2021 January

January 4: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

Facts & Historic Events That Happened on January 4

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?!

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

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 it’s 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 Happened On January 4 In History?


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).

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.


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

Source CNN

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 USD damage.

New York City modernized it’s subway by starting its first unmanned trains.


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.
Source NASA

Elvis Presley recorded his 1st demo for “It Wouldn’t Be The Same Without You” and “I’ll Never Stand In Your Way.”


Burma declared independence from the United Kingdom.

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

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

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

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.

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 major cause that led to the Great Civil War.

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