January 4 Events in History - January 4 Birthdays - January 4 Deaths
2015 Pope Francis appoints 20 new cardinals from a diverse array of nations, including Vietnam, New Zealand, Ethiopia, Tonga, Mexico, Myanmar, Uruguay, France and Thailand; three-fourths of the cardinals will have authority to vote on a papal successor
2014 Record-low temperatures are expected in the U.S. due to a 'polar vortex'; forecasters anticipate this tunnel of cold air funneling all the way from the North Pole to the U.S. could bring temperatures as low as 15 degrees in Chicago and 25 below zero in Fargo, North Dakota
2014 A deteriorating security situation prompts the evacuation of Americans from its embassy in South Sudan
2013 After pleading guilty to a U.S. case of tax evasion, Wegelin and Co., the oldest bank in Switzerland, closes; the bank faces a fine of $57.8 million
2013 A rare television interview appearance is made by Juan Carlos I, the King of Spain; the interview coincides with celebrations of his 75th birthday
2012 Vice-President of Argentina Amado Boudou assumes temporary power as President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner has surgery for thyroid cancer
2012 U.S. Presidential candidate Mitt Romney wins the 2012 Iowa Caucus by 8 votes over Rick Santorum
2011 The United Kingdom raises its value-added tax to 20% from 17.5%, its highest rate ever
2011 In Canada, Kathryn Gray becomes the youngest person to ever discover a supernova; she is ten years old
2010 Maylasia's Islamic morality police capture 52 unmarried couples in hotel rooms, charging them with sexual misconduct and possible imprisonment
2007 Nancy Pelosi is elected Speaker of the House, by a vote of 233-202
2006 Ehud Olmert becomes Prime Minister of Israel after Ariel Sharon suffers a stroke
1998 "Funny Thing Happened," closes at St. James New York City after 715 perform
1998 "Ivanov," closes at Vivian Beaumont Theater New York City after 51 performances
1998 "Triumph of Love," closes at Royale Theater New York City
1996 "Father" opens at Criterion Theater New York City for 52 performances
1995 Newt Gingrich becomes speaker of the House
1994 10th largest wrestling crowd (58,000-Tokyo Dome)
1993 7th largest wrestling crowd (63,500-Tokyo Dome)
1992 8th largest wrestling crowd (60,000-Tokyo Dome)
1991 AT&T workers in Newark accidentally snap a cable
1991 Fu Mingxia, 12, of China wins World Swimming Championships gold medal
1991 Iraq agrees to send Aziz to Geneva to meet Baker on Jan 9th
1991 Jan Krzystof Bielecki becomes premier of Poland
1989 Comet Tempel 1 at perihelion
1989 U.S. F-14s shoot down 2 Libyan jet fighters over Mediterranean
1989 Vice President Bush is 1st since Vice President Van Buren to declare himself president
1987 16 die in a train crash in Chase Md
1986 David Boon's second Test century, 131 vs. India at Adelaide
1986 NCAA basketball's David Robinson blocks a record 14 shots
1984 "Night Court" starring Harry Anderson premieres on NBC TV
1984 Edmonton beats Minnesota 12-8 highest-scoring modern NHL game
1983 U.S. Football League holds its 1st player draft
1982 Bryant Gumbel became co-host of NBC's "Today Show"
1982 Chris Wallace becomes co-anchor of the Today Show
1982 Golden Gate Bridge closed for 3rd time by fierce storm
1982 ABC Direction Network (57 affiliates) and ABC Rock Network (40 affiliates) become the 5th and 6th ABC radio network
1981 "Frankenstein" opens and closes on Broadway
1981 "Peter Pan" closes at Lunt-Fontanne Theater New York City after 578 performances
1981 69th Australian Mens Tennis: B Teacher beats Kim Warwick (75 76 63)
1981 British police arrest Peter Sutcliffe, the "Yorkshire Ripper"
1980 President Carter announces U.S. boycott of Moscow Olympics
1977 Mary Shane hired by Chicago White Sox as 1st woman TV play-by-play
1976 "Candide" closes at Broadway Theater New York City after 740 performances
1976 "Home Sweet Homer" opens and closes at Palace Theater New York City
1975 "Good News" closes at St. James Theater New York City after 16 performances
1975 "Gypsy" closes at Winter Garden Theater New York City after 120 performances
1975 "Over Here" closes at Shubert Theater New York City after 341 performances
1975 Ford Executive Order on CIA Activities within the U.S. (No 11828)
1975 Ice thickness measured at 4776 m, Wilkes Land, Antarctica
1975 Montreal Canadiens shutout Washington Capitals 10-0
1974 Nixon refuses to hand over tapes subpoenaed by Watergate Committee
1971 Congressional Black Caucus organizes
1971 Dr. Melvin H Evans inaugurated as 1st elected governor of Virgin Is
1971 Philadelphia's Veteran Stadium dedicated
1970 Beatles last recording session at EMI studios
1970 New York City transit fare rises from 20 cents to 30 cents, new larger tokens used
1970 Walter Cronkite ends hosting weekly documentary
1969 "Fig Leaves Are Falling" closes at Broadhurst New York City after 4 performances
1969 France begins arms embargo against Israel
1968 Duck hunter accidentally shoots endangered whooping crane in Texas
1968 Leo Fender sells Fender Guitars for $13 million
1966 Doug Walters scores second Test century in his second Test
1966 WFLD TV channel 32 in Chicago, IL (IND) begins broadcasting
1965 Lyndon Baines Johnson's "Great Society" State of the Union Address
1963 Soviet Luna (4) reaches Earth orbit but fails to reach Moon
1962 1st automated (unmanned) subway train (New York City)
1961 Longest recorded strike ends-33 yrs-Danish barbers' assistants
1960 European Free Trade Association forms in Stockholm
1959 Luna 1, Mechta, becomes 1st craft to leave Earth's gravity
1958 Sputnik 1 reenters atmosphere and burns up
1957 "Blondie" situation comedy premieres on NBC TV (later on CBS)
1957 Dodgers buy 44 passenger twin-engine airplane for $775,000
1954 Elvis Presley records a 10 minute demo in Nashville
1954 Soap Opera "The Brighter Day" premieres
1953 KTSM TV channel 9 in El Paso, Texas (NBC) begins broadcasting
1951 During Korean conflict, Chinese forces capture Seoul
1948 Burma declares independence from UK
1947 "Park Avenue" closes at Shubert Theater New York City after 72 performances
1947 "Show Boat" closes at Ziegfeld Theater New York City after 417 performances
1945 Germans execute resistance fighters in Amsterdam
1945 U.S. jeep-aircraft carrier Ommaney Bay sinks after kamikaze attack
1943 Thomas Mann completes his tetralogy, "Joseph and His Brothers"
1942 NFL Pro Bowl: Chi Bears beats NFL All-Stars 35-24
1942 Premier Churchill and General Marshall fly to Florida
1942 Rogers Hornsby is 14th player selected to the Hall of Fame
1941 Resistance fighters counter d'Estienne d'Orves/Jan Doornik, 1st meet
1941 Sergey Rachmaninov's "Symphonie Dances," premieres in Philadelphia
1939 Frieda Wunderlich elected 1st woman dean of a U.S. graduate school
1939 Hermann Goering appoints Reinhard Heydrich head of Jewish Emigration
1936 Billboard magazine publishes its 1st music hit parade
1936 Grimmett becomes world record wicket taker with no 190 vs. South Africa
1935 Bob Hope 1st heard on network radio as part of "The Intimate Revue"
1935 Fort Jefferson National Monument in Florida established
1934 1st Dutch talkie movie, Jan Teunissen's "Willem of Orange," premieres
1932 Bradman scores 167 for Australia vs. South Africa at the MCG
1932 British East Indies Viceroy Willingdon arrests Gandhi and Nehru
1932 State of siege proclaimed in Honduras
1926 Theodorus Pangalos resigns as Greek dictator
1925 French psychologist Emil Coue brings his self-esteem therapy to U.S. "Every day in every way I am getting better and better"
1923 1st broadcast of "Barn Dance Show" (WBAP - Ft. Worth Texas)
1923 Lenin's "Political Testament" calls for removal of Stalin
1921 Eugene O'Neill's "Diff'rent," premieres in New York City
1920 Amsterdam actors decide to strike for retirement benefits
1915 1st elected Jewish governor, Moses Alexander, takes office in Idaho
1915 Trans-Caucausus Russian defeat Turkish troops
1912 Smallest earth-moon distance this century, 356,375 km center-to-ctr
1907 George Bernard Shaw's "Don Juan in Hell," premieres in London
1906 South Africa beat England by one wicket, their 1st Test win
1904 Stanley Cup: Ottawa Silver 7 beat Winnipeg Rowing Club, 2 games to 1
1904 Supreme Court rules Puerto Ricans cannot be denied admission to US
1902 Hugh Trumble takes a hat-trick vs. England at the MCG
1898 1st installment of William Dean Howell's "Life and Letters" appears
1896 AFL charters Actors' National Protective Union, New York City
1896 Following Mormon abandonment of polygamy, Utah admitted as 45th state
1894 France ratifies Duple Alliance with Russia
1893 U.S. President Cleveland grants amnesty to Mormon polygamy
1887 Thomas Stevens is 1st man to bicycle around the world (SF-SF)
1885 Dr. W W Grant of Iowa, performs 1st appendectomy (on Mary Gartside, 22)
1884 Last sighting of an eastern cougar (Ontario)
1883 Ontario Rugby Football Union (forerunner of CFL) forms
1881 Johannes Brahms' "Academic Festival Overture" premieres, Breslau
1863 4 wheeled roller skates patented by James Plimpton of NY
1862 Battle of Helena, AK
1862 Romney Campaign-Stonewall Jackson occupies Bath
1861 President Buchanan appoints a fast on account of threatened succession
1861 U.S. Ft. Morgan, Mobile, seized by Alabama
1843 Gaetano Donizetti's opera "Don Pasquale," premieres in Paris
1843 Royal Academy (Technical Hague court) Delft opens
1790 President Washington delivers 1st State of the Union address
1781 Andre Mechain discovers M80 (globular cluster in Scorpio)
1780 Snowstorm hit Washington's army at Morristown, New Jersey
1762 England declares war on Spain and Naples
1754 Columbia University founded, as Kings College (New York City)
1725 Benjamin Franklin arrives in London
1717 Netherlands, England and France sign Triple Alliance
1642 King Charles I with 400 soldiers attacks the English parliament
1570 Spanish viceroy Alva banishes Zutphen City's only physician, Joost Sweiter, "because he is a Jew"
1519 1st Altenburger sermon (Luther and Karl von Miltitz)
1493 Columbus left new world on return from 1st voyage
1357 Flemish earl Louis and Luxembourg Duke Wenceslaus sign peace treaty
871 Battle at Reading: Ethelred of Wessex beats Danish invasion army
274 St. Eutychian begins his reign as Catholic Pope