December 6

Scott Winters, Realtor

A quick look at Today in History, check out some Celebrity Birthdays, and find out what Days of the Year to celebrate.



1768 – The first edition of the Encyclopedia Britannica was published.

1790 – The U.S. Congress moved from New York, NY to Philadelphia, PA.

1849 – Harriet Tubman escaped from slavery in Maryland. She returned to the South 19 times and freed more than 300 slaves.

1865 – The 13th Amendment to the Constitution, abolishing slavery, was ratified.

1877 – Thomas Edison demonstrated the first gramophone, with a recording of himself reciting “Mary Had a Little Lamb” onto a cylinder.

1877 – The first edition of “The Washington Post” was published.

1883 – “Ladies’ Home Journal” was published for the first time.

1884 – After 34 years, construction of the Washington Monument was completed by Army engineers.

1907 – In Monongah, WV, 361 people were killed in America’s worst mine disaster.

1923 – President Calvin Coolidge became the first President to have a Presidential address broadcast on radio.

1947 – The Everglades National Park in Florida was dedicated by President Harry S. Truman.

1957 – America’s first attempt at putting a satellite (Vanguard TV3) into orbit failed when the satellite blew up on the launch pad at Cape Canaveral, FL.

1960 – Gene Autry and Bob Reynolds were granted the Los Angeles Angels baseball franchise by the American League.

1964 – The stop animation TV Christmas special “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” debuted on NBC.

1973 – Gerald R. Ford was sworn in as the Vice President of the United States after the resignation of Spiro Agnew, becoming the first non-elected Vice President.

1990 – Vice President Dan Quayle was enshrined in the Little League Museum’s Hall of Excellence.

1994 – Orange County, CA, filed for bankruptcy protection due to investment losses of about $2 billion. The county was one of the richest in the United States and became the largest municipality to file for bankruptcy.

1998 – Astronauts aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour connected the first two building blocks of the International Space Station in the Shuttle cargo bay.

2002 – 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. She also had to pay $10,000 in fines and restitution.

2004 – Dick Clark suffered a stroke that forced him to miss his annual assignment hosting “New Year’s Rockin’ Eve”.

2005 – The iTunes Music Store reached more than 3 million videos sold.

2006 – NASA revealed photographs taken by the Mars Global Surveyor suggesting the presence of liquid water on Mars.



David Ossman – 87 years old (1936) – Writer, comedian (“The Firesign Theatre”)

Helen Cornelius – 82 years old (1941) – Country singer, actress

James Naughton – 78 years old (1945) – Actor (“I Love My Wife”, “Whose Life is it Anyway?”, “The Paper Chase”, “The First Wives Club”, “The Devil Wears Prada”, “Factory Girl”)

JoBeth Williams – 75 years old (1948) – (“Stir Crazy”, “Poltergeist”, “The Big Chill”, “The Day After”, “Teachers”, “Poltergeist II: The Other Side”)

Tom Hulce – 70 years old (1953) – Actor (“Amadeus”, “Animal House”, “Parenthood”). Born in Detroit, MI.

Kin Shriner – 70 years old (1953) – Actor (TV’s “General Hospital”, “Port Charles”)

Wil Shriner – 70 years old (1953) – Actor, comedian, director, game show host (TV’s “The Wil Shriner Show”)

Steven Wright – 68 years old (1955) – Comedian, actor (“Coffee and Cigarettes”, “Desperately Seeking Susan”)

Peter Buck – 67 years old (1956) – Lead guitarist (R.E.M.)

Janine Turner – 61 years old (1962) – Actress (TV’s “Northern Exposure”, “Strong Medicine”, movie “Cliffhanger”)

Judd Apatow – 56 years old (1967) – Producer, director, writer (“Knocked Up”, “The 40-Year-Old Virgin”, “This Is 40”, “Get Him to the Greek”, “Bridesmaids”, TV’s “Freaks and Geeks”, “The Larry Sanders Show”, “Girls”)

Ulf Ekberg – 53 years old (1970) – Musician (Ace of Base)



Mitten Tree Day

National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women

National Gazpacho Day

National Microwave Oven Day

National Miners’ Day

National Pawnbrokers Day

Put On Your Own Shoes Day

St. Nicholas Day

World Trick Shot Day


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1 Comment

  1. Karen Morgan
    December 6, 2018 - 10:33 am

    Thank you for the information.


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