Today in History - December 6th

  • 1790 - On this day in history, The US Congress moved from New York to Philadelphia.
  • 1862 - President Lincoln ordered hangings of 39 Santee Sioux Indians.
  • 1865 - The 13th Amendment to the Constitution was ratified. The amendment abolished slavery in the United States.
  • 1883 - Today in history, "Ladies' Home Journal" was published for the first time. 
  • 1884 - The construction of the Washington Monument was completed by Army engineers. The project took 34 years. 
  • 1889 - On this day in history, Jefferson Davis died in New Orleans. He was the first and only president of the Confederate States of America. 
  • 1923 - Calvin Coolidge became the first president to give a presidential address that was broadcasted on radio. 
  • 1947 - Today in history, Everglades National Park in Florida was dedicated by President Truman.
  • 1957 - America's first attempt at putting a satellite into orbit failed when the satellite blew up on the launch pad at Cape Canaveral, FL. 
  • 1982 - On this day in history, 11 soldiers and 6 civilians were killed when a bomb exploded in a pub in Northern Ireland. The Irish National Liberation Army was responsible for planting the bomb.
  • 1993 - Former priest James R. Porter was sentenced to 18 to 20 years in prison. Porter had admitted molesting 28 children in the 1960s. 
  • 2002 - Today in history, Actress Winona Ryder was sentenced to 36 months of probation and 480 hours of community service stemming from her conviction for shoplifting from Saks Fifth Avenue.
  • 2002 - Officials released the detailed plans for a $4.7 million memorial commemorating Princess Diana. The large oval fountain was planned to be constructed in London's Hyde Park.

MUSIC HISTORY - Today in History, December 6th

  • 1841 - Today in history, Robert Schumann's "Fourth Symphony in D" premiered. 
  • 1896 - Lyricist Ira Gershwin was born in New York City.
  • 1968 - On this day in history, James Taylor's self-titled album was released in Britain. 
  • 1969 - Four people died during a free concert given by the Rolling Stones. One of the deaths was a stabbing that occurred near the stage. The event was recorded and released a year later. 
  • 1978 - Today in history, Sid Vicious smashed glass in the face of Patti Smith's brother Todd during an altercation at New York rock club Hurrah. Vicious was out on bail after being charged with the murder of his girlfriend Nancy Spungen. 
  • 1995 - Michael Jackson was hospitalized after collapsing in a New York theater
  • 1995 - On this day in history, Joni Mitchell was awarded Billboard's Century Award, while rehearsing for a TV special. 
  • 2005 - The iTunes Music Store reached more than 3 million videos sold. 

SCIENCE, INVENTIONS, PATENTS - Today in History, December 6th

  • 1825 - President John Adams suggested the establishment of a US observatory.
  • 1877 - Today in history, Thomas Edison demonstrated the first gramophone, with a recording of himself reciting Mary Had a Little Lamb. 


  • Ira Gershwin 1896