About January 4

January 4, 2024 is the 4th day of the year 2024 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 362 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Thursday.

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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 37 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

What Happened On January 4

  • 46 BC
    Julius Caesar defeats Titus Labienus in the Battle of Ruspina.
  • 871
    Battle of Reading: Ethelred of Wessex fights, and is defeated by, a Danish invasion army.
  • 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.
  • 1717
    The Netherlands, Great Britain, and France sign the Triple Alliance.
  • 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, New York.
  • 1878
    Sofia is emancipated from Ottoman rule.
  • 1884
    The Fabian Society is founded in London.
  • 1885
    The first successful appendectomy is performed by William W. Grant on Mary Gartside.
  • 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.
  • 1948
    Burma gains its independence from the United Kingdom.
  • 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.
  • 1972
    Rose Heilbron becomes the first female judge to sit at the Old Bailey in London, England, United Kingdom.
  • 1974
    United States President Richard Nixon refuses to hand over materials subpoenaed by the Senate Watergate Committee.
  • 1998
    Wilaya of Relizane massacres in Algeria: over 170 are killed in three remote villages.
  • 1999
    Gunmen open fire on Shiite Muslims worshiping in an Islamabad, Pakistan mosque, killing 16 people and injuring 25.
  • 2006
    Prime Minister Ariel Sharon of Israel suffers a second, apparently more serious stroke. His authority is transferred to acting Prime Minister Ehud Olmert.

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