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4th January 1958 (61 Years)
Sputnik 1 falls to Earth from orbit. 60 years.
4th January 1958 (61 Years)
Sputnik 1, the world's first satellite, falls to Earth from orbit.
4th January 1986 (33 Years)
Christopher Isherwood, English novelist and playwright, dies.
5th January 1757 (262 Years)
Louis XV of France survives an assassination attempt by Robert-François Damiens, then executed by drawing and quartering: the traditional capital punishment used for regicides.
5th January 1938 (81 Years)
Juan Carlos I of Spain or Juan Carlos Alfonso Víctor María de Borbón y Borbón-Dos Sicilias, was born.
5th January 1941 (78 Years)
Amy Johnson, English aviator and first female pilot to fly alone from Britain to Australia, dies. 75 years.
5th January 1941 (78 Years)
Amy Johnson, English aviator and first female pilot to fly alone from Britain to Australia, dies at 37, while piloting a ferry flight for the Air Transport Auxiliary during WWII. 75 years.
5th January 1968 (51 Years)
Alexander Dubček comes to power: "Prague Spring" begins in Czechoslovakia.
5th January 1972 (47 Years)
President Richard Nixon and NASA Administrator James C. Fletcher announced the start of Space Shuttle program.
5th January 1972 (47 Years)
President Richard Nixon and NASA Administrator James C. Fletcher announced the start of Space Shuttle program.
6th January 1919 (100 Years)
Theodore Roosevelt, the 26th President of the United States died.
6th January 1928 (91 Years)
Capucine, French actress and model, was born.
6th January 1941 (78 Years)
Franklin D. Roosevelt, President of the United States delivers his Four Freedoms speech.
6th January 1978 (41 Years)
The Crown of St. Stephen (also known as the Holy Crown of Hungary) is returned to Hungary from the United States, where it was held after World War II.
6th January 1993 (26 Years)
Rudolf Khametovich Nureyev, Russian-French dancer and choreographer, died.
7th January 1839 (180 Years)
The French artist and physicist, Louis Daguerre, announced his invention of the daguerreotype.
7th January 1943 (76 Years)
Nikola Tesla, Croatian-Serbian-American physicist and engineer, died.
7th January 1955 (64 Years)
Britain's first ever animated feature film, Animal Farm was created by the pioneering Halas & Batchelor Animation Studio.
7th January 1989 (30 Years)
Emperor Hirohito, the 124th Emperor of Japan, died.
8th January 1918 (101 Years)
President Woodrow Wilson announces his "Fourteen Points" for the aftermath of World War I.
8th January 1940 (79 Years)
World War II: Britain introduces food rationing.
8th January 1941 (78 Years)
Robert Baden-Powell, founder of the Scouts and Guides movement, dies.
9th January 1816 (203 Years)
The first trial of the Davy lamp for miners invented by Sir Humphry Davy at Hebburn Colliery.
9th January 1863 (156 Years)
The opening of the first underground railway in London.
9th January 1908 (111 Years)
Simone Lucie Ernestine Marie Bertrand de Beauvoir, commonly known as Simone de Beauvoir, was born.
9th January 1913 (106 Years)
Richard Nixon, infamously the only U.S. President to resign from office, is born.
9th January 1923 (96 Years)
Katherine Mansfield, writer of the Dove's Nest, died at 34.
9th January 1936 (83 Years)
John Gilbert, American actor, screenwriter and director, died.
9th January 1969 (50 Years)
The first trial flight of the Concorde in Bristol.
10th January 1863 (156 Years)
Lyman Beecher, US Presbyterian clergyman and temperance movement leader dies. (b. 1775).

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