6 JANUARY
   
 

Born On This Day:

  • Richard II, 1367
  • Joan of Arc, 1412
  • Gustave Doré, 1832
  • Sherlock Holmes, 1854
  • Carl Sandburg, 1878
  • Tom Mix, 1880
  • Sam Rayburn, 1882
  • Khalil Gibran, 1883
  • Wright Morris, 1910
  • Joey Adams, 1911
  • Danny Thomas, 1912
  • Loretta Young, 1913
  • Alan Watts, 1915
  • Sun Myung Moon, 1920
  • Sun Myung Moon, 1920
  • Lou Harris, 1921
  • Earl Scruggs, 1924
  • John De Lorean, 1925
  • John DeLorean, 1925
  • Vic Tayback, 1930
  • E. L. Doctorow, 1931
  • Bonnie Franklin, 1944
  • Syd Barrett, 1946
  • Anthony Minghella, 1954
  • Rowan Atkinson, 1955
  • Nigella Lawson, 1960

Died On This Day:

  • Louis Braille, 1852
  • Theodore (Teddy) Roosevelt, 1919
  • Victor Fleming, 1949
  • Robert Welch, 1985
  • Rudolph Nureyev AIDS, 1993
  • Dizzy Gillespie, 1993
  • Lou Rawls, 2006

Today's Events:

  • AD 548 - Today the Church in Jerusalem observed birth of Jesus for last time; December 25 becomes date.
  • 1066 - Harold Godwinson crowned King Harold II, the last Anglo-Saxon King of England.
  • 1540 - King Henry VIII marries Anne of Cleaves in a wedding that will last only six months.
  • 1639 - Virginia Assembly okays world's first destruction of surplus tobacco crop.
  • 1681 - First reported boxing match in history in England - butler of the Duke of Albemarle vs. his butcher.
  • 1844 - Patent for process to obtain iron from iron ore granted to S. Broadmeadow of N.J.
  • 1907 - Educator Maria Montessori opens her first Montessori school in Rome.
  • 1912 - New Mexico becomes 47th State admitted to Union.
  • 1914 - Merrill Lynch founded today.
  • 1924 - Albania proclaims itself a republic under president Ahmed Zogu.
  • 1950 - Britain recognizes the Communist government of China.
  • 1984 - First test tube quadruplets born in Australia.
  • 1987 - Astronomers report the sighting of a new galaxy 12 billion light years away.
  • 2001 - Congress formally certifies George W. Bush as winner of controversial 2000 election; Gore presides.

Feast Day of Saint:

  • Feast of Three Kings

Holiday:

  • Epiphany
  • Three Kings Day
  • Twelfth Night
  • Day of Wise Men in Mexico
  • Dezomeshinki (New Year) in Japan.
  • Christmas Day in Spain
  • Old Christmas Day

Non-Specific Holiday:

  • YÜAN TAN. Chinese New Year's Day. Based on lunar calendar - starts sunset on day of 2nd New Moon.
  • CHINESE LANTERN FESTIVAL 15th day of first month of lunar calendar marks end of Chinese New Year.
  • TU BI-SHEBAT (Judaism) New Year for Trees, celebrated on 15th of lunar month Shebat.
  • MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY 3rd Monday in January
  • ADULTS DAY in Japan - second Monday in January - 'Seijin no hi'
  • SNOW FESTIVAL - Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan
  • GANESHA CHATURTHI, Hindu Festival of the Elephant God
  • VASANT PANCHAMI, Hindu Festival of Spring and of Saraswati, Goddess of Learning (end of January)
  • PONGAL AND MAKARA SANKRANTI, mid-January, Harvest festival celebrated in Southern India and Singapore
  • LAILAT AL MIRAJ Muslim Festival celebrating ascent of Muhammad into Heaven
  • JAPANESE NEW YEAR - 3 day festival
  • LOHRI, the Hindu Bonfire Festival, celebrated early January

 

 
   
 
 
 
 
 
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