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Births for January 04


  • 1334 Amadeus VI, (Green Earl), earl of Savoye
  • 1580 James Ussher, bishop/calculated Earth's beginning (Nov 23, 4004 BC)
  • 1643 Sir Isaac Newton, scientist (Whatever goes up)
  • 1710 Giovanni B Pergolesi, Italian composer (Il Prigioniero Superbo)
  • 1720 Johann F Agricola, German (court)composer/organist
  • 1726 Cornelis Ploos of Amstel, engraver/art collecor
  • 1785 Jacob Ludwig Carl Grimm, Germany, librarian (fairy tale collector)
  • 1789 Benjamin Lundy, philanthropist/abolitionist
  • 1797 Wilhelm Beer, Germany, amateur astronomer (constructed 1st Moon map)
  • 1809 Louis Braille, Coupvray France, developer (reading system for blind)
  • 1813 Isaac Pitman, Britain, inventor (stenographic shorthand)
  • 1813 Louis L Bonaparte, English/French linguist/senator
  • 1821 John James Peck, Major General (Union volunteers), died in 1878
  • 1822 Joseph Jones Reynolds, Major General (Union volunteers), died in 1899
  • 1823 Peter Joseph Osterhaus, Major General (Union volunteers), died in 191
  • 1837 Casimiro de Abreu, Brazil, poet (Camoes e o jau)
  • 1838 Charles Stratton, (General Tom Thumb) (famous short person)
  • 1847 Hendrik Goeman Borgesius, politician
  • 1872 Edmund Rumple, Austria, auto/airplane builder
  • 1874 Josef Suk, Czech violinist/composer (Asrael)
  • 1878 Alfred Edgar Coppard, England, writer (Black Dogs & Other Stories)
  • 1881 Wilhelm Lehmbruck, German painter/poet/sculptor (Seated Youth)
  • 1883 Johanna Westerdijk, botanist/Neth 1st female prof (Utrecht, 1917-52)
  • 1883 Max F Eastman, US, critic/essayist (Masses)
  • 1888 Arthur Berry, England, soccer player (Olympic-gold-1908, 12)
  • 1890 Alfred G Jodl, German Wehrmacht general/chief of staff
  • 1890 Mosa Pijade, Yugoslavia, communist parliament chairman
  • 1896 Andr‚ Aim‚ Ren‚ Masson, French Surrealist artist (Labyrinth)
  • 1896 Everett McKinley Dirkson, (Sen-R-Ill)
  • 1903 Joris Diels, Flemish actor/director (Haagsche Comedy)
  • 1903 Ram¢n Ernesto Cruz Ucl‚s, Honduras president (1971-72); overthrown
  • 1905 Sterling Holloway, Cedartown Ga, actor (Waldo-Life of Riley)
  • 1910 L‚on Delagrange, France, air pioneer
  • 1913 Malietoa Tanumafili II, King of West-Samoa (1962- )
  • 1914 Jane Wyman, St Joseph Mo, 1st Mrs Ron Reagan, (Magnificent Obsession)
  • 1914 Mohammed Sahir, shah (Afghanistan)
  • 1916 Robert Parrish, Columbus Ga, director (Casino Royale)
  • 1919 Al "Jazbo" Collins, NYC, DJ (Tonight! America After Dark)
  • 1920 Benito Perez Galdos, Spanish writer (Fortunata y Jacinta)
  • 1920 William Colby, CIA director (Nixon)
  • 1922 Frank Wess, flutist/saxophonist/composer
  • 1925 Veikko Hakulinen, Finland, 30K/50K cross country skier (Oly-gold-1956
  • 1927 Barbara Rush, Denver Co, actress (Marsha-Peyton Place, Flamingo Road)
  • 1929 Amitai W Etzioni, US sociologist (Active Society)
  • 1930 Don Shula, NFL coach (Miami Dolphins)
  • 1930 Sorrell Booke, Buffalo NY, actor (Bye Bye Braverman, Black Like Me)
  • 1932 Richard Stahl, Detroit Mich, actor (Howard-It's a Living)
  • 1933 Ed Jenkins, (Rep-D-GA, 1977- )
  • 1935 Floyd Patterson, heavyweight champ (1956-59, 1960-62) (Oly-gold-1952)
  • 1937 Dyan Cannon, Tacoma Wash, Mrs Cary Grant/actress (Heaven Can Wait)
  • 1937 Grace Bumbry, St Louis, mezzosoprano (Venus in Tannh„user)
  • 1940 Anthony Skooter Teague, Texas, actor (How to Succeed in Business)
  • 1940 Brian Josephson, British physicist (Nobel 1973)
  • 1941 John Bennett Perry, Williamstown Mass, singer/actor (Falcon Crest)
  • 1941 J”rg Rem‚, German/Dutch painter/graphic artist
  • 1941 Maureen Reagan, 1st daughter (Ronald Reagan)
  • 1942 John McLaughlin, rock guitarist (Sentimental Journey/Clouds of Joy)
  • 1943 Tom Wilkinson, CFL QB (Edmonton Eskimos)
  • 1946 Bernard Sumner, rocker (New Order-Round & Round)
  • 1947 J Danforth Quayle, (Sen-R-Ind, 44th VP 1989-93)/rich draft dodger
  • 1951 Barbara Ann Cochran, Claremont NH, slalom skier (Olympic-gold-1972)
  • 1956 Barney Sumner, guitarist/vocalist (New Order-Blue Monday)
  • 1958 Matt Frewer, actor (Max Headroom, Doctor Doctor)
  • 1959 Vanity, (Denise Marquardt), Ontario Canada, actress (52 Pick Up)
  • 1960 Michael Stipe, rocker (R E M -Stand)
  • 1962 Martin McAloon, rocker (Prefab Sprout-2 Wheels Good)
  • 1964 Stephanie Maxwell-Pierson, Somerville NJ, US rower (Olympic-92)
  • 1965 David Glasper, rocker (Breathe-All I Need)
  • 1969 Lindsay Kennedy, Atlanta Ga, actor (Jeb-Little House on the Prairie)
  • 1971 Jeremy Licht, LA Calif, actor (Mark-Valerie/Hogan Family)


Passings for January 04


  • 1678 Johan Maetsuyker, governor-general of Ceylon (1653-78), dies at 71
  • 1701 Earnest R Tarhemberg, Austria, field marshal, dies at 62
  • 1707 Louis Willem I, count of Baden-Baden, dies
  • 1804 Charlotte Lennox, English novelist (The Female Quixote), dies
  • 1821 Elizabeth Ann Seton, 1st native-born American saint, dies in Maryland
  • 1880 Anselm Feuerbach, German painter, dies
  • 1903 Geo(rge J H) Poggenbeek, surrealist painter, dies
  • 1908 Antony Winkler Prins, writer (Groiller Encyclopaedia), dies at 70
  • 1910 L‚on Delagrange, French aviation pioneer, dies
  • 1913 Alfred von Schlieffen, Prussian general-field marschal, dies
  • 1920 Benito P‚rez Gald¢s, Spanish writer (Gloria), dies at 76
  • 1940 Conrad Weiss, German writer/poet (Tie Herz of Wortes), dies
  • 1941 Henri Bergson, French philosopher (Le Rire, Nobel 1928), dies
  • 1944 Kaj Munk, (Harald Leininger), anti-fascist writer (Kaj Munk), dies
  • 1946 Barney Oldfield, daredevil, dies at 67
  • 1952 Constantly Permeke, Flemish painter (Boerin), dies at 65
  • 1955 Jan D Domela Nieuwenhuis Nyegaard, preacher, dies
  • 1957 Theodor K”rner von Siegringen, Austrian pres (1951-57), dies at 84
  • 1960 Albert Camus, Fr author (L'etanger), dies in an auto accident at 46
  • 1961 Barry Fitzgerald, actor (Going My Way), dies at 72
  • 1964 Ralph Dumke, actor (Movieland Quiz), dies at 64
  • 1965 T S Eliot, poet (Washed Country), dies in London at 76
  • 1967 Donald Campbell, boat racer, dies trying to break 300 mph on water
  • 1968 Joseph Pholien, Belgian PM (1950-52) communist fighter, dies at 83
  • 1975 Carlo Levi, Italian writer (Parole Sono Pietre), dies at 72
  • 1987 Peggy Bacon, author/illustrator (Off With Their Heads), dies at 91
  • 1990 Robert F Adams, US, sci-fi author (Castaways in Time), dies at 57
  • 1991 Leo N Wright, US saxophonist (I left my heart in San Francisco), dies
  • 1993 Daniel H Craven, South African rugby coach, dies


Special events for January 04


  • 274 St Eutychian begins his reign as Catholic Pope
  • 1493 Columbus left new world on return from 1st voyage
  • 1581 James Ussher, Archbishop of Armagh (gave age to Earth based on bible)
  • 1754 Columbia University founded, as Kings College (NYC)
  • 1780 Snowstorm hit Washington's army at Morristown, NJ
  • 1781 Andr‚ M‚chain discovers M80 (globular cluster in Scorpius)
  • 1790 Pres Washington delivers 1st "State of the Union"
  • 1832 Insurrection of Trinidad negroes
  • 1843 The opera "Don Pasquale" is produced (Paris)
  • 1861 Pres Buchanan appoints a fast on account of threatened succession
  • 1861 US Ft Morgan, Mobile, seized by Alabama
  • 1862 -Jan 17th) Battle of Ft Hindman, AK (Arkansas Post)
  • 1862 Battle of Helena, AK
  • 1862 Romney Campaign-Stonewall Jackson occupies Bath
  • 1863 4 wheeled roller skates patented by James Plimpton of NY
  • 1866 F Tietjen discovers asteroid #86 Semele
  • 1876 V Knorre discovers asteroid #158 Koronis
  • 1881 Brahms' "Academic Festival Overture" premiers, Breslau
  • 1883 Ontario Rugby Football Union (forerunner of CFL) formed
  • 1885 Dr W W Grant of Iowa, performs 1st appendectomy (on Mary Gartside, 22
  • 1887 1st bicycle trip around the world (SF-SF) completed; 21,700 km
  • 1893 US pres Cleveland grants amnesty to Mormon polygamy
  • 1896 AFL charters Actors' National Protective Union, NYC
  • 1896 Utah admitted as 45th state
  • 1898 1st installment of William Dean Howell's "Life & Letters" appears
  • 1904 Ottawa Silver 7 beat Winnipeg Rowing Club 2 games to 1 (Stanley Cup)
  • 1904 Supreme Court rules Puerto Ricans cannot be denied admission to US
  • 1908 A Kopff discovers asteroid #654 Zelinda
  • 1912 Smallest earth-moon distance this century, 356,375 km center-to-ctr
  • 1915 1st elected Jewish governor, Moses Alexander, takes office in Idaho
  • 1915 Trans-Caustic: Russian defeat Turkish troops
  • 1920 1st Black baseball league, National Negro Baseball League, organizes
  • 1923 1st broadcast of "barn dance show" (WBAP - Ft Worth Texas)
  • 1923 Lenin's "Political Testament" removes Stalin
  • 1930 M Wolf discovers asteroid #1141 Bohmia
  • 1932 British-Dutch East Indies Viceroy Willingdon arrests Gandhi & Nehru
  • 1935 Ft Jefferson National Monument, Fla established
  • 1939 Frieda Wunderlich elected 1st woman dean of a US graduate school
  • 1943 Thomas Mann completes his tetralogy, "Joseph & His Brothers"
  • 1944 Ralph Bunche appointed 1st Negro official in US State Department
  • 1945 Germans execute resistance strikers in Amsterdam
  • 1948 Burma declares independence from UK
  • 1951 During Korean conflict, North Korean forces capture Seoul
  • 1953 KTSM TV channel 9 in El Paso, TX (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1954 Elvis Presley records a 10 minute demo in Nashville
  • 1954 Soap Opera "The Brighter Day" premiers
  • 1957 "Blondie" situation comedy premiers on NBC TV (later on CBS)
  • 1958 Sputnik 1 reenters atmosphere & burns up
  • 1959 Luna 1 (Mechta) becomes 1st craft to leave Earth's gravity
  • 1960 EVA, European Vr˜handels Assn forms in Stockholm
  • 1961 Longest recorded strike ends-33 yrs-Danish barbers' assistants
  • 1962 1st automated (unmanned) subway train (NYC)
  • 1963 Soviet Luna (4) reaches Earth orbit but fails to reach Moon
  • 1965 LBJ's "Great Society" State of the Union Address
  • 1966 WFLD TV channel 32 in Chicago, IL (IND) begins broadcasting
  • 1968 Leo Fender sells Fender Guitars for $13 million
  • 1970 Beatles last recording session at EMI studios
  • 1970 KC Chiefs beat Oakland Raiders 17-7 in AFC championship game
  • 1970 Minn Vikings beat Cleve Browns 27-7 in NFC championship game
  • 1970 NYC transit fare rises from 20› to 30›, new larger tokens used
  • 1971 Congesssional Black Caucus organizes
  • 1971 Dr Melvin H Evans inaugurated as 1st elected governor of Virgin Is
  • 1971 Ohio agrees to pay $675,000 to relatives of Kent State victims
  • 1971 Philadelphia's Veteran Stadium dedicated
  • 1975 Ice thickness measured at 4776 m, Wilkes Land, Antarctica
  • 1975 Montreal Canadiens shutout Washington Capitals 10-0
  • 1980 President Carter announed the US boycott of the Moscow Olympics
  • 1981 "Frankenstein" opens & closes on Broadway
  • 1982 Bryant Gumbel becomes co-host of the Today Show
  • 1982 Chris Wallace becomes co-anchor of the Today Show
  • 1983 US Football League holds its 1st player draft
  • 1984 "Night Court" starring Harry Anderson premiers on NBC TV
  • 1984 Edmonton beats Minnesota 12-8-highest-scoring modern NHL game
  • 1986 NCAA basketball's David Robinson blocks a record 14 shots
  • 1987 16 die in a train crash in Chase Md
  • 1987 Thomas Stevens became 1st man to bicycle around the world
  • 1989 C Pollas discovers asteroid 4179 Toutatis
  • 1989 Comet Tempel 1 at perihelion
  • 1989 US F-14s shoot down 2 Libyan jet fighters over Mediterranean
  • 1989 VP Bush is 1st since VP Van Buren to declare himself president
  • 1991 AT&T workers in Newark accidentally snap a cable
  • 1991 Iraq agrees to send Aziz to Geneva to meet Baker on Jan 9th
  • 1991 John Krzystof Bielecki becomes premier of Poland


Songs for date January 04


  • 01/04/45 --- Rum And Coca-Cola (Andrews Sisters)
  • 01/04/45 --- There Goes That Song Again (Kaye, Sammy)
  • 01/04/45 --- Ac-cent-tchu-ate The Positive (Mercer, Johnny)
  • 01/04/60 --- Teen Angel (Dinning, Mark)
  • 01/04/64 --- Hey Little Cobra (Rip Chords)
  • 01/04/64 --- Anyone Who Had A Heart (Warwick, Dionne)
  • 01/04/69 --- I Started A Joke (Bee Gees)
  • 01/04/69 --- Worst That Could Happen (Brooklyn Bridge)
  • 01/04/69 --- Can I Change My Mind (Davis, Tyrone)
  • 01/04/69 --- Touch Me (Doors)
  • 01/04/69 --- Everyday People (Sly & The Family Stone)
  • 01/04/75 --- You're No Good (Ronstadt, Linda)
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