Be it a near past or a distant one, history always has something or the other to teach us. While the lessons our historical past try to teach us may be explicit or implicit, it is necessary that we learn those lessons properly. In this article titled Today in History – December 6 – India and World, we will try to learn about some of the most important historical events that took place in the past. The events mentioned here do not have the details you might look for. You need to look up the details on your own and learn the lessons those events try to teach. So, instead of wasting time any further, let us take a look into the events that took place on this very day in History.
What Happened On This Day in History – December 6
Today in History – December 6: “India”
1704: The Battle of Chamkaur takes place in which an outnumbered Sikh army managed to defeat the Mughal army.
1756: Fulta in India was captured by British troops commanded by Robert Clive.
1857: One of the unsung heroes of the 1857 Rebellion – Raja Nahar Singh Tewatia – was arrested and kept first in Moti Mahal and then moved to Metcalfe House. Nahar Singh was later executed by the British forces on January 9, 1858.
1907: In Chingripota railway station (which is currently in Bangladesh), the first terrorist dacoity (as per the British) took place. It was a dacoity done by Indian nationalists for the cause of Indian freedom struggle. They took an iron safe that fetched only Rs. 700.
1946: Home Guard Organisation was established on this day. It is considered as the Raising Day for the organisation.
1952: India and USSR signed the first ever trade agreement.
1956: Baba Saheb Ambedkar – the person who wrote the Indian Constitution – died on this day.
1971: US stopped aid to India for aggression against Pakistan despite that fact that it was Pakistan that attacked India in the first place.
1992: In Ayodhya, Babri Masjid was demolished by Hindu nationalists. Nationwide communal riots followed after the event.
Today in History – December 6: “World”
1745: During the Second Jacobite Rising, the army of Charles Edward Stuart started retreating.
1768: Encyclopædia Britannica’s first edition was published on this day.
1865: Slavery banned through ratification of Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution.
1884: Completion of Washington Monument in Washington D.C.
1897: London earns the title of becoming the first city in whole world for hosting licensed taxicabs.
1916: Bucharest was captured by Central Powers during World War I.
1917: Independence was declared by Finland from Russia.
1917: The Halifax Explosion took place in Nova Scotia. It was a munitions explosion that claimed the lives of 1,900 people. Up to that time, it was largest known artificial explosion.
1917: During World War I, US destroyer – USS Jacob Jones – became the first American destroyed that was sunk by enemies. A German submarine called SM U-53 torpedoed USS Jacob Jones and sank it.
1941: During WWII, war was declared on Finland by Canada and United Kingdom for supporting Soviet Union during what is known as Continuation War. In Canada, Camp X was opened where Allied Secret Agents were being trained for the war.
1953: Lolita – the controversial novel was completed by Vladimir Nabokov.