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January 04: This Day That Year

January 04

- 274 - St Eutychian begins his reign as Catholic Pope.

- 1642 - King Charles I attacks the English parliament with an army of 400.

- 1762 - Great Britain declares war on Spain & Naples.

- 1809 - Birthday: Louis Braille, French inventor of a system of reading and writing for the blind, born in Coupvray (France).

- 1847 - Samuel Colt sells his first revolver pistol to the United States government.

- 1865 - New York City - New York Stock Exchange opens its 1st permanent HQs at 10-12 Broad St, near Wall Street.

- 1896 - Utah (USA) becomes 45th state.

- 1903 - Topsy the elephant (Female) electrocuted by her owners at Luna Park, Coney Island.

- 1906 - South Africa beat England by one wicket to register their first Test cricket victory.

- 1932 - Lord Willingdon arrests Mahatma Gandhi & Jawaharlal Nehru.

- 1944 - Ralph Bunche becomes 1st African American official in US State Department.

- 1948 - Burma declares independence from the United Kingdom.

- 1959 - USSR's Luna 1 (Mechta) becomes 1st craft to leave Earth's gravity

- 1961 - Erwin Schrodinger, Austrian physicist and Nobel Laureate dies at 73.

- 1970 - Earthquake (Magnitude 7.7) killed 15,000+ people in Tonghai County (China).

- 1990 - Pakistan: 307 killed and 700 injured when overloaded passenger train collides with an empty freight train.

- 1999 - Islamabad (Pakistan): A gunmen kills 16 and injures 25 Shiite Muslims worshipping in an mosque,

- 2000 - Asta (Norway): 19 people killed after two trains collide.

- 2004 - A NASA Mars Rover (Spirit), lands successfully on Mars.

- 2004 - Mikheil Saakashvili becomes president of Georgia.

- 2007 - USA: Nancy Pelosi becomes 1st female Speaker of the House.

- 2010 - The Burj Khalifa (829.8 meters) officially opens in Dubai.

- 2013 - 9 people killed by a car bomb in Damascus (Syria) | 8 people killed by a gunman in Kawit (Philippines).

- 2013 - 6 people killed after a snowmobile goes off a ski slope on Mt Cermis (Italy).

- 2013 - 3 people killed after a Beechcraft crashes into a house in Florida (USA).

- 2014 - 14 people killed after a building construction site collapses in Goa (India).

- 2019 - Rishabh Pant 159 not out becomes first Indian wicketkeeper to score a century in Australia.

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