1809: The Invasion of Cayenne is undertaken by a combined force of Brazilian, British and Portuguese forces during the Napoleonic Wars.
1830: A telegraph system that’s a precursor to Morse Code and uses a series of dashes and dots is unvelied by Alfred Vail.
1839: One out of every 5 homes in Dublin, Ireland are destroyed by a storm – one of the most damaging storms to hit the country in hundreds of years.
1853: United States’ President-elect Franklin Pierce and his family are aboard a train when it crashes near Andover, Massachusetts. The President-elect’s eleven year old son Benjamin is killed in the wreck.
1893: United States’ President Benjamin Harris signs the charter for the Washington National Cathedral after it had been authorized by the U.S Congress.
1912: The 47thS. State – New Mexico – is admitted into the Union.
1929: The constitution of the State of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes is suspended by King Alexander I.
1931: Inventor Thomas Edison puts his signature on his very last patent application on this date.
1941: The now famous Four Freedoms Speech is given by U.S President Franklin D. Roosevelt during his State of the Union Address.
1960: A bomb destroys National Airlines Flight 2511 in mid-flight while it was flying from New York to Miami.
1967: Operation Deck House Five is launched in the Mekong River Delta by U.S Marines and the Army of the Republic of Vietnam during the Vietnam War.
Famous Birthdays on January 6
Richard III of England is born in 1367.
French martyr and saint, Joan of Arc is born in 1412.
American hunter, explorer and author, Jedediah Smith is born in 1799.
Italian painter Baldassare Verazzi is born in 1819.
American actress Loretta Young is born in 1913.
American soldier and politician, Don Edwards is born in 1915.
American director and screenwriter, John Singleton is born in 1968.
American actor Norman Reedus is born in 1969.
American TV journalist and producer, Julie Chen is born in 1970.