1493 Columbus left new world on return from 1st voyage.
871 Battle at Reading Ethelred of Wessex beats Danish invasion army.
1780 Snowstorm hit Washington's army at Morristown New Jersey.
1861 US Fort Morgan, Mobile, seized by Alabama.
1862 Battle of Fort Hindman, AR (Arkansas Post).
1862 Battle of Helena, AR.
1862 Romney Campaign-Stonewall Jackson occupies Bath.
1915 Trans-Caucausus Russian defeat Turkish troops.
1945 Germans execute resistance fighters in Amsterdam.
1945 US jeep-aircraft carrier Ommaney Bay sinks after kamikaze attack.
1951 During Korean conflict, North Korean forces captured Seoul.
1989 US F-14s shoot down 2 Libyan jet fighters over Mediterranean.
1570 Spanish viceroy Alva banishes Zutphen City's only physician, Joost Sweiter, "because he is a Jew".
1915 1st elected Jewish Governor, Moses Alexander, takes office in Idaho.
1939 Hermann Goering appoints Reinhard Heydrich head of Jewish Emigration.
1969 France begins arms embargo against Israel.
1944 Ralph Bunche appointed 1st Negro official in US State Department.
1642 King Charles I with 400 soldiers attacks the English parliament.
1896 Following Mormon abandonment of polygamy, Utah admitted as 45th state.
1932 British East Indies Viceroy Willingdon arrests Gandhi & Nehru.
1965 LBJ's "Great Society" State of the Union Address.
1971 Ohio agrees to pay $675,000 to relatives of Kent State victims.
1971 Congressional Black Caucus organizes.
1975 Ford Executive Order on CIA Activities within the US (No 11828).
1989 Vice President Bush is 1st since Vice President Van Buren to declare himself President.
1995 Newt Gingrich (R) becomes speaker of the House.
1754 Columbia University founded, as Kings College (New York City NY).
1861 President Buchanan appoints a fast on account of threatened succession.
1863 4 wheeled roller skates patented by James Plimpton of NY.
1884 Last sighting of an eastern cougar (Ontario).
1968 Duck hunter accidentally shoots endangered whooping crane in Texas.
1923 Lenin's "Political Testament" calls for removal of Stalin.
1885 Dr W W Grant of Iowa, performs 1st appendectomy (on Mary Gartside, 22).
1893 US President Harrison grants amnesty to Mormon polygamy.
1904 Supreme Court rules Puerto Ricans cannot be denied admission to US.
1920 Amsterdam actors decide to strike for retirement benefits.
1961 Longest recorded strike ends-33 years-Danish barbers' assistants.
1925 French psychologist Emil Coué brings his self-esteem therapy to US "Every day in every way I am getting better & better".
1936 Billboard magazine publishes its 1st music hit parade.
1954 Elvis Presley records a 10 minute demo in Nashville.
1968 Leo Fender sells Fender Guitars for $13 million.
1970 Beatles last recording session at EMI studios.
1920 1st Black baseball league, National Negro Baseball League, organizes.
1942 Rogers Hornsby is 14th player selected to the Hall of Fame.
1957 Dodgers buy 44 passenger twin-engine airplane for $775,000.
1986 NCAA basketball's David Robinson blocks a record 14 shots.
1974 Nixon refuses to hand over tapes subpoenaed by Watergate Committee.
1975 Ice thickness measured at 4776 m, Wilkes Land, Antarctica.
1982 Golden Gate Bridge closed for 3rd time by fierce storm.
1980 President Carter announces US boycott of Moscow Olympics
1981 British police arrest Peter Sutcliffe, the "Yorkshire Ripper".
1970 Walter Cronkite ends hosting weekly documentary.
1982 Chris Wallace becomes co-anchor of the Today Show.
1982 Bryant Gumbel became co-host of NBC's "Today Show".
1984 "Night Court" starring Harry Anderson premieres on NBC TV.
1987 16 die in a train crash in Chase MD.
1992 8th largest wrestling crowd (60,000-Tokyo Dome).
1958 Sputnik 1 reenters atmosphere & burns up.
1959 Luna 1 (Mechta) becomes 1st craft to leave Earth's gravity.
1963 Soviet Luna (4) reaches Earth orbit but fails to reach Moon.
1989 Comet Tempel 1 at perihelion.
1785 Jacob Ludwig Carl Grimm Germany, librarian (fairy tale collector)
1813 Sir Isaac Pitman inventor (shorthand)
1883 Max F Eastman US, critic/essayist (Masses)
1890 Alfred G Jodl German Wehrmacht General/Chief of Staff
1908 Angela Maria "Geli" Raubal Austrian nude model/Hitler's lover
1914 Jane Wyman St Joseph MO, 1st Mrs Ron Reagan, (Magnificent Obsession)
1914 Mohammed Sahir shah (Afghanistan)
1920 William Egan Colby CIA director (Nixon)
1930 Don Shula winningest NFL coach (Miami Dolphins)
1935 Floyd Patterson heavyweight champ (1956-59, 1960-62) (Olympics-gold-1952)
1937 Dyan Cannon Tacoma WA, Mrs Cary Grant, actress (Heaven Can Wait)
1941 Maureen Reagan 1st daughter (Ronald Reagan)
1946 Bernard Sumner rocker (New Order-Round & Round)
1956 Ann Magnuson Charleston WV, actress (Anything But Love, Hunger)
1957 Patty Loveless [Ramey], Pikeville KY, singer (Blue Side of Town)
1966 Deana Carter country singer (Strawberry Wine)
1973 Todd Sauerbrun NFL punter/kicker (WVU, Chicago Bears)
41 Caligula murdered
1761 Stephen Hales English vicar/inventor (ventilator), dies at 83
1877 Cornelius Vanderbilt US robber baron, dies at 82
1913 Alfred von Schlieffen Prussian General-field marshal, dies at 79
1946 Barney Oldfield daredevil, dies at 67
1960 Albert Camus French author (Stranger), dies in an automobile accident at 46
1961 Barry Fitzgerald actor (Going My Way), dies at 72
1965 T S Eliot poet (Washed Country), dies in London at 76
1986 Phil Lynott rocker (Thin Lizzy), dies of overdose at 34
1992 William Walker stuntman/actor (Our Man Flint), dies at 74
1997 Harry B Helmsley owner (Empire State Building), dies at 87
January 4, the 4th day of the year. There are 362 days left.
compiled by Mondoreb
Source: Today in History
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