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Notable Historical Events for January 4th

1939Hermann Goering appoints Reinhard Heydrich head of Jewish Emigration

1642King Charles I with 400 soldiers attacks the English parliament

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

1965LBJ's "Great Society" State of the Union Address

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

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

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

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

1970Walter Cronkite ends hosting weekly documentary

1932British East Indies Viceroy Willingdon arrests Gandhi & Nehru

January 4th Historical Events
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Notable Birthdays on January 4th

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

1785Jacob Ludwig Carl Grimm, Germany, philologist and folklorist and editor of "Grimm's Fairy Tales" (d. 1863)

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

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

January 4th Birthdays
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Notable Weddings on January 4th

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

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

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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

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

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

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