January 4th

2010
Burj Khalifa is opened. Burj Khalifa in Dubai is currently the world's tallest building, at 829.8 m (2,722 ft).
Burj Khalifa
2007
California Democrat Nancy Pelosi becomes the first woman U.S. Speaker of the House of Representatives.
Nancy Pelosi
2006
Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon suffered a stroke and his powers were transferred to his deputy, Ehud Olmert.
Ariel Sharon
2004
Afghans approved a new constitution.
Constitution of Afghanistan
1999
Former professional wrestler Jesse Ventura was sworn in as governor of Minnesota.
Jesse Ventura
1995
The 104th Congress convened, the first entirely under Republican control since the Eisenhower era. Newt Gingrich was elected speaker of the House.
Contract with America
1974
President Richard Nixon refused to hand over tape recordings and documents subpoenaed by the Senate Watergate Committee.
Nixon White House tapes
1965
President Johnson outlined his 'Great Society' in his State of the Union address.
Great Society
1961
Longest recorded strike ends-33 yrs-Danish barbers' assistants.
List of accidents and incidents involving military aircraft (1955–59 ...
1960
Nobel Prize-winning French author Albert Camus died in a car accident at age 46.
Albert Camus
1959
Luna 1 (Mechta) becomes 1st craft to leave Earth's gravity.
Luna 1
1958
Sputnik 1 falls to Earth from orbit. The Soviet Union was the first nation to send an artificial Earth satellite into space.
Sputnik 1
1951
During the Korean War, North Korean and Communist Chinese forces captured the city of Seoul.
Third Battle of Seoul
1948
Burma gains independence from the United Kingdom. Burma (Myanmar) came under British rule on January 1, 1886.
Independence Day (Myanmar)
1936
Billboard magazine publishes its 1st music hit parade.
1936 in music
1904
In Gonzales v. Williams, the U.S. Supreme Court decided that citizens of Puerto Rico are not aliens and can enter the U.S. freely.
Isabel González
1896
Utah becomes the 45th state of the U.S.A. One condition for statehood was that a ban on polygamy had to be written into the state constitution.
Utah
1885
Dr. William W. Grant of Davenport, Iowa, performed what is thought to be the first appendectomy.
John McGraw
1865
The New York Stock Exchange opens its first permanent headquarters at 10-12 Broad near Wall Street in New York City.
New York Stock Exchange
1847
Samuel Colt sells his first revolver. Captain Samuel Walker of the Texas Rangers placed an order for 1000 revolver pistols after having witnessed their devastating effect.
Samuel Colt