Today : Epiphany : Celebrated annually this day, Epiphany is a major feast that commemorates, for Western Christians, the coming of the Magi and, for Eastern Orthodox Christians, Jesus' birth, baptism by John, and first miracle.
1950 : Great Britain announced its recognition of the People's Republic of China.
1941 : U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt outlined his Four Freedoms in his State of the Union message to Congress.
1878 : American poet, historian, and folklorist Carl Sandburg, whose Abraham Lincoln: The War Years won the Pulitzer Prize for history in 1940, was born.
1838 : German composer Max Bruch was born in Cologne, Prussia.
1811 : American Civil War statesman Charles Sumner was born in Boston.
1759 : George Washington married Martha Dandridge in Virginia.
1540 : Henry VIII of England married his fourth wife, Anne of Cleves.