Today's Holidays for January 4
Today's History Trivia for January 4
1847 Colt Revolver Samuel Colt makes his first sale to the U.S. government. Captain Samuel Walker of the Texas Rangers had used Colt revolvers and was impressed by them when his 15-man unit defeated a 70 Comanches in Texas. He placed an order with Colt for 1,000 revolvers for use by the Rangers in the Mexican-American War.
1990 Manuel Noriega surrenders to the U.S. to face drug trafficking charges.
1988 Jesse Jackson reveals that he was once addicted to a pain killer, although only for less than a day.
1987 Rev. Oral Roberts announces "God will call me home" if he doesn't raise $4,500,000 in three months.
1982 Sally Forth comic strip, by Greg Howard, begins syndication.
1980 U.S. President Carter announces punitive measures to be taken against the USSR in response to the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan.
1977 First woman major-league baseball play-by-play TV announcer is hired, Mary Shane for the Chicago White Sox.
1936 First pop music best-seller chart is published, in The Billboard.
1912 The Moon reaches its closest distance from the Earth for this century (221,441 miles).
1896 Utah becomes the 45th state. Utah is Navajo for "higher up."
Today's Birthdays for January 4
General Tom Thumb
(Charles Sherwood Stratton), American dwarf. At 102 cm (3.35 ft) tall, he travelled with P.T. Barnum. His marriage to Lavinia Warren (81 cm (2.66 ft) tall) made front page news and had 10,000 guests. The wedding couple was then received by President Lincoln at the White House.
1937 Dyan Cannon (Samille Diane Friesen), American actress. Film: Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice (1969) and Heaven Can Wait (1978).
1935 Floyd Patterson d. 2006 American heavyweight boxing champion (1956-59, 1960-62). He was the youngest boxer to win the world heavyweight title (21 years old) and the to regain the title.
1930 Sorrell Booke d. 1994 American actor. TV: Dukes of Hazzard (Boss Hogg).
1927 Thomas Noguchi Los Angeles County coroner, performed autopsies on Marilyn Monroe (1962), Robert Kennedy (1968), Janis Joplin (1970), and John Belushi (1982).
1905 Sterling Holloway, Jr d. 1992 American actor. Voice of Winnie the Pooh, the snake in Jungle Book, and the Cheshire Cat in Disney's Alice in Wonderland.
1857 Émile Cohl d. 1938 (Émile Eugène Jean Louis Courtet), French caricaturist, "The Father of the Animated Cartoon." He made what is considered the first fully-animated film (Fantasmagorie, 1908). He also made the first puppet animation film. Fantasmagorie.
1822 Washington Charles DePauw d. 1887 American banker, for whom DePauw University is named.
1809 Louis Braille d. 1852 French teacher of the blind. Blind since the age of three, he created the Braille reading system for the blind.
1785 Jakob Ludwig Karl Grimm d. 1863 German author. He and his brother wrote Grimm's Fairy Tales (1812-15).
1746 Benjamin Rush d. 1813 American physician, signer of the Declaration of Independence. He co-founded the first U.S. anti-slavery society (1774), and established the first U.S. free medical dispensary (1786). He earned his B.A. from College of New Jersey (now Princeton University) at the age of fourteen.
Deaths for January 4
1999 Iron Eyes Cody b. 1904 (Espera Oscar DeCorti), American actor. Film: Sitting Bull (1954) and A Man Called Horse (1970). He was featured in the teary-eyed ecology TV commercials (1970s and 80s). Although he claimed Cherokee/Cree heritage, he was actually the son of Sicilian immigrants and had no native American blood.
1990 Charles Stewart b. ???? American murderer. He killed his pregnant wife and shot himself (October 1989), blaming it on a fictional black robber who jumped into his car. He committed suicide when his story began to unravel.
1986 Christopher Isherwood b. 1904 English-born American author. Writings: Goodbye Berlin (1939, a collection of short stories including Sally Bowles upon which the musical Cabaret was based).
1965 T.S. Eliot b. 1888 (Thomas Stearns Eliot), American Nobel-winning poet, playwright.
1960 Dudley Nichols b. 1895 American screenwriter. He became the first person to refuse an Oscar (1935, Best Screenplay for The Informer).
1960 Albert Camus b. 1913 French Nobel-winning writer, philosopher. Quote: "Don't walk behind me; I may not lead. Don't walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend."
1941 Henri Louis Bergson b. 1859 French philosopher, Nobel-winning author. His Creative Evolution redefined evolution.
1877 Cornelius Vanderbilt b. 1794 American railroad magnate, and for whom Vanderbilt University is named.
1854 Thomas Campbell b. 1763 Irish Presbyterian minister. He and his son founded the Church of the Disciples of Christ in America.
1821 Elizabeth Ann Seton b. 1774 first American-born Roman Catholic saint (canonized 1975). She founded the U.S. branch of the Sisters of Charity (1809).
1789 Thomas Nelson, Jr b. 1738 American patriot. Signer of the Declaration of Independence, governor of Virginia (1781).