December 6th

2006
The bipartisan Iraq Study Group concluded that President George W. Bush's war policies had failed in almost every regard, and said the situation in Iraq was "grave and deteriorating.".
Iraq Study Group Report
2004
Al-Qaida struck the U.S. Consulate in Jiddah, Saudi Arabia, with explosives and machine guns, killing nine people.
Terrorism in Saudi Arabia
2003
Army became the first team to finish 0-13 in major college football history after a 34-6 loss to Navy.
1998
Hugo Chávez is elected President of Venezuela.
Venezuelan presidential election, 1998
1994
Orange County, Calif., filed for bankruptcy protection due to investment losses of about $2 billion.
Robert Citron
1992
Thousands of Hindu extremists destroyed a mosque in India, setting off two months of Hindu-Muslim rioting that claimed at least 2,000 lives.
1992
1977
South Africa grants independence to Bophuthatswana. The Republic of Bophuthatswana was never internationally recognized. In 1994, after a series of coups, it reintegrated with South Africa.
Bophuthatswana
1973
House minority leader Gerald R. Ford was sworn in as vice president, succeeding Spiro T. Agnew, who had resigned after pleading no contest to income tax evasion.
Gerald Ford
1969
A free concert by the Rolling Stones at Altamont Speedway in Livermore, Calif., was marred by the deaths of four people, including a man who was stabbed by a Hell's Angel.
Altamont Free Concert
1967
World's first pediatric heart transplant. 3 days after the first heart transplant in the world occurred in South Africa, Adrian Kantrowitz and his team of surgeons performed United States' first heart transplant and the world's first pediatric heart transplant at the Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn.
Heart transplantation
1957
America's first attempt at putting a satellite into orbit blew up on the launch pad at Cape Canaveral, Fla.
Project Vanguard
1947
Everglades National Park in Florida was dedicated.
Everglades National Park
1926
French impressionist painter Claude Monet died at age 86.
Claude Monet
1923
A presidential address was broadcast on radio for the first time as President Calvin Coolidge spoke to a joint session of Congress.
Calvin Coolidge
1922
Establishment of the Irish Free State. The Anglo-Irish Treaty signed between the British and Irish representatives in 1921 paved the way for the establishment of the Dominion of the British Empire. The state lasted until December 1937.
Irish Free State
1921
Anglo-Irish Treaty signed; Ireland receives dominion status; partition creates Northern Ireland.
Anglo-Irish Treaty
1917
Finnish Declaration of Independence. The declaration ended 109 years of Finland being a Grand Duchy in the Russian Empire. The Northern European country came under the control of the Russian Empire in 1809. After the October Revolution in Russia, which created the Soviet Union, the Finnish Parliament declared independence on this day.
Finnish Declaration of Independence
1907
The worst mining disaster in U.S. history occurred as 362 men and boys died in a coal mine explosion in Monongah, W.Va.
Monongah mining disaster
1889
Jefferson Davis, the first and only president of the Confederate States of America, died in New Orleans.
Jefferson Davis
1884
Construction of the Washington Monument was completed.
Washington Monument
1877
1st recording made of the human voice made by Thomas Edison reciting "Mary had a little lamb".
Phonograph
1865
Adoption of the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution. The amendment abolished slavery and involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime.
Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution
1790
Congress moved from New York City to Philadelphia.
Residence Act
1240
Mongols under Batu Khan occupy & destroy Kiev.
Siege of Kiev (1240)