6th December

Born on this day 6th December
1892 Sir Osbert Sitwell
1896 Ira Gershwin
1908 ‘Babyface’ Nelson
1944 Jonathan King
1953 Geoff Hoon
1955 Rick Buckler
1957 Adrian Borland
1958 Nick Park
1959 Stephen Muggleton
1961 Eugene Wilde
1962 Ben Watt
1975 Noel Clarke
1977 Andrew Flintoff
1980 Steve Lovell
1983 Ashley Madekwe
1986 Sean Edwards
1986 Georgia Horsley

Music
1975 Hot Chocolate peaked at No 2 with ‘You Sexy Thing’
1984 The Jesus and Mary Chain released their first single, ‘Upside Down’.

Sport
1987 Ian Woosnam won the Million Dollar Challenge at Sun City and became the first golfer to win more than £1,000,000 in a single year.

People & Showbiz
1877 Thomas Edison demonstrated the first gramophone with a recording of him reciting ‘Mary had a little lamb’.
1991 25 year old Satish Dhenekar from India set a world record by climbing down 7000 stairs on his head.

General Events
1492 Christopher Columbus discovered Haiti
1990 President Saddam Hussein announced that all 3400 foreign hostages held since the invasion of Kuwait were free to leave
1992 A survey showed the French were Europe’s meanest when it came to buying Christmas cards. Britons bought the most cards.
2006 NASA reveals photographs taken by Mars Global Surveyor suggesting the presence of liquid water on Mars.
2008 The 2008 Greek riots break out upon the killing of a 15-year-old boy, Alexandros Grigoropoulos, by a police officer.

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