On this day in history 4 January

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1998: Second successful revival of by Stephen Sondheim's musical "A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum.

2000: A day after accepting the head coaching position at the New York Jets.

2001: Rapper Vanilla Ice spends night in jail after allegedly ripping out some of his wife's hair during a row.

1862 Romney Campaign: Stonewall Jackson occupies Bath, West Virginia.

2001: Washington Wizards forward Michael Jordan becomes 4th player in NBA history to score 30,000 career points.

2003: Hopman Cup Tennis, Perth: Serena Williams & James Blake beat Australian pair Alicia Molik .

2006: Prime Minister Ariel Sharon of Israel suffers a second, apparently more serious stroke.

2007: The 110th United States Congress convenes and elects Nancy Pelosi as the 1st female Speaker of the House.

2020: Australian bushfires death toll reaches 23 as PM Scott Morrison announces national defense force will be employed.

2021: Prime Minister Boris Johnson announces new national lockdown for England following Scotland, as COVID-19 .

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