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January 4th In Pop Culture History

1790 - President Washington delivered the 1st State of the Union address

1865 - The New York Stock Exchange opened its first permanent headquarters at 10-12 Broad near Wall Street in New York City.

1896 - Utah became the 45th State

1902 - The Carnegie Institute of Washington was founded.

1903 - Thomas Edison filmed the electrocution of a murdering elephant, Topsy, to show the dangers of Alternating Current electricity.

1936 - Billboard magazine published its 1st music hit parade

1940 - Edwin H. Armstrong demonstrated the first “network” relay of an FM radio broadcast through several stations from Yonkers, NY, to Alpine, NJ, to Meriden, CT, and Paxton, MA to Mount Washington.

1958 - Sea Hunt premiered, in syndication

1958 - Russian Sputnik I, the first man-made object to orbit the earth, fell back into the atmosphere and disintegrated, after 92 days in space.

1965 - US President Lyndon B. Johnson proclaims his "Great Society" during his State of the Union address.

1971 - Congressional Black Caucus was founded

1975 - Elizabeth Ann Seton became the first US-born saint.

1980 - The United States boycotted the 1980 Moscow Olympics

1986 - Phil Lynott, front man for Brit rockers Thin Lizzy, died from heart failure from pneumonia complications.

1988 - Nick Jr. programming started on Nickelodeon

1995 - Newt Gingrich became Speaker of the US House of Representatives.

1999 - Former professional wrestler Jesse Ventura was sworn in as governor of Minnesota.

2007 - Nancy Pelosi was elected Speaker of the US House of Representatives.

January 4th
Celebrity Birthdays

Sir Isaac Newton (1643)
Jacob Ludwig Carl Grimm (1785, d.1863)
Tom Thumb (1838)
Gibson Gowland (1877)
Albertus W. "Albert" van Dalsum (1889)
Joris Diels (1903)
Sterling Holloway (1905)
Jane Wyman (1914)
Robert Parrish (1916)
Slim Gaillard (1916)
Al "Jazbo" Collins (1919)
Rosalie Crutchley (1922, d.1997)
Barbara Rush (1927)
Don Shula (1930)
Iain Cuthbertson (1930)
Sorrell Brooke (1930)
Richard Stahl (1932)
Dyan Cannon (1937)
Anthony Scooter Teague (1940)
John Bennett Perry (1941)
John McLaughlin (1942)
Volker Hornback (1944)
Jay Dee Maness (1945)
Bernard Sumner (1946)
Arthur Conley (1946)
Susannah McCorkle (1946, d.2001)
Rick Stein (1947)
Peter Haycock (1951)
Kathy Forester (1955)
Mark Hollis (1955)
Ann Magnuson (1956)
Barney Sumner (1956)
Bernard Albrecht (1956)
Nels Cline (1956)
Patty Loveless (1957)
Matt Frewer (1958)
Andy Borowitz (1958)
Gary Jones (1958)
Julian Sands (1958)
Vanity (1959)
Michael Stipe (1960)
April Winchell (1960)
Lee Curreri (1961)
Martin McAloon (1962)
Patrick Cassidy (1962)
Laila Eloui (1962)
Peter Steele (1962)
Dave Foley (1963)
Till Lindemann (1963)
David Glasper (1965)
Rick Hearst (1965)
Julia Ormond (1965)
Yvan Attal (1965)
Beth Gibbons (1965)
Cate O'Riordan (1965)
Deana Carter (1966)
David Berman (1967)
Marina Orsini (1967)
Lindsay Kennedy (1969)
Jeremy Licht (1971)
James Longley (1972)
Harmony Korine (1973)
Ian Moor (1974)
Jill Marie Jones (1975)
Seth Graham Smith (1976)
Iran Castillo (1977)
Tim Wheeler (1977)
Jeph Howard (1979)
Greg Cipes (1980)
Erin Cahill (1980)
Jeannie Mai (1980)
Olivia Tennent (1991)
Maria Isabel (1995)
Maddie Hasson (1995)
Rhiannon Leigh Wryn (2000)
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