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This website utilizes pages from Wikipedia to extract historical events from 3761 BC up to the present. There are 105,062 records in the database that include events, births and deaths of popular individuals. The present day Gregorian calendar was adopted to show dates of interest.

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What are the important events that happened on December 6? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

December 6: Facts & Myths About This Day

December 6 is the 341st day of the year 2016 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 25 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Tuesday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is November 23, 2016 – a Tuesday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 411,384 hours has elapsed since midnight of January 1, 1970 – the Unix epoch.

Strange as it may, if we name this day after a polygon then it will be called ‘trihectatetracontahenagon’ day.

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Sagittarius is the zodiac 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 53 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

The ancient Maya civilization believes that the end of the world will happen on December 21, 2012. There are now 1,446 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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December 6 Historical Events

  • 1704
    Battle of Chamkaur.
  • 1865
    The Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution is ratified, banning slavery.
  • 1877
    The first edition of the Washington Post is published.
  • 1917
    Halifax Explosion: In Canada, a munitions explosion kills more than 1,900 people and destroys part of the City of Halifax, Nova Scotia.
  • 1989
    The École Polytechnique Massacre (or Montreal Massacre): Marc Lépine, an anti-feminist gunman, murders 14 young women at the École Polytechnique in Montreal.

Who were born on December 6?

  • 1805
    Jean Eugène Robert-Houdin, French magician (d. 1861)
  • 1898
    Alfred Eisenstaedt, German-born American photojournalist (d. 1995)
  • 1936
    David Ossman, American comedian
  • 1947
    Miroslav Vitous, Czech jazz musician
  • 1953
    Masami Kurumada, Japanese manga artist

Who died on December 6?

  • 1185
    King Afonso I of Portugal (b. 1109)
  • 1672
    King John II Casimir of Poland (b. 1609)
  • 1882
    Alfred Escher, Swiss politician and railroad entrepreneur (b. 1819)
  • 1934
    Duke Charles Michael of Mecklenburg, head of the House of Mecklenburg-Strelitz (b. 1863)
  • 1998
    César Baldaccini, French sculptor. (b. 1921)

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