On This Day in History, January 4

As you may have seen, our history has a way to influence our present. There are numerous historic events that happened on January 4th and shaped the decisions made today by world leaders.

Read on to find out!

  • 1717 – Netherlands, Great Britain & France signed a Triple Alliance
  • 1865 -The New York Stock Exchange opened its first permanent headquarters.
  • 1896 -Utah became the 45th state of the U.S.A.
  • 1936 -Billboard Magazine published the first pop music chart based on national record sales.
  • 1944 -Ralph Bunche was appointed the 1st African American official in US State Department
  • 1945 -Germans executed resistance fighters in Amsterdam.
  • 1954 -Elvis Presley recorded a 10-minutes demo at Sun Records Memphis Recording Service in Nashville.
  • 1955 -New versions of Packard Company automobiles were manufactured.
  • 1958 -Sir Edmund Hillary, became the first man to conquer Mt. Everest.
  • 1965 -The famous poet and Nobel Prize winner, T.S. Eliot, Died in London.
  • 1967 -The eight art masterpieces that were stolen from the Dulwich College Gallery in London on December 31st were recovered on this day.
  • 1985 -Scotland Yard was investigating reports that a surrogate mother in London was to receive £6,500 for her baby from a childless couple.
  • 1989 -George H. W. Bush is the 1st Vice President since Martin Van Buren declared himself President of the United States.
  • 1990 -The Lincoln Town car made history when it received the “Car of the Year” award by Motor Trend Magazine.
  • 1999 -Former professional wrestler Jesse Ventura was sworn in as Governor of Minnesota.
  • 2000 -Bill Belichick resigned from the head coaching position at the New York Jets and moves to the New England Patriots.
  • 2000American businessman and investor Mark Cuban purchased a majority stake in the Dallas Mavericks NBA franchise for $285m from H. Ross Perot, Jr.
  • 2001 -Rapper Vanilla Ice spent the night in jail after allegedly ripping out some of his wife’s hair during a row.
  • 2001 – Michael Jordan became the 4th player in NBA history to score 30,000 career points.
  • 2004 – Mikheil Saakashvili was elected the President of Georgia.

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