January 4: Day of the Week
January 4, 2020 was the 4th day of the year 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. There were 362 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week was Saturday.
If you are trying to learn Japanese then this day of the week in Japanese is Doyōbi.
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Here’s the January calendar. You can also browse the full year monthly calendar.
Zodiac & Birthstone
Capricorn is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Garnet is the modern birthstone for this month. Emerald is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.
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January 4 Historical Event(s)
- 871Battle of Reading: Ethelred of Wessex fights, and is defeated by, a Danish invasion army.
- 1847Samuel Colt sells his first revolver pistol to the United States government.
- 1854The McDonald Islands are discovered by Captain William McDonald aboard the Samarang.
- 1878Sofia is emancipated from Ottoman rule.
- 1885The first successful appendectomy is performed by William W. Grant on Mary Gartside.
- 1903Topsy, an elephant, is electrocuted by Thomas Edison during the War of Currents campaign.
- 1912The Scout Association is incorporated throughout the British Commonwealth by Royal charter.
- 1972Rose Heilbron becomes the first female judge to sit at the Old Bailey in London, England, United Kingdom.
- 1974United States President Richard Nixon refuses to hand over materials subpoenaed by the Senate Watergate Committee.
- 1998Wilaya of Relizane massacres in Algeria: over 170 are killed in three remote villages.
Who were born on January 4?
- 1881Wilhelm Lehmbruck, German sculptor (d. 1919)
- 1932Jorge Russek, Mexican actor (d. 1998)
- 1933Phyllis Reynolds Naylor, American author
- 1945Richard R. Schrock, American chemist, Nobel laureate
- 1953James Warren, American journalist
- 1965Rick Hearst, American actor
- 1972Charlotte Hudson, British television presenter
- 1979Tristan Gommendy, French racing driver
- 1982Lucie Škrobáková, Czech athlete
- 1985Fernando Rees, Brazilian race car driver
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