4 January

Independence Day
Myanmar : January 4 1948

UN Day
World Braille Day

Louis Braille
Born - January 4, 1809
Aged 10 - Earned a scholarship to the National Institute for the Blind in Paris
Aged 12 - Inspired by a military 'silent' communication system, Braille began developing his code
Aged 24 - Braille became a teacher at the Institute, and continued to work on his code, publishing the first book in Braille in 1829 and extending its use into music and mathematics
Died of tuberculosis - January 6, 1852
The Braille code was officially recognised in France in 1854

46 BC
Titus Labienus defeats Julius Caesar in the Battle of Ruspina.

The McDonald Islands are discovered by Captain William McDonald aboard the Samarang.

Topsy, an elephant, was electrocuted by Thomas Edison during the War of Currents campaign.

State of siege proclaimed in Honduras

1948 Burma Gains Independence
Burma became an independent nation no longer under control of the British. Independence to Burma was originally granted by Japan in 1943 after Japan had temporary control over it. However, this land area was primarily turned into a Japanese military base at this time. Since then, this country has undergone quite a few changes-one of which is a name change in 1989. As of this date Burma was referred to as the Union of Myanmar.

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 (January 4th, 1955) the U.S. paid out $2,000,000 towards the loss of life and property which occurred on March 1, 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.

Sputnik 1 reenters atmosphere & burns up

Luna 1 (Mechta) becomes 1st craft to leave Earth's gravity

European Free Trade Association forms in Stockholm

Spirit, a NASA Mars Rover, lands successfully on Mars at 04:35 UTC.

2010 Dubai World's Tallest Building
The worlds tallest building Burj Khalifa 2,716ft high with 160 floors opens in Dubai dwarfing the previous record holder, Taipei 101 1,666ft high in Taiwan.

The Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention removed HIV infection from its list of communicable diseases of public health significance.






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