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Today in History: January 6

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Today in History
January 6

1066   Harold Godwineson is crowned 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 states'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 [1] 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 [2]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 then five weeks after the election due to the disputed Florida ballots.
2005   Former Ku Klux Klan organizer Edgar Ray Killen arrested as a suspect in the 1964 murders of three civil rights workers in Mississippi.
2014   US Senate confirms Janet Yellen as the first woman to chair the Federal Reserve Bank 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 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; 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 LPGA Championship (1978, 1985) and Mazda LPGA Championship (1989).

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[1] Lend-lease: http://www.historynet.com/did-russia-really-go-it-alone-how-lend-lease-helped-the-soviets-defeat-the-germans.htm

[2] Ho Chi Minh : http://www.historynet.com/ho-chi-minh-north-vietnam-leader.htm

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