January 4

1885

Dr. William W. Grant of Davenport, Iowa, performed what is thought to be the first appendectomy.

1896

Utah was admitted as 45th state in the United States.

1904

In Gonzales v. Williams, the U.S. Supreme Court decided that citizens of Puerto Rico are not aliens and can enter the U.S. freely.

1948

Burma (Myanmar) gained independence from Great Britain.

1951

During the Korean War, North Korean and Communist Chinese forces captured the city of Seoul.

1965

President Johnson outlined his "Great Society" in his State of the Union address.

1999

Former wrestler Jesse Ventura was sworn in as Minnesota's governor.

1999

The U.S. Mint began distributing the 50 State Quarters.

2007

California Democrat Nancy Pelosi becomes the first woman U.S. Speaker of the House of Representatives.

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