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January 4 – A Day as Today – Ephemeris in Dorian’s Secrets.

There are 361 days left to finish the year and 362 in leap years!

January 4 is the second day of the year on the Gregorian calendar.

Life is not very important and yet you can do something extremely daring with it!


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A Chinese novel, p. 19

Events that Happened “A Day as Today”

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Events that Happened “A Day as Today”

January 4 – A Day as Today – Events

  • 275: in Rome, Eutiquiano succeeds Felix I as pope.
  • 1493: from the site of the current city of Santo Domingo (capital of the Dominican Republic), on the island of Hispaniola, the navigator Christopher Columbus and his sailors undertake the trip back to Spain.
  • 1642: in the framework of the English Civil War, King Charles I of England attacks Parliament.
  • 1698: in Catalonia (Spain), under the Peace of Riswick, the troops of the Duke of Vendome evacuate Barcelona.
  • 1717: The Netherlands, England and France sign the Triple Alliance.
  • 1790: the Belgian provinces – with the exception of Luxembourg – proclaim their independence.
  • 1797: in Rívoli (Italy) Napoleon Bonaparte defeats the Austrians.
  • 1805: Spain and France sign an agreement for military and naval aid to invade Great Britain.
  • 1817: in the Catalán stream (current Uruguay) ―in the framework of the Lusobrasileña invasion of the United Provinces of the Río de la Plata (present Argentina, Bolivia and Uruguay) -, the Portuguese defeat the forces of General José Gervasio Artigas in the Catalan battle.
  • 1823: in Seville, the overflowing of the Guadalquivir river causes the total flooding of the city.
  • 1831: French troops occupy the city of Oran and later spread throughout Algeria.
  • 1834: in Peru, the Lima garrison carried out a coup d’état and proclaimed Pedro Bermúdez supreme chief, thus starting the civil war.
  • 1845: in Monterrey (Mexico) General Mariano Arista rises up in arms to support the movement of repudiation for the return to power of Antonio López de Santa Anna.
  • 1857: in Barcelona the railway line between Mataró and Arenys de Mar is inaugurated.
  • 1870: in Buenos Aires, Bartolomé Miter released the first edition of the newspaper La Nación.
  • 1874: in Zaragoza, the republicans carry out an uprising due to the coup d’état of General Manuel Pavía.
  • 1882: the newspaper La Voz de Galicia appears in Galicia.
  • 1891: in Chile, President José Manuel Balmaceda establishes the validity of the budget law of the previous year, without the approval of Congress.
  • 1902: in Barcelona, ​​Felipe Pedrell premieres the opera Los Pirineos.
  • 1903: in the United States the scientist Thomas Alva Edison and the owners of the circus of Luna Park in Coney Island execute Topsy by means of alternating current from a source of 6600 volts; this for a dispute with Nikola Tesla about the dangers of alternating current and the advantages of direct current.
  • 1904: the first aeronautics laboratory is created in Spain.
  • 1904: the president of the United States, Theodore Roosevelt, addresses a message to Congress about the events in Panama.
  • 1918: Finland officially becomes independent from the Russian Empire
  • 1923: in the Soviet Union, Lenin – in a postscript to his will – recommends the removal of Joseph Stalin.
  • 1932: in India, the British police arrest Gandhi.
  • 1933: off the French coast, a fire destroys the French liner Atlantic.
  • 1936: the New York magazine Billboard publishes the first list of musical successes of the world.
  • 1937: in Mexico the decree of President Lázaro Cárdenas regarding the Citlaltépetl volcano enters into force.
  • 1941: German film actress Marlene Dietrich obtains American citizenship.
  • 1946: the American company IBM donates 109,000 pesetas to Francisco Franco to be distributed among the neediest classes in Spain.
  • 1947: the political weekly Der Spiegel appears in Germany.
  • 1948: Burma gains independence from the United Kingdom.
  • 1951: in Korea, the communist revolutionary troops led by Kim Il-sung recapture the city of Seoul.
  • 1952: Che Guevara and Alberto Granado begin their journey through America
  • 1954: in the United States, Elvis Presley records his first album.
  • 1958: The first artificial satellite in history, Sputnik 1 of the Soviet Union, disintegrates upon re-entry into the atmosphere after orbiting for 3 months.
  • 1960: in Europe the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) is created.
  • 1962: the OAS lifts the sanctions that it imposed in 1960 on the Dominican Republic.
  • 1964: Pope Paul VI visits Jerusalem, where he meets with Athenagoras (Patriarch of Constantinople and head of the Greek Orthodox Church).
  • 1968: in Managua (Nicaragua), an earthquake measuring 4.8 on the Richter scale damages the houses in Colonia Centroamérica, to the southeast of the city, for which reason they were later rebuilt.
  • 1969: in Fez (Morocco) the treaty is signed where Spain returns the territory of Ifni to Morocco.
  • 1970: In London, United Kingdom, the last session of The Beatles as a band.
  • 1971: in Egypt, President Anwar el-Sadat recognizes the Soviet military presence in his country.
  • 1977: in Spain the Law for Political Reform is enacted, which contained the tacit repeal of the Francoist Political System.
  • 1977: the Spanish Courts approve Law 17/1977, which allows people’s first names to be registered in the Civil Registry in any of the Spanish languages.
  • 1978: in London Said Hammani, representative of the PLO, is assassinated.
  • 1978: in the Federal Republic of Germany the investigation into the “Lockheed scandal” ends.
  • 1981: in the United Kingdom, the police arrest Peter Sutcliffe on suspicion of being the “Yorkshire Ripper”.
  • 1983: in Kabul (Afghanistan) there is a wave of attacks against Soviet positions. 30 Afghan officers killed by their own soldiers.
  • 1984: In Lebanon, the Israeli army bombs the Baalbek region, killing more than 100 civilians and wounding 400.
  • 1991: the United Nations unanimously voted to condemn Israel for its treatment of the Palestinians.
  • 1992: the president of the United States, George H. W. Bush, announces the end of the embargo imposed on Cambodia for 17 years.
  • 1994: the Court of Justice of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) is inaugurated in Geneva.
  • 1996: CERN scientists announce having obtained nine antihydrogen atoms, the first achievement in obtaining antimatter.
  • 1999: The series Ed, Edd and Eddy premieres on Cartoon Network.
  • 1999: one of the witnesses in the case of the Spanish citizen, sentenced to death in the United States, Joaquín José Martínez, admits that he lied during the trial.
  • 2004: NASA’s Spirit spacecraft lands on Mars
  • 2008: for the first time in its history, the Dakar Rally is canceled, for fear of being the victim of an attack as it passes through Mauritania.
  • 2010: The Burj Khalifa in Dubai, the tallest architectural body in the world at 828 m, is officially inaugurated.
  • 2011: partial solar eclipse seen in Europe, Africa and Western Asia.
  • 2011: in Ben Arous (Tunisia), Mohamed Bouazizi is burned like a bonzo, starting the Tunisian revolution.
  • 2013: in Guatemala City the priest Mario Leonel Orantes Nájera (48) is released, imprisoned since 2001 for his complicity in the murder of Third World bishop Juan José Gerardi (1922-1998) on April 26, 1998, two days after This published the report Guatemala: Never Again, in which it demonstrated that the Guatemalan government had been responsible for the murder of 200,000 indigenous Mayans in the 1980s.
  • 2014: in Antarctica, Chile inaugurates its Union Glaciar Joint Scientific Polar Station.

Who was Born “A Day as Today”?

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Who was Born “A Day as Today”?

January 4 – A Day as Today – Births

  • 1076: Zhezong, Chinese emperor (d. 1100).
  • 1334: Amadeo VI of Savoy (d. 1383).
  • 1341: Wat Tyler, English revolutionary (d. 1381).
  • 1581: James Ussher, Irish Anglican Archbishop (d. 1656).
  • 1643: Isaac Newton, English physicist, philosopher, theologian, inventor, alchemist and mathematician (d. 1727).
  • 1710: Giovanni Battista Pergolesi, Italian composer (d. 1736).
  • 1783: Prisciliano Sánchez, Mexican politician, philosopher and reformer.
  • 1784: François Rude, French sculptor (d. 1855).
  • 1785: Jacob Grimm, short story writer, researcher of the German language and mythologist (d. 1863).
  • 1809: Louis Braille, French teacher of the blind, creator of the Braille writing system (d. 1852).
  • 1829: Adolfo Alsina, Argentine lawyer and politician (d. 1877).
  • 1848: Katsura Tarō, Japanese politician (d. 1913).
  • 1866: Ramón Casas, Spanish painter (d. 1932).
  • 1874: Josef Suk, Czech composer and violinist.
  • 1881: Wilhelm Lehmbruck, German sculptor.
  • 1884: Miguel Carlos Victorica, Argentine painter (d. 1955).
  • 1886: Mariano Latorre, Chilean writer (d. 1955).
  • 1896: André Masson, French painter (d. 1987).
  • 1898: Maruxa Fandiño Ricart, Galician woman, of the Las Dos Marías sisters (d. 1980).
  • 1899: Alfred Sohn-Rethel, Franco-German Marxist philosopher (d. 1990).
  • 1900: James Bond, American ornithologist (d. 1989).
  • 1902: John McCone, American businessman and politician (d. 1991).
  • 1909: José Chávez Morado, Mexican plastic artist (f. 2002).
  • 1913: Manuel Andújar, Spanish writer (f. 1994).
  • 1913: Sixto Ríos García, Spanish mathematician and academic (f. 2008).
  • 1913: Malietoa Tanumafili II, Samoan president (d. 2007).
  • 1914: Jean-Pierre Vernant, French philosopher and historian (d. 2007).
  • 1920: Rosalie Crutchley, British actress (f. 1997).
  • 1922: Fūtarō Yamada, Japanese writer (d. 2001).
  • 1923: Tito Rodríguez, singer, conductor and Puerto Rican musician of Dominican origin (d. 1973).
  • 1926: Jorge Riestra, Argentine writer.
  • 1929: Juan Carlos Altavista, Argentine comic actor (d. 1989).
  • 1929: Antonio Barrera de Irimo, Spanish politician.
  • 1929: Günter Schabowski, German politician (d. 2015).
  • 1932: Carlos Saura, Spanish filmmaker.
  • 1933: Elijah II, Georgian religious.
  • 1935: Floyd Patterson, American boxer (d. 2006).
  • 1937: Grace Bumbry, American opera singer.
  • 1938: Nilda Raggi, Argentine actress and director.
  • 1939: Eduardo D’Angelo, Uruguayan actor and comedian (d. 2014).
  • 1940: Betty Elizalde, Argentine journalist and broadcaster (f. 2018).
  • 1940: Helmut Jahn, German architect.
  • 1940: Brian David Josephson, British physicist, Nobel laureate in physics in 1973.
  • 1940: Gao Xingjian, Chinese writer, 2000 Nobel Prize winner for literature.
  • 1942: John McLaughlin, British jazz guitarist.
  • 1942: Gerardo Vallejo, Argentine filmmaker (d. 2007).
  • 1943: Doris Kearns Goodwin, American writer and historian.
  • 1943: Jesús Torbado, Spanish writer and journalist.
  • 1945: Richard R. Schrock, American scientist, 2005 Nobel Prize winner in chemistry.
  • 1947: Tim Rooney, American actor (f. 2005).
  • 1950: Joan Baptista Humet, Spanish singer-songwriter (f. 2008).
  • 1953: Norberto Alonso, Argentine soccer player.
  • 1954: Peter Seiffert, German tenor.
  • 1954: Tina Knowles, American fashion designer.
  • 1955: Mark Hollis, British musician, of the Talk Talk band.
  • 1956: Bernard Sumner, British musician, of the bands New Order, Joy Division, Electronic
  • 1957: Omar Alfanno, Panamanian salsa singer-songwriter.
  • 1957: Isidoro Fernández, Spanish actor.
  • 1959: Yoshitomo Nara, Japanese artist.
  • 1959: Fernando Aramburu, Spanish writer.
  • 1960: Poch, Spanish singer who died in 1998.
  • 1960: Michael Stipe, American singer, of the band REM.
  • 1961: Daniel F, Peruvian singer, of the band Leukemia.
  • 1962: Peter Steele, American singer, of the band Type O Negative (d. 2010).
  • 1963: Dave Foley, Canadian actor.
  • 1963: Till Lindemann, German singer, of the band Rammstein.
  • 1963: May-Britt Moser, Norwegian neurologist and psychologist, 2014 Nobel Prize in Medicine.
  • 1964: Andrea Politti, actress and Argentine television host.
  • 1965: Guy Forget, French tennis player.
  • 1965: Beth Gibbons, singer and American musician, of the band Portishead.
  • 1965: Julia Ormond, British actress.
  • 1971: Juan Carlos García, Venezuelan model and actor.
  • 1973: Laia Marull, Spanish actress.
  • 1973: Gastón Ricaud, Argentine actor.
  • 1977: Iran Castillo, Mexican actress.
  • 1978: Dominik Hrbatý, Slovak tennis player.
  • 1978: Mai Meneses, Spanish singer of the group Nena Daconte.
  • 1979: Jeph Howard, American musician, of the band The Used.
  • 1983: Spencer Chamberlain, American singer, of the band Underoath.
  • 1984: Javi Fuego, Spanish footballer.
  • 1990: Toni Kroos, German footballer.
  • 1992: Naiara Beristain, Spanish soccer player.
  • 1995: Rodolfo Combe, Uruguayan soccer player.
  • 1996: Emma Mackey, French-British actress and model.
  • 1998: Liza Soberano, Filipino actress.
  • 1998: Krystian Bielik, Polish footballer.
  • 2000: Nerea Eizagirre, Spanish soccer player.
  • 2003: Jaeden Martell, American actor.

Who Left Us “A Day as Today”?

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Who Left Us “A Day as Today”?

January 4 – A Day as Today – Deaths

  • 749: Rigobert, Archbishop of Reims.
  • 1248: Sancho II, King of Portugal (b.1207).
  • 1309: Angela de Foligno, Italian nun (b. 1248).
  • 1428: Frederick I, Saxon aristocrat (b.1370).
  • 1609: Giovanni Gastoldi, Italian composer (b.1555).
  • 1695: François-Henri de Montmorency, French general (b.1628).
  • 1752: Gabriel Cramer, Swiss mathematician (b.1704).
  • 1761: Stephen Hales (83 years), British physiologist (b.1677).
  • 1782: Ange-Jacques Gabriel, French architect (b. 1698).
  • 1786: Moses Mendelssohn, German philosopher (b. 1729).
  • 1804: Charlotte Lennox, English writer (b. 1730).
  • 1821: Saint Elizabeth Ana Bayley, American nun (b. 1774).
  • 1825: Ferdinand I, Spanish King of Sicily between 1759 and 1825 (b. 1751).
  • 1834: Mauro Gandolfi, Italian painter (b. 1764).
  • 1837: Hipólito Bouchard, Argentine soldier and privateer born in France (b. 1780).
  • 1839: Benjamin Gaillon, French mycologist (b. 1782).
  • 1860: Rafael María Baralt, Venezuelan poet and historian (b. 1810).
  • 1877: Cornelius Vanderbilt, American industrialist (b. 1794).
  • 1895: Manuel Pavía, Spanish military man (b. 1827).
  • 1904: Anna Winlock, American astronomer (b. 1857).
  • 1913: Alfred Graf von Schlieffen, Prussian military man (b.1833).
  • 1919: Georg von Hertling, German politician (b.1843).
  • 1920: Benito Pérez Galdós, Spanish novelist (b. 1843).
  • 1926: Margarita Teresa of Savoy, Italian queen consort (b. 1851).
  • 1928: Cocherito de Bilbao, Spanish bullfighter (b. 1876).
  • 1940: Manuel González García, Spanish prelate (b. 1877).
  • 1941: Henri Bergson, French philosopher and writer, Nobel Prize for Literature in 1927 (b. 1859).
  • 1942: Volodia Dubinín, Soviet hero (b.1928).
  • 1956: Ksawery Tartakower, Franco-Polish chess player (b. 1887).
  • 1958: John Anderson, Scottish politician.
  • 1960: Albert Camus, French writer and philosopher (b.1913).
  • 1961: Erwin Schrödinger, Austrian physicist, 1933 Nobel laureate in physics (b. 1887).
  • 1965: T. S. Eliot, British writer (b. 1888).
  • 1969: Paul Chambers, American jazz double bass player (b.1935).
  • 1975: Carlo Levi, Italian writer and painter (b.1902).
  • 1977: José Pablo Ventura (27), Argentine revolutionary activist; assassinated (b.1950).
  • 1982: Francisco Valdés Subercaseaux, Chilean bishop (b.1908).
  • 1984: Manuel Casanueva Ramírez, Chilean agronomist and politician (b. 1907).
  • 1985: Brian Horrocks, British serviceman (b.1895).
  • 1986: Christopher Isherwood, British writer (b.1904).
  • 1986: Phil Lynott, Irish musician, of the band Thin Lizzy (b.1949).
  • 1990: Alberto Lleras Camargo, Colombian president in 1945-1946 and 1958-1962 (b.1906).
  • 1995: Eduardo Mata, Mexican conductor and composer (b. 1942).
  • 1996: Ramón Vinay, Chilean opera singer (b.1912).
  • 1998: Mae Questel, American actress (b.1908).
  • 1999: Kisshomaru Ueshiba, Japanese aikidōka (b.1921).
  • 1999: José Vela Zanetti, Spanish painter (b.1913).
  • 2000: José Antonio Fernández Ordóñez, Spanish civil engineer.
  • 2002: Ada Falcón, Argentine tango singer (b.1905).
  • 2003: Antonio Ramírez González, Spanish physician and surgeon (b. 1921).
  • 2003: Gustavo Poirrier, Chilean soccer player (b. 1965).
  • 2005: Guy Davenport, American writer (b.1927).
  • 2008: Xavier Chamorro Cardenal, Nicaraguan electronic engineer and journalist (b.1932).
  • 2008: Irene Reid, American jazz singer (b.1930).
  • 2010: Casey Johnson, American businesswoman (b. 1979).
  • 2010: Sandro (Roberto Sánchez), Argentine singer-songwriter (b.1945).
  • 2010: Tsutomu Yamaguchi, Japanese engineer, double nuclear survivor (b.1916).
  • 2010: Johan Ferrier, Surinamese president (b.1910).
  • 2011: Mohamed Bouazizi, Tunisian activist (b.1984).
  • 2011: Mick Karn, British musician of Cypriot origin, of the band Japan (b. 1958).
  • 2011: Gustavo Kupinski, Argentine guitarist, of the bands Los Piojos and Las Pelotas (born 1974).
  • 2011: Gerry Rafferty, British singer (b.1947).
  • 2012: Eve Arnold, American photographer (b.1912).
  • 2012: Harry Fowler, British actor (b.1926).
  • 2012: Juan Carlos Mendizábal, Argentine presenter and television presenter (b.1950).
  • 2012: Carmen Naranjo, Costa Rican writer (b.1928).
  • 2012: Hisako Ōishi, Japanese politician (b.1936).
  • 2013: Carlos Calderón Chico, Ecuadorian historian, writer and journalist (b. 1953).
  • 2013: Tony Lip, American actor.
  • 2013: Lassaad Ouertani, Tunisian footballer (b.1980).
  • 2013: Baldo Santi, Italian-Chilean priest (b.1921).
  • 2015: Pino Daniele (59), Italian musician (b.1955).
  • 2015: Jack Parr (78), American basketball player (b.1936).
  • 2015: Ives Roqueta (78), French politician, activist and writer in the Occitan language (b.1936).
  • 2015: Stuart Orlando Scott (49), American sports presenter; cancer (b. 1965).
  • 2015: Sharon la Hechicera (Edith Bermeo, 40), singer, actress, model, businesswoman and Ecuadorian television presenter.
  • 2015: René Vautier (86), French filmmaker (b.1928).
  • 2016: Michel Galabru, French actor (b.1922).
  • 2017: Georges Prêtre, French conductor (b.1924).

What is Celebrated “A Day as Today”?

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What is Celebrated “A Day as Today”?

January 4 – A Day as Today – Celebrations

  • World Braille Day
  • Colombia: Third day of the Black and White Carnival.
  • Mexico: Journalist’s Day.

Catholic Santoral “A Day as Today”

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Catholic Santoral “A Day as Today”

January 4 – A Day as Today – Catholic Santoral

  • Saints Hermes and Gaius, martyrs (4th century).
  • Saint Abrunculus, bishop (490).
  • Saint Gregory of Dijon (539/540).
  • Saint Ferreol, bishop (581).
  • Saint Rigomerio, bishop (6th century).
  • Saint Rigobert of Reims, bishop (743).
  • Saint Faraildis, widow (740/750).
  • Blessed Angela de Foligno (1309).
  • Blessed Cristiana Menabuoi (Oringa), virgin (1310).
  • Blessed Thomas Plumtree, priest and martyr (1570).
  • Saint Elizabeth Ana Seton (1821).
  • Blessed Manuel González García, bishop (1940).

What Sign of the Zodiac Rules those Born “A Day as Today”?

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Capricorn Predictions

January 4 – A Day as Today – Zodiac sign

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