Almanac: Monday, January 6, 2014
by Bill Edwards (Compiled)
Assistant Metro Editor
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On January 6 in

1540 England's King Henry VIII married his fourth wife, Anne of Cleves. (The marriage lasted about six months.)

1759 George Washington and Martha Dandridge Custis were married in New Kent County, Va.

1838 Samuel Morse and Alfred Vail gave the first successful public demonstration of their telegraph, in Morristown, N.J.

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

1941 President Franklin D. Roosevelt, in his State of the Union address, outlined a goal of "Four Freedoms": Freedom of speech and expression; the freedom of people to worship God in their own way; freedom from want; freedom from fear.

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

1950 Britain recognized the Communist government of China.

1963 Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom premiered on NBC-TV.

1987 The U.S. Senate voted 88-4 to establish an eleven-member panel to hold public hearings on the Iran-Contra affair.

In The Star

Jan. 6, 1939, in The Star: Five prisoners used hacksaws to cut through bars in the Anniston city jail and escape last night. Six other prisoners who could have fled did not do so, but did not give an alarm until 4 o’clock this morning. It’s thought the prisoners, all incarcerated for minor crimes, escaped earlier rather than later because they left no visible tracks on the frosty morning grass. The escape was the first from the jail since it was remodeled about two years ago. Also this date: Dr. William E. White, son of Mr. and Mrs. W. A. White of 1130 Woodstock Avenue, has returned to Anniston to practice medicine and surgery, being located in the office of Dr. A. E. Culberson in the Wilson Building. Dr. White graduated from Anniston High School in 1925 and received a bachelor’s and a master’s degree from the University of Alabama in 1927 and 1929, respectively. His medical degree is from Harvard.

Jan. 6, 1989, in The Star: The Anniston YMCA expects to announce within the next week or so the person who is succeeding Albert McWhorter as the agency’s executive director. McWhorter resigned in October 1987. Two people are in the finalist group; 30 initially applied for the position.

Birthdays for January 6

Pollster Louis Harris is 93. Retired MLB All-Star Ralph Branca is 88. Author E.L. Doctorow is 83. Rock singer-musician Kim Wilson (The Fabulous Thunderbirds) is 63. Singer Jett Williams is 61. Rock musician Malcolm Young (AC-DC) is 61. Actor-comedian Rowan Atkinson is 59. Movie composer A.R. Rahman is 48. Movie director John Singleton is 46. Actor Danny Pintauro (Who's the Boss?) is 38. Actress Rinko Kikuchi is 33. NBA player Gilbert Arenas is 32. Actress-comedian Kat McKinnon (Saturday Night Live) is 30.

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