What Happened On This Day – 6. November
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.
1947 Meet the Press makes its TV debut
The longest running TV news show was first hosted by journalist and creator Martha Rountree and aired on NBC.
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 – 6. November
1988 Emma Stone
1987 Ana Ivanovic
Serbian tennis player
1970 Ethan Hawke
American actor, director, screenwriter
1949 Joseph C. Wilson
1814 Adolphe Sax
Belgian musician, invented the saxophone
Deaths On This Day – 6. November
2004 Fred Dibnah
1991 Gene Tierney
1960 Erich Raeder
1893 Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
1836 Charles X of France