Today in History - December 6

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1160        Dec 6, Jean Bodel's "Jeu de St Nicholas," premiered in Arras, France.
    (MC, 12/6/01)

1240        Dec 6, Mongols under Batu Khan occupied and destroyed Kiev.
    (MC, 12/6/01)

1421        Dec 6, Henry VI, the youngest king of England, was born. He acceded the thrown at 269 days of age.
    (HN, 12/6/02)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_VI_of_England)

1424        Dec 6, Don Alfonso V of Aragon granted Barcelona the right to exclude Jews.
    (MC, 12/6/01)

1527        Dec 6, Pope Clemens VII fled to Orvieto.
    (MC, 12/6/01)

1531        Dec 6, John Volkertsz Trimaker, Dutch Anabaptist leader, was beheaded.
    (MC, 12/6/01)

1534        Dec 6, Quito, Ecuador, was founded by Spanish.
    (http://worldfacts.us/Ecuador-Quito.htm)

1608        Dec 6, George Monck (Monk), English general and gov. of Scotland, was born.
    (MC, 12/6/01)

1631        Dec 6, The 1st predicted transit of Venus took place. It had been predicted by Kepler, but he died a year before the event.
    (MC, 12/6/01)(Econ, 5/29/04, p.78)

1640        Dec 6, Matthijs Elsevier (75), Flemish-Dutch book publisher and merchant, died.
    (MC, 12/6/01)

1648        Dec 6, Pride's Purge: Thomas Pride prevented 96 Presbyterians from sitting in English Parliament.
    (MC, 12/6/01)

1732        Dec 6, Warren Hastings, England, 1st governor-General of India (1773-84), was born.
    (MC, 12/6/01)

1741        Dec 6, Russian princess Elisabeth Petrovna (1709-1762) seized power with the help of the Preobrazhensky Regiment. Petrovna (31), the daughter of Peter the Great, and her husband led a coup d’etat, deposed the infant Czar Ivan VI, had him imprisoned and reigned until her death in 1762.
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elizabeth_of_Russia)(PCh, 1992, p.294)

1743        Dec 6, Franz Nikolaus Novotny, composer, was born.
    (MC, 12/6/01)

1745        Dec 6, Bonnie Prince Charlie's army retreated to Scotland.
    (MC, 12/6/01)

1756        Dec 6, British troops under Robert Clive occupied Fulta, India.
    (MC, 12/6/01)

1741        Dec 6, In Russia Elizabeth Petrovna (31), the daughter of Peter the Great, and her husband led a coup d’etat. She deposed the infant Czar Ivan VI, had him imprisoned and reigned until her death in 1762.
    (PCh, 1992, p.294)

1763        Dec 6, The British government case against journalist John Wilkes was decided in favor of Wilkes and a general warrant for his arrest was declared illegal.
    (ON, 12/11, p.8)

1775        Dec 6, Nicolas Isouard, composer, was born.
    (MC, 12/6/01)

1779        Dec 6, Jean Baptiste Simeon Chardin (b.1699), French painter, died.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jean-Baptiste-Sim%C3%A9on_Chardin)

1790        Dec 6, Congress moved from New York City to Philadelphia.
    (AP, 12/6/97)

1793        Dec 6, Marie Jeanne Becu, Comtesse du Barry, flamboyant mistress of Louis XV, was guillotined in Paris.
    (MC, 12/6/01)

1805        Dec 6, Nicholas-Jacques Conti (b.1755), French pencil maker, died in Paris. He created the number system used to rate pencil lead hardness: the higher the number, the harder the graphite.
    (SSFC, 1/23/05, p.C2)

1806        Dec 6, The African Meeting House was dedicated in Boston. It was later used by Frederick Douglass and other prominent abolitionists to rail against slavery. In 1974 it was named as a National History Landmark. In 2011 a $9 million restoration was completed.
    (SFC, 11/28/11, p.A5)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/African_Meeting_House)

1812         Dec 6, The majority of Napoleon Bonaparte's Grand Armeé staggered into Vilnius, Lithuania, ending the failed Russian campaign. An estimated 50,000 soldiers reached Lithuania and as many as 20,000 died there. As many as 450,000 soldiers from France, Italy, Spain, Croatia, Germany and at least 15 other countries died in the Russian campaign.
    (HN, 12/6/99)(Arch, 9/02, p.41)

1820        Dec 6, James Monroe, the 5th US president, was elected for a 2nd term.
    (MC, 12/6/01)

1822        Dec 6, John Eberhard was born. He built the 1st large-scale pencil factory in US.
    (MC, 12/6/01)

1833        Dec 6, John Singleton Mosby (d.1916), lawyer and Col. ("Grey Ghost" of Confederate Army), was born. He later gave riding lessons to young George Patton.
    (MC, 12/6/01)
1833        Dec 6, HMS Beagle and Charles Darwin departed Rio de la Plata.
    (MC, 12/6/01)

1841        Dec 6, Robert Schumann's 4th Symphony in D, premiered.
    (MC, 12/6/01)

1846        Dec 6, Hector Berlioz' opera "La Damnation de Faust" was produced in Paris.
    (MC, 12/6/01)(WSJ, 7/1/03, p.D8)

1849        Dec 6, Harriet Tubman escaped from slavery in Maryland.
    (MC, 12/6/01)

1861        Dec 6, Union General George G. Meade led a foraging expedition to Gunnell’s farm near Dranesville, Va.
    (HN, 12/6/98)

1862        Dec 6, President Lincoln ordered the hanging of 39 of the 303 convicted Indians who participated in the Sioux Uprising in Minnesota. They were to be hanged on Dec. 26. The Dakota Indians were going hungry when food and money from the federal government was not distributed as promised. They led a massacre that left over 400 white people dead. The uprising was put down and 300 Indians were sentenced to death. Pres. Lincoln reduced the number to 39, who were hanged. The government then nullified the 1851 treaty.
    (WSJ, 2/5/98, p.A6)(HN, 12/6/98)

1863        Dec 6, The monitor Weehawken sank in the Charleston Harbor.
    (HN, 12/6/98)

1866        Dec 6, Chicago’s water supply tunnel into Lake Michigan was completed.
    (SSFC, 8/18/02, p.C12)(http://tinyurl.com/7zmyr6v)

1867        Dec 6, Giovanni Pacini (71), composer, died.
    (MC, 12/6/01)

1876        Dec 6, US Electoral College picked Republican Hayes as president, although Tilden won the popular election. A questionable vote count in Florida ended and Hayes was ahead by 924 votes. The Democratic attorney general validated the Tilden electors.
    (WSJ, 12/11/00, p.A18)(MC, 12/6/01)
1876        Dec 6, The 1st US crematorium began operation in Washington, Penn.
    (MC, 12/6/01)
1876        Dec 6, Jack McCall was convicted for the murder of Wild Bill Hickok and sentenced to hang.
    (HN, 12/6/98)

1877        Dec 6, Washington Post published its 1st edition.
    (MC, 12/6/01)
1877        Dec 6, Thomas A. Edison made the first sound-recording when he recited “Mary had a Little Lamb" into his phonograph machine.
    (HN, 12/6/98)

1882        Dec 6, Anthony Trollope (b.1815), English writer, died. His autobiography “An Autobiography," was published in 1883. He wrote harshly about his mother and made her out to be a second-rate writer.
    (WUD, 1994 p.1517)(WSJ, 12/11/98, p.W10)(WSJ, 6/9/00, p.W17)(MC, 12/6/01)

1884        Dec 6, The Washington Monument was completed by Army engineers 101 years after George Washington himself approved the location halfway between the proposed sites of the Capitol and the White House. Construction did not begin on the 555-foot Egyptian obelisk until July 4, 1848, when a private citizens' group, the Washington National Monument Society, raised enough money to begin the project. The original design called for the familiar obelisk surrounded by a large building with a statue of Washington driving a Roman chariot on top. Construction was halted in 1854 when the money ran out and for 22 years the monument stood embarrassingly unfinished, looking, as Mark Twain put it, like "a factory chimney with the top broken off." In 1876, President Ulysses S. Grant authorized the funds to complete the construction--but without the ornate building and classical statue. When the final capstone and 9-inch aluminum pyramid were set in place in 1884, the Washington Monument was the tallest structure in the world.
    (AP, 12/6/97)(HNPD, 12/6/98)

1886        Dec 6, Joyce Kilmer (d.1918), American poet best known for his poem "Trees," was born. Kilmer was killed by a sniper in WW I.
    (HN, 12/6/98)(WUD, 1994 p.786)

1898        Dec 6, Alfred Eisenstaedt, photojournalist, was born.
    (HN, 12/6/00)
1898        Dec 6, Gunnar Myrdal, Swedish economist and sociologist, was born.
    (HN, 12/6/00)

1889        Dec 6, Jefferson Davis (81), the first and only president of the Confederate States of America (1861-1865), died in New Orleans. In 2001 William J. Cooper Jr. authored “Jefferson Davis, American."
    (AP, 12/6/97)(SSFC, 1/28/01, Par p.12)(MC, 12/6/01)

1892        Dec 6, E. Werner von Siemens (75), German industrialist (Siemens AG), died.
    (MC, 12/6/01)

1896        Dec 6, Ira Gershwin (d.1983), lyricist ('S Wonderful, I Got Rhythm), was born. Together with his brother, George, he wrote 14 Broadway musicals. Many of his 700 songs were written with other composers.
    (SFC, 12/4/96, p.E1)(SFC, 5/10/97, p.E1)

1898        Dec 6, Alfred Eisenstaedt, photojournalist, was born.
    (HN, 12/6/02)
1898        Dec 6, Gunnar Myrdal, Swedish economist and sociologist, was born.
    (HN, 12/6/00)

1901        Dec 6, Eliot Porter, nature photographer, was born.
    (HN, 12/6/00)

1904        Dec 6, Theodore Roosevelt confirmed the Monroe-doctrine (Roosevelt Corollary).
    (MC, 12/6/01)

1906        Dec 6, Lt. Thomas E. Selfridge flew a powered, man-carrying kite that carried him 168 feet in the air for seven minutes at Baddeck, Nova Scotia.
    (HN, 12/6/98)

1907        Dec 6, The worst mining disaster in U.S. history occurred as 362 men and boys died in a coal mine explosion in Monongah, W.Va.
    (AP, 12/6/07)

1908        Dec 6, First flight of the Silverdart with Canadian JAD McCurdy at the controls.
    (HN, 12/6/98)

1913         Dec 6, President Woodrow Wilson signed the Raker Act into law. It authorized SF rights to dam the Tuolumne River in Yosemite National Park for water-collection and power-generation facilities.
    (www.sfwater.org/)

1914        Dec 6, German troops over ran Lodz.
    (MC, 12/6/01)

1917        Dec 6, Finland declared independence from Russia (National Day).
    (SFEM, 8/8/99, p.44)(MC, 12/6/01)
1917        Dec 6, Former Czar Nicholas II and family were made prisoners by the Bolsheviks in Tobolsk.
    (HN, 12/6/98)
1917        Dec 6, In Nova Scotia some 2000 people were killed and thousands wounded following an explosion in Halifax harbor. The Imo, a Norwegian freighter ship, had collided with the French munitions ship Mont Blanc and a fire soon caused a massive explosion. A local court found Captain Le Medec of the Mont Blanc and other defendants guilty of the collision. Canada’s Supreme Court ruled that the captains of both ships were equally to blame. A Privy Council in London ruled that Le Medec had done nothing illegal.
    (EWH, 4th ed, p.1054)(ON, 7/05, p.7)(AP, 12/6/07)

1918        Dec 6, Harold Horace Hopkins, inventor (Endoscope), was born.
    (MC, 12/6/01)

1920        Dec 6, Dave Brubeck, jazz pianist and composer, was born.
    (HN, 12/6/00)
1920        Dec 6, In Boston, Mass., a dog with spectacles was shown at the annual fair of the Animal Rescue League.
    (http://tinyurl.com/5hbur6)

1921        Dec 6, James Showan, a wealthy NY shipbuilder, was arrested after his palatial yacht was seized off the California coast with more than 100 cases of whiskey.
    (SFC, 10/14/99, p.C5)
1921        Dec 6, British and Irish representatives signed a treaty in London providing for creation of an Irish Free State a year later on the same date. The partition created Northern Ireland. [see Jul 8] Ireland’s 26 southern counties became independent from Britain forming the Irish Free State.
    (HN, 12/6/00)(AP, 12/6/06)

1922        Dec 6, The Irish Free State came into being under terms of the Anglo-Irish Treaty.
    (AP, 12/6/08)
1922        Dec 6, Mussolini threatened the Italian newspapers with censorship if they kept reporting "false" information.
    (HN, 12/6/98)

1923        Dec 6, A presidential address was broadcast on radio for the first time as President Coolidge spoke to a joint session of Congress.
    (AP, 12/6/97)

1928        Dec 6, The Colombian army killed a number of banana workers of the United Fruit Co. in Cienaga near Santa Marta. Estimates of the dead, taken by train and cast into the sea, ranged from 47 to as high as 2,000. The exact number of casualties has never been confirmed.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Banana_massacre)(Econ, 4/26/14, p.90)

1929        Dec 6, Turkey introduced female suffrage.
    (MC, 12/6/01)

1933        Dec 6, Henryk Mikolaj Gorecki, composer, was born.
    (MC, 12/6/01)
1933        Dec 6, The US ban on James Joyce' "Ulysses" was lifted.
    (MC, 12/6/01)

1934        Dec 6, American Ambassador Davis said Japan was a grave security threat in the Pacific.
    (HN, 12/6/98)

1935        Dec 6, The San Francisco Chronicle reported that rats now exceeded city’s population of people by a factor of 3 to 1.
    (SSFC, 12/5/10, DB p.50)

1938        Dec 6, France and Germany signed a treaty of friendship.
    (HN, 12/6/98)

1939        Dec 6, The Cole Porter musical comedy "Du Barry Was a Lady" opened on Broadway.
    (AP, 12/6/99)
1939        Dec 6, Britain agreed to send arms to Finland.
    (HN, 12/6/98)

1940        Dec 6, The Gestapo arrested Helen Ernst, German resistance fighter and poster artist.
    (MC, 12/6/01)

1941        Dec 6, John Nelson, conductor (Les Troyens of Berlioz), was born in San Jose, Costa Rica.
    (MC, 12/6/01)
1941        Dec 6, Richard Speck, mass murderer (killed 8 student nurses in 1966), was born.
    (MC, 12/6/01)
1941        Dec 6, President Franklin D. Roosevelt issued a personal appeal to Emperor Hirohito to use his influence to avoid war.
    (HN, 12/6/98)
1941        Dec 6, NYC Council agreed to build Idlewild (Kennedy) Airport in Queens.
    (MC, 12/6/01)
1941        Dec 6, Dutch and British pilots saw Japanese invasion fleet at Singapore.
    (MC, 12/6/01)

1942        Dec 6, Peter Handke, playwright and poet, was born.   
    (HN, 12/6/00)

1944        Dec 6, US 95th Infantry division reached Westwall.
    (MC, 12/6/01)

1945        Dec 6, U.S. extended a $3 billion loan to Britain to help compensate for the termination of Lend-Lease.
    (HN, 12/6/98)

1947         Dec 6, Everglades National Park in Florida was dedicated by President Truman.
    (AP, 12/6/97)
1948        Dec 6, The "Pumpkin spy papers" were found on the Maryland farm of Whittaker Chambers. They became evidence that State Department employee Alger Hiss was spying for the Soviet Union.
    (HN, 12/6/01)

1949        Dec 6, Leadbelly (64), [Huddie William Ledbetter], blues singer, died. He was born January 29, 1885, on the Jeter Plantation near Mooringsport, Louisiana.
    (http://leadbelly.lanl.gov/leadbelly.html)

1953        Dec 6, Thomas Hulce, actor (Amadeus, Equus, Echo Park), was born Plymouth, Mi.
    (MC, 12/6/01)

1955        Dec 6, NY psychologist Joyce Brothers (28) won the CBS "$64,000 Question," by answering 7 questions on boxing.
    (SFC, 12/2/05, p.F2)

1956        Dec 6, B.R. Ambedkar (b.1891), a Dalit and chief architect of India’s 1949 constitution, died. “What is the village but a sink of localism, a den of ignorance, narrow-mindedness and communalism."
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/B._R._Ambedkar)(Econ, 12/18/10, p.60)
1956        Dec 6, In Hungary civilians were shot dead during protests in Budapest. A communist party committee directly governed the leading body of a militia, the so called Military Council, responsible for the shooting. Party committee member Bela Biszku was named interior minister in 1957.
    (AP, 3/18/14)
1956        Dec 6, Nelson Mandela and 156 others were arrested for political activities in South Africa. They were charged with treason for supporting the Freedom Charter, which called for a non-racial and socialist-based economy.
    (MC, 12/6/01)(SFC, 12/6/13, p.A18)

1957        Dec 6, AFL-CIO members voted to expel the International Brotherhood of Teamsters. The union had been expelled because of racketeering by its executives, including union president Dave Beck and vice president James R. Hoffa. The criminal activity was disclosed during a special Senate committee investigation of racketeering and organized crime in labor-management relations. The Teamsters were readmitted in Oct, 1987, but disaffiliated themselves from the AFL-CIO in 2005.
    (HNQ, 1/8/99)(AP, 12/6/07)
1957        Dec 6, America's first attempt at putting a satellite into orbit failed as Vanguard TV3 rose only about four feet off a Cape Canaveral, Fla., launch pad before crashing back down and exploding.
    (AP, 12/6/08)

1967        Dec 6, Dr. Adrian Kantrowitz (1918-2008) performed the first US human heart transplant on a baby in Brooklyn, who died 6 hours later.
    (SFC, 11/21/08, p.B6)

1968        Dec 6, The original Malian constitution was abrogated after a military coup d'etat and replaced by a new fundamental law.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Constitution_of_Mali)

1969        Dec 6, The Rolling Stones staged a rock concert at the Altamount Speedway in Livermore, Ca. for some 300,000 fans. The Stones hired the Hells Angels for security. Fans were beaten and one person, Meredith Hunter, was stamped and stabbed to death by a Hell's Angel during the show. Alan Passaro (21) was tried and found not guilty because Hunter was carrying a gun. One man drowned in a nearby canal and2 people were crushed to death by a runaway car. The 1970 documentary film “Gimme Shelter" was about the Rolling Stones concert at Altamount.
    (SFEC, 5/23/99, Z1 p.4)(AP, 12/6/99)(SFC, 6/10/00, p.B5)(SFC, 5/26/05, p.B2)

1971        Dec 6, The US Senate confirmed Lewis Franklin Powell as a Supreme Court justice.
    (www.glapn.org/sodomylaws/bowers/bonews03.htm)
1971        Dec 6, Bangladesh became independent from Pakistan following a 9-month war in a struggle led by Sheik Mujibar Rahman. Sheik Rahman was nominated as president on Dec 20 and released from prison on Dec 22; he returned to Bangladesh Jan 10.
    (SFC, 5/21/96, p.A-10)
1971        Dec 6, India recognized the Democratic Republic of Bangladesh and Pakistan broke off diplomatic relations. Bangladesh later accused Pakistan of war atrocities that led to the death of some 3 million people during the 9-month war.
    (WUD, 1994, p. 1688)(SFC, 12/31/00, p.B3)

1973        Dec 6, House minority leader Gerald R. Ford was sworn in as vice president, succeeding Spiro T. Agnew. Agnew, vice president to President Richard M. Nixon, resigned from his office and pleaded no contest to one charge of income tax evasion in return for the dropping of all other charges. Agnew, the only US Vice President to resign in disgrace, was fined $10,000 and given three year's probation.
    (AP, 12/6/97)(SFC, 12/27/06, p.A11)

1975        Dec 6, US President Ford and Secretary of State Kissinger met with Indonesian President Suharto and explicitly approved Indonesia’s invasion of East Timor. This information was only made public in 2005.
    (AFP, 12/02/05)(www.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/NSAEBB/NSAEBB62/)
1975        Dec 6, The US Congress authorized a $2.3 billion emergency loan to save New York City from bankruptcy.
    (http://tinyurl.com/6axxe2)
1975        Dec 6, Robert Dole (b.1923) of Kansas, Republican presidential candidate in 1996, married Mary Elizabeth Hanford.
    (www.medaloffreedom.com/BobDole.htm)

1976        Dec 6, Democrat Tip O’Neill was elected speaker of the House of Representatives. He went on to serve the longest consecutive term as speaker.
    (HN, 12/6/00)
1976        Dec 6, Joao Goulart (b.1919), former president of Brazil (1961-1964), died in Argentina. He was ousted in a 1964 coup and went into exile in Argentina.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jo%C3%A3o_Goulart)(SSFC, 11/17/13, p.A4)
1976        Dec 6, Dutch War criminal Pieter Menten (1899-1987) was arrested in Switzerland after fleeing there in November.
    (http://nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pieter_Menten)

1977        Dec 6, SF FBI agents arrested James “Jimmy the Weasel" Fratianno (64), a reportedly leading West Coast Mafia figure.
    (SFC, 12/6/02, p.E16)

1981        Dec 6, Harry Harlow (b.1905), psychologist, died. He spent his entire professional career teaching at the University of Wisconsin from 1930-1974. His focus of research was on the learning abilities in primates and he observed the phenomenon of 'learning to learn.' His work with infant monkeys and their surrogate mothers (terrycloth dummies) demonstrated the importance of bonding between primate mothers and infants for emotional health and growth. In 2003 Deborah Blum authored "Love at Goon Park: Harry Harlow and the Science of Affection."
    (CW, 6/03, p.51)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harry_Harlow)

1982        Dec 6, In Northern Ireland 11 soldiers and six civilians were killed when a bomb planted by the Irish National Liberation Army exploded in a pub in Ballykelly.
    (AP, 12/6/97)
1982        Dec 6-1982 Dec 8, In Guatemala a government massacre wiped out the village of Dos Erres. In 2000 two witnesses gave evidence that some 300 men, women and children were killed, tortured and raped by specialists called kaibiles. In 2011 Pedro Pimentel Rios (54), a former member of an elite Guatemalan military force suspected of carrying out the massacre, was extradited from the United States back to Guatemala.
    (SFEC, 4/9/00, p.C14)(AP, 7/12/11)

1983        Dec 6, The SF Golden Gate Bridge closed for the 2nd December in a row as winds at the toll plaza measured 77.2 mph.
    (SSFC, 11/30/08, DB p. 58)
1983        Dec 6, A bomb planted on a bus in Jerusalem exploded and killed 6 Israelis.
    (http://preview.tinyurl.com/3a3tyk)

1985        Dec 6, The San Francisco Chronicle described a “super cocaine," known on the streets as crack, rock or base, which was being smoked in a pipe to produce an intense euphoria. Crack cocaine was first discovered in use in New York City.
    (SSFC, 12/5/10, DB p.50)(SFC, 6/24/96, p.A5)

1986        Dec 6, Annette Thur (17) of Santa Cruz County was kidnapped, raped and killed following a party in Boulder Creek. A tourist found her body off Skyline Drive in San Mateo County. In 2012 DNA evidence linked registered sex offender John William Kelley (49) of Placerville to her murder and he was arrested.
    (SFC, 8/17/12, p.C5)

1987        Dec 6, In Moscow security agents roughed up Jewish activists and journalists during demonstrations over Kremlin policy one day before the arrival of Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev to the US, where hundreds of thousands of demonstrators pressing for free emigration of Soviet Jews marched in Washington.
    (AP 12/6/97)
1987        Dec 6, In Missouri 3 Satanist teenagers bludgeoned Steven Newberry (19), a learning-disabled youth, to death and blamed the incident on heavy metal inspired Satanism.
    (http://tinyurl.com/k36su)(www.creationism.org/csshs/v15n1p03.htm)
1987        Dec 6, In Moscow security agents roughed up Jewish activists and journalists during rival demonstrations over Kremlin policy.
    (AP 12/6/97)

1988        Dec 6, Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev arrived for his second U.S. visit to address the United Nations and meet with President Reagan and President-elect Bush.
    (AP, 12/6/98)
1988        Dec 6, The space shuttle Atlantis landed in California.
    (AP, 12/6/98)
1988        Dec 6, Rock-and-roll pioneer Roy Orbison died near Nashville, Tenn., at age 52.
    (AP, 12/6/98)
1988        Dec 6, Arafat met prominent American Jews in Stockholm, Sweden.
    (http://openweb.tvnews.vanderbilt.edu/1988-12/1988-12-06-NBC-15.html)

1989        Dec 6, In Canada 14 women were shot to death at the University of Montreal's school of engineering by Marc Lepine, who then took his own life.
    (AP, 12/6/97)
1989            Dec 6, Egon Krenz resigned as leader of East Germany. In 1997 Krenz was convicted with 2 colleagues of manslaughter for the shooting deaths of those who tried to flee across the Berlin Wall prior to its demise.
    (WSJ, 11/9/99, p.A14)(http://tinyurl.com/akpba)

1990        Dec 6, Shoeless Joe Jackson's signature was sold for $23,100.
    (www.baseballlibrary.com/baseballlibrary/ballplayers/J/Jackson_Joe.stm)
1990        Dec 6, In Bangladesh an opposition campaign led by Khaleda Zia and Sheikh Hasina forced Pres. Hossain Mohammad Ershad to resign.
    (Econ, 11/4/06, p.16)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hossain_Mohammad_Ershad)
1990        Dec 6, Iraq announced that it would release all its hostages, saying foreigners could begin leaving in two days.
    (AP, 12/6/00)

1991        Dec 6, Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., testifying at the trial of his nephew, William Kennedy Smith, denied hearing screams the night Patricia Bowman said she was raped by Smith at the Kennedy estate in West Palm Beach, Fla.
    (AP, 12/6/01)
1991        Dec 6, Gen. Pavle Strugar led the Yugoslav attack on Dubrovnik. At least 43 civilians were killed in the attack. Serbs had opened bombardment of the Croatian port of Dubrovnik in early October. In 2001 Strugar (68) turned himself into the war crimes tribunal at the Hague. In 2005 Strugar was convicted of two counts of willful destruction of Dubrovnik and attacking civilians. In 2008 appeals judges added two more convictions for unjustified devastation of the town and attacking civilian sites. They also cut his original sentence from eight years to seven and a half years because of his deteriorating health.
    (SFC, 6/11/96, p.A14)(SFC, 10/22/01, p.B1)(AP, 7/17/08)

1992        Dec 6, Bowing to anti-foreigner sentiment, Germany's main political parties agreed to tighten postwar asylum laws.
    (AP, 12/6/97)
1992        Dec 6, In Uttar Pradesh, India, thousands of Hindu kar sevaks, soldiers of the Ram Temple movement, destroyed the Babri Mosque and 4 people were killed. This set off two months of Hindu-Muslim rioting that claimed at least 2,000 lives. Attackers set off 13 bomb blasts in Bombay that destroyed skyscrapers and killed 600 people. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) inspired Hindus to raze a 16th century mosque in the northern town of Ayodhya. The demolition caused Hindu-Muslim riots across India and 3,000 people were killed. Hindus believe that the site was the birthplace of the god Ram and that Mogul invaders tore down a temple at the site to build the Babri Mosque. In 1998 the Congress Party apologized for the mosque destruction. In 2009 an inquired into the destruction of the Babri Mosque concluded that senior members of the opposition Bharatatiya Janata Party (BJP) were complicit in the vandalism.
    (WSJ, 5/6/96, p.A-9)(WSJ, 5/7/96, p.A-14)(AP, 12/6/97)(SFEC, 1/25/98, p.A20)(SFC, 3/15/02, p.A16)(Econ, 11/28/09, p.43)

1993        Dec 6, Don Ameche (85), actor (Cocoon), died in Scottsdale, Ariz., of prostate cancer.
    (AP, 12/6/98)
1993        Dec 6, A judge in New Bedford, Mass., sentenced former priest James R. Porter, who'd admitted molesting 28 children in the 1960s, to 18 to 20 years in prison for sexual assault.
    (AP, 12/6/98)   
1993        Dec 6, In South Africa crimes committed up to this date became eligible for amnesty as set up by special constitutional legislation that set up the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. A 1996 extension was requested to move the deadline to May 10, 1994.
    (SFC, 10/19/96, A10)

1994        Dec 6, Former US Associate Attorney General Webster Hubbell pleaded guilty to defrauding his former law partners and clients of nearly $400,000.
    (AP, 12/6/99)
1994        Dec 6, US Treasury Secretary Lloyd Bentsen announced his resignation.
    (AP, 12/6/99)
1994        Dec 6, The Maltese Falcon film statuette was auctioned for $398,590.
    (MC, 12/6/01)
1994        Dec 6, Orange County, Calif., filed for bankruptcy protection due to investment losses of about $2 billion. Orange County, Ca., filed bankruptcy after losing nearly $1.7 billion on risky investments [derivatives]. In 1997 a former ass’t. treasurer, Matthew Raabe, was sentenced to 3 years in prison for diverting $88.5 million in public funds to conceal investment schemes that led to the nation’s biggest municipal bankruptcy.
    (SFEC, 11/10/96, Z1 p.1)(SFC, 10/4/97, p.A7)(AP, 12/6/99)

1995        Dec 6, President Clinton vetoed a seven-year Republican budget-balancing plan.
    (AP, 12/6/00)
1995        Dec 6, The US House ethics committee sent a highly critical letter to House Speaker Newt Gingrich, saying he had committed three ethics violations.
    (AP, 12/6/00)
1995        Dec 6, New York Times columnist James Reston died in Washington at age 86.
    (AP, 12/6/00)
1995        Dec 6, Dmitri Antonovich Volkogonov (67), ex-Soviet soldier and historian, died.
    (www.msu.edu/~daggy/cop/bkofdead/obits-vo.htm)

1996        Dec 6, Stock markets around the world plunged after comments by Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan were taken to mean that U.S. stock prices were too high.
    (AP, 12/6/06)
1996        Dec 6, Former NFL commissioner Pete Rozelle died in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., at age 70.
    (AP, 12/6/97)

1997        Dec 6, An asteroid was discovered by J.V. Scotti at the Univ. of Arizona. It was recognized as one of 108 potentially hazardous asteroids.
    (NH, 10/98, p.88)
1997        Dec 6, In Siberia a Russian Antonov-124 jet cargo aircraft crashed seconds after takeoff on the edge of Irkutsk into an apartment building and killed at least 62 (68-69) people.
    (SFEC, 12/797, p.A19)(WSJ, 12/8/97, p.A1)(AP, 12/6/98)(SFC, 7/4/01, p.A10)

1998        Dec 6, The astronauts of the Endeavour space shuttle attached Node 1 of the new space station to the cargo block Zarya.
    (SFC, 12/7/98, p.A2)
1998        Dec 6, Clayton “Peg Leg" Bates, a tap dancer who lost a leg in childhood, died at age 91.
    (WSJ, 12/8/98, p.A1)
1998        Dec 6, In Gabon Pres. Omar Bongo (63) won the election for a new 7-year term. He received 66% of the vote with clear ballot stuffing.
    (SFC, 12/9/98, p.B8)(SFC, 12/18/98, p.D2)
1998        Dec 6, In Nigeria it was reported that 14 people died in poll-related violence.
    (WSJ, 12/9/98, p.A1)
1998        Dec 6, Hundreds of Palestinian prisoners in Israel started a hunger strike and demanded to be freed.
    (SFC, 12/7/98, p.A14)
1998        Dec 6, In Sierra Leone at least 51 rebels were killed in fierce fighting north of Freetown.
    (WSJ, 12/9/98, p.A1)
1998        Dec 6, In Taiwan the ruling Nationalists enlarged their legislative majority and captured the mayoralty in Taipei.
    (WSJ, 12/7/98, p.A1)
1998        Dec 6, Venezuela held national presidential elections. Hugo Chavez, a former army officer who staged a bloody coup attempt against the government six years earlier, won with 56% of the vote. He faced a $22 billion foreign debt and planned a constitutional assembly to replace the Congress and to rewrite the constitution.
    (SFC, 12/7/98, p.A1)(AP, 12/6/99)(Econ, 3/9/13, p.24)

1999        Dec 6, The Supreme Court, reconsidering its landmark Miranda ruling, agreed to decide whether police still must warn criminal suspects that they have a “right to remain silent." The justices upheld that right the following June.
    (AP, 12/6/04)
1999        Dec 6, SabreTech, an aircraft maintenance company, was convicted of mishandling the oxygen canisters blamed for the cargo hold fire that caused the 1996 ValuJet crash in the Everglades that killed 110 people. Eight of the nine counts were later thrown out on appeal.
    (AP, 12/6/04)
1999        Dec 6, AT&T agreed in principle to give competing Internet providers access to its high-speed cable lines.
    (SFC, 12/6/99, p.A3)
1999        Dec 6, In Oklahoma a boy (13) opened fire with a semiautomatic handgun and injured 4 classmates at Fort Gibson Middle School.
    (SFC, 12/7/99, p.A3)
1999        Dec 6, In Chechnya Russian planes dropped leaflets warning civilians in Grozny to leave or face heavy air and artillery strikes on Dec 11.
    (SFC, 12/7/99, p.A1)
1999        Dec 6, In Tanzania a UN court convicted Georges Rutaganda on 3 of 8 charges of genocide against Tutsis committed when he was vice president of the Interhamwe death squads in Rwanda in 1994.
    (SFC, 12/7/99, p.B2)

2000        Dec 6, Pres. Clinton gave the US Presidential Medal of Freedom to Alexander Aris, the son of Aung San Suu Kyi of Burma, on behalf of his mother who was held under house arrest.
    (SFC, 12/7/00, p.C10)
2000        Dec 6, Florida Republican leaders announced the Legislature would convene in special session to appoint its own slate of electors in the state's contested presidential race; Democrats denounced the action as unnecessary.
    (AP, 12/6/01)
2000        Dec 6, A Pentagon investigation concluded in a 168-page report that 3 top Army Corps of Engineers officials manipulated a study to justify a construction binge on the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers.
    (SFC, 12/7/00, p.A3)
2000        Dec 6, Iridium Satellite won a 1-year, $36 million Pentagon contract for unlimited use.
    (WSJ, 12/7/00, p.A1)
2000        Dec 6, Actor Werner Klemperer died in New York at age 80.
    (AP, 12/6/01)
2000        Dec 6, A European Union summit began in Nice to prepare for expansion to 27 or more members.
    (SFC, 12/6/00, p.C5)
2000        Dec 6, The IMF agreed to grant Turkey $7.5 billion in emergency loans.
    (SFC, 12/7/00, p.C12)
2000        Dec 6, In Colombia a FARC attack in Granada left at least 29 dead.
    (SFC, 12/9/00, p.A18)
2000        Dec 6, The Israeli Betselem human-rights group condemned the Israeli army for excessive force in combating the Palestinian intifada.
    (SFC, 12/7/00, p.A12)
2000        Dec 6, A Russian court found Edmond Pope (54) guilty of espionage. Pope was sentenced to 20 years' imprisonment by a Moscow court for espionage; however, he was pardoned by Russian President Vladimir Putin and released eight days after his sentencing.
    (SFC, 12/7/00, p.A1)(AP, 12/6/01)
2000        Dec 6, In Ukraine the last working reactor at Chernobyl was shut down due to a malfunction 9 days before a scheduled permanent shut down.
    (SFC, 12/7/00, p.C10)
2000        Dec 6, The World Bank approved a $12 million grant to help Palestinians.
    (SFC, 12/7/00, p.A12)

2001        Dec 6, President George W. Bush dedicated the national Christmas tree to those who died on Sept. 11 and to GIs who died in the line of duty.
    (AP, 12/6/02)
2001        Dec 6, The House of Representatives, by a one-vote margin, gave President Bush more power to negotiate global trade deals.
    (AP, 12/6/02)
2001        Dec 6, Anthrax tainted mail turned up at a sorting site outside the Federal building in Washington DC. It had been received Dec 5.
    (WSJ, 12/7/01, p.A1)
2001        Dec 6, In Indiana Robert L. Wissman, an employee of the Nu-Wood Decorative Millwork plant on the edge of Goshen killed manager Greg Oswald, wounded 6 others, and then killed himself. A love triangle was later aid to be the cause.
    (SFC, 12/7/01, p.A3)(SFC, 12/8/01, p.A7)
2001        Dec 6, In Afghanistan Mullah Mohammed Omar, the Taliban leader, vowed to surrender Kandahar.
    (SFC, 12/7/01, p.A1)
2001        Dec 6, An int’l. team of doctors flew to Congo to investigate the deaths of 17 people with Ebola-like symptoms in Dekese. Ebola was confirmed in Gabon on Dec 9.
    (WSJ, 12/7/01, p.A1)(SFC, 12/10/01, p.A3)
2001        Dec 6, Japan went into recession officially for the 4th time in 10 years as the GDP shrank 0.5%.
    (WSJ, 12/7/01, p.A14)(SFC, 12/30/01, p.D8)
2001        Dec 6, In Nepal the anti-rebel campaign was reported to have left 250 dead since rebel attacks began Nov 23.
    (WSJ, 12/7/01, p.A1)
2001        Dec 6, Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat continued a roundup of Hamas militants based on a list of 36 suspects provided by Israel. His crackdown on Islamic militants met angry resistance as 1,500 Hamas supporters battled Palestinian riot police outside the home of the group's leader. Israeli warplanes bombed a Gaza police station and 15 Palestinians were wounded.
    (SFC, 12/7/01, p.A3)(WSJ, 12/7/01, p.A1)(AP, 12/6/02)

2002        Dec 6, President Bush pushed Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill and economic adviser Larry Lindsey from their jobs in a Cabinet shakeup as the unemployment rate hit 6%.
    (AP, 12/6/02)(SFC, 12/7/02, p.A1)
2002        Dec 6, Actress Winona Ryder was sentenced to community service as part of a probationary term for stealing more than $5,500 worth of merchandise from a Saks Fifth Avenue store in Beverly Hills, Calif.
    (AP, 12/6/03)
2002        Dec 6, Philip Berrigan (79), former Catholic priest, died in Baltimore. He helped galvanize opposition to the Vietnam War in the late 1960s.
    (SFC, 12/7/02, p.A3)
2002        Dec 6, In Brazil South American leaders set a timetable for creating a free trade agreement to cover South America and possibly the Caribbean.
    (AP, 12/7/02)
2002        Dec 6, The EU agreed to ban single-hull tankers, likely to be effective in 2010.
    (SFC, 12/7/02, p.A15)
2002        Dec 6, Ten Palestinians, including two U.N. employees, were killed in chaotic battles that erupted when Israeli troops, tanks and helicopter gunships poured into a Gaza Strip refugee camp, searching for a fugitive militant allegedly involved in a fatal bombing.
    (AP, 12/6/02)
2002        Dec 6, A U.N. envoy wrapped up an inspection of Uzbekistan's prisons by saying he found signs of systematic torture despite being denied full access to two of the most notorious jails.
    (AP, 12/6/02)
2002        Dec 6, In Venezuela at least one gunman opened fire on a Caracas square packed with opponents of Pres. Hugo Chavez, killing three people as strikers trying to force a change of government. Captains and officers of 12 of the nation's 13 oil tankers joined the strike.
    (Reuters, 12/6/02)(SFC, 12/7/02, p.A1)

2003        Dec 6, Army became the first team to finish 0-13 in major college history after a 34-6 loss to Navy.
    (AP, 12/6/04)
2003        Dec 6, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld met with senior American commanders in Iraq, and was assured that a recent switch to more aggressive anti-insurgency tactics had begun to pay off.
    (AP, 12/6/04)
2003        Dec 6, The Northeast's first major snowstorm of the season threatened near whiteout conditions from Pennsylvania to Maine after piling up nearly a foot of snow, delaying flights and creating hazardous driving conditions blamed for at least 10 deaths.
    (AP, 12/6/03)(WSJ, 12/8/03, p.A1)
2003        Dec 6, In Kandahar, Afghanistan, a bomb exploded in a bazaar, wounding about 20 people, at least three seriously, in an attack that a Taliban spokesman said targeted, but missed, American soldiers who shop there.
    (AP, 12/6/03)
2003        Dec 6, In eastern Afghanistan a US air strike apparently killed 9 children and a suspected militant near the village of Hutala.
    (AP, 12/7/03)(SFC, 12/8/03, p.A12)
2003        Dec 6, In the beach resort of Sanya, China, Miss Ireland, 19-year-old Rosanna Davison, won the Miss World competition. Second place went to Miss Canada, Nazanin Afshin-Jam, while the host country's Miss China, Guan Qi, took third.
    (AP, 12/6/03)
2003        Dec 6, The Europe and North Africa summit ended a 2-day meeting in Tunisia. The group, formed in 1990, gathered leaders from North Africa — Algeria, Tunisia, Morocco, Mauritania and Libya — with leaders from France, Italy, Spain, Portugal and Malta.
    (AP, 12/6/03)
2003        Dec 6, Paul Louis Halley (b.1934) French founder of Promodes (later Carrefour SA), died in a light plane crash.
    (WSJ, 4/15/08, p.B2)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Louis_Halley)
2003        Dec 6, Guatemala former president and Gen. Carlos Arana Osorio (85), a hard-line conservative who ruled from 1970 to 1974, died in a Guatemala City military hospital.
    (AP, 12/6/03)
2003        Dec 6, Hundreds of thousands of people marched through Rome to protest government plans to reform Italy's pension system, which economists say can no longer sustain itself.
    (AP, 12/6/03)
2003        Dec 6, Saudi Arabia issued the names and photos of its 26 most wanted terrorist suspects and increased protection around Western housing compounds in the capital.
    (AP, 12/7/03)
2003        Dec 6, Sudan's vice president and the leader of rebels fighting a 20-year civil war resumed their talks on a comprehensive peace deal, boosted by a landmark visit by rebels to the capital, Khartoum.
    (AP, 12/6/03)

2004        Dec 6, Ohio certified President Bush's victory over John Kerry, even as the Kerry campaign and third-party candidates prepared to demand a statewide recount. Bush won Ohio by 118,600 votes.
    (AP, 12/06/05)(Econ, 8/2/08, p.31)
2004        Dec 6, Mediaweek reported that 99.8% of indecency complaints to the FCC came from one group, the Parents Television Council.
    (SFC, 12/13/04, p.E1)
2004        Dec 6, Arson fires hit a new housing development in Charles County, Md., 25 miles south of Washington, DC. 14 homes, priced from $400-500k, were damaged. A security guard and 5 others were later arrested on arson charges. Damages were estimated at $10 million. On Sep 2, 2005, Patrick Walsh (21) was found guilty of masterminding the fires.
    (SFC, 12/8/04, p.A2)(SFC, 12/17/04, p.A3)(SFC, 12/21/04, p.A3)(SFC, 9/3/05, p.A3)
2004        Dec 6, China and Germany signed contracts worth $2.1 billion for Airbus jets and other industrial goods. Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder called for an end to a 15-year-old European arms embargo on China.
    (AP, 12/6/04)
2004        Dec 6, A Beijing newspaper reported that 9 out of 10 Chinese calling into a suicide-prevention hotline in the capital are getting the busy tone, adding that nationwide four people were killing themselves every minute.
    (Reuters, 12/6/04)
2004        Dec 6, The Dubai Int’l. Film Festival (DIFF) opened its first season.
    (www.dubaifilmfest.com/en/about-diff/diff-facts-figures.html)
2004        Dec 6, In Haiti gunfire erupted in a stronghold of ousted President Jean-Bertrand Aristide overnight, leaving at least three dead.
    (AP, 12/7/04)
2004        Dec 6, In Iraq 5 U.S. troops were reported killed in separate clashes in a volatile western province. Insurgents blew up part of a domestic oil pipeline in northern Iraq.
    (AP, 12/6/04)
2004        Dec 6, President Vicente Fox fired Mexico City's police chief for allegedly bungling the response to a mob attack that killed two federal police officers.
    (AP, 12/6/04)(WSJ, 12/7/04, p.A1)
2004        Dec 6, In Saudi Arabia Islamic militants threw explosives at the gate of the heavily guarded US consulate in Jiddah in a bold assault, then forced their way into the building, prompting a gunbattle that left 9 people dead and several injured. In 2005 two AK-47 assault rifles used in the attack were later traced to Yemen’s Ministry of Defense.
    (AP, 10/12/05)(AP, 12/06/05)
2004        Dec 6, In Spain bombs injured at least 18 people in 7 cities following warnings from callers claiming to represent the Basque separatist group ETA.
    (WSJ, 12/7/04, p.A1)

2005        Dec 6, US Sec. of State Condoleeza Rice signed an agreement with Romania to open US military bases there. One site was identified by Human Rights Watch as the site for a clandestine prison.
    (WSJ, 12/7/05, p.A16)
2005        Dec 6, Sami Al-Arian, a former Florida professor accused of helping lead a terrorist group that carried out suicide bombings against Israel, was acquitted on nearly half the charges against him by a federal court jury in Tampa, Fla.; the jury deadlocked on the other charges.
    (AP, 12/6/06)
2005        Dec 6, Philadelphia won the first NHL scoreless game that was decided by a shootout, beating Calgary 1-0.
    (AP, 12/6/06)
2005        Dec 6, The NYSE voted to acquire Archipelago Holdings in a $9 billion transaction that would transform the Big Board into a for-profit company with new, high-tech trading capabilities.
    (SFC, 12/7/05, p.C1)
2005        Dec 6, SF hired Nathaniel Ford Sr. to run the Municipal Transportation Agency (MUNI) for a 5-year contract with a base salary of $298,000. Ford was enticed away from the Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority where his base was $205,000.
    (SFC, 12/7/05, p.B4)
2005        Dec 6, In SF police officer Andrew Cohen (39) was suspended for producing department videos that mocked minorities. 24 other officers were soon suspended for their involvement in the video productions. In 2006 18 officers filed a $20 million lawsuit against SF for defamation and discrimination.
    (SFC, 12/8/05, p.A1,16)(SFC, 12/10/05, p.A11)(SFC, 8/11/06, p.B7)
2005        Dec 6, In Spokane, Wash., voters said Mayor James E. West (1951-2006) must leave office this month in a special election sparked by allegations he used a city computer to woo gay men over the Internet. Certification of the vote was expected on Dec 16.
    (AP, 12/07/05)(SSFC, 7/23/06, p.B6)
2005        Dec 6, Afghan government forces killed nine Taliban insurgents and arrested six others in a raid on a rebel camp in a volatile southern province.
    (AP, 12/06/05)
2005        Dec 6, Microsoft Corp. said it would set up 30 new innovation centers around the world, adding to its existing 60, in partnership with local governments, academic institutions and industry organizations.
    (AP, 12/06/05)
2005        Dec 6, A German man filed a lawsuit in Virginia claiming he was held captive and tortured by US government agents after being mistakenly identified as an associate of the Sept. 11 hijackers. Khaled El-Masri said he was arrested Dec 31, 2003 while attempting to enter Macedonia for a holiday trip and flown to Afghanistan. During five months in captivity he was subjected to "torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment.
    (AP, 12/06/05)
2005        Dec 6, Britain's Conservative Party crowned David Cameron (39) as its new leader, hoping to end an election losing streak as PM Tony Blair's power and popularity sag.
    (AP, 12/06/05)
2005        Dec 6, Canada’s central bank raised interest rates for the 3rd time in a row by a quarter point to 3.25%, its highest point in nearly 2½ years.
    (WSJ, 12/7/05, p.A16)
2005        Dec 6-2005 Dec 7, In southern China police allegedly killed as many as 10-20 protesters in a dispute over land use in Dongzhou. Villagers were angry over land confiscations and plans to construct a wind power plant. Armed police sealed off the village following the violent clashes. State news later reported 3 villagers killed and 8 wounded.
    (AP, 12/09/05)(SFC, 12/9/05, p.A15)(SSFC, 12/11/05, p.A2)
2005        Dec 6, China reported that a 10-year old girl in the Guangxi region had tested positive for bird flu, its 4th case of the deadly H5N1 strain.
    (WSJ, 12/7/05, p.A1)
2005        Dec 6, Indonesia’s central bank raised interest rates by one-half percentage point to 12.75% signaling a continuation of its tight monetary policy.
    (WSJ, 12/7/05, p.A16)
2005        Dec 6, The World Wildlife Fund said a catlike creature photographed by camera traps on Borneo Island is likely to be a new species of carnivore.
    (AP, 12/07/05)
2005        Dec 6, A C-130 Iranian military transport plane crashed into a 10-story apartment building as it was trying to make an emergency landing, ripping open the top of the structure and igniting a huge fire. At least 115 people were killed including 21 on the ground in the Azadi suburb of Tehran.
    (AP, 12/06/05)(SFC, 12/7/05, p.A3)
2005        Dec 6, In Iraq 2 suicide bombers struck Baghdad's police academy, killing at least 43 people and wounding at least 72 more. Al-Jazeera broadcast an insurgent video claiming to have kidnapped a US security consultant.
    (SFC, 12/7/05, p.A1)(AP, 12/6/06)
2005        Dec 6, Israel clamped an open-ended closure on the West Bank and Gaza, banning virtually all Palestinians from Israel, and arrested 15 Palestinian militants in a first response to the suicide bombing that killed five Israelis outside a shopping mall.
    (AP, 12/06/05)
2005        Dec 6, Japan's Cabinet approved measures to demolish buildings designed using falsified earthquake safety data and to relocate residents amid a widening construction scandal. Some 60 of over 200 hotels and condominium complexes designed by Hidetsugu Aneha were ordered to be pulled down due to faked earthquake-resistance data.
    (AP, 12/06/05)(Econ, 12/10/05, p.46)
2005        Dec 6, Kyodo News said Japan plans to extend its humanitarian military mission to Iraq into 2006 but could pull its ground forces in the middle of the year if the British and Australian troops guarding them leave.
    (AP, 12/06/05)
2005        Dec 6, Morocco's national airline completed an order for four Boeing Co. 787 jets and took out an option for one more.
    (AP, 12/06/05)
2005        Dec 6, Separatist radicals faced off against heavily-armed Nigerian police in eastern cities as a protest to demand an independent homeland for the 40-million-strong Igbo people entered its second day.
    (AFP, 12/06/05)
2005        Dec 6, In Saudi Arabia representatives of Islamic countries met ahead of a two-day summit, with delegates saying the world's largest Islamic organization must reform to face new challenges.
    (AP, 12/06/05)
2005        Dec 6, South Africa charged ex-Deputy Pres. Jacob Zuma with rape.
    (WSJ, 12/7/05, p.A1)(Econ, 12/10/05, p.56)
2005        Dec 6, In Sri Lanka a land mine blast killed 6 soldiers in the northern city of Jaffna.
    (AP, 12/06/05)
2005        Dec 6, The UN top election official, Carina Perelli of Uruguay, vowed to fight her dismissal over sexual harassment charges, which she rejected as false and complained that she was being denied due process.
    (AFP, 12/07/05)

2006        Dec 6, The US Senate confirmed Robert Gates as the new secretary of defense.
    (WSJ, 12/7/06, p.A1)
2006        Dec 6, The top-level bipartisan Baker-Hamilton panel, the Iraq Study Group (ISG), called for a complete overhaul of US policy in Iraq. This included talks with Iran and Syria, a withdrawal of most combat troops by 2008, and threats to press Iraqi leaders to quell violence.
    (AFP, 12/6/06)(WSJ, 12/7/06, p.A1)(Econ, 12/9/06, p.31)
2006        Dec 6, The US indicted Charles McArthur Emmanuel (29), son of former Liberian President Charles Taylor, with committing torture in Liberia. This was the Justice Department's first case under a 12-year-old anti-torture law. The indictment came the day before Emmanuel, He currently in federal custody was scheduled to be sentenced on the passport fraud charges in Miami.
    (Reuters, 12/6/06)
2006        Dec 6, Cisco CEO John Chambers Network said equipment maker Cisco Systems Inc. will set up a center in India to support all aspects of its worldwide operations.
    (AP, 12/6/06)
2006        Dec 6, NASA scientists reported evidence of water at 2 Martian craters.
    (SFC, 12/7/06, p.A1)
2006        Dec 6, James Kim, a San Francisco man who struck out alone to find help for his family after their car got stuck on a snowy, remote road in Oregon was found dead, bringing an end to what authorities called an extraordinary effort to stay alive.
    (AP, 12/7/06)
2006        Dec 6, In California the inaugural class to the state Hall of Fame included: Ronald Reagan, Cesar Chavez, Walt Disney, Amelia Earhart, Clint Eastwood, Frank Gehry, David D. Ho, M.D., Billie Jean King, John Muir, Sally K. Ride, Ph.D., Alice Walker and the Hearst and Packard Families.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/California_Hall_of_Fame)
2006        Dec 6, In Wisconsin a propane gas leak led to a huge explosion in a west side Milwaukee industrial area, killing three people at the Falk Corp. transmission parts plant. 46 others were injured.
    (SFC, 12/7/06, p.A3)
2006        Dec 6, A suicide bomber killed two Americans and five Afghans outside a security contractor's southern Afghan compound.
    (AP, 12/6/06)
2006        Dec 6, Australia's Parliament lifted a four-year ban on cloning human embryos for stem cell research despite opposition from the prime minister and other party leaders.
    (AP, 12/6/06)
2006        Dec 6, Britain’s PM Tony Blair has conceded that US-led forces are not winning the war in Iraq, as he headed for Washington to discuss strategic options in the war-scarred country.
    (AP, 12/6/06)
2006        Dec 6, Scotland Yard announced it was treating the death of former spy Alexander Litvinenko as a homicide. British investigators spoke with Dmitry Kovtun, one of at least two Russians who met Litvinenko in a London hotel on November 1. Litvinenko died on November 23 from radiation poisoning caused by polonium 210. Andrei Lugovoi, hospitalized in Moscow and being tested for possible polonium contamination, was scheduled to be interviewed by British investigators, but the interview was postponed. British officials said traces of the radioactive isotope polonium-210 have been detected at a London stadium that hosted a soccer game attended by Lugovoi.
    (AP, 12/6/06)(Reuters, 12/6/06)(AP, 12/7/06)
2006        Dec 6, Lawmakers in Bulgaria adopted a much-delayed law to open the archives of its former communist secret service, but also voted to keep a small portion of the files secret for "national security reasons."
    (AP, 12/6/06)
2006        Dec 6, In Chad an association of radio broadcasters said private radio stations began a three-day protest of government censorship of their reporting on Chad's volatile east.
    (AP, 12/6/06)
2006        Dec 6, Far-right paramilitary groups pulled out of a peace process with the Colombian government following a decision by President Alvaro Uribe's administration to transfer jailed militia leaders to a maximum security prison.
    (AP, 12/7/06)
2006        Dec 6, Congo inaugurated Joseph Kabila as its first freely elected president in more than four decades.
    (AP, 12/6/06)
2006        Dec 6, Hector Palacios, a well-known dissident jailed in a Cuban government crackdown on the opposition three years ago, was unexpectedly released from prison.
    (AP, 12/6/06)
2006        Dec 6, Egypt’s Pres. Hosni Mubarak arrived in Dublin at the start of a five-day European tour that will also include France and Germany. He said renewing the Middle East peace process is top of his agenda.
    (AFP, 12/7/06)
2006        Dec 6, Commodore Frank Bainimarama, the military ruler who led a coup against Fiji's elected government, forcibly dissolved the South Pacific island's parliament, installed a new prime minister and warned that he could use force against dissenters.
    (AP, 12/6/06)
2006        Dec 6, France went head-to-head with CNN and the BBC with the launch of its state-funded 24/7 news channel, part of President Jacques Chirac's efforts to make his country's voice heard. The France 24 news channel was a joint venture between TF1, a private firm, and the state-owned France Televisions.
    (AP, 12/6/06)(Econ, 12/2/06, p.63)
2006        Dec 6, In Iraq a mortar attack killed at least eight people and wounded dozens in a secondhand goods market in a shelling in the Sadr City Shiite district of Baghdad. Soon after a suicide bomber on a bus in Sadr City detonated explosives hidden in his clothing, killing two people and wounding 15. A bomb also exploded near a shop in Iskandariyah, 30 miles south of Baghdad, killing four people and wounding 12. Drive-by shootings and mortar attacks north and south of the capital killed four Iraqis and wounded five. US ground and air forces conducted a raid targeting foreign insurgents near the Iranian border, killing a militant who opened fire on an aircraft. At least 75 people were killed or found dead across Iraq, including 48 whose bullet-riddled bodies were found in different parts of Baghdad. 11 US troops were killed in 5 separate incidents in Iraq. An Iraqi court sentenced a Libyan member of al-Qaida in Iraq to death after he admitted taking part in eight attacks on US-led coalition forces and Iraqi targets.
    (AP, 12/6/06)(AP, 12/7/06)(AP, 12/16/06)
2006        Dec 6, Philippe Douste-Blazy, the French foreign minister, said that Iran will face UN sanctions for refusing to halt its nuclear program but that major world powers remain divided over their extent.
    (AP, 12/6/06)
2006        Dec 6, A US serviceman fatally shot a civilian at the US air base in Kyrgyzstan "in response to a threat."
    (AP, 12/6/06)
2006        Dec 6, A conference on bird flu opened in Mali. Experts were increasingly concerned for Africa as an international conference heard that Egypt, Nigeria, and Sudan continued to record outbreaks of the deadly disease.
    (AFP, 12/6/06)
2006        Dec 6, Mexico’s President Felipe Calderon announced a program to help Mexico's 100 poorest communities, responding to leftist critics who accuse the conservative leader of wanting to help only the rich.
    (AP, 12/7/06)
2006        Dec 6, Cardinal Jozef Glemp (76) stepped down after more than 25 years as archbishop of Warsaw. He headed Poland's powerful Roman Catholic Church through the dark days of martial law and the country's later jump to free-market democracy.
    (AP, 12/6/06)
2006        Dec 6, In Doha, Qatar, Midway through day five of the Asian Games, China had 67 gold medals to Japan's 18 and South Korea's 14. Kazakhstan, thanks to its shooters and weightlifters, had 10.
    (AFP, 12/6/06)
2006        Dec 6, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed into law a bill dropping a minimal turnout threshold in polls, which critics say will make them less fair, despite a plea by his human rights adviser not to do so.
    (Reuters, 12/7/06)
2006        Dec 6, Saudi Arabia said it had fired a security adviser who wrote in The Washington Post that the world's top oil exporter would intervene in Iraq once the United States withdraws troops. Saudi Arabia beheaded a Pakistani citizen and his daughter for smuggling heroin into the kingdom. The kingdom beheaded 83 people in 2005 and 35 people in 2004.
    (AP, 12/6/06)(Reuters, 12/7/06)
2006        Dec 6, In Somalia Sheik Hussein Barre Rage, an Islamic courts official in Bulo Burto, said residents who do not pray five times a day will be beheaded, adding the edict will be implemented in three days. Hoping to head off a regional proxy war, the UN Security Council came to the aid of Somalia's virtually powerless government, authorizing hundreds of East African troops to train and protect the interim administration in its conflict with an Islamic militia.
    (AP, 12/6/06)(AP, 12/7/06)
2006        Dec 6, South Korea mobilized 45,000 riot police to thwart banned protests as crucial talks on forging a free trade agreement with the United States faltered. The US and South Korea reached agreement on sharing costs for the deployment of US troops on the Korean peninsula.
    (AP, 12/6/06)
2006        Dec 6, Sudanese newspapers reported that Salva Kiir, Sudan's first vice president, demanded the arrest of two pro-Khartoum generals involved in deadly clashes in the southern town of Malakal last month. Pro-government janjaweed militiamen in the Darfur region killed 2 students in El Fasher, a day after another student was killed. Rebel groups massed nearby in preparation for a possible attack against the forces.
    (AP, 12/6/06)(AP, 12/7/06)
2006        Dec 6, A Ugandan army spokesman said at least 12,000 refugees fleeing fighting in eastern Congo DRC have crossed over the border into southwest Uganda.
    (AP, 12/6/06)

2007        Dec 6, It was reported that the Bush administration has developed a voluntary plan to freeze interest rates for five years for thousands of strapped homeowners whose mortgages were scheduled to rise in the coming months. The plan called for a 5-year freeze for mortgages made from Jan 2005 to July 30, 2007.
    (AP, 12/6/07)(SFC, 12/6/07, p.B1)
2007        Dec 6, CIA Director Michael Hayden revealed the agency had videotaped its interrogations of two terror suspects in 2002 and destroyed the tapes three years later out of fear they would leak to the public and compromise the identities of US questioners.
    (AP, 12/6/08)
2007        Dec 6, Republican Mitt Romney said his Mormon faith should neither help nor hinder his quest for the White House and vowed to serve the interests of the nation, not the church, if elected president.
    (AP, 12/6/08)
2007        Dec 6, Former CEO William McGuire of UnitedHealth Group Inc agreed to forfeit more than $400 million in stock options and other compensation and pay a $7 million fine to settle an investigation into the health insurer's options practices.
    (Reuters, 12/6/07)
2007        Dec 6, IBM reported that it has made a breakthrough in converting electrical signals into light pulses that brings closer the day when supercomputing, which now requires huge machines, will be done on a single chip.
    (Reuters, 12/6/07)
2007        Dec 6, A gas blast at mine in northern China killed at least 105 people.
    (AP, 12/7/07)
2007        Dec 6, A French anti-terrorist judge filed preliminary charges against Guillaume Dasquie, an investigative journalist and author, accused of publishing defense secrets.
    (AP, 12/7/07)
2007        Dec 6, A parcel bomb exploded at a lawyer's office in central Paris, killing a secretary and seriously injuring an attorney, but a motive was not immediately clear.
    (AP, 12/6/07)
2007        Dec 6, India overturned a 1914 law that banned women from tending bar in New Delhi. A ruling in New Delhi in January said women could do bar work in hotels and restaurants, ended a 92-year-old law barring their employment. In August the Delhi government sought a ban on such jobs for women. Each of India’s 29 states has its own laws governing the sale of alcohol, and many restrict women working behind the bar.
    (SFC, 12/22/07, p.A15)(http://in.news.yahoo.com/071206/211/6o422.html)
2007        Dec 6, In Indonesia American climate negotiators refused to back down in their opposition to mandatory cuts in greenhouse gas emissions, even as a US Senate panel endorsed sharp reductions in pollution blamed for global warming.
    (AP, 12/6/07)
2007        Dec 6, Iraq suspended parliamentary sessions for the year. Drive-by shootings killed at least two people in separate attacks in Baghdad and Muqdadiyah. In Muqdadiyah suspects gunned down a US-backed security volunteer. Clashes broke out between Kurdish peshmerga soldiers and alleged al-Qaida gunmen who attacked a Kurdish checkpoint near Khanaqin, close to the Iranian border. A peshmerga spokesman said 8 Kurdish troops were killed and 5 wounded. 3 militants also died. The US military said its troops killed three suspected insurgents and captured 19 in raids targeting al-Qaida in Iraq along the Tigris River valley. US forces raided a house in the al-Hayy area south of Kut, killing two suspects and wounding two others. Two men were killed in Mosul, one who, wielding a knife, lunged at American soldiers as they entered a building, and another who was wrapped in blanket with wires protruding from it.
    (AP, 12/6/07)(WSJ, 12/7/07, p.A1)
2007        Dec 6, In southern Mexico Jose Luis Aquino (33), a trumpet player, was found dead with his hands and feet bound and a nylon bag over his head, in what authorities said was apparently the country's third murder of a musician in less than a week.
    (AP, 12/7/07)
2007        Dec 6, A New Zealand judge sentenced two Chinese students to 18 1/2 years in prison for the ransom kidnapping and slaying of a fellow student, saying the two fell into "cyber sloth" and greed during their studies abroad.
    (AP, 12/6/07)
2007        Dec 6, Thousands of lawyers boycotted courts across Pakistan while police blocked former PM Nawaz Sharif and his supporters from marching to the heavily guarded home of the deposed Supreme Court chief justice.
    (AP, 12/6/07)
2007        Dec 6, In the Philippines 14 Muslim Abu Sayyaf were sentenced to life in prison for the 2001 kidnapping of a US missionary couple and 18 others in a yearlong jungle ordeal that prompted US-backed offensives against the guerrillas.
    (AP, 12/6/07)(SFC, 12/7/07, p.A4)
2007        Dec 6, The 24th Southeast Asian Games officially opened in Korat, Thailand.
    (AFP, 12/6/07)
2007        Dec 6, Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe arrived in Lisbon for an EU-Africa summit, which British Prime Minister Gordon Brown is boycotting because he would not "sit down at the same table" as him.
    (Reuters, 12/6/07)

2008        Dec 6, Indicted Democratic US Rep. William Jefferson was ousted from his New Orleans area district, while Republicans narrowly held on to the seat vacated by a retiring incumbent. Republican attorney Anh "Joseph" Cao won 50% of the vote to Jefferson's 47% and will become the first Vietnamese-American in Congress.
    (AP, 12/7/08)
2008        Dec 6, A Montana state judge ruled that doctor assisted suicides are legal in the state.
    (SSFC, 12/7/08, p.A4)
2008        Dec 6, The Univ. of Hawaii activated the Panoramic Survey Telescope & Rapid Response System (PS1) to search for dangerous asteroids.
    (Econ, 12/6/08, p.100)
2008        Dec 6, Martha "Sunny" von Bulow (b.1932), daughter of utilities tycoon George Crawford, died in New York. The heiress spent the last 28 years of her life in oblivion after what prosecutors alleged in a pair of sensational trials were two murder attempts by her husband. In 19082 Claus von Bulow was convicted of trying twice to kill her by injecting her with insulin at their estate in Newport, R.I. That verdict was thrown out on appeal, and he was acquitted at a second trial in 1985.
    (AP, 12/6/08)
2008        Dec 6, Okay Airways, China's first private airline, began a planned one-month suspension of passenger service 10 days early after skittish airports insisted on cash to refuel its planes. The airline suffered from financial and management woes.
    (AP, 12/6/08)
2008        Dec 6, In Denmark "Gomorra," a movie by Italian director Matteo Garrone about Naples' criminal underworld, won the best film prize at the 21st annual European Film Awards.
    (AP, 12/6/08)
2008        Dec 6, Greek police shot and killed Alexis Grigoropoulos (15). His death sparked two weeks of the worst rioting the country has seen in decades. In 2010 a court sentenced a police officer to life in prison for Grigoropoulos' death, and a second officer to 10 years.
    (AP, 12/6/11)
2008        Dec 6, India’s central bank cuts its benchmark short term lending and borrowing rates by one percentage point. The next day the government unveiled a stimulus package that included increased spending and easing of some taxes.
    (WSJ, 12/8/08, p.A8)
2008        Dec 6, A series of attacks targeted Iraqi security forces in Baghdad and in the north, killing at least six people, including a senior member of an anti-al-Qaida group.
    (AP, 12/6/08)
2008        Dec 6, The Irish government ordered the recall of all pig meat products made in the Republic of Ireland after dioxins were discovered in slaughtered pigs thought to have eaten contaminated feed.
    (AFP, 12/7/08)
2008        Dec 6, Mexican soldiers found at least eight bodies buried in a shallow grave in Michoacan state.
    (AP, 12/8/08)
2008        Dec 6, Amsterdam unveiled plans to close brothels, sex shops and marijuana cafes in its ancient city center as part of a major effort to drive organized crime out of the tourist haven.
    (AP, 12/6/08)
2008        Dec 6, Palestinians packed into cars to leave the West Bank city of Nablus after Israel eased restrictions on residents leaving the town in vehicles for the first time in six years.
    (AP, 12/6/08)
2008        Dec 6, In the Philippines gunmen armed with automatic weapons and grenades fired on police officers who were tailing them, leaving at least 17 people dead in a fierce shootout in a Manila suburb.
    (AP, 12/6/08)
2008        Dec 6, In Moscow, Russia, ultranationalist attacked 2 migrant workers, one of whom escaped. On Dec 10 the severed head of Salekh Azizov (20), the other Tajik migrant worker, was found in a trash bin. A group calling itself the Militant Organization of Russian Nationalists claimed responsibility. For the year some 85 people were reported killed by violent nationalists.   
    (SSFC, 12/14/08, p.A25)
2008        Dec 6, Sri Lanka's military captured a rebel-held village, bringing half of a main highway leading to the rebels' de facto capital of Kilinochchi under government control.
    (AP, 12/6/08)
2008        Dec 6, Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe came under fresh international pressure over his country's economic collapse as his government announced plans to introduce a 200 million dollar bill.
    (AFP, 12/6/08)

2009        Dec 6, The Kennedy Center Honors, the top US arts awards, were presented by Pres. Obama to rock star Bruce Springsteen (60), actor Robert De Niro (66), comedian Mel Brooks (83), jazz composer and pianist Dave Brubeck (89) and opera singer Grace Bumbry (72).
    (SFC, 12/7/09, p.A11)
2009        Dec 6, The play “Race," by David Mamet, opened on Broadway.
    (Econ, 12/12/09, p.95)
2009        Dec 6, In Pennsylvania parolee Ronald Robinson (32) fatally shot a man in Penn Hills over a $500 drug debt and then shot and killed police officer Michael Crawshaw (32).
    (SFC, 12/8/09, p.A12)
2009        Dec 6, In eastern Afghanistan a NATO airstrike killed six militants who were planting bombs along a road in Laghman province. A group of militants attacked a police convoy on a main road. Mullah Amiruddin, a key Taliban leader in northern Faryab province's Ghormach district. 4 police officers were killed in the gunbattle.
    (AP, 12/6/09)(AP, 12/7/09)
2009        Dec 6, In southwestern Bangladesh two passenger buses collided head-on, leaving 21 people dead and 50 injured.
    (AP, 12/6/09) 
2009        Dec 6, In Belarus men appearing to be law enforcement officers abducted four opposition activists in an attempt to scare them away from political activity in the repressive former Soviet republic. The activists were held for several hours in an imitation execution, before being released in the woods dozens of miles (km) from the capital, Minsk.
    (AP, 12/9/09)
2009        Dec 6, Bolivia held elections. President Evo Morales, a coca-grower at odds with Washington but hugely popular at home for empowering the long-suppressed indigenous majority, easily won re-election.
    (AP, 12/6/09)(AP, 12/7/09)
2009        Dec 6, Brazilian thieves tunneled their way to a money transport firm in Sao Paulo and made off with nearly $6 million. A day later 6 men were arrested for the robbery.
    (AP, 12/7/09)(AP, 12/8/09)
2009        Dec 6, In Greece masked youths hurled firebombs and jagged chunks of marble at police as violence erupted during a march in Athens to mark the first anniversary of the police shooting of a teenager whose death sparked massive riots.
    (AP, 12/6/09)
2009        Dec 6, In Guatemala a mob in Panahachel beat a suspected criminal to death and threatened to burn three women who were with the victim. It was Guatemala's fifth vigilante killing in three days.
    (AP, 12/6/09)
2009        Dec 6, Iranian authorities slowed Internet connections to a crawl or choked them off completely before expected student protests on Dec 7, to deny the opposition a vital means of communication. Authorities also ordered journalists working for foreign media organizations not to leave their offices to cover the demonstrations.
    (AP, 12/6/09)
2009        Dec 6, In Iraq gunmen killed four policemen at a checkpoint west of Baghdad in an early morning attack.
    (AP, 12/6/09)
2009        Dec 6, Israeli settlers blocked roads, scuffled with police and pelted officers with eggs, in the most aggressive display of resistance yet to the government's ban on new housing construction in West Bank settlements.
    (AP, 12/6/09)
2009        Dec 6, In Mexico thousands of people dressed in white demanded soldiers leave Ciudad Juarez, the country's most violent city, accusing troops of provoking a surge in drug-war killings and running protection rackets.
    (Reuters, 12/6/09)
2009        Dec 6, In Nepal Maoists imposed a strict nationwide strike in protest of the killing of 3 landless laborers on Dec 4.
    (Econ, 12/12/09, p.46)
2009        Dec 6, Pakistani police commandos acting on a tip killed one militant and arrested five others in a raid against a bombing cell accused in recent attacks around the northwest city of Peshawar. A roadside bomb killed two elders in the Bajur tribal region and left two other tribesmen wounded. Pakistani security forces killed 13 suspected militants, including a prominent commander identified as Gul Maula, in gunbattles in two other parts of the northwest over the weekend.
    (AP, 12/6/09)
2009        Dec 6, The Palestinian Authority signed an agreement with the World Bank and other donors for $64 million to help it prepare for statehood.
    (AP, 12/6/09)
2009        Dec 6, Philippine troops arrested 62 people and discovered another major weapons cache after martial law was imposed in southern Maguindanao province following the country's worst political massacre on Nov 23. About 20-30 armed followers of the Ampatuan clan, the main suspect in massacre, opened fire on police commandos while they were patrolling Datu Unsay township, near the site of the massacre. Government negotiators were trying to convince the gunmen to surrender to avoid bloodshed that could harm civilians.
    (AP, 12/6/09)(AP, 12/7/09)
2009        Dec 6, Romanians voted in a presidential run-off hoping to put an end to a political standoff holding up crucial international aid to the recession-wracked EU member. Center-right President Traian Basescu, a former sea captain promising tough state reforms, faced Social-Democrat Mircea Geoana, an ex-diplomat who has pledged to maintain jobs and "reunite Romania" after years of political squabbling. Basescu won with 50.33% of the vote. Supporters of Geoana charged that the election was marred by fraud. The final result was determined by Romanians abroad who favored Basescu by 78%.
    (AFP, 12/6/09)(SFC, 12/8/09, p.A4)(Econ, 12/12/09, p.60)

2010        Dec 6, The US, South Korea and Japan all urged China to help rein in its ally North Korea and vowed solidarity in defending Seoul from any further attacks from the North.
    (AFP, 12/7/10)
2010        Dec 6, The US government provided estimates showing the US population grew to somewhere between 306 million and 313 million over the past decade.
    (SFC, 12/7/10, p.A8)
2010        Dec 6, Internet giant Google fielded a new champion on the mobile phone market battlefield, a "Nexus S" smartphone made by South Korea's Samsung. It included built-in support for Near Field Communication, a wireless standard that enables customers to make payments over an electronic reader.
    (AP, 12/6/10)(SFC, 12/7/10, p.D1)
2010        Dec 6, It was reported that Fiji Water, owned by billionaire Stewart Resnick, will acquire Justin Vineyards and Winery in Paso Robles, Ca.
    (SFC, 12/6/10, p.D1)
2010        Dec 6, In Virginia the body of Tina Smith (41) was found slain in her home near Salem. Her daughter Brittany Mae Smith (12) was missing as well was the suspected killed Jeffrey Scott Easley (32). He had been living with the Smiths since meeting tina online last October. On Dec 9 police in California arrested Easley in San Francisco and rescued the girl.
    (SFC, 12/11/10, p.A1)
2010        Dec 6, The African Union appointed Guinea's interim president Sekouba Konate to drive forward plans for an African military force which had been due to be operational by this year.
    (AFP, 12/7/10)
2010        Dec 6, Argentina announced that it recognizes the Palestinian territories as a free and independent state within their 1967 borders, a step it said reflects frustration at the slow progress of peace talks with Israel.
    (AP, 12/6/10)
2010        Dec 6, Belgium's central bank chief, Guy Quaden, urged the rudderless country's divided politicians to speedily form a government to allay financial market fears about its future.
    (AP, 12/6/10)
2010        Dec 6, British researchers said they may have found a way to reverse damage in the central nervous system caused by multiple sclerosis, in a study hailed by campaigners as a major breakthrough.
    (AFP, 12/6/10)
2010        Dec 6, Cuba’s Supreme Court, for the second time this month, commuted the death sentence of a Salvadoran man convicted of plotting a series of Havana hotel bombings in 1997, leaving just one person left on the island's death row. Otto Rene Rodriguez Llerena's sentence was reduced to 30 years in prison.
    (AP, 12/7/10)
2010        Dec 6, European nations wrestled over whether to commit more money to help stabilize the euro, as finance ministers gathered in Brussels to find ways to fight the debt crisis that has rocked the currency bloc.
    (AP, 12/6/10) 
2010        Dec 6, A coalition of Egyptian rights groups urged President Hosni Mubarak to nullify the results of the country's parliamentary election because of widespread vote rigging. Election monitors charged that Egypt's polls were marked by widespread fraud, as Mubarak's party prepared to take almost 100-percent control of parliament.
    (AP, 12/6/10)(AFP, 12/6/10)
2010        Dec 6, Haitian medical sources said fully 140 people have died of cholera in recent days in the southwest, a region that had been largely spared the epidemic. Officials raised the death toll to over 2,000 since the outbreak began in October.
    (AFP, 12/6/10)(SFC, 12/7/10, p.A2)
2010        Dec 6, A motorboat overloaded with mostly Haitian migrants slammed into a reef off the British Virgin Islands and capsized as it tried to evade authorities. At least 8 people were killed, including two infants. 25 people were rescued. Police in St. Maarten arrested three Haitians and said they will be charged with human smuggling in the case.
    (AP, 12/7/10)(AP, 12/8/10)
2010        Dec 6, India and France signed a multibillion agreement to build two nuclear power plants in India as French President Nicolas Sarkozy worked to drum up business for his nation during his four-day visit.
    (AP, 12/6/10)
2010        Dec 6, In Ireland Tony Walsh (56) was convicted of raping 3 boys over a 5-year period three decades earlier. Investigators had concluded that Walsh actually raped and molested hundreds of boys and girls while serving as a Dublin priest from 1978 to 1996. Investigators also reported that the Vatican had tried to stop the Dublin church from defrocking Walsh.
    (SFC, 12/18/10, p.A4)
2010        Dec 6, Israel's top policewoman, who had clung to life for four days after her patrol car was trapped in a burning Israel forest, died of her wounds as the last of the flames subsided in the worst fire in Israel's history.
    (AP, 12/6/10)
2010        Dec 6, New Zealand officials attackers wielding bats or clubs slaughtered two dozen fur seals, including newborn pups, over several days at the Ohau Point colony, one of the country’s most popular sanctuaries for watching the animals. Oahu Point was only reoccupied for breeding in 1990, and about 600 fur seal pups were born there in 2004.
    (AP, 12/6/10)
2010        Dec 6, In Nigeria's Niger Delta a militant faction said it had ruptured an oil pipeline in response to what it said was the killing of innocent civilians during a military offensive last week.
    (Reuters, 12/6/10)
2010        Dec 6, In Pakistan twin suicide bombers in police uniform killed 43 people in Ghalanai, the main town in the tribal district of Mohmand, attacking an anti-Taliban militia and pro-government elders near the Afghan border. US drone missile strikes killed 7 people in the tribal region.
    (AP, 12/6/10)(AP, 12/8/10)
2010        Dec 6, Poland's parliament got notice of its first ever African lawmaker, a teacher and Christian pastor from Nigeria who has lived in Poland for 17 years and proven himself a popular local leader. John Abraham Godson (40), a councilman in the central city of Lodz, will fill a seat in the national parliament vacated by a fellow lawmaker from the Civic Platform party.
    (AP, 12/7/10)
2010        Dec 6, In Russia Yegor Sviridov (28) was shot dead with rubber bullets during a fight in northwest Moscow. A suspect arrested in the shooting was from Kabardino-Balkaria in the Caucasus. Russian media later said Sviridov was a member of the Spartak Ultras, a group linked to soccer fan violence in the past. In Oct 2011 a jury at Moscow City Court convicted Aslan Cherkesov of premeditated murder. The court's Judge sentenced him to 20 years in prison. Five other people who took part in the brawl were sentenced to five years in jail each for hooliganism and inflicting light bodily injury.
    (AP, 12/11/10)(SSFC, 12/12/10, p.A10)(AP, 10/28/11)
2010        Dec 6, Saudi Arabia's Rani Investment Group said it would break ground on a 100-million-dollar (75-million-euro) resort on a Mozambique island next year, aiming to cash in on foreign tourists.
    (AFP, 12/6/10)
2010        Dec 6, In Somalia 18 people were reported killed in weekend fighting. Mogadishu ambulance service chief Ali Muse said that 66 civilians were also wounded in the fighting. In central Somalia clashes between rival Majerteen and the Sa'ad clans killed at least 20 people.
    (AP, 12/6/10)(AP, 12/7/10)
2010        Dec 6, A South African newspaper, The New Age, debuted with denials it is an agent of the governing African National Congress. The owners, members of the Gupta family, which has mining, computer and other businesses in South Africa and India, was seen as close to President Jacob Zuma.
    (AP, 12/6/10)
2010        Dec 6, In Sudan aircraft from the northern Sudanese military began 3 days of bombings in western Bahr el Ghazal state. No casualties were reported. They follow multiple bombing runs by the north in November in a disputed region on the border between neighboring northern Bahr el Ghazal state and southern Darfur state. A committee with representatives from the UN mission in Sudan and the northern and southern Sudanese militaries later found that the bombings violated the 2005 agreement that ended more than 20 years of civil war.
    (AP, 12/16/10)
2010        Dec 6, In Switzerland six world powers held their first meeting in 14 months with Iran over its disputed nuclear program, sounding out Tehran's intentions after it claimed to have taken a new step in making fissile material.
    (AFP, 12/6/10)
2010        Dec 6, In Tanzania the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda handed down a life sentence to Ildephonse Hategekimana, a lieutenant from the former Rwandan army, after finding him guilty of genocide, murder and rape in the 1994 massacre of Tutsis.
    (AP, 12/6/10)
2010        Dec 6, Venezuelan soldiers took charge at several privately owned hotels to help accommodate some of the thousands of people who have been forced from their homes by flooding and mudslides following weeks of torrential rains.
    (AP, 12/6/10)

2011        Dec 6, US top FAA administrator Randy Babbitt (65) resigned following his weekend arrest in Virginia on charges of drunken driving.
    (SFC, 12/7/11, p.A10)
2011        Dec 6, The Occupy movement entered a new phase with a day of marches and rallies in over 20 cities nationwide. Oakland protesters reclaimed some foreclosed properties, shouted down foreclosure auctions, waved banners outside banks and held several marches and rallies.
    (SFC, 12/7/11, p.A1)
2011        Dec 6, SF BART officials said thefts of copper are impacting train traffic. Vallejo Public Works said thieves have stripped $200,000 worth of copper wiring from street lights and signalized intersections since May.
    (SFC, 12/7/11, p.A1)
2011        Dec 6, Facebook started making its Timeline feature available to the approximately two million Facebook users living in New Zealand. The new application takes everything you’ve ever done on Facebook and creates a digital scrapbook that is simultaneously eye-pleasing and addicting.
    (http://tinyurl.com/42y7nsq)
2011        Dec 6, In Afghanistan a suicide bomber struck a crowd of Shiite worshippers at a mosque in Kabul, killing at least 56 people in the deadliest of two attacks on a Shiite holy day. 4 other Shiites were killed in the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif when a bomb strapped to a bicycle exploded as a convoy of Afghan Shiites was driving down the road. The Taliban strongly condemned the two attacks. Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, a Pakistan-based group, claimed responsibility for the bombing. The death toll in the attacks was soon raised to at least 80. On June 19, 2012, authorities in Kabul announced that two men have been charged in connection with the suicide bombing.
    (AP, 12/6/11)(AP, 12/7/11)(AP, 12/11/11)(AP, 6/19/12)
2011        Dec 6, Antigua-based LIAT airline said all of its pilots have called in sick, likely disrupting all flights. The pilots were protesting the firing of a captain for undisclosed reasons.
    (AP, 12/6/11)
2011        Dec 6, A Chinese court jailed Australian businessman Matthew Ng for 13 years on bribery and embezzlement charges. Ng, an executive working for travel services group Et-China in southern China, was arrested last November. Chinese media have said the case against Ng relates to his role in Et-China's battle with a Guangzhou government-owned travel company for control of domestic travel agency GZL.
    (AFP, 12/6/11)
2011        Dec 6, In Colombia Samuel Moreno (51), a former mayor of Bogota, was charged with receiving illegal kickbacks for public works contracts.
    (AP, 12/6/11)
2011        Dec 6, Tens of thousands marched across Colombia to repudiate last month's execution of soldiers and police by leftist rebels, who had held them for more than a decade as political bargaining chips.
    (AP, 12/6/11)
2011        Dec 6, Greek students hurled rocks and bottles during clashes with police at a rally to mark the third anniversary of the fatal police shooting of a teenager in central Athens.
    (AP, 12/6/11)
2011        Dec 6, Guyana police fired tear gas and rubber pellets to disperse about 500 protesters demanding an election recount, a day after the home of a ruling party politician was reportedly firebombed.
    (AP, 12/6/11)
2011        Dec 6, India’s police said Maoist rebels have raided police posts, engaged in shootouts and bombed government buildings and railway lines in eastern India in a two-day campaign of violence protesting their leader's killing on Nov 24.
    (AP, 12/6/11)
\2011        Dec 6, In Italy an emergency budget under new PM Mario Monti came into force.
    (Econ, 12/10/11, p.57)
2011        Dec 6, In Ivory Coast 3 journalists from a newspaper loyal to ousted president Laurent Gbagbo were released from jail after being acquitted on charges of insulting his successor. Cesar Etou, publication director at the daily Notre Voie, political service head Boga Sivori and chief editor Didier Depry, arrested on November 24, were found not guilty.
    (AFP, 12/6/11)
2011        Dec 6, Japan's whaling fleet left port for the country's annual hunt in Antarctica.
    (AFP, 12/6/11)
2011        Dec 6, Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) said it believes 150 liters (40 US gallons) of waste water including highly harmful strontium, linked with bone cancers, has spread to the open ocean. The announcement came a day after TEPCO said it found 45 tons of waste water pooled around the leaky water-treatment system at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. In the weeks after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami hit the plant, TEPCO dumped 10,000 tons of lower-level radioactive water into the Pacific Ocean.
    (AFP, 12/6/11)
2011        Dec 6, Kuwait's ruler, Sheik Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah, dissolved parliament and set the Gulf nation toward elections, citing "deteriorating conditions" amid an increasingly bitter political showdown over alleged high-level corruption.
    (AP, 12/6/11)
2011        Dec 6, Kenya’s military reported a large battle over the weekend (Dec 3-4) in which it said 11 Somali government soldiers and more than 40 al-Shabab fighters were killed.
    (AP, 12/6/11)
2011        Dec 6, Libya's government gave its firm support to a 2-week deadline for militias to quit Tripoli, backing up a threat from the capital's council to lock down the city if they fail to do so.
    (AFP, 12/6/11)
2011        Dec 6, Human Rights Watch said in a report that between 20,000 and 40,000 children work in artisanal gold mines in Mali, Africa's third-largest producer of the precious metal.
    (AFP, 12/6/11)
2011        Dec 6, In Niger 2 days of clashes began between demonstrators and police leaving two people dead in Zinder where opposition politician Aboubacar Mahamadou was on trial for "preparing protest demonstrations" on November 28 against President Mahamadou Issoufou. Mahamadou was acquitted on Dec 7. Six top police chiefs were sacked in the wake of clashes.
    (AFP, 12/10/11)
2011        Dec 6, A Nigerian court convicted a man accused of being one of several spokesmen for the Boko Haram radical Muslim sect, responsible for hundreds of killings this year. Ali Sanda Umar Konduga was sentenced to three years in prison.
    (AP, 12/6/11)
2011        Dec 6, In North Korea 6 American volunteers, affiliated with the Fuller Center for Housing, arrived to kick off a project to build 50 homes for families working at a tree farm outside Pyongyang.
    (AP, 12/6/11)
2011        Dec 6, Saudi Arabia sentenced an Australian man to 500 lashes and a year in jail after being found guilty of blasphemy. Reports said Mansor Almaribe (45) was detained in Medina on November 14 while making the hajj pilgrimage and accused of insulting companions of the prophet Mohammed. The father-of-five from Shepparton in Victoria state, who could not afford a lawyer, suffers from diabetes and heart disease.
    (AFP, 12/7/11)
2011        Dec 6, Somali police appeared to make a deadly error by returning a suspected suicide car bomber they had arrested to his bomb-laden vehicle, where the suspect then detonated a blast that killed four people.
    (AP, 12/6/11)
2011        Dec 6, The South African National Parks authority said rhino poaching has climbed to a record for a 2nd year. As many as 405 rhinos have been killed so far this year, 22% more than in 2010.
    (SFC, 12/7/11, p.A2)
2011        Dec 6, Syrian activists said a surge in violence in Homs has killed up to 50 people in the past 24 hours, leaving dozens of bodies in the streets.
    (AP, 12/6/11)
2011        Dec 6, Taiwan's state-owned CPC Corporation signed a 20-year contract with Qatar's RasGas to buy 1.5 million tons of liquefied natural gas a year.
    (AP, 12/6/11)
2011        Dec 6, In Tibet 12 people were killed and five were missing after their bus plunged into a river.
    (AP, 12/10/11)
2011        Dec 6, Animal Asia, an animal protection group, said 14 Asiatic black bears have been rescued from a bear bile farm in Vietnam after their owner decided to renounce the illegal trade.
    (AFP, 12/6/11)
2011        Dec 6, In Yemen a civilian was killed when a shell, fired by troops loyal to President Ali Abdullah Saleh, hit a bus in Taez.
    (AFP, 12/6/11)

2012        Dec 6, The US Senate voted to approve a bill to grant permanent normal trade relations with Russia. Pres. Obama said he will sign it.
    (SFC, 12/7/12, p.A12)
2012        Dec 6, A US federal grand jury indicted Trenton, NJ, Mayor Tony Mack (46), his borther Ralphiel Mack (40) and friend Joseph Giorgianni (63) on bribery and fraud charges in a scheme to help individuals acquire a city-owned lot to build a parking garage.
    (SFC, 12/7/12, p.A8)
2012        Dec 6, A US District Judge ruled that snakes, frogs and fairways can coexist at the San Francisco-owned Sharp Park Golf Course in Pacifica.
    (SFC, 12/8/12, p.C6)
2012        Dec 6, In Washington state hundreds of marijuana enthusiasts huddled near Seattle's famed Space Needle tower with pipes, bongs and hand-rolled joints to celebrate Washington's new status as the first state in the nation to legalize pot for adult recreational use.
    (Reuters, 12/7/12)
2012        Dec 6, In Afghanistan a Taliban suicide bomber posing as a messenger of peace blew himself up near Asadullah Khalid, the newly appointed intelligence chief, seriously wounding him. 5 children were killed and two others were wounded by a mine in Sangin district, Helmand province, while collecting scrap items they hoped to sell.
    (AP, 12/6/12)
2012        Dec 6, A treaty that African nations hope will lead to the fair and humane treatment of people displaced in their own countries went into force today, more than three years after it was conceived by the African Union. 15 African nations have ratified the African Union Convention for the Protection and Assistance of Internally Displaced Persons in Africa.
    (AP, 12/6/12)
2012        Dec 6, A Bosnian court convicted Mevlid Jasarevic, who opened fire on the US embassy on Oct 28, 2011, of terrorism and sentenced him to 18 years in prison. Alleged accomplices Emrah Fojnica and Munib Ahmetspahic were acquitted.
    (AP, 12/6/12)
2012        Dec 6, British police arrested prominent publicist Max Clifford (69) in connection to the broad investigation into child sex abuse spurred by the Jimmy Savile case.
    (AP, 12/6/12)
2012        Dec 6, Nearly 2,000 Chadian refugees, who fled a 2008 civil war between rebels and government forces into Cameroon, began leaving their camp to return to their home country.
    (AP, 12/6/12)
2012        Dec 6, Egypt's Republican Guard ordered protesters supporting and opposing President Mohammed Morsi to leave the area around the presidential palace after overnight clashes in Cairo between supporters and opponents of Egypt's Islamist leader killed at least five people.
    (AP, 12/6/12)
2012        Dec 6, French Polynesia created a 1.5 million square mile shark sanctuary.
    (SFC, 12/19/12, p.A5)
2012        Dec 6, German federal prosecutors charged 2 Iranian men with allegedly smuggling dozens of German-made aircraft motors to Iran to be used in its Ababil III surveillance and attack drone.
    (AP, 2/20/13)
2012        Dec 6, Iraq’s PM Nouri al-Maliki said Baghdad and leaders of the Kurds' self-ruled autonomous region have agreed that units will be formed from local ethnic and sectarian groups to replace Iraqi and Kurdish forces currently in the disputed areas, claimed by Arabs, Turkomen and Kurds.
    (AP, 12/6/12)
2012        Dec 6, In Iraq gunmen killed five policemen in an attack on a checkpoint south of Baghdad.
    (AP, 12/6/12)
2012        Dec 6, NATO moved forward with its plan to place Patriot missiles and troops along Syria's border with Turkey to protect against potential attacks.
    (AP, 12/6/12)
2012        Dec 6, In New Zealand an unusually destructive tornado swept through neighborhoods around Auckland, killing three people and forcing 250 more to evacuate damaged and powerless homes.
    (AP, 12/6/12)
2012        Dec 6, Northern Ireland police rammed a car and seized an Irish Republican Army bomb late today, hours ahead of a visit by US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, a one-day trip being overshadowed by an upsurge in sectarian passions. Police arrested three men in the disabled car and a fourth suspect nearby.
    (AP, 12/7/12)
2012        Dec 6, In Pakistan a US drone fired a pair of missiles at a house in North Waziristan, killing three suspected militants. Sheik Khalid bin Abdel Rehman al-Hussainan, also known as Abu Zaid al-Kuwaiti, was among the dead. He had appeared in many videos released by al-Qaida's media wing, Al-Sahab, and was presented as a religious scholar for the group.
    (AP, 12/6/12)(AP, 12/9/12)
2012        Dec 6, Syria's state television said a booby trapped car has exploded in a neighborhood of the capital, Damascus, killing one person.
    (AP, 12/6/12)
2012        Dec 6, Thai law enforcement authorities announced that they will file murder charges against former PM Abhisit Vejjajiva and his deputy in the first prosecutions of officials for their roles in a deadly 2010 crackdown on anti-government protests. On Aug 28, 2014, a Thai court dismissed the murder charges against Abhisit Vejjajiva and his ex-deputy.
    (AP, 12/6/12)(AFP, 8/28/14)

2013        Dec 6, US FDA said it has approved a new hepatitis C drug. The Sovaldi pills from Gilead Sciences was approved for use in combination with older drugs to treat the main forms of hepatitis C in the US. The US health industry soon complained as the US price was the drug was set at $1,000 a daily pill, or $84,000 for a 12-week treatment.
    (SFC, 12/7/13, p.D3)(SSFC, 4/13/14, p.A1)
2013        Dec 6, In Texas Jerald Cobbs, a former top executive of the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT), was indicted over an improperly awarded $11 million taxpayer funded grant.
    (SFC, 12/7/13, p.A7)
2013        Dec 6, A winter storm that some forecasters say is the worst to hit the United States in years slammed the nation's midsection early today, snarling travel and knocking out power for hundreds of thousands. At least two deaths were reported on roads in Texas and Missouri.
    (Reuters, 12/6/13)
2013        Dec 6, In London three members of a self-styled "Muslim patrol" who harassed passers-by for wearing short skirts, holding hands and drinking alcohol were jailed for up to 16 months after admitting a variety of public order and assault charges.
    (AFP, 12/7/13)
2013        Dec 6, The death toll from hurricane-force Storm Xaver sweeping across northern Europe rose to 6 when high winds hurled a tree limb against a car, killing 3 people in Poland. Britain and Denmark had already reported 3 deaths. Thousands of people in Britain faced a second day of flooding as the country confronted its worst tidal surge in 60 years after Xaver roared across northern Europe.
    (Reuters, 12/6/13)(AP, 12/6/13)
2013        Dec 6, In CAR 19 members of the Lord's Resistance Army, or LRA, defected in the Central African Republic where the rebels are being pursued by African Union forces backed by American advisers.
    (AP, 12/11/13)
2013        Dec 6, In China authorities in Shanghai ordered schoolchildren indoors and a halt to construction as the city, shrouded in yellow haze, suffered its worst bouts of air pollution.
    (SFC, 12/7/13, p.A2)
2013        Dec 6, In China a woman died of the H10N8 strain of bird flu, the first ever reported human case of the virus.
    (Reuters, 12/18/13)
2013        Dec 6, Egyptian police used tear gas to end clashes in Cairo between supporters and opponents of ousted Pres. Mohamed Morsi.
    (Reuters, 12/6/13)
2013        Dec 6, Egyptian cleric Osama Moustafa Hassan Nasr, aka Abu Omar, kidnapped as part of the CIA's extraordinary rendition program, was convicted in absentia by an Italian court of decade-old terror charges and sentenced to six years in prison.
    (AP, 12/6/13)
2013        Dec 6, French President Francois Hollande told some 40 African leaders at a Paris summit that the continent must "ensure its own security" in order to "take charge of its destiny."
    (AFP, 12/6/13)
2013        Dec 6, Hong Kong reported its second human case of H7N9 bird flu just days after the first, raising fears that the virus is spreading beyond mainland China.
    (AP, 12/7/13)
2013        Dec 6, Indian-owned luxury carmaker Jaguar Land Rover announced plans to open a £240-million manufacturing plant in Brazil.
    (AFP, 12/6/13)
2013        Dec 6, Japan enacted a state-secrets law toughening penalties for leaks, despite public protests and criticism that it will muzzle the media and help cover up official misdeeds.
    (Reuters, 12/6/13)
2013        Dec 6, Mexican officials said 6 people tested for possible radiation exposure have been released from hospital but remain under detention as suspects in the theft of a truck carrying highly radioactive cobalt-60.
    (AP, 12/6/13)
2013        Dec 6, In Mexico Guerrero state officials found the dismembered bodies of 8 family members who had been kidnapped a day earlier in the town of Teloloapan. Three other members of the same family had also been kidnapped, including an eight-year-old girl. But their whereabouts were unknown.
    (AFP, 12/10/13)
2013        Dec 6, The Norwegian oil company Statoil announced the discovery of a major gas deposit with its US partner ExxonMobil off the coast of Tanzania.
    (AFP, 12/6/13)
2013        Dec 6, In eastern Pakistan gunmen riding on a motorcycle opened fire on a vehicle carrying Shamsur Rehman, a leader of a hard-line Sunni group, killing him and wounding a passer-by before fleeing in Lahore.
    (AP, 12/6/13)
2013        Dec 6, Romania's Interior Ministry said Adrian Procop (21), a Romanian man accused of stealing seven masterpieces from a Dutch museum, was arrested in Britain after months on the run. Procop entered the Kunsthal museum at night in Oct 2012 with a friend, Radu Dogaru, and stole artworks worth 18 million euros ($24 million).
    (AFP, 12/6/13)
2013        Dec 6, Serbian police say they have detained hundreds of people in a massive sweep against drug traffickers throughout the Balkan country.
    (AP, 12/6/13)
2013        Dec 6, Somali lawmaker Feisal Warsame Mohamed was killed when a car bomb blew up his vehicle outside the prime minister's office in Mogadishu.
    (AFP, 12/6/13)
2013        Dec 6, Key leaders of South Sudan's ruling party charged President Salva Kiir with "dictatorial" behaviour Friday, warning of instability threatening the young nation in a deeply controversial challenge to his rule.
    (AFP, 12/6/13)
2013        Dec 6, In southeastern Turkey two Kurdish protesters, aged 34 and 32, were shot dead in a violent confrontation with police. The clashes were sparked by claims that Kurdish rebel cemeteries had been destroyed.
    (AFP, 12/7/13)
2013        Dec 6, Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich flew to Russia to meet Vladimir Putin, seeking aid to shore up a creaking economy as protesters back home, opposed to his U-turn away from Europe, defied police.
    (Reuters, 12/6/13)
2013        Dec 6, The UN called for an urgent investigation into allegations in a Reuters report that Thai immigration officials moved Myanmar refugees into human trafficking rings.
    (Reuters, 12/6/13)

2014        Dec 6, In Berkeley, Ca., police used tear gas to break up an evening long protest by demonstrators marching against recent incidents of police violence against blacks.
    (SSFC, 12/7/14, p.A8)
2014        Dec 6, New Mexico levied over $54 million in penalties against the US Dept. of Energy for violations that resulted in indefinite closure of the nation’s only underground nuclear waste repository.
    (SSFC, 12/7/14, p.A8)
2014        Dec 6, Ralph Baer, video game pioneer, died at his home in Manchester, New Hampshire. He created both the precursor to "Pong" and the electronic memory game "Simon" and had led the team that developed the Magnavox Odyssey, the first home video game console.
    (AP, 12/8/14)
2014        Dec 6, A fourth consecutive night of protest against police brutality got off to a slow start in New York City, after mourners held an interment for a black man shot dead by a white cop in a Brooklyn apartment house.
    (Reuters, 12/7/14)
2014         Dec 6, Australian court documents revealed that a boy (18) raped his best buddy’s sixty-two year old mom at knife point after she invited him into her home in Sydney. The boy pleaded guilty last week to aggravated sexual assault.
    (http://tinyurl.com/n7bvb3g)
2014         Dec 6, Bahrain and Britain said they planned to open a new military camp in Bahrain. This would be Britain’s 1st permanent camp in the Middle East region since it officially pulled out from the area in 1971.
    (http://tinyurl.com/lz2apn3)
2014         Dec 6, French President Francois Hollande met with Russian President Putin in Moscow.
    (Reuters, 12/6/2014)
2014         Dec 6, The CEO of SAP, a German software maker, confirmed that the company will remain an autonomous corporation in the long term.
    (Reuters, 12/6/2014)
2014         Dec 6, The leaders of Greece and Turkey glossed over key differences between the nations and expressed support for close affairs between the often irritable neighbors.
    (http://tinyurl.com/nbyw5o6)
2014        Dec 6, An Iranian court charged Jason Rezaian, a reporter for the Washington Post jailed since last July. He was not told the charges.
    (SSFC, 12/7/14, p.A6)
2014        Dec 6, In central Nigeria gunmen freed over 200 prisoners in Tunga, Niger state.
    (SFC, 12/8/14, p.A2)
2014        Dec 6, Pakistani soldiers killed Adnan Shukrijumah, a top al-Qaida operative, along with two other suspected militants in South Waziristan. Shukrijumah (39) had been indicted in the US for his alleged involvement in a plot to bomb the NYC subway system.
    (SSFC, 12/7/14, p.A6)
2014         Dec 6, In the Philippines more than 650,000 people fled villages and the armed force went on complete alert to brace for Typhoon Hagupit.
    (SSFC, 12/7/14, p.A6)
2014        Dec 6, In the Philippines Lorenzo Vinciguerra (49), a Swiss hostage for over two years, was shot and wounded while escaping from Abu Sayyaf extremists in Sulu province.
    (SSFC, 12/7/14, p.A4)
2014         Dec 6, Somali PM Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed, who has been at odds with the president for several months, lost a confidence vote in parliament, amid warnings that the political turmoil and power struggles could spoil efforts to -establish the war-torn country.
    (http://tinyurl.com/pds4axm)
2014        Dec 6, Rebels in southern Syria signed an agreement toward unity that may attract more support from their Western and Arab backers, forging a joint defense pact to help shield them from government forces and Islamic State. It followed an agreement among the southern groups on a transition plan for Syria.
    (Reuters, 12/11/14)
2014        Dec 6, In Yemen Luke Somers (33), an American photojournalist, was killed along with South African teacher Pierre Korkie during a failed US-led raid to free them from al-Qaida affiliated rebels in Shabwa province.
    (SSFC, 12/7/14, p.A4)

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