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Today in History: January 6

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Today in History
January 6

1066 Harold Godwinson is crowned King Harold II – King of England.
1540 Henry VIII of England marries his fourth wife, Anne of Cleves. The marriage will last six months.
1861 The Governor of Maryland, Thomas Hicks, announces his opposition to the state’s possible secession from the Union.
1904 Japanese railway authorities in Korea refuse to transport Russian troops.
1910 Union leaders ask President William H. Taft to investigate U.S. Steel’s practices.
1912 New Mexico becomes the 47th U.S. state of the Union.
1918 Germany acknowledges Finland’s independence.
1919 Theodore Roosevelt, the 26th president of the United States, dies at the age of 60 in his home at Sagamore Hill, New York.
1921 The U.S. Navy orders the sale of 125 flying boats to encourage commercial aviation.
1937 The United States bans the shipment of arms to war-torn Spain.
1941 President Franklin D. Roosevelt asks Congress to support the Lend-lease Bill to help supply the Allies.
1945 Boeing B-29 bombers in the Pacific strike new blows on Tokyo and Nanking.
1946 Ho Chi Minh wins in the Vietnamese elections.
1958 Moscow announces a reduction in its armed forces by 300,000.
1967 Over 16,000 U.S. and 14,000 Vietnamese troops start their biggest attack on the Iron Triangle, northwest of Saigon.
1987 Astronomers report sighting a new galaxy 12 billion light years away.
2001 In one of the closest Presidential elections in U.S. history, George W. Bush was finally declared the winner of the bitterly contested 2000 Presidential elections more than five weeks after the election due to the disputed Florida ballots.
2005 Former Ku Klux Klan organizer Edgar Ray Killen is arrested as a suspect in the 1964 murders of three civil rights workers in Mississippi.
2014 The U.S. Senate confirms Janet Yellen as the first woman to chair the Federal Reserve in the central bank’s 100-year history.
Born on January 6
1367 Richard II, son of Edward the Black Prince.
1412 Joan of Arc, French Saint and national heroine.
1811 Charles Sumner, anti-slavery senator from Massachusetts.
1878 Carl Sandburg, U.S. journalist, poet and biographer.
1882 Sam Rayburn, U.S. Congressman from Texas & Speaker of the House (1940-46, 1949-53).
1899 Heinz Nordhoff, German engineer; named managing director of the Volkswagen plant at Wolfsburg after World War II; under his leadership the Volkswagen Beetle became a worldwide phenomenon.
1900 Maria of Romania, Queen of Yugoslavia; wife of King Alexander.
1912 Danny Thomas, actor, producer, philanthropist; founder of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
1913 Loretta Young, actress; won an Academy Award for The Farmer’s Daughter (1947).
1924 Earl Scruggs, musician; popularized the finger-picking style of banjo playing; blended rock and bluegrass.
1935 Queen Margarita of Bulgaria (Dona Margarita Gomez-Acebo y Cejuela).
1937 Lou Holtz, college football coach and television sports commentator.
1944 Bonnie Franklin, actress (One Day at a Time TV series).
1946 Syd Barrett, musician, singer, songwriter; founding member of the band Pink Floyd.
1957 Nancy Lopez, pro golfer; won the LPGA Championship (1978, 1985) and the Mazda LPGA Championship (1989).