A few of the great historical events that happened today in history, January 4th!
|1896||Utah was admitted to the Union as the 45th state.|
|1948||Britain granted independence to Burma.|
|1951||North Korean and Communist Chinese forces captured the city of Seoul during the Korean War.|
|1960||Nobel Prize-winning French author Albert Camus died in a car accident at age 46.|
|1965||Poet T.S. Eliot died at age 76.|
|1974||President Richard Nixon refused to hand over tape recordings and documents subpoenaed by the Senate Watergate Committee.|
|1995||The 104th Congress convened, the first entirely under Republican control since the Eisenhower era; Newt Gingrich was elected speaker of the House.|
|1999||Former professional wrestler Jesse Ventura was sworn in as governor of Minnesota.|
|2004||Afghans approved a new constitution.|
|2006||Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon suffered a stroke and his powers were transferred to his deputy, Ehud Olmert.|
|2007||Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., became the first female speaker of the House.|
|2010||Dubai opened the world’s tallest skyscraper, the 2,717-foot gleaming glass-and-metal tower Burj Khalifa.|
Today in history facts are from various sites including, but not limited too: the History Channel, The New York Times, WHG Historynet.com, and HistoryOrb.com.