Today in History: 4th Janaury


Historical Events:

• 1847: Samuel Colt sells his first revolver pistol to the United States government.
• 1923: Lenin’s "Political Testament" calls for removal of Stalin.
• 1939: Frieda Wunderlich elected 1st woman dean of a US graduate school.
• 2007: Former State President Marais Viljoen, the country’s last ceremonial state president (1979-1984) dies as a result of heart failure at the Muelmed Hospital in Pretoria at the age of 91.
• 2014: 14 people are killed after a three-story building construction site collapses in Goa, India.
• 2007: The 110th United States Congress convenes, electing Nancy Pelosi as the first female Speaker of the House in U.S. history.

Arts, Music, TV:

• 1954: Elvis Presley records a 10 minute demo in Nashville.
• 1970: Beatles last recording session at EMI studios.
• 1906: South Africa beats England by one wicket in SA’s first Test win.
• 1981: "Frankenstein" opens & closes on Broadway.
• 1998: "Funny Thing Happened," closes at St James NYC after 715 perform
• 2001: Rapper Vanilla Ice spends night in jail after allegedly ripping out some of his wife’s hair during a row.


• 1883: Ontario Rugby Football Union (forerunner of CFL) forms.
• 1906: South Africa beat England by one wicket, their 1st Test win.
• 1920: 1st Black baseball league, National Negro Baseball League, organizes.
• 1932: Bradman scores 167 for Australia v South Africa at the MCG
• 1992: Dr Danie Craven (Mr Rugby) dies at his home in Stellenbosch at the age of 82.
• 1986: NCAA basketball’s David Robinson blocks a record 14 shots.

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Compiled by: Thandi Xaba