1421 – Henry VI of England was born on the 6th December 1421 (died 1471).
1534 – Quito in Ecuador was founded by Spanish settlers led by Sebastián de Belalcázar on the 6th December 1534.
1586 – Niccolò Zucchi the Italian astronomer was born on the 6th December 1568 (died 1670).
1768 – The Encyclopædia Britannica first edition was published on the 6th December 1768.
1805 – Jean Eugène Robert-Houdin the French illusionist was born on the 6th December 1805 (died 1861).
1841 – Frédéric Bazille the French painter was born on the 6th December 1841 (died 1870).
1877 – Thomas Edison made one of the earliest recordings of a human voice, reciting “Mary Had a Little Lamb” using his new phonograph on the 6th December 1877.
1884 – The Washington Monument in Washington D.C. was completed on the 6th December 1884.
1884 – Cornelia Meigs the American children’s author was born on the 6th December 1884 (died 1973).
1890 – Rudolf Schlichte the, German painter was born on the 6th December 1890 (died 1955).
1897 – Taxicabs were licensed for the first time in the World on the 6th December 1897, in London.
1898 – Alfred Eisenstaedt the German-American photographer and journalist was born on the 6th December 1898 (died 1995).
1900 – Agnes Moorehead the American actress was born on the 6th December 1900 (died 1974).
1917 – Finland declared independence from Russia on the 6th December 1917.
1929 – Frank Springer the American illustrator was born on the 6th December 1929 (died 2009).
1947 – The Everglades National Park in Florida was dedicated on the 6th December 1947.
1948 – JoBeth Williams the American actress and director was born on the 6th December 1948.
1952 – Shio Satō the Japanese manga artist was born on the 6th December 1952.
1955 – Steven Wright the American comedian and actor was born on the 6th December 1955.
1956 ~ Hans Kammerlander the Italian mountaineer was born in Bolzano, South Tyrol, Italy on the 6th December 1956. Hans Kammerlander has climbed 13 of the 14 8000m peaks. In 1984 Hans Kammerlander and Reinhold Messner were the first climbers to traverse two 8000m peaks before descending to base camp. Hans Kammerlander’s official website: www.kammerlander.com
1957 – Vanguard TV3 exploded on the launchpad on the 6th December 1957, thwarting the first United States attempt to launch a satellite into Earth orbit.
1958 – Nick Park the English director and animator was born on the 6th December 1958.
1967 – Adrian Kantrowitz performed the first human heart transplant in the United States on the 6th December 1967.
1969 – The Altamont Free Concert was on the 6th December 1969, featuring The Rolling Stones, Santana, Jefferson Airplane, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, and The Flying Burrito Brothers.
1988 – The Australian Capital Territory was granted self-government on the 6th December 1988.
1990 – Tamira Paszek the Austrian tennis player was born on the 6th December 1990.
1995 ~ Joy Gruttmann the German singer was born in Gelsenkirchen on the 6th December 1995. Joy Gruttmann is best known for singing Schnappi, which was recorded in 2001 when she was 5 years old. The Schnappi song became a No.1 hit in Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, Switzerland, Sweden, and also made the Top 10 in Australia and New Zealand. YouTube video: Schnappi – Schnappi das kleine krokodil (live)…
2001 – The Canadian province of Newfoundland was renamed Newfoundland and Labrador on the 6th December 2001.
2011 – Dobie Gray the American singer-songwriter and producer died aged 71 (born 26th July 1940).