It is the 4th day of the year, with only 361 days remaining until the end of the year.
1847 - Samuel Colt sells his first revolver pistol in the United States government.
1865 - The New York Stock Exchange opens its first permanent headquarters at 10-12 Broad near Wall Street in New York City.
1885 - The first successful appendectomy is performed by William W. Grant on Mary Gartside.
1896 - Utah is admitted as the 45th state to the United States.
1944 - Operation Carpetbagger, involving the dropping of arms and supplies to resistance fighters in Europe, begins.
1958 - Sputnik I falls to Earth from its orbit.
1965 - President Lyndon B. Johnson proclaims his Great Society during his State of the Union address.
1999 - Former professional wrestler Jesse Ventura is sworn in as governor of Minnesota.
2007 - The 100th U.S. Congress convenes, electing Nancy Pelosi as the first female Speaker of the House in U.S. history.