About January 4

January 4, 2020 is the 4th day of the year 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 362 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Saturday.

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Capricorn is the sun sign of a person born on this day. Garnet is the modern birthstone for this month. Emerald is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 21 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

What Happened On January 4

  • 871
    Battle of Reading: Ethelred of Wessex fights, and is defeated by, a Danish invasion army.
  • 1490
    Anne of Brittany announces that all those who would ally with the king of France will be considered guilty of the crime of Lese-majesty.
  • 1642
    King Charles I of England sends soldiers to arrest members of Parliament, commencing England’s slide into civil war.
  • 1649
    English Civil War: The Rump Parliament votes to put Charles I on trial.
  • 1762
    Great Britain declares war on Spain and Naples.
  • 1863
    The New Apostolic Church, a Christian and chiliastic church, is established in Hamburg, Germany.
  • 1896
    Utah is admitted as the 45th U.S. state.
  • 1903
    Topsy, an elephant, is electrocuted by Thomas Edison during the War of Currents campaign.
  • 1912
    The Scout Association is incorporated throughout the British Commonwealth by Royal charter.
  • 1955
    The Greek National Radical Union is formed by Konstantinos Karamanlis.
  • 1959
    Luna 1 becomes the first spacecraft to reach the vicinity of the Moon.
  • 1965
    United States President Lyndon B. Johnson proclaims his “Great Society” during his State of the Union address.
  • 1966
    A military coup takes place in Upper Volta (later Burkina Faso), dissolving the National Parliament and leading to a new national constitution.
  • 1974
    United States President Richard Nixon refuses to hand over materials subpoenaed by the Senate Watergate Committee.
  • 1976
    The Reavey and O'Dowd killings take place (part of The Troubles in Northern Ireland, United Kingdom)
  • 1989
    Second Gulf of Sidra incident: a pair of Libyan MiG-23 “Floggers” are shot down by a pair of US Navy F-14 Tomcats during an air-to-air confrontation.
  • 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.
  • 2004
    Spirit, a NASA Mars rover, lands successfully on Mars at 04:35 UTC.
  • 2004
    Mikheil Saakashvili is elected President of Georgia following the November 2003 Rose Revolution.

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