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Notable Historical Events for January 4th

2001Rapper Vanilla Ice spends night in jail after allegedly ripping out some of his wife's hair during a row

1903Topsy, an elephant, electrocuted by Thomas Edison during the War of Currents campaign.

46 BCTitus Labienus defeats Julius Caesar in the Battle of Ruspina.

1862Romney Campaign-Stonewall Jackson occupies Bath

1847Samuel Colt sells his first revolver pistol to the United States government.

1923Lenin's "Political Testament" calls for removal of Stalin

1944Ralph Bunche appointed 1st Negro official in US State Department

1939Hermann Goering appoints Reinhard Heydrich head of Jewish Emigration

1986NCAA basketball's David Robinson blocks a record 14 shots

2000A day after accepting the head coaching position of the New York Jets, Bill Belichick resigns

January 4th Historical Events
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Notable Birthdays on January 4th

1937Grace Bumbry, St Louis, mezzo-soprano (Venus in Tannhäuser)

1809Louis Braille, Coupvray France, developer (reading system for blind)

1935Floyd Patterson, Waco North Carolina, heavyweight champ (1956-59, 1960-62) (Oly-gold-1952)

1930Don Shula, Grand River Ohio, NFL coach (Miami Dolphins)

January 4th Birthdays
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Notable Weddings on January 4th

1926Composer Irving Berlin (37) weds heiress Ellin Mackay in a simple civil ceremony

2013Former World Middleweight champ Jake LaMotta (90) weds his longtime fiancée Denise Baker (62) in Bisbee, Arizona

January 4th Weddings
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Notable Deaths on January 4th

1961Erwin Schrodinger, Austrian physicist and Nobel Laureate, dies at 73

1965T. S. Eliot, poet and Nobel laureate (Washed Country), dies in London at 76

1821Elizabeth Ann Bayley Seton, 1st native-born American saint, dies in Maryland at 46

1960Albert Camus, French author (Stranger), dies in an auto accident at 46

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