List of January 4th Major News Events – The People History

List of January 4th Major News Events – The People History

This day in history january 4

1954 Elvis Presley Records First Demo Record

Elvis Presley recorded a 10 minute demo at Sun Records Memphis Recording Service in Nashville. He had recorded an acetate recording of the same songs as a gift for his mother in 1953.

The Sun Records boss Sam Phillips arranged for Elvis Presley to an audition on June 26th, 1954. In July Elvis records his first commercial recording Sun Records in Memphis, Tenn “That’s All Right (Mama).” and the rest as they say is history.

1955 U.S A. Hydrogen Bomb

The U.S. had conducted hydrogen bomb experiments in the Pacific for about a year prior to this date. On this day 1955) the U.S. paid out $2,000,000 towards the loss of life and property which occurred on March 1st, 1954.

In 1954, one fisherman had been killed and several other individuals were sickened. Furthermore, the fish located among local Japanese fishing operations were contaminated.

1955 Packard Cars

New versions of Packard Company automobiles were being manufactured as of this date. The Packard Caribbean was one of the most noted automobiles produced by this company on this day.

It was this company’s first V-8 engine vehicle, and it competed against cars such as the new Corvettes and Thunderbirds being made at this time.

1955 Jackie Gleason

1955 : Television celebrity Jackie Gleason signed a $5,000,000 contract with the CBS television station. He starred in television comedies such as the one entitled by his name (The Jackie Gleason Show), as well as The Honeymooners. He also played in a movie called Smokey and the Bandit II and hosted the variety show Cavalcade of Stars.

1958 Sir Edmund Hillary

Sir Edmund Hillary, first man to conquer Mt. Everest, reached the South Pole, at the bottom of the world Friday.


The last victim of THE BOSTON STRANGLER Mary Sullivan is raped and strangled to death in her Boston apartment. The Boston Strangler, Albert DeSalvo terrorized the city between 1962 and 1964, raping and killing 13 women.

1965 T.S. Eliot

T.S. Eliot Died in London on this day. He was a famous poet during the early to mid-20th Century. He won the Nobel Prize for literature in 1948.

1966 Ronald Reagan

Ronald Reagan announced his candidacy for the position of Republican Governor of California. Before he decided to run for political office, he was an actor who starred in Death Valley Days. He later became U.S. President.

1967 Dulwich

1967: Eight art masterpieces that were stolen from the Dulwich College Gallery in London on December 31st have been recovered after five were found today wrapped in newspaper in a park. The paintings, worth $8.2 million, were all intact

1967 Donald Campbell Dies

Donald Campbell is killed on Coniston Water in the Lake District while attempting to break his his own water speed record in his jet-powered boat, the Bluebird K7

1981 “Yorkshire Ripper”

Truck driver Peter Sutcliffe admitted to being the “Yorkshire Ripper,” the killer of 13 women in northern England over five years. On 2 January 1981 he was stopped by the police with prostitute Olivia Reivers and was arrested, on grounds of having fitted his car with false number plates.

1985 Surrogate Mother

1985 : Scotland Yard are investigating reports that a surrogate mother in London is to receive £6,500 for her baby from a childless couple. Surrogate is legal in the UK, but surrogate mothers cannot be paid. 1985

1990 Pakistan Train Collision

Two trains collide in Sangi, Pakistan, killing between 200 and 300 people and injuring an estimated 700 others and was the worst rail accident in Pakistan.

1990 Lincoln Town Car

It has been 38 years since the last time a luxury car won a “Car of the Year” award. This year the Lincoln Town car had made history on this very day when it received this very award by Motor Trend Magazine.

1998 Ice Storm

North American ice storm of 1998 begins in Canada with steady freezing rain falling over an area of several thousand square miles of Eastern Ontario, including Ottawa and southern Quebec, northern New York, and northern New England (including parts of Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine). The Ice Storm continued till 10th causing major disruption of power estimated millions were without power ( Thousands of power lines and Pylons broke ) and travel ( Due to Bridges Closed ) In many areas a state of emergency was declared .