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
English Civil War: The Rump Parliament votes to put Charles I on trial.
The McDonald Islands are discovered by Captain William McDonald aboard the Samarang.
The Fabian Society is founded in London.
Sputnik 1 falls to Earth from its orbit.
United States President Lyndon B. Johnson proclaims his “Great Society” during his State of the Union address.
Rose Heilbron becomes the first female judge to sit at the Old Bailey in London, England, United Kingdom.
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.
Gunmen open fire on Shiite Muslims worshiping in an Islamabad, Pakistan mosque, killing 16 people and injuring 25.
Mikheil Saakashvili is elected President of Georgia following the November 2003 Rose Revolution.
The Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building is officially opened.
Who were born on January 4?
Charles Sherwood Stratton, American circus performer (d. 1883)
Ilia II, Catholicos-Patriarch of all Georgia
Hwang Sok-yong, Korean writer
Laila Eloui, Egyptian actress
David Toms, American golfer
Greg de Vries, Canadian hockey player
Ted Lilly, American baseball player
James Milner, English footballer
Melissa Long, American journalist
Rhiannon Leigh Wryn, American actress
Who died on January 4?
Gabriel Cramer, Swiss mathematician (b. 1704)
King Ferdinand I of the Two Sicilies (b. 1751)
John William Draper, English scientist, photographer (b. 1811)
T. S. Eliot, American-born British Nobel laureate (b. 1888)
Carlo Levi, Italian painter, writer and activist (b. 1902)
Lovro von Matacic, Croatian conductor (b. 1899)
Sol Tax, American anthropologist (b. 1907)
Tom Fears, American football player (b. 1922)
Brian Gibson, English film director (b. 1944)
Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubaian politician and statesman (b. 1946)
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