4 JANUARY
   
 

Born On This Day:

  • Archbishop James Ussher, 1581
  • Jacob Grimm, 1785
  • Louis Braille, 1809
  • Sir Isaac Pitman, 1813
  • General Tom Thumb, 1838
  • Augustus John, 1879
  • Everett Dirksen, 1896
  • Jane Wyman, 1914
  • Floyd Patterson, 1935
  • Dyan Cannon, 1937

Died On This Day:

  • Charles, Duc d’Orleans, 1465
  • Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, 1821
  • Cornelius Vanderbilt, 1877
  • Anselm Feuerbach, 1880
  • Henri Bergson, 1941
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams, 1958
  • Albert Camus killed, 1960
  • T. S. Eliot, 1965
  • Ray Kroc, 1984
  • Christopher Isherwood, 1986
  • John Toland, 2004
  • Brian Gibson, 2004
  • Dick King-Smith, 2011

Today's Events:

  • 1493 - Columbus sails back to Spain in the Nina with six natives, leaving 39 crew members behind.
  • 1797 - Austrians under Joseph Alvintzi defeated by Napoleon at Rivoli.
  • 1885 - First successful appendectomy performed by Dr. William West Grant in Davenport, Iowa.
  • 1896 - Utah becomes 45th State admitted to Union.
  • 1936 - First Billboard music chart published.
  • 1938 - First television transmission of an event in which there were paying customers- a circus in London.
  • 1944 - Leonard Bernstein's musical 'On the Town' opens on Broadway directed by George Abbott.
  • 1944 - Ralph Bunche becomes first Black person appointed as official in U.S. State Department.
  • 1948 - Weekly News magazine Der Spiegel begins publication in Germany.
  • 1962 - First subwaytrain to run without conductors or motormen hits tracks in New York.
  • 1981 - Swiss scientists announce first successful cloning of a mammal, replicating three mice.
  • 2000 - Final Peanuts comic strip to appear on Charles Schulz retirement; debut was 2 October 1950.
  • 2007 - Nancy Pelosi becomes the first woman speaker of the US House of Representatives.
  • 2009 - Israeli troops enter Gaza launching ground offensive to wipe out Hamas who had been slinging missiles into Israel.
  • 2018 - 33 days after hitting 24000, Dow Jones leaps over 25000 for the first time. Can this last?

Feast Day of Saint:

  • Elizabeth Ann Bayley Seton
  • Gregory of Langres
  • Pharaildis
  • Rigobert of Rheims
  • Roger of Ellant

Holiday:

  • Independence Day Burma (1948)

Non-Specific Holiday:

  • YÜAN TAN. Chinese New Year's Day. Based on lunar calendar - starts sunset on day of 2nd New Moon.
  • CHINESE LANTERN FESTIVAL 15th day of first month of lunar calendar marks end of Chinese New Year.
  • TU BI-SHEBAT (Judaism) New Year for Trees, celebrated on 15th of lunar month Shebat.
  • MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY 3rd Monday in January
  • ADULTS DAY in Japan - second Monday in January - 'Seijin no hi'
  • SNOW FESTIVAL - Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan
  • GANESHA CHATURTHI, Hindu Festival of the Elephant God
  • VASANT PANCHAMI, Hindu Festival of Spring and of Saraswati, Goddess of Learning (end of January)
  • PONGAL AND MAKARA SANKRANTI, mid-January, Harvest festival celebrated in Southern India and Singapore
  • LAILAT AL MIRAJ Muslim Festival celebrating ascent of Muhammad into Heaven
  • JAPANESE NEW YEAR - 3 day festival
  • LOHRI, the Hindu Bonfire Festival, celebrated early January

 

 
   
 
 
 
 
 
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