February 6

1788

Massachusetts ratified the U.S. Constitution, becoming the sixth state to join the Union.

1804

Joseph Priestley, British chemist, died. His work on the isolation of gases led him to discover oxygen in 1774.

1899

The Spanish-American War ended when a peace treaty between Spain and the United States was signed.

1933

The 20th Amendment to the Constitution, which set the date for the president's inauguration on Jan. 20, was adopted.

1935

The popular board game Monopoly® went on sale for the first time.

1952

Princess Elizabeth became Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain.

1971

Astronaut Alan B. Shepard hit a golf ball and Edgar Mitchell threw a "javelin" on the moon. They landed in the same crater and remain on the Moon today.

2001

Ariel Sharon was elected prime minister of Israel.

2012

The Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II marked the 60th anniversary of her accession to the throne.

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