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History events made its appearance several years for the historian and the genealogist on this date January 6th. These events helped to shape history and even some of the other events that would occur in other years.

The first of these events that occurred on January 6th was in the year 1412 according to French folklore. Today is the day in 1412 that Joan of Arc was born in Domremy France, the woman who was burned at the stake after being tried by an ecclesiastical court, after being captured by the English.

Saint Joan of Arc as she is known today, was sent by King Charles VII to the siege at Orleans during the Hundred Years War, where she helped to lift the siege in nine days. She was sent by the soon to be King because she had visions from God, Joan of Arc was also responsible for leading the French Army to other important victories.

After being burned at the stake at age 19, the case was reviewed twenty-four years later and found to be innocent. She was then declared a martyr, in 1909 she was beatified and in 1920 she was canonized.

Two events that will be of interest to both the historian and to the genealogist are the two marriages that took place in 1540 and in 1759. The first of these was King Henry VIII of England who married Anne of Cleves as his fourth wife. The other marriage that took place in 1759 was that of General George Washington, the first President of America to Martha Dandridge Custis.

In the year 1838 an event took place that would begin a way of life that would only advance. This was the first public demonstration of the telegraph invented by Samuel Morris in Morristown New Jersey.

The last event for this date without leaving the past to more modern times was in 1912 when New Mexico would become the 47th state on January 6th, 1912.

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Today January 5th is a day when history and genealogy come together, there are many days during the year that have events from the past that interest the genealogist or the historian and today is a day that each will find interest in the same events.

The first of these events occurred in 1781 when Benedict Arnold led a British Navy expedition landing in Richmond Virginia where they would burn Richmond. Arnold known as a turncoat having been born in Connecticut, served with both General Washington and for the British.

Benedict Arnold was appointed a Brigadier General of the British Army and after burning Richmond, his second wife Peggy Shippen Arnold pleaded she had no knowledge of the incident. She was sent by carriage to Philadelphia on the orders of General George Washington. To this day the name Benedict Arnold remains a name used to mean a traitor.

The next event that took place on this day of significance was in the year 1896, this was when a type of radiation was discovered by Wilhelm Roentgen a German Physicist that would become the X-ray.

Both of these events made changes in history, the burning of Richmond is something that has been played out in many different ways in books and on movie screens. Just as the medical community gaining the technology of the X-ray. This can benefit the genealogist in knowing that by the 1900’s certain conditions could be seen by X-ray and might be more accurate than conditions diagnosed before this advancement in medical technology.

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