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January 4th, 2046 (January 04 2046)EventTitus Labienus defeats Julius Caesar in the Battle of Ruspina.Julius Caesar Quotes
January 4th, 2007 (January 04 2007)EventThe 110th United States Congress convenes, electing Nancy Pelosi as the first female Speaker of the House in U.S. history.
January 4th, 2006 (January 04 2006)EventPrime Minister Ariel Sharon of Israel suffers a second, apparently more serious stroke. His authority is transferred to acting Prime Minister Ehud Olmert.
January 4th, 2004 (January 04 2004)EventSpirit, a NASA Mars Rover, lands successfully on Mars at 04:35 UTC.
January 4th, 1999 (January 04 1999)EventFormer professional wrestler Jesse Ventura is sworn in as governor of Minnesota.Jesse Ventura Quotes
January 4th, 1999 (January 04 1999)EventGunmen open fire on Shiite Muslims worshipping in an Islamabad mosque, killing 16 people and injuring 25.
January 4th, 1998 (January 04 1998)EventWilaya of Relizane massacres in Algeria: over 170 are killed in three remote villages.
January 4th, 1998 (January 04 1998)EventA massive ice storm hits eastern Canada and the northeastern United States, continuing through January 10 and causing widespread destruction.
January 4th, 1989 (January 04 1989)EventSecond 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.
January 4th, 1987 (January 04 1987)EventThe Chase, Maryland rail wreck: An Amtrak train en route to Boston, Massachusetts from Washington, D.C., collides with Conrail engines in Chase, Maryland, killing 16 people.
January 4th, 1975 (January 04 1975)EventElizabeth Ann Seton becomes the first American-born saint.
January 4th, 1974 (January 04 1974)EventUnited States President Richard Nixon refuses to hand over materials subpoenaed by the Senate Watergate Committee.
January 4th, 1972 (January 04 1972)EventRose Heilbron becomes the first female judge to sit at the Old Bailey in London.
January 4th, 1965 (January 04 1965)EventUnited States President Lyndon B. Johnson proclaims his "Great Society" during his State of the Union address.Lyndon Johnson Quotes
January 4th, 1962 (January 04 1962)EventNew York City introduces a train that operates without a crew on-board.
January 4th, 1959 (January 04 1959)EventLuna 1 becomes the first spacecraft to reach the vicinity of the Moon.
January 4th, 1958 (January 04 1958)EventSputnik 1 falls to Earth from its orbit (it was launched on October 4, 1957).
January 4th, 1951 (January 04 1951)EventKorean War: Chinese and North Korean forces capture Seoul.
January 4th, 1948 (January 04 1948)EventBurma regains its independence from the United Kingdom.
January 4th, 1944 (January 04 1944)EventWorld War II: Operation Carpetbagger, involving the dropping of arms and supplies to resistance fighters in Europe, begins.
January 4th, 1944 (January 04 1944)EventWorld War II: The Battle of Monte Cassino begins.
January 4th, 1912 (January 04 1912)EventThe Scout Association is incorporated throughout the British Commonwealth by Royal Charter.
January 4th, 1903 (January 04 1903)EventTopsy, an elephant, was electrocuted by Thomas Edison during the War of Currents campaign.
January 4th, 1896 (January 04 1896)EventUtah is admitted as the 45th U.S. state.
January 4th, 1885 (January 04 1885)EventThe first successful appendectomy is performed by William W. Grant on Mary Gartside.
January 4th, 1884 (January 04 1884)EventThe Fabian Society is founded in London.
January 4th, 1878 (January 04 1878)EventSofia is emancipated from Ottoman rule.
January 4th, 1865 (January 04 1865)EventThe New York Stock Exchange opens its first permanent headquarters at 10-12 Broad near Wall Street in New York City.
January 4th, 1854 (January 04 1854)EventThe McDonald Islands are discovered by Captain William McDonald aboard the Samarang.
January 4th, 1847 (January 04 1847)EventSamuel Colt sells his first revolver pistol to the United States government.
January 4th, 1762 (January 04 1762)EventEngland declares war on Spain and Naples.
January 4th, 1717 (January 04 1717)EventThe Netherlands, England, and France sign the Triple Alliance.
January 4th, 1698 (January 04 1698)EventMost of the Palace of Whitehall in London, the main residence of the English monarchs, is destroyed by fire.
January 4th, 1642 (January 04 1642)EventKing Charles I of England sends soldiers to arrest members of Parliament, commencing England s slide into civil war.
January 4th, 1493 (January 04 1493)EventChristopher Columbus leaves the New World, ending his first journey.Christopher Columbus Quotes
January 4th, 1490 (January 04 1490)EventAnna of Brittany announces that all those who would ally with the king of France will be considered guilty of the crime of lese-majesty.
January 4th, 0871 (January 04 0871)EventBattle of Reading: Ethelred of Wessex fights, and is defeated by, a Danish invasion army.

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