On this day: January 4

Published On: Jan 03 2013 05:04:16 PM CST   Updated On: Jan 04 2013 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 - Cornelius Vanderbilt
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1877: Businessman and philanthropist Cornelius Vanderbilt, who built his wealth through railroads and shipping until he became one of the richest Americans in history, dies at age 82 in New York City after having been confined to his rooms for about eight months. The immediate cause of his death was exhaustion, brought on by long suffering from a complication of chronic disorders. At the time of his death, his fortune was estimated at $100 million.

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