January 6th Today In History

Today’s Important Historical Events

1649 The English Rump Parliament votes to put Charles I on trial for treason and other “high crimes”

1912 Geophysicist and meteorologist Alfred Wegener presents his controversial theory of continental drift in a lecture at the Geological Association (Geologischen Vereinigung) at the Senckenberg-Museum, Frankfurt

1941 US President Franklin Roosevelt makes his “Four Freedoms” speech (freedom of speech and worship; freedom from want and fear) during his US State of Union address

1987 Astronomers at University of California see 1st sight of birth of a galaxy

2021 Supporters of President Donald Trump storm US Capitol in Washington during congressional certification of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris‘s win, resulting in five deaths and prompting evacuation of lawmakers and vice-president Mike Pence

Today’s Historical Events

1017 Cnut the Great crowned King of England in London by Lyfing, Archbishop of Canterbury

1066 King Harold I of England crowned

1099 Henry V crowned German king

1205 Philip of Swabia becomes King of the Romans

1227 Ferrand of Portugal freed from the Louvre

1322 Stephen Uros III becomes King of Serbia

1352 French King Jean II introduces Order of the Star

1355 Charles I of Bohemia is crowned with the Iron Crown of Lombardy

Today’s Historical Events in Film and TV

1953 WKBN TV channel 27 in Youngstown, OH (CBS) begins broadcasting

1956 KGNS TV channel 8 in Laredo, TX (NBC/ABC) begins broadcasting

1957 Elvis Presley makes his 7th & final appearance on “The Ed Sullivan Show”

1958 WIPR TV channel 6 in San Juan, PR (PBS) begins broadcasting

1963 “Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom” with Marlin Perkins begins on NBC

1967 “Milton Berle Show” last airs on ABC-TV

1967 KHTV TV channel 39 in Houston, TX (IND) begins broadcasting

1969 The Supremes release single “I’m Livin’ In Shame”

Today’s Historical Events in Music

1900 Maurice Ravel‘s “Albaradode Gracioso” premieres in Paris

1906 Maurice Ravel‘s “Miroirs” premieres in Paris

1924 Francis Poulenc’s ballet “Les Biches”, choreographed by Bronislava Nijinska, and danced by the Ballets Russe, premieres in Monte Carlo

1950 “Happy As Larry” opens at Coronet Theater, NYC, runs for 3 performances

1951 “Pardon Our French” closes at Broadway Theater NYC after 100 performances

1963 “Oliver!” opens at Imperial Theater NYC for 774 performances

1964 Rolling Stones’ 1st tour as headline act (with Ronettes)

1968 Th Beatles’ album “Magical Mystery Tour” goes #1 & stays #1 for 8 weeks

Today’s Historical Events in Sports

1681 First recorded boxing match is engineered by Christopher Monck, 2nd Duke of Albemarle; his butler vs his butcher

1883 Ontario Rugby Football Union forms

1896 1st US women’s 6-day bicycle race starts, Madison Square Garden

1925 Paavo Nurmi, sets indoor record, 4:13.6 mile & 14:44.6 5,000m

1930 Australian cricket icon Don Bradman scores 452 not out for New South Wales v Queensland in Sydney; then world record individual score in a first-class match; runs scored in 415 minutes

1937 Bradman scores 270 Aust v England at the MCG, incl 110 singles

1942 Bob Feller, enlists in Navy & reports for duty to Norfolk Virginia

1951 Indianapolis Olympians beat Rochester Royals, 75-73 in NBA-record 6 overtimes; also the longest game in NBA history