia, killing 67.


Monongah mining disaster
A coal mine explosion at Monongah, West Virginia, kills 362 workers.


Donald Trump
Donald Trump's administration officially announces the recognition of Jerusalem as capital of Israel.


An Iranian Air Force C-130 military transport aircraft crashes into a ten-floor apartment building in a residential area of Tehran, killing all 94 on board and 12 more on the ground.
The Troubles: The Irish National Liberation Army bombs a pub frequented by British soldiers in Ballykelly, Northern Ireland, killing eleven soldiers and six civilians.
Spain ratifies the Spanish Constitution of 1978 in a referendum.
Adrian Kantrowitz performs the first human heart transplant in the United States.
Project Vanguard: A launchpad explosion of Vanguard TV3 thwarts the first United States attempt to launch a satellite into Earth orbit.
A violent water polo match between Hungary and the USSR takes place during the 1956 Summer Olympics in Melbourne, against the backdrop of the Hungarian Revolution of 1956.
U.S. federal judge John M. Woolsey rules that James Joyce's novel Ulysses is not obscene.
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.
The first edition of The Washington Post is published.
Battle of Chamkaur: During the Mughal-Sikh Wars, an outnumbered Sikh Khalsa defeats a Mughal army.
Colonel Thomas 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".
Mongol invasion of Rus': Kiev under Daniel of Galicia and Voivode Dmytro falls to the Mongols under Batu Khan.
Pope Leo VIII is appointed to the office of Protonotary and begins his papacy as antipope of Rome.