Today in History - January 4th

  • 1754 - Today in history, what is today Columbia University was instituted as Kings College in NYC.
  • 1865 - The New York Stock Exchange opened its first headquarters at Broad Street, very near Wall Street.
  • 1896 - On this day in history, Utah became the 45th state of the Union.
  • 1904 - The Supreme Court ruled that Puerto Ricans could not be deprived of admission to the United States.
  • 1935 - Today in history, Bob Hope was featured on radio for the first time.
  • 1936 - The first pop music chart was published by "Billboard" magazine. This chart records the rise of a record's popularity and frequency of play.
  • 1958 - On this day in history, The Soviet satellite Sputknik I fell from orbit.
  • 1965 - Poet T.S. Eliot died at age 76. 
  • 1971 - On this day in history, The Congressional Black Caucus was created.
  • 1974 - President Nixon refused to present recordings and documents subpoenaed by the Watergate Committee. 
  • 1980 - President Carter established boycott of the Moscow Olympics.
  • 1999 - Today in history, former wrestler Jesse Ventura was installed as Minnesota's 37th governor.
  • 2006 - On this day in history, Nancy Pelosi became Speaker of the House of Representatives, becoming the first woman to hold the position.
  • 2010 - In Dubai, United Arab Emirates, the Dubai Tower opened as the world's tallest building.

SCIENCE, DISCOVERIES, PATENTS - Today in History, January 4th

  • 1885 - Today in history, Dr. William Grant performed the first successful appendectomy.
  • 1953 - Tufted plastic carpeting was introduced.
  • 1962 - On this day in history, New York City first ran a train operating without conductors and motormen. 

SPORTS - Today in History, January 4th

  • 1974 - The Boston Bruins and the New York Rangers were presented in a game on NBC Prime Time.

MUSIC HISTORY - Today in History, January 4th

  • 1950 - RCA Victor announced that it would make long-playing records.
  • 1954 - On this day in history, Elvis Presley recorded a 10 minute demo.
  • 1970 - The Beatles last recording session took place at EMI studios.
  • 1971 - Today in history, the film "Performance" with Mick Jagger debuted in the UK.


  • Louis Braille 1809 
  • Jane Wyman 1914 
  • Barbara Rush 1927 
  • Don Shula 1930