On This Day

On This Day in History for December 6 (Part 2)

Events in History

  • 1988 Merv Hughes takes 13 wickets v WI at the WACA but Australia lose

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1988 Nelson Mandela is transferred to Victor Vester Prison, Capetown

Anti-apartheid activist and South African President Nelson Mandela
Anti-apartheid activist and South African President
Nelson Mandela
  • 1988 STS-27 Atlantis lands in California after secret mission
  • 1989 Mafia drug kingpin bombs security force at Bogota, kills 52
  • 1989 Worst Canadian mass murder: Marc Lepine kills 14 women at U Montreal

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1990 Saddam Hussein announces release of all foreign hostages

Iraqi President and Dictator Saddam Hussein
Iraqi President and Dictator
Saddam Hussein
  • 1990 Shoeless Joe Jackson's signature sells, at aucton, for $23,100
  • 1992 300,000 hindus destroy mosque of Babri India, 4 die
  • 1993 Gunda Niemann skates ladies world record 5 km 7:13.29
  • 1994 Maltese Falcon auctioned for $398,590
  • 1994 Orange County California files for bankruptcy
  • 1994 Warner Brothers announces a 5th TV network to begin on Jan 11, 1995
  • 1996 Mashonaland defeat England in first-class tour match

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

1998 Hugo Chávez is elected President of Venezuela

President of Venezuela Hugo Chávez
President of Venezuela
Hugo Chávez
  • 2001 The Canadian province of Newfoundland is renamed Newfoundland and Labrador
  • 2005 Several villagers are shot dead during protests in Dongzhou, China

  • 2006 NASA reveals photographs taken by Mars Global Surveyor suggesting the presence of liquid water on Mars

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2010 Record price for a printed book when a first edition of "The Birds of America" by John James Audubon auctioned at Sotheby's, London, England, for £7,321,250

Ornithologist John James Audubon
Ornithologist
John James Audubon
  • 2012 7 people are killed and 770 injured during Egyptian protests
  • 2012 Typhoon Bopha’s death toll rise to 418 with 318 missing and 179,000 displaced
  • 2012 A 243 million year old Nyasasaurus fossil is discovered in Tanzania

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2013 Pope Francis gives his ascent to a proposal to create a permanent post on the Pontifical Commission on cases of sin and sexual abuse of minors

  • 2013 A 2-year old boy dies from Ebola in Meliandou, Guinea
  • 2017 Starbucks opens its largest cafe in the world in Shanghai, 30,000 square-feet, 1/2 size of a football field
  • 2017 Time Magazine names their Person of the Year "The Silence Breakers", people who came forward to report sexual misconduct

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2017 US President Donald Trump officially recognizes Jerusalem as Israel's capital, announcing plans to move US embassy there

45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump
  • 2017 Skirball wildfire near Los Angeles closes the Interstate 405 as thousands forced to evacuate
  • 2017 Andrej Babiš is sworn as Prime Minister of the Czech Republic
  • 2017 Britain's top Brexit negotiator David Davis admits there has been "no systematic impact assessment" on effects of Brexit
  • 2017 Brazilian drug lord Rogério da Silva arrested in Rio
  • 2017 "Supermassive" most distant black hole discovery announced by astronomers in journal "Nature", 13 billion light-years away, 800 x bigger than the Sun
  • 2018 Senegal's new Museum of Black Civilisations is opened in Dakar by President Macky Sall
  • 2018 Luxembourg is the first country to make all public transport free
  • 2018 Oldest-known plague sample found in 4,900-year-old remains of 20-year old woman in Gökhem, southern Sweden published in "Cell"
  • 2020 Japanese space capsule Hayabusa-2 lands safely back on earth in Australia, carrying first significant rock samples from an asteroid, the Ryugu
  • 2020 US President Donald Trump orders about 700 troops withdrawn from Somalia

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