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Notable Historical Events on January 4th

1935Bob Hope 1st heard on network radio as part of "The Intimate Revue"

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

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

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

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

1954Elvis Presley records a 10 minute demo in Nashville

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

1725Benjamin Franklin arrives in London [OS=Dec 24 1724]

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

1947Emilio G. Segrè and Carlo Perrier announce technetium, a previously unknown element and the first artificially synthesized chemical element

1970Walter Cronkite ends hosting weekly documentary

1939Hermann Goering appoints Reinhard Heydrich head of Jewish Emigration

1642King Charles I with 400 soldiers attacks the English parliament

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

1932British East Indies Viceroy Willingdon arrests Gandhi & Nehru

1907George Bernard Shaw's "Don Juan in Hell," premieres in London

1862Romney Campaign-Stonewall Jackson occupies Bath

1943Thomas Mann completes his tetralogy, "Joseph & His Brothers"

1932Bradman scores 167 for Australia v South Africa at the MCG

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

January 4th Historical Events
Date Event
46
Titus Labienus defeats Julius Caesar in the Battle of Ruspina. 
BC
AD
274
St Eutychian begins his reign as Catholic Pope 
871
Battle at Reading: Ethelred of Wessex beats Danish invasion army 
1357
Flemish earl Louis & Luxembourg Duke Wenceslaus sign peace treaty 
1490
Anna of Brittany announces that all those who would ally with the king of France will be considered guilty of the crime of lese-majesty. 
1519
-6] 1st Altenburger sermon (Luther & Karl von Miltitz) 
1570
Spanish viceroy Alva banishes Zutphen City's only physician, Joost Sweiter, "because he is a Jew" 
1642
King Charles I with 400 soldiers attacks the English parliament 
1698
Most of the Palace of Whitehall in London, the main residence of the English monarchs, is destroyed by fire. 
1717
Netherlands, England & France sign Triple Alliance 
1725
Benjamin Franklin arrives in London [OS=Dec 24 1724] 
1754
Columbia University founded, as Kings College (NYC) 
1762
England declares war on Spain & Naples 
1780
Snowstorm hit Washington's army at Morristown, NJ 
1781
Andre Méchain discovers M80 (globular cluster in Scorpio) 
1832
Insurrection of Trinidad negroes 
1843
Gaetano Donizetti's opera "Don Pasquale," premieres in Paris 
1843
Royal Academy (Technical Hague court) Delft opens 
1847
Samuel Colt sells his first revolver pistol to the United States government. 
1854
The McDonald Islands are discovered by Captain William McDonald aboard the Samarang. 
1861
Pres Buchanan appoints a fast on account of threatened succession 
1861
US Ft Morgan, Mobile, seized by Alabama 
1862
Romney Campaign-Stonewall Jackson occupies Bath 
1863
4 wheeled roller skates patented by James Plimpton of NY 
1865
The New York Stock Exchange opens its first permanent headquarters at 10-12 Broad near Wall Street in New York City. 
1878
Sofia is emancipated from Ottoman rule. 
1881
Johannes Brahms' "Academic Festival Overture" premieres, Breslau 
1883
Ontario Rugby Football Union (forerunner of CFL) forms 
1884
Last sighting of an eastern cougar (Ontario) 
1884
The Fabian Society is founded in London. 
1885
Dr W W Grant of Iowa, performs 1st appendectomy (on Mary Gartside, 22) 
1887
Thomas Stevens is 1st man to bicycle around the world (SF-SF) 
1893
US pres Cleveland grants amnesty to Mormon polygamy 
1894
France ratifies Duple Alliance with Russia 
1896
AFL charters Actors' National Protective Union, NYC 
1896
Following Mormon abandonment of polygamy, Utah admitted as 45th state 
1898
1st installment of William Dean Howell's "Life & Letters" appears 
1902
Hugh Trumble takes a hat-trick v England at the MCG 
1902
The French Panama Canal Company offers to sell its right to build a canal to the US for 40 million; this will tip the balance away from those favoring a canal through Nicaraugua 
1903
Topsy, an elephant, electrocuted by Thomas Edison during the War of Currents campaign. 
1904
Stanley Cup: Ottawa Silver 7 beat Winnipeg Rowing Club, 2 games to 1 
1904
In 'Gonzales v Williams', the US Supreme Court rules that Puerto Ricans are not aliens and may not be refused admission into continental United States; not until 1917 will citizenship rights be granted 
1906
South Africa beat England by one wicket, their 1st Test win 
1907
George Bernard Shaw's "Don Juan in Hell," premieres in London 
1912
Smallest earth-moon distance this century, 356,375 km center-to-ctr 
1912
The Scout Association is incorporated throughout the British Commonwealth by Royal Charter. 
1915
1st elected Jewish governor, Moses Alexander, takes office in Idaho 
1915
Trans-Caucausus Russian defeat Turkish troops 
1920
1st Black baseball league, National Negro Baseball League, organizes 
1920
Amsterdam actors decide to strike for retirement benefits 
1921
Eugene O'Neill's "Diff'rent," premieres in NYC 
1923
1st broadcast of "Barn Dance Show" (WBAP - Fort Worth Texas) 
1923
Lenin's "Political Testament" calls for removal of Stalin 
1925
French psychologist Emil Coué brings his self-esteem therapy to US "Every day in every way I am getting better & better" 
1926
Theodorus Pangalos resigns as Greek dictator 
1932
Bradman scores 167 for Australia v South Africa at the MCG 
1932
British East Indies Viceroy Willingdon arrests Gandhi & Nehru 
1932
State of siege proclaimed in Honduras 
1934
1st Dutch talkie movie, Jan Teunissen's "Willem of Orange," premieres 
1935
Bob Hope 1st heard on network radio as part of "The Intimate Revue" 
1935
Ft Jefferson National Monument, Fla established 
1936
Billboard magazine publishes its 1st music hit parade 
1936
Grimmett becomes world record wicket taker with no 190 v South Africa 
1939
Frieda Wunderlich elected 1st woman dean of a US graduate school 
1939
Hermann Goering appoints Reinhard Heydrich head of Jewish Emigration 
1941
Resistance fighters counter d'Estienne d'Orves/Jan Doornik, 1st meet 
1942
NFL Pro Bowl: Chi Bears beats NFL All-Stars 35-24 
1942
Premier Churchill & General Marshall fly to Florida 
1942
Rogers Hornsby is 14th player selected to the Hall of Fame 
1943
Thomas Mann completes his tetralogy, "Joseph & His Brothers" 
1944
Ralph Bunche appointed 1st Negro official in US State Department 
1945
Germans execute resistance fighters in Amsterdam 
1945
US jeep-aircraft carrier Ommaney Bay sinks after Japanese kamikaze attack 
1947
"Park Avenue" closes at Shubert Theater NYC after 72 performances 
1947
"Show Boat" closes at Ziegfeld Theater NYC after 417 performances 
1947
Emilio G. Segrè and Carlo Perrier announce technetium, a previously unknown element and the first artificially synthesized chemical element 
1948
Burma declares independence from UK 
1951
During Korean conflict, Chinese forces capture Seoul 
1953
KTSM TV channel 9 in El Paso, TX (NBC) begins broadcasting 
1954
Elvis Presley records a 10 minute demo in Nashville 
1954
Soap Opera "The Brighter Day" premieres 
1957
"Blondie" situation comedy premieres on NBC TV (later on CBS) 
1957
Dodgers buy 44 passenger twin-engine airplane for $775,000 
1958
Sputnik 1 reenters atmosphere & burns up 
1959
Luna 1 (Mechta) becomes 1st craft to leave Earth's gravity 
1960
European Free Trade Association forms in Stockholm 
1961
Longest recorded strike ends-33 yrs-Danish barbers' assistants 
1962
1st automated (unmanned) subway train in New York City 
1963
Soviet Luna (4) reaches Earth orbit but fails to reach Moon 
1965
LBJ's "Great Society" State of the Union Address 
1966
Doug Walters scores second Test century in his second Test 
1966
WFLD TV channel 32 in Chicago, IL (IND) begins broadcasting 
1968
Duck hunter accidentally shoots endangered whooping crane in Texas 
1968
Leo Fender sells Fender Guitars for $13 million 
1969
"Fig Leaves Are Falling" closes at Broadhurst NYC after 4 perfs 
1969
France begins arms embargo against Israel 
1969
A People's Democracy march between Belfast and Derry is repeatedly attacked by loyalists and off-duty police officers 
1970
Beatles last recording session at EMI studios 
1970
KC Chiefs beat Oakland Raiders 17-7 in AFC championship game 
1970
Minnesota Vikings beat Cleveland Browns 27-7 in NFC championship game 
1970
NYC transit fare rises from 20 cents to 30 cents, new larger tokens used 
1970
Walter Cronkite ends hosting weekly documentary 
1971
Congressional Black Caucus organizes 
1971
Dr Melvin H Evans inaugurated as 1st elected governor of Virgin Is 
1971
Ohio agrees to pay $675,000 to relatives of Kent State victims 
1971
Philadelphia's Veteran Stadium dedicated 
1972
Rose Heilbron becomes the first female judge to sit at the Old Bailey in London. 
1974
Nixon refuses to hand over tapes subpoenaed by Watergate Committee 
1975
"Good News" closes at St James Theater NYC after 16 performances 
1975
"Gypsy" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 120 performances 
1975
"Over Here" closes at Shubert Theater NYC after 341 performances 
1975
Ford Executive Order on CIA Activities within the US (No 11828) 
1975
Ice thickness measured at 4776 m, Wilkes Land, Antarctica 
1975
Montreal Canadiens shutout Washington Capitals 10-0 
1976
"Candide" closes at Broadway Theater NYC after 740 performances 
1976
"Home Sweet Homer" opens & closes at Palace Theater NYC 
1976
Reavey and O'Dowd killings: the Ulster Volunteer Force shoot dead 6 Catholic civilians in 2 co-ordinated attacks in County Armagh, North Ireland 
1977
Mary Shane hired by Chicago White Sox as 1st woman TV play-by-play 
1981
"Frankenstein" opens & closes on Broadway 
1981
"Peter Pan" closes at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC after 578 performances 
1981
69th Australian Mens Tennis: B Teacher beats Kim Warwick (75 76 63) 
1981
British police arrest Peter Sutcliffe, the "Yorkshire Ripper" 
1981
"Red Right 88", trailing 14—12 with little time remaining the Browns chose to attempt an end zone pass play (Red Right 88) before trying for a game-winning field goal in the final minute, but the pass is intercepted by Raiders safety Mike Davis and Oakland wins 
1982
Bryant Gumbel became co-host of NBC's "Today Show" 
1982
Chris Wallace becomes co-anchor of the Today Show 
1982
Golden Gate Bridge closed for 3rd time by fierce storm 
1982
ABC Direction Network (57 affiliates) & ABC Rock Network (40 affiliates) become the 5th & 6th ABC radio network 
1983
US Football League holds its 1st player draft 
1984
"Night Court" starring Harry Anderson premieres on NBC TV 
1984
Edmonton beats Minnesota 12-8 highest-scoring modern NHL game 
1986
David Boon's second Test century, 131 v India at Adelaide 
1986
NCAA basketball's David Robinson blocks a record 14 shots 
1987
16 die in a train crash in Chase Md 
1989
Comet Tempel 1 at perihelion 
1989
US F-14s shoot down 2 Libyan jet fighters over Mediterranean 
1989
VP Bush is 1st since VP Van Buren to declare himself president 
1991
AT&T workers in Newark accidentally snap a cable 
1991
Fu Mingxia, 12, of China wins World Swimming Championships gold medal 
1991
Iraq agrees to send Aziz to Geneva to meet Baker on Jan 9th 
1991
Jan Krzystof Bielecki becomes premier of Poland 
1992
8th largest wrestling crowd (60,000-Tokyo Dome) 
1993
7th largest wrestling crowd (63,500-Tokyo Dome) 
1994
10th largest wrestling crowd (58,000-Tokyo Dome) 
1995
Newt Gingrich (R) becomes speaker of the House 
1996
"Father" opens at Criterion Theater NYC for 52 performances 
1998
"Funny Thing Happened," closes at St James NYC after 715 perform 
1998
"Ivanov," closes at Vivian Beaumont Theater NYC after 51 performances 
1998
"Triumph of Love," closes at Royale Theater NYC 
1998
Wilaya of Relizane massacres in Algeria: over 170 are killed in three remote villages. 
1998
A massive ice storm hits eastern Canada and the northeastern United States, continuing through January 10 and causing widespread destruction. 
1999
Former professional wrestler Jesse Ventura is sworn in as governor of Minnesota. 
1999
Gunmen open fire on Shiite Muslims worshipping in an Islamabad mosque, killing 16 people and injuring 25. 
2000
A day after accepting the head coaching position of the New York Jets, Bill Belichick resigns 
2001
Rapper Vanilla Ice spends night in jail after allegedly ripping out some of his wife's hair during a row 
2004
Spirit, a NASA Mars Rover, lands successfully on Mars at 04:35 UTC. 
2006
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon of Israel suffers a second, apparently more serious stroke. His authority is transferred to acting Prime Minister Ehud Olmert. 
2007
The 110th United States Congress convenes, electing Nancy Pelosi as the first female Speaker of the House in U.S. history. 
2010
The Burj Khalifa in Dubai, the world's tallest building, is officially opened. 
2010
The Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention removed HIV infection from its list of communicable diseases of public health significance. 
2013
9 people are killed by a car bomb in Damascus, Syria 
2013
8 people are killed by a gunman in Kawit, the Philippines 
2013
6 people are killed a 2 are seriously injured after a snowmobile veers off a ski slope on Mt Cermis, Italy 
2013
3 people are killed after a Beechcraft BE35 crashes into a house in Florida 
2014
14 people are killed after a three-story building construction site collapses in Goa, India 
2015
Family, officers attend funeral of murdered NYPD Officer Wenjian Liu 
2015
Pope Francis announces 15 bishops, archbishops to become cardinals 
2016
Armed protesters refuse to leave federal building in Oregon 
2016
Saudi execution of Shia cleric threatens to deepen regional sectarian crisis 
2017
Janet Jackson, 50, gives birth to a boy, Eissa Al Mana 
2017
Anchor Megyn Kelly to join NBC after 12 years with Fox News 
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