February 6 events in history

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 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 4" 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
1987 Justice Mary Gaudron is appointed to the High Court of Australia, the first woman to be appointed
1988 Michael Jordan makes his signature slam dunk from the free throw line inspiring Air Jordan and the Jumpman logo
1989 The Round Table Talks start in Poland, thus marking the beginning of overthrow of communism in Eastern Europe
1996 Birgenair Flight 301 crashed off the coast of the Dominican Republic, and all 189 people inside the airplane are killed. This is the worst accident/incident involving a Boeing 757
1996 Willamette Valley Flood of 1996: Floods in the Willamette Valley of Oregon, United States, causes over US$500 million in property damage throughout the Pacific Northwest
1998 Washington National Airport is renamed Ronald Reagan National Airport
2000 Second Chechen War: Russia captures Grozny, Chechnya, forcing the separatist Chechen Republic of Ichkeria government into exile
2012 A 6.9 magnitude earthquake hits near the central Philippines off the coast of Negros Island causing at least 51 deaths and injuring 112 others