Today In History, 6 January: What Happened On This Day

What happened today in history (6 January): The birthday of Kapil Dev, A.R. Rahman and Rowan Atkinson, the demise of Om Puri, Louis Braille and Gregor Mendel, first boxing match in history, US Capitol insurrection, and more.
This day in history (6 Jan): Birth of Kapil Dev and the Demise of Om Puri
This day in history (6 Jan): Birth of Kapil Dev and the Demise of Om Puri

Today in History, 6 January: 2023 is off to a chilling start. With most of the world battling a debilitating cold wave, hopefully, the next few days will bring some respite.

Today is January 6, another ordinary winter day. Wrong! January 6th holds a key place in world history, and several important events transpired on this day.

From the births of one of the most beloved comic actors of the century and an acclaimed music composer to the deaths of the founder of genetics and a veteran Indian actor, the first boxing match in history, and a coup attempt in the US, many significant events occurred on 6 January.

Dive in to learn what happened on this day (Jan. 6) in sports, politics and art, along with famous birthdays and deaths in world history.

Also Read | Today in History (7 January)

Historical Events On This Day

  • In 1066, Harold II was crowned King of England after the death of his brother-in-law, Edward the Confessor.
  • In 1838, American inventors Samuel Morse and Alfred Vail first demonstrated their revolutionary telegraph machine.
  • In 1912, German geophysicist Alfred Wegener first presented his controversial theory of continental drift.
  • In 1929, Catholic missionary Mother Teresa arrived in Calcutta, India, to aid the poor.
  • In 1950, Great Britain announced its recognition of the People’s Republic of China.
  • In 1989, Satwant Singh and Kehar Singh, the assassins of Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, were sentenced to death and executed on the same day.
  • In 2000, the Pyrenean ibex became extinct.
  • In 2021, supporters of US President Donald Trump caused an insurrection after storming the Capitol in Washington, DC, to protest Joe Biden and Kamala Harris' election wins.

Sports Events Today

  • In 1681, the first recorded boxing match in history took place in Britain between the butler and butcher of Christopher Monck, 2nd Duke of Albemarle.
  • In 1994, American figure skater Nancy Kerrigan is attacked and injured by the bodyguard of her rival, Tonya Harding.

Art and Culture Events Today

  • In 1906, French composer and pianist Maurice Ravel’s "Miroirs" premiered in Paris.
  • In 1975, the American game show Wheel of Fortune debuted on NBC-TV.

Notable Deaths On This Day

Sr No

Death Year




Thyagaraja, Indian composer and vocalist of Carnatic music



Louis Braille, French educator who battled visual impairment yet developed the reading and writing for blind called Braille language



Gregor Mendel, Czech biologist and mathematician who is regarded as the founder of modern genetics due to his groundbreaking pea plant experiments



Theodore Roosevelt, American politician, soldier and naturalist who served as the 26th President of the United States from 1901-09



Victor Fleming, American film director who made the classic movies The Wizard of Oz and Gone With The Wind



Om Puri, veteran Indian actor who starred in numerous Hindi, Bengali, Punjabi and Kannada films along with International films like East is East



Sidney Poitier, Bahamian American actor who overcame racism to become the first African-American to win the Oscar for Best Actor for his performance in the film Lilies of the Field

Famous Birthdays On This Day

Sr No

Birth Year




Jacob Bernoulli, Swiss mathematician who made significant contributions to calculus



Heinrich Schliemann, German businessman and archaeologist who discovered the city of Troy



Khalil Gibran, Lebanese-American writer and poet, who is best known for his best-selling book The Prophet



Rowan Atkinson, English actor and comedian who is best known for playing the beloved and iconic character Mr. Bean



Kapil Dev, Indian cricketer known for his batting and bowling skills, and led India to its first Cricket World Cup win in 1983



A.R. Rahman, Oscar and Grammy-winning Indian composer who wrote the music and scores for several Indian and international films like Slumdog Millionaire and Lagaan



Eddie Redmayne, English actor who won the Academy Award for his performance as Stephen Hawking in the film The Theory of Everything



Irina Shayk, Russian model and television personality

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What happened today in history (6 January)?

Former US President Donald Trump’s supporters rioted at the US Capitol Washington DC to protest Joe Biden and Kamala Harris’ election wins on this day, 6 January.

Which famous personality was born on this day, 6 January?

Indian cricketer Kapil Dev, composer A.R. Rahman and acclaimed English character actor Rowan Atkinson were born today (6 Jan).

What major sports events took place on 6 January?

The first recorded boxing match in history took place on this day in 1681 in Britain between the butler and butcher of Christopher Monck, 2nd Duke of Albemarle.
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