DECEMBER 6 ~ ON THiS DAY in History

1421 – Henry VI of England was born on the 6th December 1421 (died 1471).

1534Quito 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).

1876 – Fred Duesenberg the German-American businessman and co-founder of the Duesenberg Automobile & Motors Company was born on the 6th December 1876 (died 1932).

1877Thomas 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.

1884The 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).

1897Taxicabs were licensed for the first time in the World on the 6th December 1897, in London.

London Taxi 1897 electric cab Bersey Taxis UK 1st licensed propelled vehicle car driver road spoked wheels black & white
A London electric cab in 1897, the Bersey Taxi, London’s 1st self-propelled vehicle.

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).

1916 – Kristján Eldjárn the Icelandic politician and 3rd President of Iceland was born on the 6th December 1916 (died 1982).

1917 – Irv Robbins the Canadian-American businessman and co-founder of Baskin-Robbins was born on the 6th December 1917 (died 2008).

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).

1942 – Robb Royer the American songwriter, screenwriter, bass guitar player, guitar player, and keyboard player from the band Bread was born on the 6th December 1942.

1943 – Mike Smith the English singer-songwriter and keyboard player from The Dave Clark Five was born on the 6th December 1943 (died 2008).

1946 – Frankie Beverly the American singer-songwriter and producer from Maze was born on the 6th December 1946.

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.

1949 – Doug Marlette the American cartoonist best known for his comic strip Kudzu was born on the 6th December 1949 (died 2007).

1952 – Craig Newmark the American computer programmer, businessman and founder of Craigslist was born on the 6th December 1952.

1952 – Shio Satō the Japanese manga artist was born on the 6th December 1952.

1953Vladimir Nabokov completed his controversial novel Lolita on the 6th December 1953.

1955 – Steven Wright the American comedian and actor was born on the 6th December 1955.

1955 – Rick Buckler the English drummer from The Jam was born on the 6th December 1955.

1956 – Peter Buck the American guitarist and songwriter from R.E.M. was born on the 6th December 1956.

1956 – Randy Rhoads the American guitarist and songwriter from Quiet Riot was born on the 6th December 1956 (died 1982).

1956Hans Kammerlander the Italian mountaineer was born in BolzanoSouth 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:

1957Vanguard 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.

1959 – Satoru Iwata the Japanese businessman and president of Nintendo was born on the 6th December 1959.

1962 – Ben Watt the English musician from Everything but the Girl was born on the 6th December 1962. Ben Watt’s official website:

1967Adrian 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.

1970 – Ulf Ekberg the Swedish singer-songwriter and keyboard player from Ace of Base was born on the 6th December 1970.

1986Brashs opened Australia’s first major megastore  on Saturday 6th December 1986, at 244 Pitt Street, Sydney.

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.

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

2011 – Dobie Gray the American singer-songwriter and producer died aged 71 (born 26th July 1940). was launched on the World Wide Web on the 6th December 2013.

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