Wikipedia defines history as the discovery, collection, organization, and presentation of information about past events. It came from the Greek word ‘historia’ – which means ‘inquiry, knowledge acquired by investigation’.

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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.
  • 1877
    Thomas Edison, using his new phonograph, makes one of the earliest recordings of a human voice, reciting “Mary Had a Little Lamb”.
  • 1897
    London becomes the world’s first city to host licensed taxicabs.
  • 1956
    A violent water polo match between Hungary and the USSR takes place during the 1956 Summer Olympics in Melbourne, against the backdrop of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution.
  • 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).

Who were born on December 6?

  • 1942
    Peter Handke, Austrian writer
  • 1946
    Frankie Beverly, American singer-songwriter and record producer
  • 1955
    Rick Buckler, British drummer (The Jam)
  • 1967
    Hacken Lee, Hong Kong singer
  • 1977
    Kevin Cash, American baseball player

Who died on December 6?

  • 1352
    Pope Clement VI (b. 1291)
  • 1951
    Harold Ross, American magazine editor (b. 1892)
  • 2003
    Jerry Tuite, American professional wrestler (b. 1966)
  • 2004
    Raymond Goethals, Belgian football coach (b. 1921)
  • 2005
    Danny Williams, South African singer (b. 1942)

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