About January 4

January 4, 2021 is the 4th day of the year 2021 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 361 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Monday.

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

What Happened On January 4

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 1948
    Burma gains its independence from the United Kingdom.
  • 1951
    Korean War: Chinese and North Korean forces capture Seoul.
  • 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.
  • 1972
    Rose Heilbron becomes the first female judge to sit at the Old Bailey in London, England, 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
    Gunmen open fire on Shiite Muslims worshiping in an Islamabad, Pakistan mosque, killing 16 people and injuring 25.
  • 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.
  • 2010
    The Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building is officially opened.

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