4 January

4 January

January 4 is the fourth day of the year in the Gregorian calendar; 361 days remain until the end of the year.

We have some interesting facts & historic events all about January 4th, including areas in religion, crime, health and more.

Keep reading for more interesting facts about January 4th in history!

Table of Contents

  1. Global Celebrations
  2. Historic Events
  3. Famous Birthdays
  4. Heartbreaking Deaths

Global Celebrations

  • World Braille Day
  • National Trivia Day
  • World Hypnotism Day
  • Pop Music Chart Day
  • National Spaghetti Day

Historic Events

2010: Burj Khalifa is opened

Burj Khalifa in Dubai is currently the world’s tallest building, at 829.8 m (2,722 ft).

1958: Sputnik 1 falls to Earth from orbit

The Soviet Union was the first nation to send an artificial Earth satellite into space.

1948: Burma gains independence from the United Kingdom

Burma (Myanmar) came under British rule on January 1, 1886.

1896: Utah becomes the 45th state of the U.S.A.

One condition for statehood was that a ban on polygamy had to be written into the state constitution.

1847: Samuel Colt sells his first revolver

Captain Samuel Walker of the Texas Rangers placed an order for 1000 revolver pistols after having witnessed their devastating effect.

Famous Birthdays

1986: James Milner, English footballer

1965: Guy Forget, French tennis player

1942: John McLaughlin, English guitarist, songwriter

1832: George Tryon, English Admiral

1809: Louis Braille, French educator, invented Braille

Heartbreaking Deaths

2011: Gerry Rafferty, Scottish singer-songwriter

1965: T. S. Eliot, American/English publisher, playwright, critic, Nobel Prize laureate

1961: Erwin Schrödinger, Austrian physicist, Nobel Prize laureate

1960: Albert Camus, French author, journalist, philosopher, Nobel Prize laureate

1941: Henri Bergson, French philosopher, Nobel Prize laureate


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