February 6th

2012
The Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II marked the 60th anniversary of her accession to the throne.
Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II
2001
Ariel Sharon was elected prime minister of Israel.
Ariel Sharon
1996
The crash of a Boeing 757 aircraft leaves no survivors. Birgenair Flight 301 was the worst accident involving this type of aircraft.
Birgenair Flight 301
1989
The Round Table Talks start in Poland. The negotiations between the Polish government and the trade union Solidarność, or Solidarity in English, marked the beginning of the end of communism in Eastern Europe.
Polish Round Table Agreement
1971
Astronaut Alan B. Shepard hit a golf ball and Edgar Mitchell threw a "javelin" on the moon. They landed in the same crater and remain on the Moon today.
Apollo 14
1959
The first microchip is patented. For his invention of the integrated circuit, Jack Kilby was awarded the 2000 Nobel Prize in Physics.
Invention of the integrated circuit
1952
Elizabeth II becomes Queen of the United Kingdom. She succeeded her father, George VI, who died that day.
Elizabeth II
1935
The popular board game Monopoly® went on sale for the first time.
History of the board game Monopoly
1933
The 20th Amendment to the Constitution, which set the date for the president's inauguration on Jan. 20, was adopted.
Twentieth Amendment to the United States Constitution
1899
The Spanish-American War ended when a peace treaty between Spain and the United States was signed.
Treaty of Paris (1898)
1840
New Zealand becomes a British colony. While the Treaty of Waitangi is generally celebrated as the country's founding document, many Māori claim they were deceived and unwittingly stripped of their right to govern the country.
Colony of New Zealand
1819
Stamford Raffles founds Singapore as a British trading port.
Founding of modern Singapore
1804
Joseph Priestley, British chemist, died. His work on the isolation of gases led him to discover oxygen in 1774.
Joseph Priestley
1788
Massachusetts ratified the U.S. Constitution, becoming the sixth state to join the Union.
Timeline of drafting and ratification of the United States Constitution ...
1778
France recognizes USA, signs Treaty of Alliance in Paris the 1st US treaty.
Treaty of Alliance (1778)
1508
Maximilian I proclaimed Holy Roman Emperor,though 1st Emperor in centuries not to be crowned by the Pope.
Maximilian I, Holy Roman Emperor