Today in History, January 4th

By | January 4, 2014
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A few of the great historical events that happened today in history, January 4th!

1896 Utah was admitted to the Union as the 45th state.
1948 Britain granted independence to Burma.
1951 North Korean and Communist Chinese forces captured the city of Seoul during the Korean War.
1960 Nobel Prize-winning French author Albert Camus died in a car accident at age 46.
1965 Poet T.S. Eliot died at age 76.

T.S. Eliot

T.S. Eliot

1974 President Richard Nixon refused to hand over tape recordings and documents subpoenaed by the Senate Watergate Committee.
1995 The 104th Congress convened, the first entirely under Republican control since the Eisenhower era; Newt Gingrich was elected speaker of the House.
1999 Former professional wrestler Jesse Ventura was sworn in as governor of Minnesota.
2004 Afghans approved a new constitution.
2006 Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon suffered a stroke and his powers were transferred to his deputy, Ehud Olmert.
2007 Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., became the first female speaker of the House.
2010 Dubai opened the world’s tallest skyscraper, the 2,717-foot gleaming glass-and-metal tower Burj Khalifa.

Burj Khalifa

Burj Khalifa

Today in history facts are from various sites including, but not limited too: the History Channel, The New York Times, WHG Historynet.com, and HistoryOrb.com.

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