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January 4


1847   Samuel Colt sells his first revolver pistol to the United States government.

1885   The first successful appendectomy is performed in the United States.

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

1936   Billboard magazine publishes its first pop music charts, called the First Hit Parade.

2004   Spirit, a NASA Mars Rover, lands successfully on Mars

Famous Birthdays:

1643   Sir Isaac Newton (Scientist)

1785   Jacob Grimm (of the Brothers Grimm)

1809   Louis Braille (Inventor of touch reading system for blind)

1930   Don Shula (Football coach and player)

1960   Michael Stipe (Singer with REM)

1963   Dave Foley (Actor)

1965   Julia Ormand (Actress)

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