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February 6 Historical Events

The following events took place on February 6. The list is arranged in chronological order.

Found 39 events. Showing 1 - 30.

  • 1649
    The claimant King Charles II of England and Scotland is declared King of Great Britain, by the Parliament of Scotland. This move was not followed by the Parliament of England nor the Parliament of Ireland.
  • 1685
    James II of England and VII of Scotland becomes King upon the death of his brother Charles II.
  • 1778
    American Revolutionary War: In Paris the Treaty of Alliance and the Treaty of Amity and Commerce are signed by the United States and France signaling official recognition of the new republic.
  • 1788
    Massachusetts becomes the sixth state to ratify the United States Constitution.
  • 1806
    Battle of San Domingo: British naval victory against the French in the Caribbean.
  • 1815
    New Jersey grants the first American railroad charter to John Stevens.
  • 1819
    Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles founds Singapore.
  • 1820
    The first 86 African American immigrants sponsored by the American Colonization Society depart New York to start a settlement in present-day Liberia.
  • 1833
    Otto becomes the first modern King of Greece.
  • 1840
    Signing of the Treaty of Waitangi, establishing New Zealand as a British colony.
  • 1843
    The first minstrel show in the United States, The Virginia Minstrels, opens (Bowery Amphitheatre in New York City).
  • 1851
    The largest Australian bushfires in a populous region in recorded history take place in the state of Victoria.
  • 1862
    American Civil War: Forces under the command of Ulysses S. Grant and Andrew H. Foote give the Union its first victory of the war, capturing Fort Henry, Tennessee in the Battle of Fort Henry.
  • 1899
    Spanish–American War: The Treaty of Paris, a peace treaty between the United States and Spain, is ratified by the United States Senate.
  • 1900
    The Permanent Court of Arbitration, an international arbitration court at The Hague, is created when the Senate of the Netherlands ratifies an 1899 peace conference decree.
  • 1914
    The Bondetåget, a peasant uprising in support of the monarchy, takes place in Sweden
  • 1918
    British women over the age of 30 get the right to vote.
  • 1919
    The five-day Seattle General Strike begins.
  • 1922
    The Washington Naval Treaty is signed in Washington, D.C., limiting the naval armaments of United States, Britain, Japan, France, and Italy.
  • 1934
    Far-right leagues rally in front of the Palais Bourbon in an attempted coup against the French Third Republic, creating a political crisis in France.
  • 1942
    World War II: The United Kingdom declares war on Thailand.
  • 1951
    The Broker, a Pennsylvania Railroad passenger train derails near Woodbridge Township, New Jersey. The accident kills 85 people and injures over 500 more. The wreck is one of the worst rail disasters in American history.
  • 1952
    Elizabeth II becomes queen regnant of the United Kingdom and the other Commonwealth realms upon the death of her father, George VI. At the exact moment of succession, she was in a tree house at the Treetops Hotel in Kenya.
  • 1958
    Eight Manchester United F.C. players and 15 other passengers are killed in the Munich air disaster.
  • 1959
    Jack Kilby of Texas Instruments files the first patent for an integrated circuit.
  • 1959
    At Cape Canaveral, Florida, the first successful test firing of a Titan intercontinental ballistic missile is accomplished.
  • 1975
    A crucial by-election is held in Kankesanthurai, Sri Lanka.
  • 1976
    In testimony before a United States Senate subcommittee, Lockheed Corporation president Carl Kotchian admits that the company had paid out approximately $3 million in bribes to the office of Japanese Prime Minister Kakuei Tanaka.
  • 1978
    The Blizzard of 1978, one of the worst Nor'easters in New England history, hit the region, with sustained winds of 65 mph and snowfall of four inches an hour.
  • 1981
    The National Resistance Army of Uganda launches an attack on a Ugandan Army installation in the central Mubende District to begin the Ugandan Bush War.

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