Holidays Calendar for December 6, 2016

Constitution Day is one of the major national holidays in Spain. It is celebrated annually on December 6, the anniversary of the 1978 referendum, when a new Constitution was adopted.

Independence Day is a national public holiday in Finland. It is celebrated on December 6 each year to commemorate the Finland's declaration of independence from the Russian Democratic Federative Republic.

Quito Day is celebrated in Ecuador on December 6, that is anniversary of foundation of the city in 1534. This is a public holiday, but it's celebrated on this level only in Quito, however, the holiday is important for all Ecuadorians.

St Nicholas Day is the most awaited holiday by all children, if we don't take one's birthday into consideration. It's celebrated in Western Christian countries on December 6, on the day when Saint Nicholas comes to give gifts and presents to all children.

Armed Forces Day is celebrated in Ukraine every year on December 6. This professional day was established by the Ukrainian government in 1993 and since then it's observed annually on the national level.

Prosecutor's Day is an official professional day in the Republic of Kazakhstan. It's annually celebrated on December 6, marking the anniversary of adoption of the resolution on creation of a unified prosecution system in the Kazakh SSR.

Ministry of Communications and Information Technologies Day is celebrated in Azerbaijan every year on December 6. This professional day was established by President Ilham Aliyev in 2006 to commemorate the 125th anniversary of establishment of the telephone communication in Azerbaijan.

December 6 is National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women in Canada. This holiday is also known as White Ribbon Day.

Every year on December 6 the Croats commemorate an important date in the history of their country. This day is known as Dubrovnik Defenders' Day and its observance is connected with the siege of Dubrovnik during the break-up of Yugoslavia.

The National Gazpacho Day is celebrated on December 6. It is somewhat ironic as gazpacho is a soup that is usually served cold. Perhaps this food-related holiday is intended to remind us of summer.


This Day in History

  • 2006 NASA revealed photos taken by Mars Global Surveyor, suggesting the presence of liquid water on Mars.
  • 2005 Died: Devan Nair, Malaysian-Singaporean politician. He served as the 3rd President of Singapore from October 23, 1981 to March 27, 1985.
  • 1993 Died: Don Ameche, American actor, comedian and voice artist. He featured many biographical films, but he is best remembered for roles in films Cocoon and Cocoon: The Return.
  • 1992 The mosque of Babri Masjid in Ayodhya, India was demolished. This led to widespread riots and death of over 1,500 people.
  • 1991 Died: Richard Stone, British economist. Stone developed an accounting model, that could be used to track economic activities on a national and international scale. This work brought him the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences in 1984.
  • 1988 Died: Roy Orbison, American singer, songwriter, known for his distinctive voice and dark emotional ballads. He is well remembered for his songs Only the Lonely, Crying and Oh, Pretty Woman.
  • 1985 Born: Dulce María, Mexican actress, singer and songwriter, participant of several music projects, including pop group RBD, originating from the successful telenovela Rebelde. Since 2009 she pursues a solo career.
  • 1976 Born: Lindsay Price, American actress and singer, best known for the role as Janet Sosna on Beverly Hills, 90210 and as Victory Ford on Lipstick Jungle.
  • 1970 Born: Ulf Ekberg, Swedish musician, singer, songwriter and producer, best known as one of the co-founding members of the Swedish pop group Ace of Base.
  • 1967 The first human heart transplant in the USA was performed by a team headed by cardiac surgeon Adrian Kantrowitz.
  • 1958 Born: Nick Park, English director and animator, best known as the creator of Wallace and Gromit and Shaun the Sheep.
  • 1951 Died: Harold Ross, American journalist. Ross was the founder of The New Yorker magazine and served as editor-in-chief of the edition from its beginning until his death.
  • 1947 President of the USA dedicated Everglades National Park, the largest tropical wilderness.
  • 1920 Born: George Porter, British chemist, known for studies on the kinetics of extremely fast running chemical reactions with relaxation methods. This work won him the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1967.
  • 1917 More than 1,900 people were killed in a munitions explosion near Halifax, Nova Scotia. This explosion is one of the largest artificial non-nuclear explosions.
  • 1907 362 miners died, when a coal mine exploded at Monongah, West Virginia.
  • 1898 Born: Gunnar Myrdal, Swedish economist, sociologist and politician, the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences laureate for pioneering work in the theory of money and economic fluctuations and analysis of the interdependence of economic, social and institutional phenomena.
  • 1897 London became the first city in the world to host licensed taxicabs. These taxicabs were nicknamed Hummingbirds due to the idiosyncratic humming noise they made.
  • 1892 Died: Werner von Siemens, German inventor and industrialist, the founder of the electrical and telecommunications company Siemens AG.
  • 1884 The building of the Washington Monument in Washington, D.C., was completed. It took 36 years to erect the monument.
  • 1882 Died: Anthony Trollope, English author of the Victorian era, one of the most successful and prolific novelists. His best known works are collectively known as the Chronicles of Barsetshire.
  • 1878 Died: Theodoros Vryzakis, Greek painter, best known for his historical scenes. He was one of the founders the Munich School, composed of Greek artists. Vryzakis is considered to be one of the most important artists of his time.
  • 1865 The Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution was ratified, thus banning slavery in the USA.
  • 1841 Born: Frédéric Bazille, French painter. Many of his major works are now the examples of figure painting, in which the subject figure is placed withing a landscape.
  • 1833 Born: John S. Mosby, American colonel, well known by his nickname Gray Ghost. He was a Confederate army cavalry battalion commander in the American Civil War, his battalion was noted for its lighting quick raids and ability to disappear, blending with local farmers and townsmen.
  • 1823 Born: Max Müller, German philologist, one of the founders of the western academic field of Indian studies and the discipline comparative religion. He also wrote many popular books on the subject of Indology and the Sacred Books of the East.
  • 1805 Born: Jean Eugène Robert-Houdin, French magician, widely considered to be the father of the modern style of conjuring. Harry Houdini (born Ehrich Weiss) adopted the stage name of "Houdini" in honor of Robert-Houdin.
  • 1779 Died: Jean-Baptiste-Siméon Chardin, French painter, master of still life. Chardin worked very slowly and produced only over 200 paintings, that are characterized by carefully balanced composition, soft diffusion of light and granular impasto.
  • 1768 The first edition of the Encyclopædia Britannica was published in Edinburgh.
  • 1658 Died: Baltasar Gracián, Spanish priest, author and philosopher. He is best known for his writings, that were lauded by Nietzsche and Schopenhauer.