On This Day

What Happened on January 6

Important Events

  • 1649 The English Rump Parliament votes to put Charles I on trial for treason and other "high crimes"
  • 1912 Geophysicist and meteorologist Alfred Wegener presents his controversial theory of continental drift in a lecture at the Geological Association (Geologischen Vereinigung) at the Senckenberg-Museum, Frankfurt
  • 1941 US President Franklin Roosevelt makes his "Four Freedoms" speech (freedom of speech and worship; freedom from want and fear) during his US State of Union address
  • 1987 Astronomers at University of California see 1st sight of birth of a galaxy
More Historical Events

Jan 6 in Film & TV

  • 1975 "Wheel Of Fortune" debuts on NBC-TV

Jan 6 in Sport

  • 1681 1st recorded boxing match (Duke of Albemarle's butler vs his butcher)

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 #1 single. At its peak it sold over 150,000 copies a day.

On January 6, 1979

Famous Weddings

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