January 4 Today In History

Today’s Important Historical Events

1847 Samuel Colt sells his first revolver pistol to the United States government

1865 New York Stock Exchange opens its 1st permanent headquarters at 10-12 Broad St, near Wall Street in New York City

1959 Luna 1 (Mechta) becomes 1st craft to leave Earth’s gravity

1961 Longest recorded strike ends as the Danish barbers’ assistants end a 33 year strike

2007 The 110th United States Congress convenes and elects Nancy Pelosi as the 1st female Speaker of the House

2021 1st Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines given to the general public with 82 year old Brian Pinker in the UK first to be jabbed [1]

Today’s Historical Events

46 BC Julius Caesar defeats Titus Labienus in the Battle of Ruspina

274 St Eutychian begins his reign as Catholic Pope

871 Battle at Reading: Ethelred of Wessex defeated by Danish invasion army

1490 Anna of Brittany announces that all those who would ally with the king of France will be considered guilty of the crime of lese-majesty.

1519 -6] 1st Altenburger sermon (Luther & Karl von Miltitz)

1570 Spanish viceroy Alva banishes Zutphen City’s only physician, Joost Sweiter, “because he is a Jew”

Today’s Historical Events in Film and TV

1896 AFL charters Actors’ National Protective Union, NYC

1903 Topsy the Elephant is Electrocuted by her owners at Luna Park, Coney Island and filmed by Edison Manufacturing movie company [1]

1934 1st Dutch talkie movie, Jan Teunissen’s “Willem of Orange” premieres

1935 Bob Hope 1st heard on network radio as part of “The Intimate Revue”

1953 KTSM TV channel 9 in El Paso, TX (NBC) begins broadcasting

1954 Soap Opera “The Brighter Day” premieres

1957 “Blondie” situation comedy premieres on NBC TV (later on CBS)

Today’s Historical Events in Music

1881 Johannes Brahms‘ “Academic Festival Overture” premieres in Breslau

1923 1st broadcast of “Barn Dance Show” (WBAP – Fort Worth Texas)

1936 Billboard magazine publishes its 1st music hit parade

1947 “Park Avenue” closes at Shubert Theater NYC after 72 performances

1947 “Show Boat” closes at Ziegfeld Theater NYC after 417 performances

1954 Elvis Presley records his 1st demo for Sun Records at a recording studio in Memphis, “It Wouldn’t Be The Same Without You” and “I’ll Never Stand In Your Way”

1969 “Fig Leaves Are Falling” closes at Broadhurst NYC after 4 performances

1970 Beatles last recording session at EMI studios

Today’s Historical Events in Sports

1883 Ontario Rugby Football Union (forerunner of CFL) forms

1887 Thomas Stevens is 1st man to bicycle around the world (San Francisco to San Francisco)

1902 Australian cricket spin bowler Hugh Trumble dismisses England batsmen Arthur Jones, John Gunn and Sydney Barnes in successive balls to complete 2nd Test rout by 229 runs in Melbourne; Trumble’s first of 2 Test hat-tricks

1904 Stanley Cup, Aberdeen Pavilion, Ottawa, ON: Ottawa HC beats Winnipeg Rowing Club, 2-0 for 2-1 challenge series victory

1920 1st Black baseball league, National Negro Baseball League, organizes

1942 4th NFL All Star Game, Polo Grounds, NYC: Chicago Bears beat NFL All-Stars, 35-24

1942 7 x NL batting champion Rogers Hornsby is 14th player selected to the Baseball Hall of Fame

1957 Dodgers buy 44 passenger twin-engine airplane for $775,000