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January 06th Today's Highlights in History

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Wednesday, January 06th
The 006th day of 2010.
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Today's Highlights in History

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   On Jan. 6, 1919, the 26th president of the United States, Theodore Roosevelt, died in Oyster Bay, N.Y., at age 60. (Go to article.)

On Jan. 6, 1882, Sam Rayburn, who served for more than 48 years in the U.S. House of Representatives (1913-61), was born. Following his death on Nov. 16, 1961, his obituary appeared in The Times. (Go to obit. | Other Birthdays)
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   On January 6, 1872, Harper's Weekly featured a cartoon about the Tweed Ring. (See the cartoon and read an explanation.)
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1412    According to tradition, Joan of Arc was born in Domremy, France.

1540    England's King Henry VIII married his fourth wife, Anne of Cleves.

1759    George Washington and Martha Dandridge Custis were married.

1838    Samuel Morse first publicly demonstrated his telegraph, in Morristown, N.J.

1912    New Mexico became the 47th state.

1941    President Franklin D. Roosevelt, in his State of the Union address, outlined a goal of "Four Freedoms" for the world: freedom of speech and expression, the freedom of people to worship God in their own way, freedom from want and freedom from fear.

1942    The Pan American Airways Pacific Clipper arrived in New York after making the first round-the-world trip by a commercial airplane.

1945    George H.W. Bush married Barbara Pierce in Rye, N.Y.

1950    Britain recognized the Communist government of China.

1982    Truck driver William G. Bonin was convicted in Los Angeles of being the "freeway killer" who had murdered 14 young men and boys.

1993    Ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev died at age 54.

1993    Jazz trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie died at age 75.

1994    Figure skater Nancy Kerrigan was clubbed on the right leg by an assailant in Detroit. Four men, including the ex-husband of Kerrigan's rival, Tonya Harding, were later sentenced to prison.

2001    With the vanquished Vice President Al Gore presiding, Congress certified Republican George W. Bush the winner of the close and bitterly contested 2000 presidential election.

2004    Mijailo Mijailovic confessed to the fatal stabbing of Swedish Foreign Minister Anna Lindh in September 2003.

2005    Former Ku Klux Klan leader Edgar Ray Killen was arrested 41 years after three civil rights workers were slain in Mississippi. (Killen was later convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to 60 years in prison.)

Current Birthdays

Asante Samuel turns 29 years old today.

AP Photo/Brian Garfinkel Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Asante Samuel turns 29 years old today.

89    Louis Harris

86    Earl Scruggs
Bluegrass musician

79    E.L. Doctorow

66    Bonnie Franklin
Actress ("One Day At A Time")

59    Kim Wilson
Rock musician (The Fabulous Thunderbirds

57    Malcolm Young
Rock musician (AC-DC)

55    Rowan Atkinson
Actor, comedian ("Mr Bean" films)

53    Nancy Lopez

51    Kathy Sledge
R&B singer (Sister Sledge)

50    Nigella Lawson
TV chef

50    Howie Long
Football Hall of Famer, sportscaster

42    John Singleton

40    Julie Chen
TV host ("The Early Show," "Big Brother")

Historic Birthdays

Sam Rayburn

1/6/1882 - 11/16/1961
American Speaker of the House
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70    Martin Agricola
1/6/1486 - 6/10/1556
German composer and teacher

50    Jakob Bernoulli
1/6/1655 - 8/16/1705
Swiss mathematician

63    Charles Sumner
1/6/1811 - 3/11/1874
American Civil War statesman

68    Heinrich Schliemann
1/6/1822 - 12/26/1890
German-born Greek excavator

86    Victor Horta
1/6/1861 - 9/8/1947
Belgian architect

89    Carl Sandburg
1/6/1878 - 7/22/1967
American poet and novelist

67    Joseph Medill Patterson
1/6/1879 - 5/26/1946
American journalist and publisher

60    Tom Mix
1/6/1880 - 10/12/1940
American silent screen actor

48    Khalil Gibran
1/6/1883 - 4/10/1931
Lebanese-born American novelist and poet

88    Morris Wright
1/6/1910 - April/25/1998
American author

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