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Thursday 4 January 2018 Calendar with holidays, observances and special days

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Holidays and observances

  • Day of the Fallen against the Colonial Repression (Angola)
  • Day of the Martyrs (Democratic Republic of the Congo)
  • Dimpled Chad Day (Thomas Roy)
  • Independence Day (Myanmar), celebrates the independence of Myanmar from the United Kingdom in 1948.
  • Ogoni Day (Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People)
  • Statehood Day (Utah, 1896)
  • The eleventh of the Twelve Days of Christmas. (Western Christianity)
  • World Braille Day

Events

  • 2007 – The 110th United States Congress convenes, electing Nancy Pelosi as the first female Speaker of the House in U.S. history.
  • 2004 – Spirit, a NASA Mars rover, lands successfully on Mars at 04:35 UTC.
  • 1998 – A massive ice storm hits eastern Canada and the northeastern United States, continuing through January 10 and causing widespread destruction.
  • 1974 – United States President Richard Nixon refuses to hand over materials subpoenaed by the Senate Watergate Committee.
  • 1972 – Rose Heilbron becomes the first female judge to sit at the Old Bailey in London, England.
  • 1959 – Gypsy opened and closed on Broadway after 120 performances and four previews
  • 1959 – Luna 1 becomes the first spacecraft to reach the vicinity of the Moon.
  • 1958 – Sputnik 1 falls to Earth from orbit.
  • 1948 – Burma gains its independence from the United Kingdom.
  • 1944 – World War II: Operation Carpetbagger, involving the dropping of arms and supplies to resistance fighters in Europe, begins.
  • 1912 – The Scout Association is incorporated throughout the British Empire by royal charter.
  • 1896 – Utah is admitted as the 45th U.S. state.
  • 1884 – The Fabian Society is founded in London, England, United Kingdom.
  • 1865 – The New York Stock Exchange opens its first permanent headquarters near Wall Street in New York City.
  • 1854 – The McDonald Islands are discovered by Captain William McDonald aboard the Samarang.
  • 1853 – After having been kidnapped and sold into slavery in the American South, Solomon Northup regains his freedom; his memoir Twelve Years a Slave later becomes a national bestseller.
  • 1847 – Samuel Colt sells his first revolver pistol to the United States government.
  • 1762 – Great Britain enters the Seven Years' War against Spain and Naples.

Births

  • 1992 – Kris Bryant, American baseball player
  • 1989 – Graham Rahal, American race car driver
  • 1985 – Al Jefferson, American basketball player
  • 1981 – Alicia Garza, American activist
  • 1976 – Ted Lilly, American baseball player
  • 1975 – Shane Carwin, American mixed martial artist and wrestler
  • 1973 – Harmony Korine, American director, producer, and screenwriter
  • 1971 – Junichi Kakizaki, Japanese botanist and sculptor
  • 1967 – David Berman, American singer-songwriter
  • 1967 – David Toms, American golfer and philanthropist
  • 1966 – Deana Carter, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1964 – Dot Jones, American shot putter and actress
  • 1962 – Peter Steele, American singer-songwriter and bass player (d. 2010)
  • 1961 – Sidney Green, American basketball player and coach
  • 1960 – Art Paul Schlosser, American singer-songwriter
  • 1960 – Michael Stipe, American singer-songwriter and producer
  • 1959 – Vanity, Canadian-American singer-songwriter, dancer, and actress (d. 2016)
  • 1958 – Matt Frewer, American-Canadian actor
  • 1957 – Patty Loveless, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1956 – Ann Magnuson, American actress and performance artist
  • 1954 – Tina Knowles, American fashion designer, founded House of Deréon
  • 1951 – Barbara Cochran, American skier
  • 1951 – Bob Black, American author and activist
  • 1947 – Chris Cutler, American-English drummer and songwriter
  • 1946 – Arthur Conley, American singer-songwriter (d. 2003)
  • 1945 – Richard R. Schrock, American chemist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate
  • 1943 – Doris Kearns Goodwin, American historian and author
  • 1943 – Priit Vesilind, Estonian-American author and photographer
  • 1940 – Helmut Jahn, German-American architect
  • 1937 – Dyan Cannon, American actress, director, producer, and screenwriter
  • 1937 – Grace Bumbry, American operatic soprano
  • 1935 – Floyd Patterson, American boxer (d. 2006)
  • 1933 – Phyllis Reynolds Naylor, American author
  • 1932 – Clint Hill, American secret service agent and author
  • 1930 – Don Shula, American football player and coach
  • 1930 – Sorrell Booke, American actor and director (d. 1994)
  • 1927 – Barbara Rush, American actress
  • 1923 – Tito Rodríguez, Puerto Rican-American singer-songwriter and television host (d. 1973)
  • 1922 – Frank Wess, American saxophonist and flute player (d. 2013)
  • 1920 – William Colby, American intelligence officer, 10th Director of Central Intelligence (d. 1996)
  • 1916 – Lionel Newman, American pianist and composer (d. 1989)
  • 1916 – Robert Parrish, American actor and director (d. 1995)
  • 1916 – Slim Gaillard, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1991)
  • 1914 – Herman Franks, American baseball player, coach, and manager (d. 2009)
  • 1912 – Noro Morales, Puerto Rican-American pianist and bandleader (d. 1964)
  • 1909 – J.R. Simplot, American businessman (d. 2008)
  • 1905 – Sterling Holloway, American actor (d. 1992)
  • 1902 – John McCone, American businessman and politician, 6th Director of Central Intelligence (d. 1991)
  • 1900 – James Bond, American ornithologist and zoologist (d. 1989)
  • 1896 – André Masson, French painter and illustrator (d. 1987)
  • 1896 – Everett Dirksen, American politician (d. 1969)
  • 1895 – Leroy Grumman, American engineer and businessman, co-founded Grumman Aeronautical Engineering Co. (d. 1982)
  • 1890 – Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson, American publisher, founded DC Comics (d. 1965)
  • 1884 – Guy Pène du Bois, American painter, critic, and educator (d. 1958)
  • 1883 – Max Eastman, American author and poet (d. 1969)
  • 1881 – Wilhelm Lehmbruck, German sculptor (d. 1919)
  • 1878 – Augustus John, Welsh painter and illustrator (d. 1961)
  • 1877 – Marsden Hartley, American painter and poet (d. 1943)
  • 1872 – Albert Tyler, American pole vaulter and educator (d. 1945)
  • 1872 – Ottilie Sutro, American pianist (d. 1970)
  • 1869 – Tommy Corcoran, American baseball player and umpire (d. 1960)
  • 1858 – Carter Glass, American publisher and politician, 47th United States Secretary of the Treasury (d. 1946)
  • 1838 – General Tom Thumb, American circus performer (d. 1883)
  • 1809 – Louis Braille, French educator, invented Braille (d. 1852)
  • 1643 – Isaac Newton, English mathematician and physicist (d. 1727)

Deaths

  • 2016 – Stephen W. Bosworth, American academic and diplomat, United States Ambassador to South Korea (b. 1939)
  • 2012 – Eve Arnold, American photographer and journalist (b. 1912)
  • 2012 – Rod Robbie, English-Canadian architect, designed the Canadian Pavilion and Rogers Centre (b. 1928)
  • 2007 – Helen Hill, American director and producer (b. 1970)
  • 2007 – Steve Krantz, American screenwriter and producer (b. 1923)
  • 2006 – Milton Himmelfarb, American sociographer, author, and academic (b. 1918)
  • 2005 – Frank Harary, American mathematician and academic (b. 1921)
  • 2005 – Robert Heilbroner, American economist and historian (b. 1919)
  • 2004 – John Toland, American historian and author (b. 1912)
  • 2003 – Sabine Ulibarrí, American poet and critic (b. 1919)
  • 2001 – Les Brown, American bandleader and composer (b. 1912)
  • 2000 – Tom Fears, Mexican-American football player and coach (b. 1922)
  • 1999 – Iron Eyes Cody, American actor and stuntman (b. 1904)
  • 1998 – Mae Questel, American actress (b. 1908)
  • 1997 – Harry Helmsley, American businessman (b. 1909)
  • 1995 – Sol Tax, American anthropologist and academic (b. 1907)
  • 1990 – Harold Eugene Edgerton, American engineer and academic (b. 1903)
  • 1986 – Christopher Isherwood, English-American author and academic (b. 1904)
  • 1969 – Paul Chambers, American bassist and composer (b. 1935)
  • 1965 – T. S. Eliot, American-English poet, playwright, and critic, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1888)
  • 1960 – Albert Camus, French novelist, philosopher, and journalist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1913)
  • 1940 – Flora Finch, English-American actress and producer (b. 1867)
  • 1931 – Art Acord, American actor and stuntman (b. 1890)
  • 1912 – Clarence Dutton, American geologist and soldier (b. 1841)
  • 1910 – Léon Delagrange, French pilot and sculptor (b. 1873)
  • 1904 – Anna Winlock American astronomer and academic (b. 1857)
  • 1901 – Nikolaos Gyzis, Greek painter and academic (b. 1842)
  • 1882 – John William Draper, English-American physician, chemist, and photographer (b. 1811)
  • 1880 – Anselm Feuerbach, German painter and educator (b. 1829)
  • 1880 – Edward William Cooke, English painter and illustrator (b. 1811)
  • 1877 – Cornelius Vanderbilt, American businessman and philanthropist (b. 1794)
  • 1863 – Roger Hanson, American general (b. 1827)
  • 1821 – Elizabeth Ann Seton, American nun and saint (b. 1774)
  • 1782 – Ange-Jacques Gabriel, French architect, designed École Militaire (b. 1698)
  • 1584 – Tobias Stimmer, Swiss painter and illustrator (b. 1539)
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