January 04: Fun Facts about Today in History

Today in History

On January 4, learn about the most interesting events and historical facts that occurred throughout history. The fourth day of the Gregorian calendar is January 4th. Former slave Solomon Northrup, author of the best-selling memoir “Twelve Years a Slave,” was liberated on this day, and the Broadway musical “Gypsy” closed after 120 performances.

Capricorn is the zodiac sign for January 4th. Sir Isaac Newton, Tina Knowles, and Louis Braille all had famous birthdays. National Spaghetti Day and National Trivia Day both fall on January 4th.


(January 04, 1948)
Burma (Myanmar) officially acquired independence on this day in 1948, completing the power transfer arranged by Burmese leader Aung San and British Prime Minister Clement Attlee in 1947. photo source:


(January 04, 2004)
Spirit, NASA's Mars Exploration Rover, landed on Mars to research the planet's chemical and physical composition. photo source:

(January 04, 2007)
Nancy Pelosi is elected as the first female Speaker of the House of Representatives in US history as the 110th Congress convenes. photo source:

(January 04, 2010)
Dubai, United Arab Emirates, has become home to the world's tallest building, Burj Khalifa, which was officially opened today. photo source:

(Died on January 04, 2021)
Tanya Roberts, American actress (b. 1955).

Written by James

James has always been intrigued by dinosaurs, the universe, technology, and animals. With a Bachelor of Computer Science and years of writing expertise, he joined World Amazing Facts in 2021 as a staff writer.

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