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 French then this day of the week in French is samedi.
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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)
- 1490Anne of Brittany announces that all those who would ally with the king of France will be considered guilty of the crime of Lese-majesty.
- 1854The McDonald Islands are discovered by Captain William McDonald aboard the Samarang.
- 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.
- 1955The Greek National Radical Union is formed by Konstantinos Karamanlis.
- 1959Luna 1 becomes the first spacecraft to reach the vicinity of the Moon.
- 1966A military coup takes place in Upper Volta (later Burkina Faso), dissolving the National Parliament and leading to a new national constitution.
- 1987The 1987 Maryland train collision: An Amtrak train en route to Boston, Massachusetts from Washington, D.C., collides with Conrail engines in Chase, Maryland, killing 16 people.
- 2006Prime Minister Ariel Sharon of Israel suffers a second, apparently more serious stroke. His authority is transferred to acting Prime Minister Ehud Olmert.
- 2010The Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building is officially opened.
Who were born on January 4?
- 1672Hugh Boulter, Irish Archbishop of Armagh (d. 1742)
- 1809Louis Braille, French teacher of the blind and inventor of braille (d. 1852)
- 1848Katsura Taro, Prime Minister of Japan (d. 1913)
- 1961Sidney Green, American basketball player
- 1963Dave Foley, Canadian comedian and actor
- 1964Nikos Thanopoulos, Greek businessman
- 1968Mike Wilpolt, American arena football head coach
- 1973Frank Høj, Danish cyclist
- 1973Greg de Vries, Canadian hockey player
- 1973Harmony Korine, American film director and artist
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