A to Z This Day in World History | January 4th

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Here are some historical events that occurred on January 4 throughout world history:

1642: King Charles I of England attempts to arrest five members of Parliament, leading to the start of the English Civil War.

1847: Samuel Colt sells his first revolvers to the United States government.

1896: Utah is admitted as the 45th U.S. state.

1959: Luna 1, the first spacecraft to reach the vicinity of the Moon and to orbit the Sun, is launched by the Soviet Union.

1965: The British rock band The Who release their debut studio album, “My Generation.”

1974: President Richard Nixon refuses to hand over tape recordings and documents subpoenaed by the Watergate Special Prosecutor.

1999: Former professional wrestler Jesse Ventura is sworn in as governor of Minnesota.

2004: NASA’s Mars Rover “Spirit” lands on Mars.

2010: The Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, officially opens in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

These are just a few notable events that happened on January 4. There are, of course, many more events that occurred on this day throughout history.

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