January 6th

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.).
Edgar Ray Killen
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.
Katherine Harris
1994
Figure skater Nancy Kerrigan was clubbed on the right leg in an assault planned by the ex-husband of her rival, Tonya Harding.
Nancy Kerrigan
1993
Jazz trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie died at age 75.
Dizzy Gillespie
1987
University of California astronomers first witnessed the birth of a galaxy that contained 1 billion stars.
Carl Sagan
1970
The Wiener Musikverein is inaugurated. The famous concert hall is the home of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra.
Vienna Philharmonic
1945
George H.W. Bush married Barbara Pierce in Rye, N.Y.
Barbara Bush
1942
Pan American Airlines becomes the first commercial airline to schedule a flight around the world ("Pacific Clipper").
Pan American World Airways
1929
Mother Theresa arrives in India. Through her tireless work in helping the poor and ill, the Albanian religious sister later received the Nobel Peace Prize and was posthumously beatified.
Mother Teresa
1919
Theodore Roosevelt, the 26th president of the United States, died in Oyster Bay, N.Y., at age 60.
Theodore Roosevelt
1912
Alfred Wegener, geophysicist and meteorologist, presents his controversial theory of continental drift in a lecture at a the Geological Association (Geologischen Vereinigung) at the Senckenberg-Museum, Frankfurt.
Alfred Wegener
1907
Maria Montessori opens her first school. Montessori's revolutionary educational approach is practiced at about 30,000 schools today.
Maria Montessori
1838
Samuel Morse presents the telegraph to the public. Together with Alfred Vail, the inventor relayed the message “A patient waiter is no loser” over a distance of 2 miles (3 km).
Samuel Morse
1759
George Washington and Martha Dandridge Custis were married.
Martha Washington
1681
1st recorded boxing match (Duke of Albemarle's butler vs his butcher).
Christopher Monck, 2nd Duke of Albemarle
1649
The English Rump Parliament votes to put Charles I on trial for treason and other 'high crimes'.
High Court of Justice for the trial of Charles I
1605
The first edition of El ingenioso hidalgo Don Quijote de la Mancha (Book One of Don Quixote) by Miguel de Cervantes is published in Madrid.
Don Quixote
1540
England's King Henry VIII married his fourth wife, Anne of Cleves.
Anne of Cleves
1412
According to tradition, Joan of Arc was born in Domremy, France.
Joan of Arc