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JANUARY 4

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Angola: Baixa de Cassange's Day (Martyrs of the Colonial Repression Day)
(Commemorates the cotton workers martyred in attack by Portuguese military: 01/04/1961)
Angola Portugal War Death U.S. Department of State
Burma: Independence Day
(Commemorates independence from Great Britain: 01/04/1948)
Burma/Myanmar Great Britain Library of Congress
1798 William Crosby Dawson (Georgia-born Member of the U.S. Congress) Georgia Political and Social Leaders U.S. Congress University of Georgia
1872 Selena Sloan Butler (Georgia-born African-American Educator) Selena Sloan Butler Educators of Note African-American Polticial & Social Leaders
1887 Edwin Witte (Wisconsin-born Statesman; "Father of Social Security") Wisconsin Political and Social Leaders Social Security Wisconsin Historical Society
1896 Everett Dirksen (Illinois-born Member of the U.S. Senate) Everett Dirksen U.S. Senate
1913 Chief Susuga Malietoa Tanumafili II (Head of State for Western Samoa) Chief Susuga Malietoa Tanumafili II
1920 William E. Colby (Minnesota-born Director of the CIA under Presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford) Minnesota Political and Social Leaders President Richard Nixon President Gerald Ford CIA
Deaths
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1821 Elizabeth Ann Seton (New York-born Religious Leader: First Native-born American Saint) Elizabeth Ann Seton Religion Catholic Saints
1843 Stevens T. Mason (Virginia-born First Governor of Michigan) Virginia Political and Social Leaders Michigan Political and Social Leaders State of Michigan
1863 Roger Hanson (Kentucky-born Confederate General Who Died from Combat Wounds) Roger Hanson American Civil War
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1808 Harman Blennerhassett Released from Prison, Exonerated of Role in Aaron Burr Conspiracy Notorious Persons of Ireland American History 1700-1800 West Virginia Archive
1839 Lincoln Votes with Majority of the Illinois House to Incorporate City of Danville Danville, Illinois Abraham Lincoln Lincoln Logs
1855 Abraham Lincoln Presents a History of Slavery to the Colonization Society Abraham Lincoln Slavery Lincoln Logs
1861 President-elect Lincoln Meets with Salmon P. Chase in Springfield, Illinois Springfield, Illinois Salmon P. Chase Abraham Lincoln Lincoln Logs
Alabama and Florida Governors Order the Seizure of Federal Military Installations in their States Alabama Florida American Civil War Alabama State Archive Florida Historical Society
1863 Confederate General Hanson Dies From Wounds Sustained at Stones River Roger Hanson Battle of Stones River Death The History Channel
1863 President Lincoln Has Meeting About Grant's Order to Expel Jews from Army of Tennessee Abraham Lincoln Ulysses S. Grant American Civil War Judaism Lincoln Logs
1865 New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) Opens Its First Permanent Headquarters New York Stock Exchange Investments and Markets Library of Congress
1904 In Gonzales v. Williams, U.S. Supreme Court Decides Puerto Ricans May Enter the U.S. Freely Puerto Rico U.S. Supreme Court Hispanic Heritage Oklahoma State Courts Network
1948 Burma Gains Independence from Great Britain Burma/Myanmar Great Britain Library of Congress
1951 North Korean and Communist Chinese Forces Capture the City of Seoul Korea China Korean War BBC
1965 President Johnson Outlines "Great Society" in State of the Union Address President Lyndon Johnson The American Presidency U.S. Civil Rights Movement <I>New York Times</I>
1974 President Nixon Refuses to Provide Subpoenaed Tapes/Recordings to Senate Committee Watergate Affair The American Presidency U.S. Congress History Channel
1980 President Carter Announces Sanctions Following Soviet Union's Invasion of Afghanistan Afghanistan Soviet Union President Carter Carter Library
1990 Former Panamanian Dictator, Manuel Noriega, Arraigned in Miami Manuel Noriega Florida Illegal Drugs Hispanic Heritage <I>New York Times</I>
1995 U.S. Representative from Georgia, Newt Gingrich, Is Elected as the First Republican Speaker of the House in 40 Years Georgia Political and Social Leaders U.S. House of Representatives <I>New York Times</I> University of Georgia
1998 Daniel Arap Moi is Elected President of Kenya Kenya Elections South African History
1999 Europe's Unified Currency, the Euro, Debuts on World Markets European History Currencies International Markets and Investments History Channel CNN
2002 Afghanistan Casualty Is First U.S. Soldier Killed in War on Terrorism Afghanistan War on Terrorism Death <I>New York Times</I>
2007 California's Nancy Pelosi Begins Term as the First Female Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives California Political and Social Leaders U.S. House of Representatives Female American Political and Social Leaders Historic Firsts National Public Radio

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