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On This Day in History, January 6

What Happened On This Day – January 6

  • 1970 The Wiener Musikverein is inaugurated

    The famous concert hall is the home of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra.

  • 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.

  • 1912 German scientist Alfred Wegener presents his theory of continental drift

    His work laid the foundation for the theory of plate tectonics, which explains why continents move.

  • 1907 Maria Montessori opens her first school

    Montessori's revolutionary educational approach is practiced at about 30,000 schools today.

  • 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).

Births On This Day – January 6

  • 1946 Syd Barrett

    English singer-songwriter, guitarist

  • 1920 John Maynard Smith

    English biologist

  • 1883 Kahlil Gibran

    Lebanese/American poet

  • 1811 Charles Sumner

    American politician

  • 1412 Joan of Arc

Deaths On This Day – January 6

  • 1999 Michel Petrucciani

    French/American pianist

  • 1993 Dizzy Gillespie

    American trumpet player, bandleader, composer

  • 1919 Theodore Roosevelt

    American politician, 26th President of the United States, Nobel Prize laureate

  • 1918 Georg Cantor

    German mathematician

  • 1852 Louis Braille

    French educator, invented Braille