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 This day in History - January 4
381 Historic Events for January 4
1981

"Peter Pan" closes at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC after 578 performances

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1981

British police arrest Peter Sutcliffe, the "Yorkshire Ripper"

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1982

ABC Direction Network (57 affiliates) and ABC Rock Network (40 affiliates) become the 5th and 6th ABC radio network

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1982

Golden Gate Bridge closed for 3rd time by fierce storm

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1982

Chris Wallace becomes co-anchor of the Today Show

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1982

Bryant Gumbel became co-host of NBC's "Today Show"

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1983

US Football League holds its 1st player draft

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1984

"Night Court" starring Harry Anderson premieres on NBC TV

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1984

Edmonton beats Minnesota 12-8 highest-scoring modern NHL game

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1985

Brian Gwynne Horrocks, English lt-general (A Full Life), dies at 89

Death
1986

Christopher Isherwood, British writer (Lions and Shadows), dies at 81

Death
1986

Phil Lynott, rocker (Thin Lizzy), dies of overdose at 34

Death
1986

David Boon's second Test century, 131 v India at Adelaide

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1986

NCAA basketball's David Robinson blocks a record 14 shots

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1987

16 die in a train crash in Chase Md

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1987

Jack Martin, cricketer (Eng pace bowler, 1-111 and 0-18 in Test), dies

Death
1987

Peggy Bacon, author/illustrator (Off With Their Heads), dies at 91

Death
1987

F van Heek, Dutch sociologist, dies at 79

Death
1989

US F-14s shoot down 2 Libyan jet fighters over Mediterranean

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1989

VP Bush is 1st since VP Van Buren to declare himself president

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1989

Comet Tempel 1 at perihelion

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1990

Robert F Adams, US, sci-fi author (Castaways in Time), dies at 57

Death
1990

Alberto Lleras Camargo, president of Colombia (1945-46, 58-62), dies

Death
1991

Leo N Wright, US saxophonist (I Left My Heart in SF), dies at 57

Death
1991

ATandT workers in Newark accidentally snap a cable

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