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6th December

1492 Christopher Columbus discovered Hispaniola (the Dominican Republic).

1774 Austria became the first nation to introduce a state education system.

1877 Thomas Edison made the world's first recording of the human voice.

1888 * Will Hay, English music hall comedian.

1896 * Ira Gershwin, US lyricist and sister of George Gershwin.

1920 * Dave Brubeck, US pianist and composer.

1921 Irish independence from the UK was granted for 26 of the southern counties of Ireland.

1926 French impressionist painter Claude Monet died at age 86.

1943 Mike Smith, Of the Pop group "The Dave Clark Five".

1953 * Tom Hulce, US film actor.

1962 Emergency services were on standby at every London hospital as thick Choking fog spread across Britain.

1975 A couple were under siege in Balcombe Street where three armed IRA men on the run from police burst into a flat in central London.

1978 Spaniards turned out in force today to vote for democracy and end almost 40 years of dictatorial rule.

1983 Lars Ljunberg from Sweden became the first person to receive a heart and lung transplant in Britain.

1992 A 200,000 strong crowd of Hindu militants tore apart a mosque in the north Indian town of Ayodhya.

1994 The Queen gave permission for oil drilling to take place in the grounds of Windsor Castle.

2005 David Cameron beat David Davis to win the leadership of the Conservative Party.

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