January 4: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

Did you know that on this day, January 4, 1962, New York City modernized its subway with unmanned trains?

January 4th observes Trivia Day and Spaghetti Day.

We are now on our fourth day of the year, anyone else feeling like this is going to be a long year?!

Find out all about January 4 with these top facts, including milestones in space exploration and how this day was a special day for The King of Rock and Roll.

Did you know that on this day in 1962, New York City modernized its subway with unmanned trains? A fire in 1964 led to the restoration of manual operations.

Keep reading for more interesting facts about January 4th in history!

What Events Happened On January 4 In History?

2022 Blackberry phones officially ended their service after a year-long transition to a software-based business model.

2010 The world’s largest building at the time opened in Dubai.

OTD in 2010: The world's largest building at the time opened in Dubai.

The building was called Burj Khalifa and stood at 2,722 feet tall (829.8 meters).

2001 The rapper Vanilla Ice was arrested and spent a night in jail after a row with his wife, which led to ripping out her hair.

1989 George H. W. Bush declared himself President of the United States of America.


1970 A 7.1 magnitude Earthquake in Tonghai, China, claimed over 10,000 lives.

The disaster occurred at 01:00 and could be felt 300 miles away from the epicenter. The earthquake caused up to $25 million in damages.

1962 New York City modernized its subway by starting its first unmanned trains.

OTD in 1962: New York City modernized its subway by starting its first unmanned trains.

1959 The Soviet spacecraft Luna I became the first to pass the moon.

As the craft headed for the Sun's orbit it, came within just 3,700 miles of the moon.


1954 Elvis Presley recorded his first demo for “It Wouldn’t Be The Same Without You” and “I’ll Never Stand In Your Way.”

1948 Burma declared independence from the United Kingdom.

OTD in 1948: Burma declared independence from the United Kingdom.

1903 The famous elephant called Topsy was executed at Luna Park, Coney Island, in New York.

OTD in 1903: The famous elephant called Topsy was executed at Luna Park

It's believed that owners Frederick Thompson and Elmer Dundy used the electrocution as a publicity stunt. Topsy's execution was advertised as a public performance where attendees paid an entrance fee to watch.

1896 Utah became the 45th state to join the United States of America.

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1884 Canada’s last-ever sighting of the Eastern Cougar was found in Ontario.

The cougar wasn't seen again until May 16, 1938, in Maine, US, which was the last ever recorded sighting in the world. Sadly, they became unofficially extinct in 2011.

1642 King Charles I attacked the House of Commons.

On this day, King Charles I ambushed English Parliament and attempted to arrest five members. The arrest was unsuccessful as these members were tucked away safely at a top hiding spot in the City of London. This violent act was a significant cause that led to the Great Civil War.

46 BC Julius Caesar and his legions made battle with one of Caesar’s former forces in the Battle of Ruspina in Africa.

Famous Quotes Said On January 4

Of all of the quotes said on this day, these are the most well-known ones spoken on January 4th throughout history.


“I became insane, with long intervals of horrible sanity.”

– Edgar Allan Poe

Famous People Born On January 4

If you’re celebrating your birthday today, you share the same birthday with Isaac Newton! Check out these other famous people who were born on this day!

2003 Jaeden Martell

American Actor

Jaeden Martell
20 years old
Born In:
Pennsylvania, USA

1643 Isaac Newton

English Mathematician

Isaac Newton
Died On:
Mar 31, 1727 (Age 84)
Born In:
England, UK
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1996 Emma Mackey

English-French Actress

Emma Mackey
27 years old
Born In:
Le Mans, France

1954 Tina Knowles

American Businesswoman

Tina Knowles
69 years old
Born In:
Texas, USA

Special Holidays On January 4

If you’re looking for something to do today, maybe these special holidays might just help to cure your boredom!

January 4: National Trivia Day

National Trivia Day

National Trivia Day is a day to brush up on your general knowledge and learn something new. So why not celebrate Trivia Day by reading some fun facts or playing Trivial Pursuit? It doesn’t matter if you win or lose; it’s all trivial.

January 4: National Spaghetti Day

National Spaghetti Day

Can you imagine a better day than Spaghetti Day? After all, the best way to celebrate today is simply to choose your favorite sauce, add it to a steaming pile of spaghetti and chow down! Just remember to make enough for everyone!

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Celebrities have to pay $40,000 to get a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

January 4 Birthday Facts, Zodiac & Birthstone

If you were born on January 4th, your zodiac sign is Capricorn.

Capricorn is the last earth sign of the zodiac. It’s represented by the sea goat – a mythological creature with the body of a goat and the tail of a fish.

Garnet is the birthstone given to people born in January. This rich gem is thought to provide the wearer protection on their journey through life.

Those who were born on January 4th were likely conceived the previous year on April 13th.

A baby that is conceived on January 4th, 2023, will be born around September 27th, 2023.

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