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Today In History - January 6
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Today in History in 1605 the first edition of Book One of Don Quixote was published in Madrid; in 1893 the Washington National Cathedral was chartered by Congress and signed by President Benjamin Harrison; and in 1931 Thomas Edison submitted his last patent application.

Our on this day in history archives contain over 200,000 events, birthdays and deaths from 6,000 years of history. Here is a roundup of a few of them:

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)
  • 1893 - The Washington National Cathedral is chartered by Congress. The charter is signed by President Benjamin Harrison.
  • 1898 - 1st telephone message from a submerged submarine, by Simon Lake
  • 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.
  • 1929 - Mother Teresa arrives in Calcutta to begin a her work amongst India's poorest and diseased people.
  • 1931 - Thomas Edison submits his last patent application.
  • 1933 - Clyde Barrow kills Tarrant County Deputy Sheriff Malcolm Davis after walking into a trap set for another criminal
  • 1941 - President Franklin Roosevelt's "4 Freedoms" speech (freedom from speech, worship, 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").
  • 1957 - Elvis Presley makes his 7th & final appearance on Ed Sullivan Show
  • 1978 - 1st postage stamp copyrighted by US (Carl Sandburg stamp)
  • 1987 - Astronomers at University of California see 1st sight of birth of a galaxy

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Famous Birthdays

  • 1412 - Joan of Arc, Domrémy, Roman Catholic Saint and national heroine of France (legendary date) (d. 1431)
  • 1580 - (baptised) John Smith, English explorer (Jamestown)
  • 1914 - Danny Thomas, Deerfield Mich, comedian (Danny Thomas Show)
  • 1924 - Earl Scruggs, NC, bluegrass musician (& Flat-Ballad of Jed Clampett), (d. 2012)
  • 1937 - Lou Holtz, US, football coach
  • 1962 - Michael Houser, Boone North Carolina, American guitarist (Widespread Panic)
  • 1976 - Danny Pintauro, Milltown NJ, actor (Jonathan-Who's the Boss)

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

Famous Deaths

  • 1852 - Louis Braille, French teacher of the blind and inventor of braille (b. 1809)
  • 1884 - Gregor Mendel, Austrian Augustine monk/heredity pioneer, dies at 61
  • 1919 - Theodore Roosevelt, 26th President (1901-09), dies in NY at 60
  • 1994 - Virginia Kelley Clinton, Mother of President Clinton, dies at 70
  • 2006 - Lou Rawls, American singer (b. 1933)

To see more events, birthdays and deaths listed at Today in History from Click on EXTRAS at the top of the Lincoln Herald home page then click Today in History.


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