Daily Calendar for January 4th, 2020

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  • St. Elizabeth Ann Seton


  • Born 1643: Sir Isaac Newton (physicist)


  • Born 1785: Jacob Ludwig Carl Grimm (folklorist)


  • Born 1809: Louis Braille (teacher)


  • Born 1838: General Tom Thumb (circus performer and little person)


  • Born 1874: Thornton W. Burgess (author)

  • Died 1877: Commodore Vanderbilt (entrepreneur)


  • 1896: Utah admitted to the Union as the 45th state


  • Born 1905: Sterling Holloway (actor)


  • Born 1929: Barbara Rush (actress)


  • Born 1930: Don Schula (football coach)

  • 1932: Mahatma Gandhi arrested and began a fast unto death to win suffrage for the untouchables

  • Born 1935: Floyd Patterson (boxer)


  • Died 1943: Gary Calkins (scientist)

  • Born 1949: David Bradley (Control-Alt-Delete computer code author)


  • 1951: Seoul captured by Chinese Communists and North Koreans (Korean War)

  • 1958: The first man-made satellite, Sputnik I, disintegrated on re-entry to the earth's atmosphere


  • 1960: Countries outside the Common Market formed the European Free Trade Association

  • Born 1963: Dave Foley (actor)

  • Died 1965: T.S. Eliot (author)


  • 1983: The Orphan Drug Bill was signed into law. It encouraged pharmaceutical companies to produce drugs for unusual illnesses with limited markets

  • 1984: 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.

  • 1987: The worst Amtrak accident in history occured when a freight train collided with a passenger train in Chase, MD

  • 1989: U.S. Navy F-14s shot down two Libyan MiGs over Mediterranean


  • Died 1998: Mae Questel (actress and voice of Betty Boop, Olive Oyl, and Casper the Friendly Ghost)


  • 2007: Minnesota representative Keith Ellison was sworn in as the first Muslim elected to Congress

  • 2007: The first female Speaker of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, was sworn in


  • Died 2010: Tsutomu Yamaguchi (only person certified by Japan as having survived both the Hiroshima and Nagasaki Second World War atomic bombings)

  • 2011: Partial eclipse of the Sun

  • 2013: A 7.5-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Alaska

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