What Happened on January 6

Significant 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
  • 1987 Astronomers at University of California see 1st sight of birth of a galaxy
More Historical Events

Did You Know?

Pan American Airlines becomes the first commercial airline to schedule a flight around the world ("Pacific Clipper").

On January 6, 1942

Would You Believe?

The Village People's Y.M.C.A becomes their only UK No.1 single. At it's peak it sold over 150,000 copies a day

On January 6, 1979

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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