What Happened on January 4

Historical Events

  • 1847 Samuel Colt sells his first revolver pistol to the United States government
  • 1865 New York Stock Exchange opens its 1st permanent headquarters at 10-12 Broad St, near Wall Street in New York City
  • 1959 USSR's Luna 1 (Mechta) becomes the 1st spacecraft to leave Earth's gravity
  • 1961 Longest recorded strike ends as the Danish barbers' assistants end a 33 year strike
  • 2007 The 110th United States Congress convenes and elects Nancy Pelosi as the 1st female Speaker of the House
  • 2021 1st Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines given to the general public with 82 year old Brian Pinker in the UK first to be jabbed [1]
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Jan 4 in Film & TV

  • 1984 "Night Court" starring Harry Anderson, created by comedy writer Reinhold Weege, premieres on NBC TV; runs for 9 seasons

Jan 4 in Music

  • 1936 Billboard magazine publishes its 1st music hit parade

Jan 4 in Sport

  • 2001 Washington Wizards forward Michael Jordan becomes 4th player in NBA history to score 30,000 career points; hits a free throw in 2nd quarter of an 89-83 win against his old team, the Chicago Bulls

Did You Know?

Four wheeled roller skates patented by James Plimpton in New York

On January 4, 1863

Would You Believe?

Topsy the elephant is electrocuted by her owners at Luna Park, Coney Island and filmed by Edison Manufacturing movie company

On January 4, 1903

Famous Weddings

  • 1827 Naturalist and entomologist Thomas Say (39) secretly weds natural science illustrator Lucy Way Sistare (26)
  • 1926 American songwriter Irving Berlin (37) weds heiress and writer Ellin Mackay (23) in a simple civil ceremony
  • 1997 "Smothers Brothers" actor-singer Dick Smothers (58) weds Denby Franklin (47) in Las Vegas

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
  • 2008 Australian pop diva Natalie Imbruglia (32) and "Silverchair" frontman Daniel Johns (28) announce their divorce stating "we have simply grown apart through not being able to spend enough time together"

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