January 6 - the day over the years
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.
1838 - 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.
1997 - 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.
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--)