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 This day in History - October 4
394 Historic Events for October 4
1976

Agriculture Secretary Earl Butz resigns due to telling a racial joke

Event
1977

Pier 39 opens in SF

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1978

Funeral services held for Pope John Paul I

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1979

USSR performs nuclear test

Event
1979

Christina Spierenburg, Dutch singer, dies at 56

Death
1979

Hugh Leonards "Life," premieres in Dublin

Event
1980

Jimmy Workman, actor (Pugsley-Addams Family)

Birth
1980

Mike Schmidt's 2-run HR clinches NL East title for Phillies

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1981

Donna Caponi Young/Kathy Whitworth wins Portland Ping Team Golf Champ

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1981

Meadowlands Arena opens in NJ

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1981

Pasakevi Kouna of Greece (9) is youngest intl gymnastics participant

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1982

Helmut Kohl elected chancellor of German FR

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1982

Ahmad H al-Bakr, Iraqi fieldmarshal/president/premier, dies

Death
1982

Glenn H Gould, Canadian pianist, dies at 50

Death
1983

Richard Noble reaches record 1019 kph in jet-powered car

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1984

US govt closes down due to budget problems

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1984

Yanks clinch AL East

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1985

Shite Moslems claim to have killed hostage William Buckley

Event
1985

Henry G Perry completes 157 day, 14,021 mile bicycle tour of Australia

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1986

NY Yank Dave Righetti saves doubleheader for then record 46 saves

Event
1986

Queen Beatrice installs dam at Oosterschelde

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1986

Rachel Oliver (Mass), 20, crowned 19th Miss Black America

Event
1986

Barbara Jean Jones, fictional character (General Hospital)

Birth
1987

James Jefferson of Winnipeg scores 2 TDs on interception returns without making an interception. (He scored on laterals)

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1987

1st "Scrub Sunday" of NFL football with replacement players

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