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 - Reagan CIA
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Ronald Reagan Library

1982: President Ronald Reagan signs the top secret National Security Decision Directive 17 (NSDD-17), giving the Central Intelligence Agency the authority to recruit and support Contra rebels in Nicaragua.


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