On This Day

What Happened on December 6

Important Events

  • 1240 Mongols under Batu Khan occupy and destroy Kiev; out of 50,000 people in the city only 2,000 survive
  • 1865 13th Amendment of the United States Constitution is ratified, abolishing slavery
  • 1921 Anglo-Irish Treaty signed; Ireland receives dominion status; partition creates Northern Ireland
  • 1998 Hugo Chávez is elected President of Venezuela
  • 2006 NASA reveals photographs taken by Mars Global Surveyor suggesting the presence of liquid water on Mars
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Dec 6 in Film & TV

Dec 6 in Music

  • 1969 300,000 attend Altamont free concert in California, featuring The Rolling Stones. Marred by violence and four deaths.

Dec 6 in Sport

  • 1992 San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Jerry Rice catches NFL record 101st touchdown in a 27-3 win over Miami Dolphins at Candlestick Park

Did You Know?

1st edition of "Encyclopedia Brittanica" published in Scotland

On December 6, 1768

Would You Believe?

Thomas Edison records himself reciting "Mary had a little lamb"

On December 6, 1877

Famous Weddings

Famous Divorces

  • 1938 Actress Bette Davis (30) divorces musician Harmon Nelson (31) due to cruel and inhuman manner after more than 6 years of marriage
  • 1982 US Senator Ted & Joan Kennedy divorce
  • 1988 Actor and comedian Robin Williams (37) divorces Valerie Velardi after 10 years of marriage
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