December 6 Today in History

Today’s Important Historical Events

1240 Mongols led by Batu Khan occupy and destroy Kyiv after an 8 day siege; out of 50,000 people in the city only 2,000 survive

1865 13th Amendment of the United States Constitution is ratified, abolishing slavery

1921 Anglo-Irish Treaty signed; Ireland receives dominion status; partition creates Northern Ireland

1998 Hugo Chávez is elected President of Venezuela

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

Today’s Historical Events

963 Leo VIII elected Pope

1060 Béla I of Hungary is crowned king of Hungary

1160 Jean Bodels “Jeu de St Nicholas” premieres in Arras

1196 Northern Dutch coast flooded, “Saint-Nicolas Flood”

1240 Mongols led by Batu Khan occupy and destroy Kyiv after an 8 day siege; out of 50,000 people in the city only 2,000 survive

1273 Thomas Aquinas is thought to have a mystical experience in Naples, refuses to continue his work “I cannot, because all that I have written seems like straw to me”

1424 Don Alfonso V of Aragon grants Barcelona the right to exclude Jews

1527 Pope Clemens VII flees to Orvieto

Today’s Historical Events in Film and TV

1964 KTVR TV channel 13 in La Grande, OR (PBS) begins broadcasting

1968 WKID (WSCV) TV channel 51 in Fort Lauderdale, FL (IND) 1st broadcast

1991 “Star Trek VI-Undiscovered Country” premieres

1995 Michael Jackson collapses while rehearsing for an HBO special

2002 “Adaptation” directed by Spike Jonze, starring Nicolas Cage and Meryl Streep premieres

2005 16th Billboard Music Awards: Green Day50 Cent, and Mariah Carey win

2008 American pin-up model Bettie Page (85) is hospitalized in critical condition after suffering a heart attack

2009 Final Broadway performance of “A Steady Rain”, starring Hugh Jackman and Daniel Craig

Today’s Historical Events in Music

1841 Robert Schumann‘s 4th Symphony in D premieres

1846 Hector Berlioz‘s dramatic oratorio “La Damnation de Faust” by Hector Berlioz at the Opéra-Comique, Paris

1939 Cole Porter‘s musical “Du Barry Was A Lady” opens at 46th Street Theatre, NYC; runs 408 performances

1956 “Happy Hunting” opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 413 performances

1957 Roger Sessions‘ 3rd Symphony premieres in Boston with Charles Munch conducting the Boston Symphony

1963 President Lyndon B. Johnson confers Presidential Medal of Freedom on 31 recipients selected by JFK, including: contralto Marian Anderson; diplomat Ralph Bunche; cellist Pablo Casals; Supreme Court Justice Felix Frankfurter; labor leader George Meaney; architect Mies van der Rohe; pianist Rudolf Serkin; writers E. B. White and Thorton Wilder; and painter Andrew Wyeth; as well as posthumously to JFK himself, and Pope John XXIII

Today’s Historical Events in Sports

1925 Record 73,000 pay to watch Chicago Bears beat NY Giants 19-7

1930 CFL Grey Cup, Varsity Stadium, Toronto: Toronto Balmy Beach win their 2nd and final title; defeat Regina Roughriders, 11-6

1939 5th Heisman Trophy Award: Nile Kinnick, Iowa (HB)

1955 New York psychologist Joyce Brothers wins “$64,000 Question” with topic of boxing

1956 Against the background of the Soviet invasion of Hungary the nations square off at the Melbourne Olympics in a famous water polo match; game called off with Hungary leading 4-0 and near riot halted by police; Hungary goes on to win gold medal

1956 Australian swimmer David Theile sets world record 1:02.2 to win the 100m backstroke gold medal at the Melbourne Olympics

1956 Australian women’s 4 × 100m freestyle relay team of Dawn Fraser, Faith Leech, Sandra Morgan & Lorraine Crapp swim world record 4:17.1 and beat powerful US team to win the gold medal at the Melbourne Olympics