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

  • 46 BC
    Julius Caesar defeats Titus Labienus in the Battle of Ruspina.
  • 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.
  • 1847
    Samuel Colt sells his first revolver pistol to the United States government.
  • 1863
    The New Apostolic Church, a Christian and chiliastic church, is established in Hamburg, Germany.
  • 1884
    The Fabian Society is founded in London.
  • 1885
    The first successful appendectomy is performed by William W. Grant on Mary Gartside.
  • 1896
    Utah is admitted as the 45th U.S. state.
  • 1912
    The Scout Association is incorporated throughout the British Commonwealth by Royal charter.
  • 1944
    World War II: Operation Carpetbagger, involving the dropping of arms and supplies to resistance fighters in Europe, begins.
  • 1951
    Korean War: Chinese and North Korean forces capture Seoul.
  • 1958
    Sputnik 1 falls to Earth from its orbit.
  • 1959
    Luna 1 becomes the first spacecraft to reach the vicinity of the Moon.
  • 1966
    A military coup takes place in Upper Volta (later Burkina Faso), dissolving the National Parliament and leading to a new national constitution.
  • 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.
  • 1976
    The Reavey and O'Dowd killings take place (part of The Troubles in Northern Ireland, United Kingdom)
  • 1987
    The 1987 Maryland train collision: An Amtrak train en route to Boston, Massachusetts from Washington, D.C., collides with Conrail engines in Chase, Maryland, killing 16 people.
  • 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.
  • 2007
    The 110th United States Congress convenes, electing Nancy Pelosi as the first female Speaker of the House in U.S. history.

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