January 4th in history:
January 4th is the birthday of Sir Isaac Newton (1643), known for his theories about gravity.
The first man-made satellite to orbit the Earth yielded to gravity and fell out of orbit on January 4th, 1958. Sputnik 1 had been launched exactly three months earlier.
And after spending about three months in the New World, Christopher Columbus began his voyage back to Europe on January 4th, 1493, to prove that he had reached land across the Atlantic without falling off the Earth.
July 5th seems to be a good day for new or unique things…
On July 5th, 1687, Isaac Newton published his “Principia Mathematica,” which contained his laws of motion and his theory of gravity.
The first bikini was introduced at a swimming pool in France on July 5th, 1946.
Arthur Ashe became the first African-American to win the men’s singles title at Wimbledon on July 5th, 1975.
The Hormel Company introduced SPAM luncheon meat on this date in 1937.
The first cloned animal, a sheep named Dolly, was born in Scotland on July 5th, 1996. Because scientists cloned Dolly from a mammary gland cell, they named her after Dolly Parton. (Would scientists lie to you?)
And another birthday in the “news” is that of singer Huey Lewis (born 1950), leader of the band Huey Lewis and the News.