January 6


1838 – Samuel Morse demonstrated the telegraph for the first time.

1912 – New Mexico became the 47th state.

1930 – The first diesel-engine automobile trip was completed after a run from Indianapolis, IN, to New York City, NY. A total of 792 miles.

1931 – Thomas Edison submitted his last patent application.

1942 – Pan American Airlines made the first commercial around-the-world airline flight.

1945 – George Herbert Walker Bush married Barbara Pierce in Rye, NY.

1952 – The “Peanuts” comic strip debuted in Sunday papers across the United States.

1958 – Gibson patented its Flying V electric guitar.

1963 – The television nature series “Wild Kingdom” premiered on NBC.

1973 – “Schoolhouse Rock” made it’s debut on Saturday morning ABC TV. The series stay on the air for 12 years.

1974 – In response to the 1973 oil crisis, daylight saving time began nearly four months early in the United States.

1975 – The television game show “Wheel of Fortune” debuted on NBC.

1975 – ABC debuted the television morning show “A.M. America”, It would later become “Good Morning America”.

1987 – Elton John underwent exploratory throat surgery in Australia after suffering voice problems for more than a year. Doctors found a benign lesion on his vocal cords.

1994 – Figure skater Nancy Kerrigan was clubbed on the right leg by an assailant at Cobo Arena in Detroit, MI. Four men were later sentenced to prison for the attack, including Tonya Harding’s ex-husband.

1998 – The spacecraft Lunar Prospect was launched into orbit around the moon. The craft was crashed into the moon, in an effort to find water under the lunar surface, on July 31, 1999.

1999 – The 106th U.S. Congress opened. The first item on the agenda was the impeachment proceedings of President Bill Clinton. The trial was set to begin January 7, 1999.

1999 – Bob Newhart received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

2001 – The TV show “How It’s Made” premiered on the Discovery Channel in Canada and the Science channel in the United States.

2001 – Congress certified George W. Bush the winner of the 2000 election.

2004 – Celine Dion received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

2004 – Jury selection began in Martha Stewart’s trial.



Sylvia Syms – 84 years old (1934) – Actress (“Woman in a Dressing Gown”, “Ice Cold in Alex”, “No Trees in the Street”, “Victim”, “The Tamarind Seed”, “The Queen”)

Nino Tempo – 83 years old (1935) – Actor, singer (“The Red Pony”, “The Glenn Miller Story”, song “Deep Purple”)

Rowan Atkinson – 63 years old (1955) – Actor, comedian (“Blackadder”, “Mr. Bean”, “Never Say Never Again”, “Four Weddings and a Funeral”)

Nancy Lopez – 61 years old (1957) – Golfer

Kathy Sledge – 59 years old (1959) – Singer (Sister Sledge)

Howie Long – 58 years old (1960) – Football Hall of Famer, TV commentator

John Singleton – 50 years old (1968) – Director, producer (“Boyz n the Hood”, “Poetic Justice”, “Shaft”, “Baby Boy”, “Four Brothers”, “Hustle & Flow”, “2 Fast 2 Furious”, “Abduction”)

Norman Reedus – 49 years old (1969) – Actor (TV’s “The Walking Dead”, movies “Boondock Saints”, “8mm”, “Blade II”, “Gossip”, “Bad Seed”)

Danny Pintauro – 42 years old (1976) – Actor (TV’s “Who’s the Boss?”, movie “Cujo”)

Rinko Kikuchi – 37 years old (1981) – Actress “Babel”, “Ronin”, “Pacific Rim”)

Eddie Redmayne – 36 years old (1982) – Actor (“The Theory of Everything”, “The Danish Girl”, “Jupiter Ascending”, “Les Miserables”, “My Week With Marilyn”, “The Other Boleyn Girl”)

James Durbin – 29 years old (1989) – Singer (Finished fourth on “American Idol: Season 10”)



Apple Tree Day

Bean Day

Cuddle Up Day

Fruitcake Toss Day

Shortbread Day

Three Kings Day


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