What happened on January 4 News and Events on This Day in History
Major News Stories on 4th January include Billboard's First Pop Music Chart, Burma Gaines Independence, Elvis Presley Records First Demo, Sir Edmund Hillary Reaches South Pole, Nancy Pelosi Elected First Female Speaker of the House
1974 U.S A. Watergate
4th January, 1974 : Richard Nixon received a subpoena which required him to show tapes which would lead to evidence regarding 1972 burglary of the Democratic National Headquarters located in the Watergate complex.
As a result, Sam J. Irving, Jr. D.N.C. planned to take Richard Nixon to court. Over 500 tapes as well as several hundred written documents were sought as evidence regarding this case.
U.S. 1923 U.S.A. Rosewood Massacre By KKK
4th January, 1923 : A surprise attack by members of the Ku Klux Klan on a black residential area of Rosewood, Fla left 8 people dead. Over the next few days, white mobs attacked and killed African Americans, and burned most of the buildings in the town including the local black church in Rosewood. The all-black town of Rosewood, a north Florida community of 120 people, was burned to the ground
U.S. 1936 U.S.A. Billboard Magazine Publishes First Pop Music Chart
4th January, 1936 : Billboard Magazine publishes the first pop music chart that is based on national record sales. Today, Billboard is still the leading publication for various charts throughout many different musical genres.
Burma 1948 Burma Gains Independence
4th January, 1948 : Burma became an independent nation no longer under control of the British. Independence to Burma was originally granted by Japan in 1943 after Japan had temporary control over it.
However, this land area was primarily turned into a Japanese military base at this time. Since then, this country has undergone quite a few changes-one of which is a name change in 1989. As of this date Burma was referred to as the Union of Myanmar.
Israel 1948 Middle East Wailing Wall
4th January, 1948 : The Arabs and Jews battled for control of the Wailing Wall. This is considered to be one of the holiest shrines in the entire city.
One news report indicates that Jews started this battle with the tossing of grenades. For two weeks prior to this date, Arab riflemen had seized this wall.
Incidentally, 1948 is the year that Israel became a nation, which is something that was predicted for a long time. The struggle for control of Israel continues to take place between opposing ethnic and religious groups.
Pakistan 1948 Pakistan Train Crash
4th January, 1948 : A train collision had occurred in Sangi, Pakistan. The Zakara, a train which typically traveled between Multan and Karachi, took an overnight trip on January 4th was suddenly sent down an alternative track.
On this different track, a 67-car freight train was parked, unseen by the operators of the Zakara. The Zakara had crashed right into this parked freight. It was reported that an estimated 200 to 300 people were killed as a result.
U.S. 1954 U.S A. Elvis Presley Records First Demo Record
4th January, 1954 : Elvis Presley recorded a 10 minute demo at Sun Records Memphis Recording Service in Nashville. He had recorded an acetate recording of the same songs as a gift for his mother in 1953.
The Sun Records boss Sam Phillips arranged for Elvis Presley to an audition on June 26, 1954. In July Elvis records his first commercial recording Sun Records in Memphis, Tenn "That’s All Right (Mama)." and the rest as they say is history.
U.S. 1955 U.S A. Hydrogen Bomb
4th January, 1955 : The U.S. had conducted hydrogen bomb experiments in the Pacific for about a year prior to this date. On this day (January 4th, 1955) the U.S. paid out $2,000,000 towards the loss of life and property which occurred on March 1, 1954.
In 1954, one fisherman had been killed and several other individuals were sickened. Furthermore, the fish located among local Japanese fishing operations were contaminated.
U.S. 1955 U.S A. Packard Cars
4th January, 1955 : New versions of Packard Company automobiles were being manufactured as of this date. The Packard Caribbean was one of the most noted automobiles produced by this company on this day.
It was this company’s first V-8 engine vehicle, and it competed against cars such as the new Corvettes and Thunderbirds being made at this time.
U.S. 1955 U.S A. Jackie Gleason
4th January, 1955 : Television celebrity Jackie Gleason signed a $5,000,000 contract with the CBS television station. He starred in television comedies such as the one entitled by his name (The Jackie Gleason Show), as well as The Honeymooners. He also played in a movie called Smokey and the Bandit II and hosted the variety show Cavalcade of Stars.
UK 1958 England Sir Edmund Hillary
4th January, 1958 : Sir Edmund Hillary, first man to conquer Mt. Everest, reached the South Pole, at the bottom of the world Friday.
U.S. 1964 U.S A. THE BOSTON STRANGLER
4th January, 1964 : The last victim of THE BOSTON STRANGLER Mary Sullivan is raped and strangled to death in her Boston apartment. The Boston Strangler, Albert DeSalvo terrorized the city between 1962 and 1964, raping and killing 13 women.
UK 1965 England T.S. Eliot
4th January, 1965 : T.S. Eliot Died in London on this day. He was a famous poet during the early to mid-20th Century. He won the Nobel Prize for literature in 1948.
U.S. 1966 U.S A. Ronald Reagan
4th January, 1966 : Ronald Reagan announced his candidacy for the position of Republican Governor of California. Before he decided to run for political office, he was an actor who starred in Death Valley Days. He later became U.S. President.
UK 1967 England Dulwich
4th January, 1967: Eight art masterpieces that were stolen from the Dulwich College Gallery in London on New Year's Eve have been recovered after five were found today wrapped in newspaper in a park. The paintings, worth $8.2 million, were all intact
UK 1967 England Donald Campbell Dies
4th January, 1967 : Donald Campbell is killed on Coniston Water in the Lake District while attempting to break his his own water speed record in his jet-powered boat, the Bluebird K7
UK 1976 UK Paintings Stolen
4th January, 1976 : Eight paintings that were stolen on New Year’s Evening had been recovered on this day. These paintings were taken from the Dulwich College Gallery in London, and were found wrapped in newspaper in a park. These paintings totaled a value of $8.2 million dollars as of this time.
UK 1981 England "Yorkshire Ripper"
4th January, 1981 : Truck driver Peter Sutcliffe admitted to being the "Yorkshire Ripper," the killer of 13 women in northern England over five years.
On 2 January 1981 he was stopped by the police with prostitute Olivia Reivers and was arrested, on grounds of having fitted his car with false number plates.
UK 1985 United Kingdom Surrogate Mother
4th January, 1985 : Scotland Yard are investigating reports that a surrogate mother in London is to receive £6,500 for her baby from a childless couple. Surrogate is legal in the UK, but surrogate mothers cannot be paid. 1885
Pakistan 1990 Pakistan Train Collision
4th January, 1990 : Two trains collide in Sangi, Pakistan, killing between 200 and 300 people and injuring an estimated 700 others and was the worst rail accident in Pakistan.
U.S. 1990 U.S A. Lincoln Town Car
4th January, 1990 : It has been 38 years since the last time a luxury car won a “Car of the Year” award. This year the Lincoln Town car had made history on this very day when it received this very award by Motor Trend Magazine.
Canada 1998 Canada / United States 1998 Ice Storm
4th January, 1998 : North American ice storm of 1998 begins in Canada with steady freezing rain falling over an area of several thousand square miles of Eastern Ontario, including Ottawa and southern Quebec, northern New York, and northern New England (including parts of Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine). The Ice Storm continued till January 10 causing major disruption of power estimated millions were without power ( Thousands of power lines and Pylons broke ) and travel ( Due to Bridges Closed ) In many areas a state of emergency was declared .
Iraq 2006 Iraq Bombing Attack On Shia funeral
4th January, 2006 : A suicide bomb attack at a Shia funeral in Northern Baghdad kills at least 32 people and injured dozens of others. During the last 7 days the number and intesity of car bombings and suicide attacks has increased with the death toll reaching more than 200.
U.S. 2007 U.S A. Car Sales Figures
4th January, 2007 : 2007 has been a bad year for car sales due to the housing market problems and the over all credit squeeze. But to make matters worse Toyota continues to gain ground with new car sales overtaking Ford in the US and GM car sales declining decreasing the gap between Toyota and GM for the number 1 US car sales slot. Predictions for 2008 are gloomy as many forecast even more problems in the housing market and predictions of the lowest new car sales in the US in ten years back to the levels of 1998.
U.S. 2007 U.S A. Nancy Pelosi Elected Speaker
4th January, 2007 : Nancy Pelosi is elected as the first female Speaker of the United States Congress in U.S. history.
U.S. 2008 U.S A. Iowa caucuses
4th January, 2008 : Mike Huckabee for the Republican and Barack Obama for Democrats win the Iowa caucuses
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Dubai 2010 Dubai World's Tallest Building
4th January, 2010 : The worlds tallest building Burj Khalifa 2,716ft high with 160 floors opens in Dubai dwarfing the previous record holder, Taipei 101 1,666ft high in Taiwan.
Iran 2010 Iran Iran is blocking its people from contact with Western organizations
4th January, 2010 : Iran has banned any contact with over sixty influential Western organizations.
These have been accused of conspiring against
the Islamic Republic, and include the B.B.C., Voice of America and other media
organizations that send Farsi-language
programs into Iran, as well as think-tanks, academic institutions and leading
non-governmental organizations. “Having any
relation ... with those groups involved in the soft war is illegal and prohibited,”
the Iranian intelligence ministry has said.
“Citizens should be alert to the traps of our enemies and co-operate ...
in neutralizing the plots of foreigners and conspirators.”
Analysts have said that this is “a very harsh and important step”
that will cut a lot of the back-channels for communication with
United States 2011 United States 1968 Plane Hijacker Sentenced
4th January, 2011 : Luis Armando Pena Soltren, a man from Cuba, was
sentenced to fifteen years in jail for hijacking a plane going to Puerto Rico
from New York in 1968, forcing the pilots to fly to Havana, Cuba instead.
His two accomplices had been sentenced in the 1970s, but Pena Soltren
remained in Cuba until he visited family in the United States in 2009.
United States2012 United States Michele Bachmann Quits Republican Presidential Bid
4th January, 2012 : Michele Bachmann, a congresswoman from Minnesota, announced that she was quitting her run for the Republican presidential nomination after receiving less votes than other candidates at the Iowa caucuses. Bachmann finished in Iowa with only five percent of the vote, coming in sixth place.
Saudi Arabia2012 Saudi Arabia Men Banned From Selling Female Underwear in Saudi Arabia
4th January, 2012 : After vigorous campaigning, King Abdullah has royally decreed that men will no longer be allowed to sell female underwear in lingerie shops. The country had previously only allowed men to work as shop keepers, but after women complained that male lingerie shop keeps made them uncomfortable, a new law was brought in, banning male lingerie shop workers and allowing women to take their place.
Philippines 2013 Philippines Gun Attack in Philippine Town
4th January, 2013 : A gunman opened fire in the Philippine town of Kawit, killing seven and injuring another six people. The attack appeared to be random and was carried out by a local man who was shot and killed by the police.
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Celebrating Birthday's TodayDyan Cannon Born: 4th January 1937 Tacoma, Washington, U.S. Known For : Dyan Cannon is best known as American actress who has been in the industry for more than fourty years, she has been nominated for 3 Academy Awards but never won. Her most well known roles are Alice in Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice, Julia Farnsworth in Heaven Can Wait and as Jennifer 'Whipper' Cone in the Ally McBeal TV series. What many may not know is she was married for a short while to Cary Grant in the sixties.