Daily Calendar for Wednesday, January 4, 2023 | Almanac.com

Daily Calendar for Wednesday, January 4, 2023


  • Sir Isaac Newton (physicist)
  • Jacob Ludwig Carl Grimm (folklorist)
  • Louis Braille (teacher)
  • General Tom Thumb (circus performer and little person)
  • Thornton W. Burgess (author)
  • Sterling Holloway (actor)
  • Barbara Rush (actress)
  • Don Schula (football coach)
  • Floyd Patterson (boxer)
  • David Bradley (Control-Alt-Delete computer code author)
  • Dave Foley (actor)


  • Commodore Vanderbilt (entrepreneur)
  • Gary Calkins (scientist)
  • T.S. Eliot (author)
  • Mae Questel (actress and voice of Betty Boop, Olive Oyl, and Casper the Friendly Ghost)
  • Tsutomu Yamaguchi (only person certified by Japan as having survived both the Hiroshima and Nagasaki Second World War atomic bombings)


  • Utah admitted to the Union as the 45th state
  • Mahatma Gandhi arrested and began a fast unto death to win suffrage for the untouchables
  • Seoul captured by Chinese Communists and North Koreans (Korean War)
  • The first man-made satellite, Sputnik I, disintegrated on re-entry to the earth’s atmosphere
  • Countries outside the Common Market formed the European Free Trade Association
  • The Orphan Drug Bill was signed into law. It encouraged pharmaceutical companies to produce drugs for unusual illnesses with limited markets
  • Doctors at the University of Miami and the Centers for Disease Control published information on one of the first cases of heterosexual transmission of AIDS in the U.S.
  • The worst Amtrak accident in history occured when a freight train collided with a passenger train in Chase, MD
  • U.S. Navy F-14s shot down two Libyan MiGs over Mediterranean
  • The first female Speaker of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, was sworn in
  • Minnesota representative Keith Ellison was sworn in as the first Muslim elected to Congress
  • A 7.5-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Alaska


  • Twenty inches of snow fell in upstate New York
  • A temperature of -40F was recorded in Canton, New York.
  • Eight inches of rain fell in 12 hours in Marin County, California
  • Blizzard hit New England and eastern Canada

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