On This Day

On This Day in History for January 4 (Part 2)

Events in History

  • 1998 Wilaya of Relizane massacres in Algeria: over 170 are killed in three remote villages.
  • 1998 A massive ice storm hits eastern Canada and the northeastern United States, continuing through January 10 and causing widespread destruction.
  • 1999 Former professional wrestler Jesse Ventura is sworn in as Governor of Minnesota
  • 1999 Gunmen open fire on Shiite Muslims worshipping in an Islamabad mosque, killing 16 people and injuring 25.
  • 2000 After 2 months, Catherine Hartley and Fiona Thornewill, reach the South Poll, the same day as Edmund Hillary 48 years before
  • 2000 19 are killed after two trains collide in Asta, Norway
  • 2004 Spirit, a NASA Mars Rover, lands successfully on Mars at 04:35 UTC.
  • 2004 Mikheil Saakashvili is elected President of Georgia
  • 2006 Prime Minister Ariel Sharon of Israel suffers a second, apparently more serious stroke. His authority is transferred to acting Prime Minister Ehud Olmert.

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

2007 The 110th United States Congress convenes and elects Nancy Pelosi as the 1st female Speaker of the House

US Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi
US Speaker of the House
Nancy Pelosi
  • 2010 The Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention removed HIV infection from its list of communicable diseases of public health significance.
  • 2010 The Burj Khalifa, world's tallest building at 829.8 m (2,722 ft), officially opens in Dubai
  • 2013 9 people are killed by a car bomb in Damascus, Syria
  • 2013 8 people are killed by a gunman in Kawit, the Philippines
  • 2013 6 people are killed a 2 are seriously injured after a snowmobile veers off a ski slope on Mt Cermis, Italy
  • 2013 3 people are killed after a Beechcraft BE35 crashes into a house in Florida
  • 2014 14 people are killed after a three-story building construction site collapses in Goa, India
  • 2016 Colombo's Gemology Institute certifies world's largest ever blue star sapphire at 1404.49 carats, found in a Sri Lankan mine in August 2015
  • 2018 Truck hits a train near Kroonstad city, South Africa killing 19 passengers
  • 2018 'Bomb Cyclone' hits US Northeast prompting flooding and snow in New York subway system
  • 2019 Thailand's worst storm in 30 years, Tropical Storm Pabuk makes landfall on country's east coast

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2020 Australian bushfires death toll reaches 23 as PM Scott Morrison announces national defense force will be employed to help fight the more than 200 fires, amid criticism of his leadership

Prime Minister of Australia Scott Morrison
Prime Minister of Australia
Scott Morrison
  • 2020 Floods and landslides caused by torrential rain in Jakarta, Indonesia, kill at least 53
  • 2021 First Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccinations given in the UK
  • 2021 South Korea, already the country with world's lowest birth rate, records more deaths than births for the first time [1]

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2021 Prime Minister Boris Johnson announces new national lockdown for England following Scotland, as COVID-19 variant spreads rapidly with hospitalizations now higher than the first wave

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson
British Prime Minister
Boris Johnson

Birthdays in History

Weddings in History

Deaths in History

  • 2007 Marais Viljoen, former State President of South Africa (b. 1915)
  • 2007 Sir Lewis Hodges, British Air Chief Marshal (b. 1918)
  • 2007 Osman Waqialla, Sudanese artist and calligrapher (b. 1925)
  • 2007 Gren, Welsh newspaper cartoonist (b. 1934)
  • 2007 Gáspár Nagy, Hungarian poet and writer (b. 1949)
  • 2007 Ben Gannon, Australian theatre film and television producer (b. 1952)
  • 2008 Joyce Carlson, American artist (b. 1923)
  • 2008 Xavier Chamorro Cardenal, Nicaraguan print editor (b. 1932)
  • 2008 Jimmy Nah, Singapore celebrity (b. 1968)
  • 2010 Johan Ferrier, Surinamian politician (b. 1910)
  • 2010 Casey Johnson, American heiress and socialite (b. 1979)
  • 2010 Tsutomu Yamaguchi, Japanese Businessman, and Survivor of Hiroshima and Nagasaki Atomic Bombings (b. 1916)
  • 2011 Dick King-Smith English Author (b. 1922)
  • 2012 Eve Arnold, American photojournalist, dies at 99
  • 2012 Ruben Ayala, American politician (California State Senator 1974-1998), dies of natural cause at 89
  • 2012 James Crow, American geneticist, dies at 95
  • 2012 Gatewood Galbraith [Louis], lawyer, American political activist, iconic Kentucky political figure, dies from pneumonia at 64
  • 2012 Rod Robbie, Canadian architect and planner (Roger's Centre/Sky Dome, Toronto), dies at 83
  • 2013 Yevgeny Pepelyaev, Soviet fighter pilot, dies at 94
  • 2015 Barbara Tizard, British educator and author, dies at 88
  • 2017 Douglas Wass, British civil servant (Permanent Secretary to HM Treasury, 1974-83), dies at 93
  • 2019 John Burningham, English author and illustrator of children's books (Mr Grumpy's Outing), dies at 82
  • 2021 Albert Roux, French chef and restaurateur (Le Gavroche, 1st Michelin three-starred restaurant in Britain), dies at 85 [1]