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Notable Historical Events for January 4th

1642King Charles I with 400 soldiers attacks the English parliament

1986NCAA basketball's David Robinson blocks a record 14 shots

1935Bob Hope 1st heard on network radio as part of "The Intimate Revue"

1725Benjamin Franklin arrives in London [OS=Dec 24 1724]

1923Lenin's "Political Testament" calls for removal of Stalin

1907George Bernard Shaw's "Don Juan in Hell," premieres in London

2000A day after accepting the head coaching position of the New York Jets, Bill Belichick resigns

1903Topsy, an elephant, electrocuted by Thomas Edison during the War of Currents campaign.

1944Ralph Bunche appointed 1st Negro official in US State Department

2001Rapper Vanilla Ice spends night in jail after allegedly ripping out some of his wife's hair during a row

January 4th Historical Events
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Notable Birthdays on January 4th

1935Floyd Patterson, Waco North Carolina, heavyweight champ (1956-59, 1960-62) (Oly-gold-1952)

1809Louis Braille, Coupvray France, developer (reading system for blind)

1930Don Shula, Grand River Ohio, NFL coach (Miami Dolphins)

1937Grace Bumbry, St Louis, mezzo-soprano (Venus in Tannhäuser)

January 4th Birthdays
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Notable Weddings on January 4th

2013Former World Middleweight champ Jake LaMotta (90) weds his longtime fiancée Denise Baker (62) in Bisbee, Arizona

1926Composer Irving Berlin (37) weds heiress Ellin Mackay in a simple civil ceremony

January 4th Weddings
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Notable Deaths on January 4th

1821Elizabeth Ann Bayley Seton, 1st native-born American saint, dies in Maryland at 46

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

1965T. S. Eliot, poet and Nobel laureate (Washed Country), dies in London at 76

1960Albert Camus, French author (Stranger), dies in an auto accident at 46

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