Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Today in History

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Today in History

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TODAY is Tuesday, December 6, the 340th day of 2011. There are 25 days left in the year.

Highlights in history on this date:

1492 - Christopher Columbus discovers island of Hispaniola, now divided between Haiti and the Dominican Republic.

1877 - Thomas Edison demonstrates the first sound recording, reciting Mary had a Little Lamb at West Orange, New Jersey.

1907 - In one of America's worst coal mine disasters, 361 die at Mononagh, West Virginia.

1921 - Britain signs peace treaty with Ireland under which Irish Free State is established and Ireland accepts Dominion status.

1941 - US President Franklin D Roosevelt appeals for peace to Japan's Emperor Hirohito - one day before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. He also authorises the Manhattan Project, which results in the creation of the atomic bomb.

1957 - America's first attempt at putting a satellite into orbit blows up on the launch pad at Cape Canaveral, Florida.

1969 - A concert by The Rolling Stones at the Altamont Speedway in Livermore, California, is marred by the deaths of four people, including one who is stabbed by a Hell's Angel. …

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