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
King Charles I of England sends soldiers to arrest members of Parliament, commencing England’s slide into civil war.
English Civil War: The Rump Parliament votes to put Charles I on trial.
The New York Stock Exchange opens its first permanent headquarters at 10-12 Broad near Wall Street in New York, New York.
Sofia is emancipated from Ottoman rule.
Burma gains its independence from the United Kingdom.
United States President Lyndon B. Johnson proclaims his “Great Society” during his State of the Union address.
The 1987 Maryland train collision: An Amtrak train en route to Boston, Massachusetts from Washington, D.C., collides with Conrail engines in Chase, Maryland, killing 16 people.
Mikheil Saakashvili is elected President of Georgia following the November 2003 Rose Revolution.
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon of Israel suffers a second, apparently more serious stroke. His authority is transferred to acting Prime Minister Ehud Olmert.
The 110th United States Congress convenes, electing Nancy Pelosi as the first female Speaker of the House in U.S. history.
Who were born on January 4?
Amadeus VI of Savoy (d. 1383)
Aristarkh Lentulov, Russian artist (d. 1943)
Rosalie Crutchley, English actress (d. 1997)
Mick O'Connell, Gaelic footballer
Maureen Reagan, American political activist (d. 2001)
Rick Stein, English chef and television presenter
Sidney Green, American basketball player
Cait O'Riordan, British musician (The Pogues)
Harmony Korine, American film director and artist
Jeph Howard, American musician (The Used)
Who died on January 4?
Anton Losenko, Russian painter (b. 1737)
Daisy and Violet Hilton, British conjoined twins (b. 1908)
Lovro von Matacic, Croatian conductor (b. 1899)
Henry Bolte, Australian politician (b. 1908)
Harry Helmsley, American real estate mogul (b. 1909)
John Gary, American singer (b. 1932)
Joan Aiken, English author (b. 1924)
Bud Poile, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1924)
Jan Schröder, Dutch cyclist (b. 1941)
Tsutomu Yamaguchi, Japanese Businessman, and Survivor of Hiroshima and Nagasaki Atomic Bombings (b. 1916)
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