Today in History, January 6th

By | January 6, 2014
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A few of the great historical events that happened today in history, January 6th!

1412 According to tradition, Joan of Arc was born in Domremy, France.
1540 Henry VIII of England marries his fourth wife, Anne of Cleves. The marriage will last six months.
1759 George Washington and Martha Dandridge Custis were married.


George Washington and Martha Dandridge Custis

1838 Samuel Morse first publicly demonstrated his telegraph, in Morristown, N.J.
1861 The Governor of Maryland, Thomas Hicks, announces his opposition to the states’s possible secession from the Union.
1904 Japanese railway authorities in Korea refuse to transport Russian troops.
1910 Union leaders ask President William H. Taft to investigate U.S. Steel’s practices.
1912 New Mexico becomes the 47th U.S. state of the Union.
1918 Germany acknowledges Finland’s independence.
1919 Theodore Roosevelt, the 26th president of the United States, dies at the age of 60.
1921 The U.S. Navy orders the sale of 125 flying boats to encourage commercial aviation.
1937 The United States bans the shipment of arms to war-torn Spain.
1941 President Franklin D. Roosevelt asks Congress to support the Lend-lease Bill to help supply the Allies.
1945 Boeing B-29 bombers in the Pacific strike new blows on Tokyo and Nanking.
1945 George H.W. Bush married Barbara Pierce in Rye, N.Y.


George H.W. Bush and Barbara Pierce

1946 Ho Chi Minh wins in the Vietnamese elections.
1958 Moscow announces a reduction in its armed forces by 300,000.
1967 Over 16,000 U.S. and 14,000 Vietnamese troops start their biggest attack on the Iron Triangle, northwest of Saigon.
1987 Astronomers report sighting a new galaxy 12 billion light years away.
1993 Jazz trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie died at age 75.
1994 Figure skater Nancy Kerrigan was clubbed on the right leg in an assault planned by the ex-husband of her rival, Tonya Harding.
2001 In one of the closest Presidential elections in U.S. history, George W. Bush was finally declared the winner of the bitterly contested 2000 Presidential elections more then five weeks after the election due to the disputed Florida ballots.
2005 Former Ku Klux Klan leader Edgar Ray Killen was arrested 41 years after three civil rights workers were slain in Mississippi. (Killen was later convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to 60 years in prison.)


Edgar Ray Killen

Today in history facts are from various sites including, but not limited too: the History Channel, The New York Times, WHG, and

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