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    What happened on January 4

    • January 4, 0046 BC - Titus Labienus defeats Julius Caesar in the Battle of Ruspina.

    • January 4, 0274 St Eutychian begins his reign as Catholic Pope

    • January 4, 0871 "Ethelred of Wessex is defeated by Danish forces at Reading, gains a brilliant victory 4 days later at Ashdown, is defeated January 22 at Basing, triumphs again March 2 at Marton in Wiltshire, but dies in April"

    • January 4, 1357 Flemish Earl Louis & Luxembourg Duke Wenceslaus sign peace treaty

    • January 4, 1490 Anna of Brittany announces that all those who would ally with the king of France will be considered as guilty of the crime of lese-majesty.

    • January 4, 1493 "Christopher Columbus leaves the New World, ending his first journey."

    • January 4, 1493 Columbus left new world on return from first voyage

    • January 4, 1519 First Altenburger sermon (Luther & Karl von Miltitz)

    • January 4, 1570 "Spanish viceroy Alva banishes Zutphen City's only physician, Joost Sweiter, ""because he is a Jew"""

    • January 4, 1618 "In France, Samuel de Champlain receives the dowry of his wife Helene Boulle."

    • January 4, 1642 "King Charles I of England sends soldiers to arrest members of Parliament, commencing England's slide into civil war."

    • January 4, 1698 "Most of the Palace of Whitehall in London, the main residence of the English monarchs, is destroyed by fire."

    • January 4, 1717 "Netherlands, England & France sign Triple Alliance"

    • January 4, 1717 "The Netherlands, England, and France sign the Triple Alliance."

    • January 4, 1725 Benjamin Franklin arrives in London

    • January 4, 1754 "Columbia University founded, as Kings College (New York City NY)"

    • January 4, 1780 Snowstorm hit Washington's army at Morristown New Jersey

    • January 4, 1781 Andr‚ M‚chain discovers M80 (globular cluster in Scorpio)

    • January 4, 1821 "Elizabeth Ann Seton, the first native-born American saint, dies in Emmitsburg, Maryland."

    • January 4, 1832 Insurrection of Trinidad negroes

    • January 4, 1843 Royal Academy (Technical Hague court) Delft opens

    • January 4, 1847 Samuel Colt sells his first revolver pistol to the United States government.

    • January 4, 1854 The McDonald Islands are discovered by Captain William McDonald aboard the Samarang.

    • January 4, 1861 President Buchanan appoints a fast on account of threatened succession

    • January 4, 1861 "US Fort Morgan, Mobile, seized by Alabama"

    • January 4, 1862 "Battle of Fort Hindman, AR (Arkansas Post)"

    • January 4, 1862 Romney Campaign-Stonewall Jackson occupies Bath

    • January 4, 1863 4 wheeled roller skates patented by James Plimpton of NY

    • January 4, 1877 "Cornerlius Vanderbilt, millionaire entrepreneur and the richest man in the world at the time of his death, dies."

    • January 4, 1884 Last sighting of an eastern cougar (Ontario)

    • January 4, 1884 The Fabian Society is founded in London.

    • January 4, 1885 "Dr W W Grant of Iowa, performs first appendectomy (on Mary Gartside, 22)"

    • January 4, 1885 "The first appendectomy is performed by Dr. William W. Grant of Davenport, Iowa."

    • January 4, 1887 "Thomas Stevens is first man to bicycle around the world (San Francisco-San Francisco); 21,700km"

    • January 4, 1893 US President Cleveland grants amnesty to Mormon polygamy

    • January 4, 1894 France ratifies Duple Alliance with Russia

    • January 4, 1896 "Following Mormon abandonment of polygamy, Utah admitted as 45th state"

    • January 4, 1896 Seven members of Prime Minister Mackenzie Bowell's cabinet resign over the Manitoba Schools Question.

    • January 4, 1896 Utah is admitted as the 45th U.S. state.

    • January 4, 1902 France's Panama Canal Co. offers to sell its interests to the United States and reduces its asking price from $109 million to $40 million

    • January 4, 1902 Hugh Trumble takes a hat-trick vs England at the MCG

    • January 4, 1904 Supreme Court rules Puerto Ricans cannot be denied admission to US

    • January 4, 1906 "South Africa beat England by one wicket, their first Test win"

    • January 4, 1910 "Commissioning of USS Michigan (BB-27), the first U.S. dreadnought battleship."

    • January 4, 1912 "Smallest earth-moon distance this century, 356,375 km center-to-center"

    • January 4, 1912 The Scout Association is incorporated throughout the British Commonwealth by Royal Charter.

    • January 4, 1915 Trans-Caucausus Russian defeat Turkish troops

    • January 4, 1920 Amsterdam actors decide to strike for retirement benefits

    • January 4, 1923 "Lenin's ""Political Testament"" calls for removal of Stalin"

    • January 4, 1926 Theodorus Pangalos resigns as Greek dictator

    • January 4, 1932 Bradman scores 167 for Australia vs South Africa at the MCG

    • January 4, 1932 British East Indies Viceroy Willingdon arrests Gandhi & Nehru

    • January 4, 1935 "Bob Hope first heard on network radio as part of ""The Intimate Revue"""

    • January 4, 1935 "Fort Jefferson National Monument, Florida established"

    • January 4, 1936 Billboard magazine publishes its first music hit parade

    • January 4, 1936 Grimmett becomes world record wicket taker with no 190 vs South Africa

    • January 4, 1936 "Mickey's Polo Team, a short animated film featuring Charlie Chaplin, Oliver Hardy, Stan Laurel, and Harpo Marx in a polo match against various Disney characters, is first released."

    • January 4, 1939 Frieda Wunderlich elected first woman dean of a US graduate school

    • January 4, 1939 Hermann Goering appoints Reinhard Heydrich head of Jewish Emigration

    • January 4, 1941 The animated short Elmer's Pet Rabbit is released: it marks the second appearance of Bugs Bunny and the first to have his name on a title card.

    • January 4, 1942 Premier Churchill & General Marshall fly to Florida

    • January 4, 1943 "Head SS office writes to all concentration camp commanders, requesting them to forward human hair for processing at the firm of Alex Zink, Filzfabrik A.G. near Nuremberg. A half-mark would be received by the Commandant for each kilo of human hair."

    • January 4, 1943 "Tom Wilkinson football player; CFL QB, Edmonton Eskimos, was born"

    • January 4, 1944 "Operation Carpetbagger, involving the dropping of arms and supplies to resistance fighters in Europe, begins."

    • January 4, 1944 Ralph Bunche appointed first Negro official in US State Department

    • January 4, 1945 Germans execute resistance fighters in Amsterdam

    • January 4, 1945 US jeep-aircraft carrier Ommaney Bay sinks after kamikaze attack

    • January 4, 1948 Burma gains its independence from Britain.

    • January 4, 1951 "North Korean and Communist Chinese troops capture the city of Seoul, during the Korean War."

    • January 4, 1954 "Soap Opera ""The Brighter Day"" premieres"

    • January 4, 1957 """Blondie"" situation comedy premieres on NBC TV (later on CBS)"

    • January 4, 1957 After 69 years the last issue of Collier's Weekly magazine is published.

    • January 4, 1957 "Dodgers buy 44 passenger twin-engine airplane for $775,000"

    • January 4, 1958 "Sputnik 1 falls to Earth from its orbit (launched on October 4, 1957)."

    • January 4, 1959 Luna 1 (Mechta) becomes first craft to leave Earth's gravity

    • January 4, 1960 European Free Trade Association forms in Stockholm

    • January 4, 1961 Longest recorded strike ends-33 years-Danish barbers' assistants

    • January 4, 1962 New York City introduces a train that operates without a crew on-board.

    • January 4, 1962 The first automated (unmanned) subway train (New York City NY)

    • January 4, 1963 Soviet Luna (4) reaches Earth orbit but fails to reach Moon

    • January 4, 1965 Author T.S. Eliot dies in London at age 76.

    • January 4, 1965 "Fender, a favorite guitar and musical instrument manufacturer of the surf rock crowd, is sold to CBS for $13 million."

    • January 4, 1965 "LBJ's ""Great Society"" State of the Union Address"

    • January 4, 1966 Doug Walters scores second Test century in his second Test

    • January 4, 1967 UK hist Donald Campbell dies attempting to break his world water speed record on Conniston Water ? his body and Bluebird recovered in 2002

    • January 4, 1968 Duck hunter accidentally shoots endangered whooping crane in Texas

    • January 4, 1968 Leo Fender sells Fender Guitars for $13 million

    • January 4, 1969 France begins arms embargo against Israel

    • January 4, 1970 Beatles last recording session at EMI studios

    • January 4, 1970 Walter Cronkite ends hosting weekly documentary

    • January 4, 1971 Dr Melvin H Evans inaugurated as first elected Governor of Virgin Islands

    • January 4, 1971 "Ohio agrees to pay $675,000 to relatives of Kent State victims"

    • January 4, 1971 Philadelphia's Veteran Stadium dedicated

    • January 4, 1971 The Canadian goverment in Ottawa withdraws troops from Montreal and other areas in Quebec in wake of FLQ crisis.

    • January 4, 1972 Rose Heilbron becomes the first woman judge to sit at the Old Bailey in London.

    • January 4, 1973 The world's longest running sitcom Last of the Summer Wine was first transmitted on BBC's Comedy Playhouse and is still running to date.

    • January 4, 1974 Nixon refuses to hand over tapes subpoenaed by Watergate Committee

    • January 4, 1974 President Nixon refuses to hand over documents and tape recordings subpoenaed by the Senate Watergate Committee.

    • January 4, 1975 Elizabeth Ann Seton becomes the first American-born saint.

    • January 4, 1975 Ford Executive Order on CIA Activities within the US (No 11828)

    • January 4, 1975 "Ice thickness measured at 4776 m, Wilkes Land, Antarctica"

    • January 4, 1975 Montreal Canadiens shut out Washington Capitals 10-0.

    • January 4, 1979 "An out-of-court settlement awards $675,000 to the victims of the Kent State massacre of 1970 (made famous by the CSNY song Ohio)."

    • January 4, 1981 """Frankenstein"" opens & closes on Broadway"

    • January 4, 1981 "British police arrest Peter Sutcliffe, the ""Yorkshire Ripper"""

    • January 4, 1982 "Bryant Gumbel became co-host of NBC's ""Today Show"""

    • January 4, 1982 Chris Wallace becomes co-anchor of the Today Show

    • January 4, 1983 Criminal Code changes replace rape with 3 categories of sexual assault; equal protection to men and women; women allowed to charge their husbands with sexual assault.

    • January 4, 1984 """Night Court"" starring Harry Anderson premieres on NBC TV"

    • January 4, 1986 "David Boon's second Test century, 131 vs India at Adelaide"

    • January 4, 1987 16 die in a train crash in Chase MD

    • January 4, 1987 "An Amtrak train en route to Boston from Washington, DC, collides with Conrail engines, killing 16 people (Chase, Maryland rail wreck)."

    • January 4, 1987 "Sixteen people die when a Washington-bound Amtrak train collides with Conrail locomotives in Chase, Maryland."

    • January 4, 1987 Thomas Stevens became first man to bicycle around the world

    • January 4, 1989 Aircraft (VF-32) from USS John F. Kennedy shoot down 2 hostile Libyan Migs.

    • January 4, 1989 Comet Tempel 1 at perihelion

    • January 4, 1989 "Second Gulf of Sidra incident: a pair of Libyan MiG-23 ""Floggers"" are shot down by a pair of US Navy F-14 Tomcats during an air-to-air confrontation."

    • January 4, 1989 US F-14s shoot down 2 Libyan jet fighters over Mediterranean

    • January 4, 1989 Vice President Bush is first since Vice President Van Buren to declare himself President

    • January 4, 1990 "A crowded passenger train collides with a standing freight train in Pakistan's Sindh province, killing 300 people."

    • January 4, 1990 Canada defeats Czechoslovakia 2-1 to win World Junior Hockey title.

    • January 4, 1991 "AT""T workers in Newark accidentally snap a cable everyone wonders what happened"

    • January 4, 1991 Iraq agrees to send Aziz to Geneva to meet Baker on Jan 9th

    • January 4, 1991 Jan Krzystof Bielecki becomes premier of Poland

    • January 4, 1995 "Denis Lortie released on parole after serving 10 years in prison for 1984 shooting in the Quebec National Assembly, where he killed three people."

    • January 4, 1995 Newt Gingrich (R) becomes speaker of the House

    • January 4, 1997 Canada wins the World Junior Hockey title in Switzerland.

    • January 4, 1998 Wilaya of Relizane massacres in Algeria; over 170 are killed in three remote villages.

    • January 4, 1999 Former pro wrestler Jesse Ventura is sworn in as Governor of Minnesota.

    • January 4, 1999 "Gunmen open fire on Shiite Muslims worshipping in an Islamabad mosque, killing 16 people and injuring 25."

    • January 4, 2004 Dr. Mikhail Saakashvili is elected the President of Georgia.

    • January 4, 2004 "Spirit, a NASA Mars Rover, lands successfully on Mars at 04:35 UTC."

    • January 4, 2006 Many American media outlets erroneously report that 12 miners have been found alive in the Sago Mine Disaster.

    • January 4, 2006 "Prime Minister Ariel Sharon of Israel suffers a second, apparently more serious stroke. His authority is transferred to Acting Prime Minister Ehud Olmert."

    • January 4, 2007 "The 110th United States Congress convenes, electing Nancy Pelosi as the first female Speaker of the House in U.S. history."







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