History Events on December 06
NASA reveals photographs taken by Mars Global Surveyor suggesting the presence of liquid water on Mars.
World War I: The Central Powers capture Bucharest.
Vladimir Nabokov completes his controversial novel Lolita.
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.
The Anglo-Irish Treaty is signed in London by British and Irish representatives.
Halifax Explosion: A munitions explosion near Halifax, Nova Scotia kills more than 1,900 people in the largest artificial explosion up to that time.
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.
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 is crowned king of Hungary.
in Venezuela, Hugo Chávez is victorious in presidential elections.
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.
Pakistan severs diplomatic relations with India, initiating the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971.
Khabarovsk United Air Group Flight 3949 crashes into the Bo-Dzhausa Mountain, killing 98.
Finland declares independence from Soviet Russia.
American and Californio forces clash at the Battle of San Pasqual
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 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.
The Nefertiti Bust is discovered.
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.
The Washington Monument in Washington, D.C., is completed.
The U.S. Congress moves from New York City to Philadelphia.
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: 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.
The Babri Masjid in Ayodhya, India, is demolished, leading to widespread riots causing the death of over 1,500 people.
Charles Edward Stuart's army begins retreat during the second Jacobite Rising.
The Everglades National Park in Florida is dedicated.
One year to the day after the signing of the Anglo-Irish Treaty, the Irish Free State comes into existence.
A Russian Antonov An-124 Ruslan cargo plane crashes into an apartment complex near Irkutsk, Siberia, killing 67.
A coal mine explosion at Monongah, West Virginia, kills 362 workers.
Donald Trump's administration officially announces the recognition of Jerusalem as capital of Israel.