6 December It Happened Today
1793 Madame Du Barry, mistress to King Louis XV of France is sent to the guillotine.
1896 Birth of Ira Gershwin, American songwriter.
1926 Death of French painter Claude Monet.
1988 Death of American singer and songwriter Roy Orbison.
1990 Saddam Hussein announces that all foreign hostages held in Iraq since the invasion of Kuwait are free to leave the country.