Historical events that took place on December 6.
On December 6, 1969, a Rolling Stones concert turned tragic when concertgoer Meredith Hunter was stabbed by a member of the Hells Angels.
The significance of each historical day varies and the sixth of December is no exception. Many important events took place today. Hindu fanatics in India demolished the Babri Masjid in Ayodhya, sparking riots between Hindus and Muslims across much of the country.
A number of important Bhartiya Janata Party figures, including LK Advani, Uma Bharati, and Murli Manohar Joshi, were accused of instigating the crowd as a result of the incident and had suits filed against them. The location had long been a point of contention between Hindus and Muslims, who thought it to be the location of Lord Ram’s birth.
Let’s look at some further noteworthy activities that occurred on December 6:
The statue of Nefertiti was discovered in 1912.
On this day in 1912, a statue of Queen Nefertiti was unearthed by German archaeologists at Tell el-Amarna in Egypt. The historic artifact, now on display in Berlin’s Pergamon Museum, is still a source of friction between Egypt and Germany, with the Egyptian government accusing Germany of looting the statue.
1933: Ulysses case against James Joyce dismissed.
James Joyce’s magnum opus, Ulysses became a major success in the US after a federal judge dismissed a complaint against it and ruled that the book was not obscene. One of the most debated works of modernist literature, the novel employs a stream-of-consciousness approach.
1969: Altamont Rock Festival violence in California
On December 6, 1969, a Rolling Stones concert turned tragic when concertgoer Meredith Hunter was stabbed by a member of the Hells Angels. Although the event was staffed with security, the gang engaged in several altercations with the audience. Finally, four people died in this incident.
NASA published images of Mars in 2006
The Global Mars Surveyor, launched by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), has captured images of the Red Planet that show the presence of water. The NASA-launched Surveyor completed its first mission in 2001, but remains in an extended mission phase. In 2006, communication with the unmanned vehicle was lost; Battery failure was thought to be the most likely cause.