On this day: January 4

Published On: Jan 03 2013 05:04:16 PM CST   Updated On: Jan 04 2016 01:00:00 AM CST

Billboard publishes its first music chart, Sputnik falls to Earth, The Beatles record together for the last time, and Nancy Pelosi becomes the first female speaker of the House, all on this day.

OTD January 4 - Luna 1
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1959: The Russian probe Luna 1 becomes the first spacecraft to reach the vicinity of the moon, passing within 3,725 miles of the lunar surface.

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