What Happened on January 6th

Historical Events

  • 1605 The first edition of El ingenioso hidalgo Don Quijote de la Mancha (Book One of Don Quixote) by Miguel de Cervantes is published in Madrid.
  • 1649 The English Rump Parliament votes to put Charles I on trial for treason and other "high crimes"
  • 1681 1st recorded boxing match (Duke of Albemarle's butler vs his butcher)
  • 1912 Alfred Wegener, geophysicist and meteorologist, presents his controversial theory of continental drift in a lecture at a the Geological Association (Geologischen Vereinigung) at the Senckenberg-Museum, Frankfurt.
  • 1941 President Franklin Roosevelt's "4 Freedoms" speech (freedom of speech and worship; freedom from want and fear) during US State of Union address
  • 1942 Pan American Airlines becomes the first commercial airline to schedule a flight around the world ("Pacific Clipper").
  • 1987 Astronomers at University of California see 1st sight of birth of a galaxy
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Did You Know?

Daily newspaper comic strip "Superman" debuts

On January 6, 1939

Famous Weddings

  • 1759 US 1st President George Washington marries Martha Dandridge Custis at White House Plantation
  • 1836 Author Harriet Beecher (24) weds educator Calvin Ellis Stowe (33) in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1903 Theoretical Physicist Albert Einstein (23) weds Mileva Maric
  • 1945 Future US President George H. W. Bush marries Barbara Pierce at the First Presbyterian Church in Rye NY
  • 1945 US First Lady Barbara Bush (19) weds 41st president George H. W. Bush (20) at the First Presbyterian Church in Rye, New York
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