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6th January

1066 Harold II crowned King of England in succession to Edward the Confessor.

1412 * St. Joan of Arc, French heroine who wanted to expel the British from France.

1540 King Henry VIII of England married his 4th wife, Anne of Cleves.

1838 US inventor Samuel Morse demonstrated his electric telegraph system.

1912 New Mexico became the 47th state in the United States.

1928 The river Thames flooded, causing damage to paintings in the Tate Art Gallery basement.

1943 * Terry Venables, English soccer player and successful team manager.

1945 The Battle of the Bulge ended with 130000 German and 77000 Allied casualties.

1955 * Rowan Atkinson, British television actor best known for his Mr. Bean character.

1959 * Kapil Dev, Indian cricketer and fast bowler.

1977 EMI ended its contract with the notorious punk rock group after reports of abusive behaviour at Heathrow Airport.

1981 The Scottish novelist A.J Cronin died.

1983 The Royal Navy arrested Danish trawler Captain Kent Kirk at sea for trespassing in British fishing territory.

1987 University of California astronomers first witnessed the birth of a galaxy that contained 1 billion stars.

1994 American figure-skater Nancy Kerrigan was attacked by a man with a metal crowbar.

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