Today is the fourth day of 2015 and the 15th day of winter.
TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1896, Utah was admitted as the 45th U.S. state.
In 1965, President Lyndon Johnson presented the "Great Society" plan in his State of the Union address.
In 1995, the 104th U.S. Congress convened with Republican majorities in both the House and Senate for the first time since the Eisenhower presidency.
In 2004, NASA's Spirit rover landed on the surface of Mars.
In 2010, the 2,717-foot Burj Khalifa opened in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, as the world's tallest building.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Louis Braille (1809-1852), Braille alphabet inventor; Don Shula (1930- ), football coach; Floyd Patterson (1935-2006), boxer; Dyan Cannon (1937- ), actress; Doris Kearns Goodwin (1943- ), historian; Patty Loveless (1957- ), singer-songwriter; Michael Stipe (1960- ), singer-songwriter; Dave Foley (1963- ), actor/comedian; Julia Ormond (1965- ), actress.
TODAY'S FACT: Medicare, one of the largest reforms passed as part of President Lyndon Johnson's Great Society initiatives, insured 53.8 million Americans in 2014.
TODAY'S SPORTS: In 2003, the Atlanta Falcons upset the Green Bay Packers, 27-7, in the wild card round of the playoffs. It was the first playoff loss at Lambeau Field in Packers history.
TODAY'S QUOTE: "It is empty to plead that the solution to the dilemmas of the present rests on the hands of the clock. The solution is in our hands." -- Lyndon Johnson
TODAY'S NUMBER: $1.5 billion -- estimated total cost (in U.S. dollars) of the Burj Khalifa project.
TODAY'S MOON: Full moon (Jan. 4).