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On This Day in History, November 6

What Happened On This Day – November 6

  • 1999 Australians reject referendum to become a republic with a president as its head

    The referendum was held to amend the Australian constitution, which would make the country a republic with a president as its head. If the referendum has passed the British monarchy would no longer have been a constitutional monarchy.

  • 1985 Palace of Justice is Seized in Colombia

    25 guerrillas from the 19th of April Movement or the M-19 took over the Palace of Justice which houses the Colombian Supreme Court. They took 300 people hostage. The ensuing fight between the rebels and the government's forces left more than 100 people, including 11 Supreme Court justices dead.

  • 1962 United Nations passes resolution to condemn Apartheid in South Africa

    The UN General Assembly asked its member states to stand up against apartheid and to cut off relations with South Africa in order to make a point. Apartheid was an official policy of racial discrimination and segregation followed in South Africa. Despite the UN Resolution, it remained governmental policy until 1994, when democratic general elections were held in the country.

  • 1870 First woman to cast a ballot in US General Elections

    Louisa Ann Swain of Laramie, Wyoming became the first woman to cast a vote in the US general elections. In 2008, the U.S. Congress decided to designate November 6 as Louisa Swain Day.

  • 1861 Jefferson Davis elected as president of Confederate States of America

    The senator from Mississippi was the provisional president of the Confederacy since February 1861. Despite being an effective president, his popularity waned as the Confederate government experienced losses during the Civil War. He was captured by Northern Soldiers in 1865 and imprisoned for 2 years.

Births On This Day – November 6

  • 1988 Emma Stone

    American actress

  • 1987 Ana Ivanovic

    Serbian tennis player

  • 1970 Ethan Hawke

    American actor, director, screenwriter

  • 1949 Joseph C. Wilson

    American diplomat

  • 1814 Adolphe Sax

    Belgian musician, invented the saxophone

Deaths On This Day – November 6

  • 2004 Fred Dibnah

    English steeplejack

  • 1991 Gene Tierney

    American actress

  • 1960 Erich Raeder

    German admiral

  • 1893 Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Russian composer

  • 1836 Charles X of France

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