What happened this day in history January 4

What are the important events that happened on January 4? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

January 4: Facts & Myths About This Day

January 4 is the 4th day of the year 2021 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 361 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Monday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is December 22, 2020 – a Monday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 26,828,640 minutes has elapsed since midnight of January 1, 1970 – the Unix epoch.

Strange as it may, if we name this day after a polygon then it will be called ‘tetragon’ day.

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Capricorn is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Garnet is the modern birthstone for this month. Emerald is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 39 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

The ancient Maya civilization believes that the end of the world will happen on December 21, 2012. There are now 2,936 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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January 4 Historical Events

  • 1649
    English Civil War: The Rump Parliament votes to put Charles I on trial.
  • 1854
    The McDonald Islands are discovered by Captain William McDonald aboard the Samarang.
  • 1884
    The Fabian Society is founded in London.
  • 1958
    Sputnik 1 falls to Earth from its orbit.
  • 1965
    United States President Lyndon B. Johnson proclaims his “Great Society” during his State of the Union address.
  • 1972
    Rose Heilbron becomes the first female judge to sit at the Old Bailey in London, England, United Kingdom.
  • 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.
  • 1999
    Gunmen open fire on Shiite Muslims worshiping in an Islamabad, Pakistan mosque, killing 16 people and injuring 25.
  • 2004
    Mikheil Saakashvili is elected President of Georgia following the November 2003 Rose Revolution.
  • 2010
    The Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building is officially opened.

Who were born on January 4?

  • 1838
    Charles Sherwood Stratton, American circus performer (d. 1883)
  • 1933
    Ilia II, Catholicos-Patriarch of all Georgia
  • 1943
    Hwang Sok-yong, Korean writer
  • 1962
    Laila Eloui, Egyptian actress
  • 1967
    David Toms, American golfer
  • 1973
    Greg de Vries, Canadian hockey player
  • 1976
    Ted Lilly, American baseball player
  • 1986
    James Milner, English footballer
  • 1990
    Melissa Long, American journalist
  • 2000
    Rhiannon Leigh Wryn, American actress

Who died on January 4?

  • 1752
    Gabriel Cramer, Swiss mathematician (b. 1704)
  • 1825
    King Ferdinand I of the Two Sicilies (b. 1751)
  • 1882
    John William Draper, English scientist, photographer (b. 1811)
  • 1965
    T. S. Eliot, American-born British Nobel laureate (b. 1888)
  • 1975
    Carlo Levi, Italian painter, writer and activist (b. 1902)
  • 1985
    Lovro von Matacic, Croatian conductor (b. 1899)
  • 1995
    Sol Tax, American anthropologist (b. 1907)
  • 2000
    Tom Fears, American football player (b. 1922)
  • 2004
    Brian Gibson, English film director (b. 1944)
  • 2006
    Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubaian politician and statesman (b. 1946)

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