to­day in his­tory


Jan­uary 4, 1847

- Sa­muel Colt sells his first re­volver, Cap­tain Sa­muel Walker of the Texas Rangers placed an order for 1000 re­volver pis­tols after hav­ing wit­nessed their dev­as­tat­ing ef­fect

Jan­uary 4, 1912

- The Scout As­so­ci­a­tion is in­cor­po­rated through­out the Bri­tish Com­mon­wealth by Royal Char­ter.

Jan­uary 4, 1958

– Sput­nik 1, the first ar­ti­fi­cial Earth satel­lite, launched by the Soviet Union in 1957, falls to Earth from or­bit.

Jan­uary 4, 1959

– Luna 1 be­comes the first space­craft to reach the vicin­ity of the Moon.

Jan­uary 4, 1965

- T. S. Eliot Amer­i­can/english pub­lisher, play­wright, critic, No­bel Prize lau­re­ate died on this day

Jan­uary 4, 1972

- Rose Heil­bron be­comes the first fe­male judge to sit at the Old Bai­ley in Lon­don.

Jan­uary 4, 2007

– The 110th United States Congress con­venes, elect­ing Nancy Pelosi as the first fe­male Speaker of the House in U.S. his­tory

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