Today in history: January 6

/ Source: The Associated Press

Today is Thursday, Jan. 6, the sixth day of 2005. 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, George Herbert Walker Bush married Barbara Pierce in Rye, N.Y.

In 1967, U.S. Marines and South Vietnamese troops launched Operation “Deckhouse 5,” 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, ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev died in Paris at age 54; jazz trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie died in Englewood, N.J., at age 75.

Ten years ago: Over the protests of refugee advocates, the U.S. military began sending Haitians housed at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base in Cuba home against their will.

Five years ago: In Miami, demonstrators angered by the U.S. government’s decision to send Elian Gonzalez back to Cuba skirmished with police. Republican presidential candidates debated in Durham, N.H., with such issues as taxes and gays in the military dominating the discussion.

One year ago: Thirteen children and two adults were killed in Afghanistan’s southern Kandahar province by a time-bomb concealed in an apple cart on a street regularly used by U.S. military patrols. A design consisting of two reflecting pools and a paved stone field was chosen for the World Trade Center memorial in New York. Mijailo Mijailovic confessed to the fatal stabbing of Swedish Foreign Minister Anna Lindh in September 2003. Hitting star Paul Molitor and reliever Dennis Eckersley were elected to baseball’s Hall of Fame.

Today’s birthdays: Pollster Louis Harris is 84. Bluegrass performer Earl Scruggs is 81. Former automaker John Z. DeLorean is 80. Author E.L. Doctorow is 74. Actress Bonnie Franklin is 61. Rock singer-musician Kim Wilson (The Fabulous Thunderbirds) is 54. Singer Jett Williams is 52. Rock musician Malcolm Young (AC-DC) is 52. Movie director Anthony Minghella is 51. Actor-comedian Rowan Atkinson is 50. Golfer Nancy Lopez is 48. TV chef Nigella Lawson is 45. R&B singer Eric Williams (BLACKstreet) is 45. Movie director John Singleton is 37. TV personality Julie Chen (CBS’ “The Early Show”) is 35. Actor Danny Pintauro (“Who’s the Boss?”) is 29.

Thought for today: “What this generation was bred to at television’s knees was not wisdom, but cynicism.” — Pauline Kael, American movie critic (1919-2001).