Today in History: January 6

Today in History: January 6

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1066

Harold Godwineson 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

US Senate confirms Janet Yellen as the first woman to chair the Federal Reserve Bank in the central bank's 100-year history.