What happened this day in history January 6

What are the important events that happened on January 6? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

January 6: Facts & Myths About This Day

January 6 is the 6th day of the year 2021 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 359 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Wednesday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is December 24, 2020 – a Wednesday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 26,831,520 minutes has elapsed since midnight of January 1, 1970 – the Unix epoch.

Strange as it may, if we name this day after a polygon then it will be called ‘hexagon’ day.

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Capricorn is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Garnet is the modern birthstone for this month. Emerald is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 37 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

The ancient Maya civilization believes that the end of the world will happen on December 21, 2012. There are now 2,938 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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January 6 Historical Events

  • 1066
    Harold Godwinson is crowned King of England.
  • 1118
    Reconquista: Alfonso the Battler conquers Zaragoza.
  • 1540
    King Henry VIII of England marries Anne of Cleves.
  • 1781
    In the Battle of Jersey, the British defeat the last attempt by France to invade Jersey.
  • 1941
    President Franklin D. Roosevelt delivers his Four Freedoms speech in the State of the Union address.
  • 1950
    The United Kingdom recognizes the People’s Republic of China. The Republic of China severs diplomatic relations with the UK in response.
  • 1953
    The first Asian Socialist Conference opens in Rangoon, Burma.
  • 1974
    In response to the 1973 oil crisis, daylight saving time commences nearly four months early in the United States.
  • 1992
    President of Georgia Zviad Gamsakhurdia flees the country as a result of the military coup.
  • 2005
    A train collision in Graniteville, South Carolina, releases about 60 tons of chlorine gas.

Who were born on January 6?

  • 1587
    Gaspar de Guzmán, Count-Duke of Olivares, Spanish statesman (d. 1645)
  • 1822
    Heinrich Schliemann, German archaeologist (d. 1890)
  • 1868
    Vittorio Monti, Italian composer (d. 1922)
  • 1899
    Phyllis Haver, American actress (d. 1960)
  • 1908
    Menachem Avidom, Austro-Hungarian born Israeli composer (d. 1995)
  • 1920
    John Maynard Smith, English biologist (d. 2004)
  • 1936
    Darlene Hard, American tennis player
  • 1954
    Trudie Styler, English actress
  • 1965
    Muhammed al-Ahari, American Muslim writer
  • 1974
    Paul Grant, American basketball player

Who died on January 6?

  • 1711
    Philipp van Almonde, Dutch admiral (b. 1646)
  • 1718
    Richard Hoare, English goldsmith and banker (b. 1648)
  • 1813
    Louis Baraguey d'Hilliers, French general (b. 1764)
  • 1840
    Fanny Burney, English novelist and diarist (b. 1752)
  • 1852
    Louis Braille, French teacher of the blind and inventor of braille (b. 1809)
  • 1882
    Richard Henry Dana, Jr., U.S. author (Two Years Before the Mast) (b. 1815)
  • 1942
    Emma Calvé, French soprano (b. 1858)
  • 1945
    Edith Frank, mother of Anne Frank (b. 1900)
  • 1945
    Vladimir Vernadsky, Russian mineralogist (b. 1863)
  • 1995
    Joe Slovo, South African politician (b. 1926)

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