On December 6:
1534 The city of Quito in Ecuador was founded by Spanish settlers led by Sebastián de Belalcázar.
1648 Colonel Pride of the New Model Army purged the Long Parliament of MPs sympathetic to King Charles I of England, in order for the King’s trial to go ahead; came to be known as “Pride’s Purge“.
Colonel Pride refusing admission to the Presbyterian members of the Long Parliament. (Engraving, c. 1652)
1768 The first edition of the Encyclopædia Britannica was published.
1849 American abolitionist Harriet Tubman escaped from slavery.
1877 The first edition of the Washington Post was published.
1884 The Washington Monument in Washington D.C. was completed.
1897 London became the world’s first city to host licenced taxicabs.
1900 Agnes Moorehead, American actress, was born.
As Endora in Bewitched (1965)
1917 Finland declared independence from Russia.
1917 Halifax Explosion: In Canada, a munitions explosion killed more than 1900 people and destroys part of the City of Halifax, Nova Scotia.
1921 The Anglo-Irish Treaty was signed in London by British and Irish representatives.
1922 The Irish Free State came into existence
1933 U.S. federal judge John M. Woolsey ruled that the James Joyce‘s novel Ulysses was not obscene.
1935 New Zealand’s first Labour government took office with Michael Josepph Savage as Prime Minister.
1947 The Everglades National Park in Florida was dedicated.
1989 The École Polytechnique Massacre (or Montreal Massacre): an anti-feminist gunman murders 14 young women at the École Polytechnique in Montreal.
1998 Hugo Chávez Frías, Venezuelan military officer and politician, was elected President of Venezuela.
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia.