On This Day In History, 6 January

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World Events Today

  • Today is the traditional date for Epiphany every year, a feast day that is celebrated by certain types of Christian groups
  • The King of England, Henry VIII, married his fourth wife, Anne of Cleves, today in 1540, the marriage was annulled before the end of the year
  • Maria Montessori opened her first school in Rome today in 1907

Entertainment Events Today

  • The first recorded boxing match took place in Britain today in 1681, it was between a butler and a butcher, the butcher won
  • Elvis Presley made his last appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show today in 1957
  • Three Australian cricket legends, Dennis Lillee, Greg Chappell and Rodney Marsh, played their final day of Test cricket today in 1984

Family Events Today

  • Richard II, the King of England from 1377 until 1399, was born today in 1367 in Bordeaux, France
  • Louis Braille, the French inventor of a reading and writing system for use by the blind, died today in 1852 aged 43
  • The British actor, comedian and writer Rowan Atkinson, CBE, best known for his roles in Blackadder and Mister Bean, was born today in 1955 in Consett

Main Event Today

  • Harold Godwinson, the last Anglo-Saxon king of England, was crowned today in 1066, he ruled until his death at the Battle of Hastings

National Day Today

  • Today, it’s National Cuddle Up Day

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