Wednesday, January 04, 2017
History for January 4 - On-This-Day.com:
Sir Isaac Newton 1643 (N.S.) - Physicist, mathematician, Jakob Grimm 1785, Louis Braille 1809 - Inventor of a reading system for the blind.
Charles "Tom Thumb" Stratton 1838, Floyd Patterson 1935 - Heavyweight boxing champion, Barbara Ann Cochran 1951
1884 - The socialist Fabian Society was founded in London.
1885 - Dr. William Grant performed the first successful appendectomy. The patient was Mary Gartside.
1935 - Bob Hope was heard for the first time on network radio as part of "The Intimate Revue."
1944 - The attack on Monte Cassino was launched by the British Fifth Army in Italy.
1951 - During the Korean conflict, North Korean and Communist Chinese forces captured the city of Seoul.
1965 - The Fender Guitar Company was sold to CBS for $13 million.
1965 - In his State of the Union address, U.S. President Johnson proclaimed the building of the "Great Society."
1999 - Former professional wrestler Jesse Ventura was sworn in as Minnesota's 37th governor.