Today in history, Dec 6th!

By | December 6, 2012

Some of the great historical events that happened today in history, on December 6th!

1492 Christopher Columbus lands on the island of Santo Domingo in search of gold. Christopher Columbus  Santo Domingo Gold
1790 Congress moved from New York City to Philadelphia.
1812 The majority of Napoleon Bonaparte’s Grand Armeé staggers into Vilna, Lithuania, ending the failed Russian campaign.
1861 Union General George G. Meade leads a foraging expedition to Gunnell’s farm near Dranesville, Virginia.
1862 President Abraham Lincoln orders the hanging of 39 of the 303 convicted Indians who participated in the Sioux Uprising in Minnesota. They are to be hanged on December 26.
1863 The monitor Weehawken sinks in Charleston Harbor.
1876 Jack McCall is convicted for the murder of Wild Bill Hickok and sentenced to hang. Jack McCall
1877 Thomas A. Edison makes the first sound recording when he recites “Mary had a Little Lamb” into his phonograph machine.
1906 Lieutenant Thomas E. Selfridge flies a powered, man-carrying kite that carries him 168 feet in the air for seven minutes at Baddeck, Nova Scotia.
1907 The worst mining disaster in U.S. history occurred as 362 men and boys died in a coal mine explosion in Monongah, W.Va.
1917 The Bolsheviks imprison Czar Nicholas II and his family in Tobolsk.
1921 Ireland’s 26 southern counties become independent from Britain forming the Irish Free State.
1922 Benito Mussolini threatens Italian newspapers with censorship if they keep reporting “false” information.
1923 A presidential address was broadcast on radio for the first time as President Calvin Coolidge spoke to a joint session of Congress. Keep cool with Coolidge
1934 American Ambassador Davis says Japan is a grave security threat in the Pacific.
1938 France and Germany sign a treaty of friendship.
1939 Britain agrees to send arms to Finland, which is fighting off a Soviet invasion.
1941 President Franklin D. Roosevelt issues a personal appeal to Emperor Hirohito to use his influence to avoid war.
1945 The United States extends a $3 billion loan to Great Britain to help compensate for the termination of the Lend-Lease agreement.
1947 Everglades National Park, in Florida, was dedicated. Everglades National Park
1948 The “Pumpkin Spy Papers” are found on the Maryland farm of Whittaker Chambers. They become evidence that State Department employee Alger Hiss is spying for the Soviet Union.
1957 The AFL-CIO expelled the International Brotherhood of Teamsters.
1957 America’s first attempt at putting a satellite into orbit blew up on the launch pad at Cape Canaveral, Fla.
1969 A free concert by the Rolling Stones at Altamont Speedway in Livermore, Calif., was marred by the deaths of four people, including a man who was stabbed by a Hell’s Angel.
1973 House minority leader Gerald R. Ford was sworn in as vice president, succeeding Spiro T. Agnew, who had resigned after pleading no contest to income tax evasion.
1976 Democrat Tip O’Neill is elected speaker of the House of Representatives. He will serve the longest consecutive term as speaker.Gerald Ford and Tip O'Neill 1976
1992 Thousands of Hindu extremists destroyed a mosque in India, setting off two months of Hindu-Muslim rioting that claimed at least 2,000 lives.
1994 Orange County, Calif., filed for bankruptcy protection due to investment losses of about $2 billion.
2003 Army became the first team to finish 0-13 in major college football history after a 34-6 loss to Navy.
2004 Al-Qaida struck the U.S. Consulate in Jiddah, Saudi Arabia, with explosives and machine guns, killing nine people.
2006 The bipartisan Iraq Study Group concluded that President George W. Bush’s war policies had failed in almost every regard, and said the situation in Iraq was “grave and deteriorating.”

Today in history facts are from various sites including, but not limited too: the History Channel, The New York Times, WHG,, and On This Day blogs from my blogroll.

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