On this day: January 4

POSTED: 03:04 PM PST Jan 03, 2013    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PST Jan 03, 2015 

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 - Phil Lynott
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1986: Irish singer-songwriter and rock musician Phil Lynott dies at age 36 in Salisbury, Wiltshire, England, of pneumonia and heart failure due to septicaemia. Lynott spent his final years battling drug and alcohol dependency, which led to his early death. He was a founding member, the principal songwriter, lead vocalist and bassist for the rock band Thin Lizzy, best known for songs such as "The Boys Are Back in Town" and "Jailbreak."


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