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On This Day: January 04th

This is 4th day of the year and 361 days remain in the year.

in history
1885
Dr. William W. Grant of Davenport, Iowa, performed what is thought to be the first appendectomy.
1896
Utah was admitted as 45th state in the United States.
1904
In Gonzales v. Williams, the U.S. Supreme Court decided that citizens of Puerto Rico are not aliens and can enter the U.S. freely.
1948
Burma (Myanmar) gained independence from Great Britain.
1951
During the Korean War, North Korean and Communist Chinese forces captured the city of Seoul.
1965

President Johnson outlined his "Great Society" in his State of the Union address.

1999
The U.S. Mint began distributing the 50 State Quarters.
1999
Former wrestler Jesse Ventura was sworn in as Minnesota's governor.
2007
California Democrat Nancy Pelosi becomes the first woman U.S. Speaker of the House of Representatives.
January 04 BirthdaysJakob Grimm

1785–1863, German folkorist.


Tom Thumbentertainer
Floyd Pattersonboxer
Louis Brailleinventor of Braille system
Sir Isaac Pitmaninventor of phonographic shorthand
Sir Isaac Newtonmathematician, scientist
Benjamin Rushphysician, signer of the Declaration of Independence
Jane Wymanactress, producer



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