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January 4 Historical Events

The following events took place on January 4. The list is arranged in chronological order.

Found 44 events. Showing 1 - 30.

  • 46 BCE
    Julius Caesar defeats Titus Labienus in the Battle of Ruspina.
  • 871
    Battle of Reading: Æthelred of Wessex fights, and is defeated by, a Danish invasion army.
  • 1490
    Anne of Brittany announces that all those who would ally with the King of France will be considered guilty of the crime of lèse-majesté.
  • 1642
    King Charles I of England sends soldiers to arrest members of Parliament, commencing England’s slide into civil war.
  • 1649
    English Civil War: The Rump Parliament votes to put Charles I on trial.
  • 1717
    The Netherlands, Great Britain, and France sign the Triple Alliance.
  • 1762
    Great Britain declares war on Spain and Naples.
  • 1798
    Constantine Hangerli arrives in Bucharest, Wallachia, as its new Prince, invested by the Ottoman Empire.
  • 1847
    Samuel Colt sells his first revolver pistol to the United States government.
  • 1853
    After having been kidnapped and sold into slavery in the American South, Solomon Northrup regains his freedom; his memoir 12 Years a Slave later becomes a national bestseller.
  • 1854
    The McDonald Islands are discovered by Captain William McDonald aboard the Samarang.
  • 1863
    The New Apostolic Church, a Christian and chiliastic church, is established in Hamburg, Germany.
  • 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.
  • 1884
    The Fabian Society is founded in London, England, United Kingdom.
  • 1889
    The Oklahoma Land Run opens 2 million acres of unused Oklahoma Territory to first serve first come settlers on April 22.
  • 1896
    Utah is admitted as the 45th U.S. state.
  • 1903
    Topsy, an elephant, is electrocuted by the owners of Luna Park, Coney Island. Thomas Edison’s movie company shoots the film Electrocuting an Elephant of the execution.
  • 1912
    The Scout Association is incorporated throughout the British Empire by royal charter.
  • 1944
    World War II: Operation Carpetbagger, involving the dropping of arms and supplies to resistance fighters in Europe, begins.
  • 1948
    Burma gains its independence from the United Kingdom.
  • 1951
    Korean War: Chinese and North Korean forces capture Seoul.
  • 1955
    The Greek National Radical Union is formed by Konstantinos Karamanlis.
  • 1958
    Sputnik 1 falls to Earth from orbit.
  • 1959
    Luna 1 becomes the first spacecraft to reach the vicinity of the Moon.
  • 1965
    United States President Lyndon B. Johnson proclaims his “Great Society” during his State of the Union address.
  • 1966
    A military coup takes place in Upper Volta (later Burkina Faso), dissolving the National Parliament and leading to a new national constitution.
  • 1970
    A magnitude 7.7 earthquake strikes Tonghai County, China, killing at least 15,000 people.
  • 1972
    Rose Heilbron becomes the first female judge to sit at the Old Bailey in London, England.
  • 1974
    United States President Richard Nixon refuses to hand over materials subpoenaed by the Senate Watergate Committee.

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