January 4th - Basic Facts:
- January 4 is the 4th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar.
- There are 361 days remaining until the end of the year (362 in leap years).
- The preceding day is January 3.
- Next day is January 5.
January 4th Deaths (Here)
January 4th Events:
46 BC – Battle of Ruspina - Julius Caesar defeats Titus Labienus.
871 – Battle of Reading - Ethelred of Wessex is defeated by a Danish invasion army.
1490 – Anna of Brittany announces the crime of lèse majesté, and considers those guilty who ally with the king of France.
1493 – Christopher Columbus ending his first journey, leaving the New World.
1642 – King Charles I of England orders soldiers to arrest members of Parliament - leading to civil war.
1643 – Isaac Newton is born on this day.
1698 – The majority of the Palace of Whitehall in London is destroyed by fire; this was the main residence of the English monarchs.
1717 – Triple Alliance signed by the Netherlands, Great Britain, & France.
1762 – Great Britain declares war on Spain & Naples.
1847 – Samuel Colt sells his first revolver pistol to United States government.
1863 – The establishment in Hamburg (Germany) of the New Apostolic Church, a Christian & chiliastic church.
1865 – New York Stock Exchange opens first permanent headquarters in New York City at 10-12 Broad, near Wall Street.
1878 – Sofia becomes emancipated from Ottoman rule.
1884 – The Fabian Society is founded in London.
1885 – The first successful appendectomy is performed by William W. Grant on Mary Gartside.
1896 – Utah becomes the 45th U.S. state.
1903 – Topsy, an elephant, is electrocuted by Thomas Edison during the War of Currents campaign.
1912 – The Scout Association becomes incorporated throughout the British Commonwealth by Royal Charter.
1944 – Operation Carpetbagger begins (World War II) - dropping of arms & supplies to resistance fighters in Europe.
1948 – Burma regains its independence from the United Kingdom.
1951 – Korean War - Chinese & North Korean forces capture Seoul.
1958 – Sputnik 1 falls to Earth from its orbit.
1959 – Luna 1 becomes the first spacecraft to arrive within the vicinity of the Moon.
1962 – New York City introduces a crewless train.
1965 – United States President Lyndon B. Johnson State of the Union address - proclaims his "Great Society".
1967 – Donald Campbell is killed on Coniston Water (England) during his attempt to break the world water speed record.
1972 – First female judge to sit at the Old Bailey in London - Rose Heilbron.
1974 – United States Senate Watergate Committee - President Richard Nixon refuses to hand over subpoenaed materials.
1975 – First American-born saint - Elizabeth Ann Seton.
1989 – Second Gulf of Sidra incident between Libya & US.
1998 – Wilaya of Relizane massacres in Algeria.
1998 – Start of a massive ice storm hits eastern Canada & the northeastern United States.
1999 – Jesse Ventura (former professional wrestler) is sworn in as governor of Minnesota.
2004 – NASA Mars Rover, Spirit, lands successfully on Mars at 04:35 UTC.
2006 – Prime Minister Ariel Sharon of Israel suffers a 2nd more serious stroke resulting in his authority being transferred to acting Prime Minister Ehud Olmert.
2007 – United States Congress makes history by electing Nancy Pelosi as the first female Speaker of the House.
2010 – The Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest building is officially opened in Dubai.
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