4th January

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2006 Ariel Sharon suffers a stroke Israel's prime minister Ariel Sharon suffers a stroke and his powers are transferred to his deputy, Ehud Olmert.
2000 First British women reach the south pole Catherine Hartley and Fiona Thornewill become the first British women to reach the South Pole following a trek of 680 miles.
1990 Manuel Noriega charged with drug trafficking Panama's ex president Manuel Noriega is indicted on drug trafficking charges in Miami.
1989 US shoot down Libyan jets US Navy fighters shoot down Libyan jets
1987 Andres Segovia begins his final tour of America Spanish classical guitarist Andres Segovia begins his final tour of America.
1970 Beatles last recording session The Beatles record as a band for the last time
1969 Air Crash - into houses near Gatwick 50 die as an airliner crashes into house near Gatwick airport
1967 Donald Campbell dies British speed record holder Donald Campbell dies while trying to set a new water speed record on Lake Conniston.
1965 Thomas Stearns Eliot dies Poet Thomas Stearns Eliot dies of emphysema in London.
1959 NASA - Luna 1 Luna 1 becomes the first spacecraft to reach the vicinity of the moon
1958 Edmund Hillary reaches the south pole Edmund Hillary becomes the first person to reach the South Pole since Captain Robert Scott in 1912.
1958 Russian Federation - Sputnik 1 Sputnik 1 falls to earth from its orbit
1951 Korean War - Seoul falls Chinese and North Korean forces capture Seoul
1944 World War 2 - Battle of Monte Cassino The Battle of Monte Cassino, Italy starts
1941 Bugs Bunny The animated cartoon "Elmer's Pet Rabbit" is released, the second appearance of Bugs Bunny and the first to have his name on title card.


On This Day - 4th January