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On This Day in History - 6th December

Birthdays

1888Will Hay, Music hall comedian and actor
1892Sir Osbert Sitwell, Celebrated writer, brother of Dame Edith
1896Ira Gershwin, American lyricist; with brother George
1942Len Barry, Pop star of the 60's
1943Mike Smith, Of the Pop group 'The Dave Clark Five'
1944Jonathon King, 60's Pop singer and TV presenter
1961Eugene Wild, 'Soul' star

Events

1492Christopher Columbus discovered Hispaniola, later changed to Haiti
1774Austria became the first nation to introduce state education
1877Thomas Edison demonstrated the first gramophone, with a recording of himself reciting 'Mary Had A Little Lamb'
1882The English novelist, Anthony Trollope, died in London
1921As a result of the Anglo-Irish Treaty, the 'Irish Free State' was formally created
1926Italian dictator, Benito Mussolini, introduced a tax on bachelors
1973In America, Gerald Ford was sworn in as Vice President
1983Lars Ljunberg from Sweden became the first person to receive a heart and lung transplant in Britain