To­day in history

The Saratogian (Saratoga, NY) - - COMMUNITY -

To­day is Mon­day, Jan. 6, the sixth day of 2020. There are 360 days left in the year.

To­day’s High­light in History:

On Jan. 6, 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. On this date: In 1412, tra­di­tion holds that Joan of Arc was born this day in Dom­remy.

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

In 1912, New Mex­ico be­came the 47th state.

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

In 1945, Ge­orge Her­bert Walker Bush mar­ried Bar­bara Pierce at the First Pres­by­te­rian Church in Rye, New York.

In 1968, a sur­gi­cal team at Stan­ford Univer­sity School of Medicine in Palo Alto, Cal­i­for­nia, led by Dr. Nor­man Shumway, per­formed the first U.S. adult heart trans­plant, plac­ing the heart of a 43-year-old man in a 54-year-old pa­tient (the re­cip­i­ent died 15 days later).

In 1975, the orig­i­nal ver­sion of “Wheel of For­tune,” hosted by Chuck Wool­ery and Su­san Stafford, pre­miered on NBC-TV.

In 1994, fig­ure skater Nancy Ker­ri­gan was clubbed on the leg by an as­sailant at Detroit’s Cobo Arena; four men, in­clud­ing the ex-hus­band of Ker­ri­gan’s ri­val, Tonya Hard­ing, went to prison for their roles in the at­tack. (Hard­ing pleaded guilty to con­spir­acy to hin­der pros­e­cu­tion, but de­nied any ad­vance knowl­edge about the as­sault.)

In 1998, In a new bid to ex­pand health in­sur­ance, Pres­i­dent Clin­ton un­veiled a pro­posal to of­fer Medi­care cov­er­age to hun­dreds of thou­sands of unin­sured Amer­i­cans from ages 55 to 64.

In 2001, with Vice Pres­i­dent Al Gore pre­sid­ing in his ca­pac­ity as pres­i­dent of the Se­nate, Congress for­mally cer­ti­fied Ge­orge W. Bush the win­ner of the bit­terly con­tested 2000 pres­i­den­tial elec­tion.

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