Holidays Calendar for January 6, 2016

6 January is Christmas in Armenia. Unlike Western and Eastern Christians, Armenians celebrate Christmas and Epiphany on one day.

Pathet Lao Day in Laos falls on January 6. This day Laotians celebrate the anniversary of victory of the Pathet Lao over Lao Royal government.

January 6 is Armed Forces Day (Army Day) in Iraq. This holiday is observed annually since 1921 after the activation of the Iraq Army and today it is a national holiday and a day off.

January 6 is the festive day for the Eastern Orthodox Christian churches. This day Christians celebrate Theophany, that is on the Great Feasts of the liturgical year.

Western Christianity celebrates Epiphany on January 6 as one of important religious holidays. This day celebrates the reveal of God the Son as a human being in Jesus Christ.

January 6 is National Shortbread Day in the USA. This is a good reason to cook shortbread for a dessert.

This Day in History

  • 2004 Died: Charles Dumas, American high jumper. He was the 1956 Olympic champion and the very first person to clear 7 ft.
  • 2000 Died: Don Martin, American cartoonist. He's best known work was published in Mad from 1956 to 1988.
  • 2000 An accident caused by train collision in Graniteville, South California, resulted in release of about 60 tons of chlorine gas.
  • 1994 Died: Virginia Clinton Kelley, mother of Bill Clinton, the 42nd President of the United States.
  • 1974 Because of 1973 oil crisis daylight saving time began almost four months earlier in the U.S.
  • 1955 Born: Rowan Atkinson, English comedian and actor. He's best known for his roles as Mr. Bean and Edmund Blackadder in British sitcoms.
  • 1949 Died: Victor Fleming, American director, producer, and cinematographer. Known for his films Gone with the Wind and The Wizard of Oz.
  • 1946 Born: Syd Barrett, English singer, songwriter and guitarist. He is known as a founder member of Pink Floyd.
  • 1944 Born: Rolf M. Zinkernagel, Swiss immunologist and Nobel Prize laureate. He was awarded for the discovery of how the immune system recognizes virus-infected cells.
  • 1941 Franklin D. Roosevelt delivered his Four Freedoms speech in the State of the Union address. According to the speech people in every country ought to enjoy freedom of speech, freedom of worship, freedom from want and freedom from fear.
  • 1938 Born: Adriano Celentano, Italian singer, songwriter, actor, director. He is recognized as the best-selling male Italian singer.
  • 1931 Died: Rodolphe Kreutzer, French violinist, composer and conductor. He composed 40 French operas, including La mort d'Abel, as the most famous one. Also Kreutzer is known as the dedicatee of Beethoven's Violin Sonata No. 9, but he never played that work and declared it as incomprehensible and unplayable.
  • 1930 The first diesel-engined automobile trip was completed. It started in Indianapolis and finished in New York.
  • 1929 Mother Theresa arrived in Calcutta, India, to begin her work among the poorest and sick people.
  • 1925 Born: John DeLorean, American engineer and businessman. He's famous as the founder of the DeLorean Motor Company.
  • 1919 Died: Theodore Roosevelt, American politician, author, naturalist, historian, soldier and explorer. Served as the 26th President of the United States.
  • 1918 Died: Georg Cantor, German mathematician. He is known as the inventor of set theory that became fundamental theory in mathematics.
  • 1912 Alfred Wegener, German geophysicist, presented his theory of continental drift.
  • 1907 Born: David Fleay, Australian ornithologist and zoologist. He was the pioneer in breeding of endangered species and the very first person who bred platypus in captivity.
  • 1907 Maria Montessori, known Italian physician and educator, opened her first school and daycare center for working class children in Rome.
  • 1884 Died: Gregor Johann Mendel, Austrian geneticist. Gained posthumous fame as the founder of the modern genetics.
  • 1868 Born: Vittorio Monti, Italian violinist, composer and conductor. He's the most famous work Csárdás is played by almost every gypsy orchestra.
  • 1852 Died: Louis Braille, French educator. He's famous for invention of system (known simply as braille) that enabled the blind or visually impaired to write and to read.
  • 1839 The most damaging storm in 300 years swept across Ireland. It resulted in damaging and destroying more than 20% houses in Dublin.
  • 1838 Alfred Vail demonstrated a new telegraph system using dots and dashes. This system was a forerunner of Morse code.
  • 1822 Born: Heinrich Schliemann, German archaeologist. He excavated Hissarlik (it is presumed to be the site of Troy), Mycenae and Tiryns. Thanks to Schliemann's work the idea that Homer's Iliad and Virgil's Aeneid reflected actual historic events lent weight.
  • 1745 Born: Jacques-Étienne Montgolfier, French inventor. He co-invented with his brother Joseph-Michel Montgolfier hot air balloon.
  • 1536 Died: Baldassare Peruzzi, Italian architect and painter. He worked for years with Raphael, Bramante and Sangallo. Peruzzi is known for his architectural masterpiece the Palazzo Massimo alle Colonne.
  • 1412 Born: Joan of Arc, French saint and outstanding historical person of the Hundred Years' War.
  • 200 The last Pyrenean ibex Celia (Iberian wild goat) found dead after a tree had landed on her.