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"
  • 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

January 6 in Film & TV

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

January 6 in Music

  • 1958 Gibson patents Flying V Guitar

January 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 No.1 single. At it's peak it sold over 150,000 copies a day

On January 6, 1979

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