On This Day for 4th January

Historical Events

  • 1847 Samuel Colt sells his first revolver pistol to the United States government.
  • 1865 The New York Stock Exchange opens its first permanent headquarters at 10-12 Broad near Wall Street in New York City.
  • 1936 Billboard magazine publishes its 1st music hit parade
  • 1959 Luna 1 (Mechta) becomes 1st craft to leave Earth's gravity
  • 1961 Longest recorded strike ends-33 yrs-Danish barbers' assistants

Did You Know?

Topsy, an elephant, electrocuted by Thomas Edison during the "War of Currents" campaign.

On January 4th, 1903

Famous Weddings

  • 1827 Naturalist and entomologist Thomas Say (39) secretly weds natural science illustrator Lucy Way Sistare (26)
  • 1926 Composer Irving Berlin (37) weds heiress Ellin Mackay in a simple civil ceremony
  • 1997 Czech Republic's first president Vaclav Havel (60) weds Czech actress Dagmar Havlova (43) in Prague, Czech Republic
  • 1997 "Smothers Brothers" actor-singer Dick Smothers (58) weds Denby Franklin (47) in Las Vegas
  • 2012 Roxy Music singer Bryan Ferry (66) weds PR executive Amanda Sheppard (29) in Turks and Caicos Island

Famous Divorces

  • 2004 Britney Spears has her surprise marriage annulled less than 55 hours after tying the knot with childhood friend Jason Alexander at the Little White Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas