updated 1/6/2006 12:27:09 AM ET 2006-01-06T05:27:09

Today is Friday, Jan. 6, the sixth day of 2006. There are 359 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:
On Jan. 6, 1412, according to tradition, Joan of Arc was born in Domremy.

On this date:
In 1540, England’s King Henry VIII married his fourth wife, Anne of Cleves. (The marriage lasted about six months.)

In 1759, George Washington and Martha Dandridge Custis were married.

In 1838, Samuel Morse first publicly demonstrated his telegraph, in Morristown, N.J.

In 1912, New Mexico became the 47th state.

In 1919, the 26th president of the United States, Theodore Roosevelt, died in Oyster Bay, N.Y. at age 60.

In 1942, the Pan American Airways Pacific Clipper arrived in New York after making the first round-the-world trip by a commercial airplane.

In 1945, future president George Herbert Walker Bush married Barbara Pierce in Rye, N.Y.

In 1967, U.S. Marines and South Vietnamese troops launched Operation Deckhouse Five, an offensive in the Mekong River delta.

In 1982, truck driver William G. Bonin was convicted in Los Angeles of being the “freeway killer” who had murdered 14 young men and boys.

In 1993, jazz trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie died in Englewood, N.J., at age 75; ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev died in Paris at age 54.

Ten years ago: President Clinton, bowing to months of Republican demands, offered a seven-year balanced-budget plan using Congressional Budget Office figures. Republican candidates kicked off the 1996 presidential campaign year by shadowboxing with absent front-runner Bob Dole at a televised debate in Columbia, S.C.

Five years ago: With the vanquished Vice President Al Gore presiding, Congress formally certified George W. Bush the winner of the achingly close and bitterly contested 2000 presidential election.

One year ago: Attorney General-nominee Alberto Gonzales, under scorching criticism at his confirmation hearing, condemned torture as an interrogation tactic and promised to prosecute abusers of terror suspects. Congress certified President Bush’s re-election. Former Ku Klux Klan leader Edgar Ray Killen was arrested 41 years after three civil rights workers were slain in Mississippi. (Killen was later convicted of manslaughter.) Andrea Yates’ murder conviction for drowning her children in the bathtub was overturned by a Texas appeals court.

Today’s Birthdays: Pollster Louis Harris is 85. Bluegrass performer Earl Scruggs is 82. Author E.L. Doctorow is 75. Actress Bonnie Franklin is 62. Rock singer-musician Syd Barrett is 60. Rock singer-musician Kim Wilson (The Fabulous Thunderbirds) is 55. Singer Jett Williams is 53. Rock musician Malcolm Young (AC-DC) is 53. Movie director Anthony Minghella is 52. Actor-comedian Rowan Atkinson is 51. Golfer Nancy Lopez is 49. Rhythm-and-blues singer Kathy Sledge is 47. TV chef Nigella Lawson is 46. Rhythm-and-blues singer Eric Williams (BLACKstreet) is 46. Movie director John Singleton is 38. TV personality Julie Chen (CBS’ “The Early Show”) is 36. Actor Danny Pintauro (“Who’s the Boss?”) is 30.

Thought for Today: “You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. ... You must do the thing you think you cannot do.” — Eleanor Roosevelt, American first lady (1884-1962).

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