On This Day

What Happened on January 4

Important 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 Luna 1 (Mechta) becomes 1st craft 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
More Historical Events

January 4 in Film & TV

  • 1984 "Night Court" starring Harry Anderson premieres on NBC TV

January 4 in Music

  • 1936 Billboard magazine publishes its 1st music hit parade

January 4 in Sport

  • 1920 1st Black baseball league, National Negro Baseball League, organizes

Did You Know?

4 wheeled roller skates patented by James Plimpton of NY

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 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

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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