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January 6 - the day over the years

On a day when Samuel Morse first demostrated the telegraph, India has had its share of history too.
PTI | By Associated Press,
PUBLISHED ON JAN 06, 2005 10:44 AM IST

Today is Wednesday, January 6, the sixth day of 2005.
There are 359 days left in the year.

A quick recap of what has gone on this date in history

1492 - King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella ride victoriously into Granada after their armies defeat Boabdil, the last Muslim ruler of Spain, completing the Christian reconquest of Spain.

1540 - England's King Henry VIII weds fourth wife, Anne of Cleves. The marriage lasts six months.

1810 - Turkey agrees to Russia's annexation of the Crimea and Kuban with the enactment of the Treaty of Constantinople.
1818 - Dominions of Holkar are annexed with Rajput states and come under British protection.
- Samuel Morse first publicly demonstrates his telegraph, in Morristown, New Jersey.
1839 - British forces capture Aden, Yemen.

1912 - New Mexico becomes 47th US state.
1925 - Top South Korean opposition leader Kim Dae-jung, a three-time presidential candidate, is born.
1941 - US President Franklin D Roosevelt defines American goal of "Four Freedoms" - freedom of speech, freedom of worship, freedom from want and freedom from fear.
1942 - The Pan American Airways Pacific Clipper arrives in New York after making the first round-the-world trip by a commercial airplane.
1950 - Britain recognizes the Communist government of China.
1963 - Iran's Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi launches his "white revolution," including redistributing land to peasants and giving women the vote.
1972 - Washington indicates that a U.S. naval task force dispatched during recent war between India and Pakistan marks start of regular American naval operations in Indian Ocean.
1989 - Soviet Union calls downing of two Libyan aircraft by United States "absolutely unfounded."
1990 - Polish Communist leaders vote to disband their party and form a new leftist party under a different name.
1992 - Georgian President Zviad Gamsakhurdia and his supporters shoot their way out of their stronghold and speed away.
1994 - The Mexican government flies tons of food to San Cristobal De Las Casas in Chiapas state, where Indian rebels are staging an uprising; figure skater Nancy Kerrigan is clubbed on the leg by an assailant in Detroit. Four men, including the ex-husband of Kerrigan's rival, Tonya Harding, are sentenced to prison.
1995 - Iran's air force commander and 11 other officers are killed in a plane crash in central Iran.
1996 - Rebels raiding a village in north India shoot and kill 15 Hindu men after pulling them from their beds and separating them from Muslims.
- After a week of torrential rain in southeastern Brazil, at least 67 people are killed and more than 32,000 are homeless.
1998 - Fifty-one people die in a train crash in Karnataka, India.
1999 - Rebels fight their way into the capital of Sierra Leone, past a Nigerian-led intervention force, and burn government buildings.
2000 - Former Russian President Boris Yeltsin meets Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat in the Holy Land.
2001 - The Palestinians oppose drafting a "declaration of principles" that would be based on US President Bill Clinton's peace proposals, saying they "will not accept any kind of pressure" that would short-circuit their legitimate rights. 2002 - US Special Forces and allied Afghan fighters return empty-handed from a four-day manhunt aimed at extracting Taliban supreme leader Mullah Mohammed Omar from his alleged mountain hideout in southern Afghanistan.
2003 - The Tamil Tigers rebel group and the Sri Lankan hold a round of peace talks, making modest progress toward reconciliation after a 19-year-old civil war, but reaching no significant breakthroughs.
2004 - Ugandan church leaders tell American supporters of gay bishop Gene Robinson they are not welcome at the consecration of the new leader of Uganda's Anglicans, Bishop Henry Orombi.

Today's Birthdays:
Joan of Arc, French leader and saint (1412-1431) 
Max Bruch, German composer (1838-1920)
Kahlil Gibran, Lebanese-American philosopher (1883-1931)
Carl Sandburg, US poet (1878-1967)
Kim Dae-jung, South Korean president (1925--)
Kapil Dev (1959- -)
EL Doctorow, US author (1931--)
Rowan Atkinson, English actor/comedian (1955--)

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