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
Harold Godwinson is crowned King of England.
Reconquista: Alfonso the Battler conquers Zaragoza.
King Henry VIII of England marries Anne of Cleves.
In the Battle of Jersey, the British defeat the last attempt by France to invade Jersey.
President Franklin D. Roosevelt delivers his Four Freedoms speech in the State of the Union address.
The United Kingdom recognizes the People’s Republic of China. The Republic of China severs diplomatic relations with the UK in response.
The first Asian Socialist Conference opens in Rangoon, Burma.
In response to the 1973 oil crisis, daylight saving time commences nearly four months early in the United States.
President of Georgia Zviad Gamsakhurdia flees the country as a result of the military coup.
A train collision in Graniteville, South Carolina, releases about 60 tons of chlorine gas.
Who were born on January 6?
Gaspar de Guzmán, Count-Duke of Olivares, Spanish statesman (d. 1645)
Heinrich Schliemann, German archaeologist (d. 1890)
Vittorio Monti, Italian composer (d. 1922)
Phyllis Haver, American actress (d. 1960)
Menachem Avidom, Austro-Hungarian born Israeli composer (d. 1995)
John Maynard Smith, English biologist (d. 2004)
Darlene Hard, American tennis player
Trudie Styler, English actress
Muhammed al-Ahari, American Muslim writer
Paul Grant, American basketball player
Who died on January 6?
Philipp van Almonde, Dutch admiral (b. 1646)
Richard Hoare, English goldsmith and banker (b. 1648)
Louis Baraguey d'Hilliers, French general (b. 1764)
Fanny Burney, English novelist and diarist (b. 1752)
Louis Braille, French teacher of the blind and inventor of braille (b. 1809)
Richard Henry Dana, Jr., U.S. author (Two Years Before the Mast) (b. 1815)
Emma Calvé, French soprano (b. 1858)
Edith Frank, mother of Anne Frank (b. 1900)
Vladimir Vernadsky, Russian mineralogist (b. 1863)
Joe Slovo, South African politician (b. 1926)
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