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This Day in History for January 4 – Pelosi Becomes First Female Speaker and More

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Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1847 – Samuel Colt sells his first revolver pistol to the United States government (More info)

1965 – President Lyndon B. Johnson proclaims his “Great Society” during his State of the Union address (More info)

1974 – President Richard Nixon refuses to hand over materials subpoenaed by the Senate Watergate Committee (More info)

1999 – Former professional wrestler Jesse Ventura is sworn in as governor of Minnesota (More info)

2007 – The 110th United States Congress elects Nancy Pelosi as the first female Speaker of the House in US history (More info)

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