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    • February 4, 0211 "Roman Emperor Septimius Severus dies, leaving the Roman Empire in the hands of his two quarrelsome sons, Caracalla and Geta."

    • February 4, 0362 Roman Emperor Julian promulgates an edict that recognizes equal rights to all the religions in the Roman Empire.

    • February 4, 0708 Sisinnius ends his reign as Catholic Pope

    • February 4, 0960 "The coronation of Zhao Kuangyin as Emperor Taizu of Song, initiating the Song Dynasty period of China that would last more than three centuries."

    • February 4, 1194 "Richard I Lion Hearted pays Leopold O Fenrik VI's ransom of 100,000"

    • February 4, 1454 "In the Thirteen Years' War, the Secret Council of the Prussian Confederation sends a formal act of disobedience to the Grand Master."

    • February 4, 1508 Maximilian I assumes imperial title without being crowned

    • February 4, 1586 "Robert Dudley, earl of Leicester, becomes governor of Netherlands"

    • February 4, 1600 Tycho Brahe & Johannes Kepler meet for first time outside of Prague

    • February 4, 1620 Prince Bethlen G bor signs peace with emperor Ferdinand II

    • February 4, 1657 Oliver Cromwell grants residency to Luis Caravajal

    • February 4, 1697 "3 VOC-ships anchor at Dirk-Hartogeiland, Australia"

    • February 4, 1699 350 rebellious Streltsi executed in Moscow

    • February 4, 1703 "In Edo (now Tokyo), 46 of the Forty-Seven Ronin commit seppuku (ritual suicide) as recompense for avenging their master's death."

    • February 4, 1783 England agrees to end hostilities against the US.

    • February 4, 1783 "In Calabria, Italy an earthquate casued 50,000 deaths. One of the world's most destructive earthquakes. A series of six strong earthquakes, occurring over a two-month period, caused massive destruction"

    • February 4, 1783 "Worst quake in 8 years kills some 50,000 (Calabria, Italy)"

    • February 4, 1787 Shays' Rebellion (of debt-ridden Massachusetts farmers) fails

    • February 4, 1787 The first Anglican bishops of New York & Pennsylvania consecrated in London

    • February 4, 1789 George Washington is unanimously elected to be the first President of the United States by the U.S. Electoral College.

    • February 4, 1789 The first electoral college chooses Washington & Adams as President & Vice President

    • February 4, 1794 French National Convention proclaims abolishment of slavery

    • February 4, 1794 The French legislature abolishes slavery throughout all territories of the French Republic.

    • February 4, 1797 "Earthquake in Quito, Ecuador kills 40,000"

    • February 4, 1801 John Marshall is sworn in as Chief Justice of the United States.

    • February 4, 1803 "William Dunlap, adapts French melodrama ""Voice of Nature"""

    • February 4, 1810 British Navy seizes Guadeloupe.

    • February 4, 1818 Sir Walter Scott supervised the rediscovery of the Honours of Scotland - the Scottish Crown Jewels - in Edinburgh Castle

    • February 4, 1822 "Free American Blacks settle Liberia, West Africa"

    • February 4, 1824 J W Goodrich introduces rubber galoshes to the public

    • February 4, 1825 The Ohio Legislature authorizes the construction of the Ohio and Erie Canal and the Miami and Erie Canal.

    • February 4, 1846 Mormons leave Nauvoo MO for settlement in the west

    • February 4, 1847 The first US telegraph company established in Maryland

    • February 4, 1849 University of Wisconsin begins in 1 room with 20 students

    • February 4, 1854 "Alvan Bovay proposes the name ""Republican Party,"" Ripon WI"

    • February 4, 1855 "Soldiers shoot Jewish families in Coro, Venezuela"

    • February 4, 1859 Codex Sinaiticus discovered in Egypt.

    • February 4, 1861 "Confederate constitutional convention meets for first time, Montgomery AL, Georgia, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi & South Carolina elect Jefferson Davis President of Confederacy"

    • February 4, 1864 "Skirmish at Big Black River Bridge, Mississippi"

    • February 4, 1865 Hawaiian Board of Education formed

    • February 4, 1865 Robert E Lee is named commander-in-chief of Confederate Army

    • February 4, 1866 Mary Baker Eddy cures her injuries by opening a bible

    • February 4, 1875 Princess Louise marries Prince Philip von Saksen-Coburg-Gotha in Belgium

    • February 4, 1887 Interstate Commerce Act authorizes federal regulation of railroads

    • February 4, 1895 "First rolling lift bridge opens, Chicago"

    • February 4, 1899 Revolt against US occupation of Philippines

    • February 4, 1899 The Philippine-American War begins.

    • February 4, 1913 Louis Perlman patents demountable auto tire-carrying wheel rim

    • February 4, 1914 US Congress approves Burnett-anti-immigration law

    • February 4, 1915 Experiments to find cause of pellagra begin at Mississippi Penitentiary

    • February 4, 1915 Germany establishes a submarine blockade around the UK and declares any vessel in it a legitimate target.

    • February 4, 1917 Belgium Council of Flanders established

    • February 4, 1919 City of Bremen's Soviet Republic overthrown

    • February 4, 1920 First flight from London to South Africa takes-off (1« months)

    • February 4, 1924 The first Winter Olympics games close at Chamonix France

    • February 4, 1926 Austrian chancellor Seipel wants to join Germany

    • February 4, 1932 "Japanese troop occupy Harbin, Manchuria"

    • February 4, 1932 "Lake Placid, NY hosts the first Winter Olympics. Lake Placid would reprise this role in 1980."

    • February 4, 1932 "World War II: Japan occupies Harbin, China."

    • February 4, 1933 "Crew of Dutch ""7 Provinces"" mutiny after pay cuts"

    • February 4, 1933 German President Von Hindenburg limits freedom of the press

    • February 4, 1936 Radium E. becomes the first radioactive element to be made synthetically.

    • February 4, 1936 The first radioactive substance produced synthetically (radium E)

    • February 4, 1938 """Our Town,"" by Thornton Wilder opens on Broadway"

    • February 4, 1938 Hitler seizes control of German army & puts Nazi in key posts

    • February 4, 1939 Glenn Cunningham (top miler) says 4-minute mile beyond human effort

    • February 4, 1941 British tanks occupy Maus Libya

    • February 4, 1941 Former Dutch premier De Geer flies to Berlin

    • February 4, 1941 "The United Service Organizations (USO) is created, at the request of US President Franklin D. Roosevelt."

    • February 4, 1941 World War II: The United Service Organization (USO) is created to entertain American troops.

    • February 4, 1942 Clinton Pierce becomes first US General wounded in action in WWII

    • February 4, 1944 US 7th Infantry Division captures Kwajalein

    • February 4, 1945 "FDR, Churchill & Stalin meet at Yalta"

    • February 4, 1948 Ceylon (later renamed Sri Lanka) becomes independent within the British Commonwealth.

    • February 4, 1948 Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) gains independence from Britain (National Day)

    • February 4, 1949 Failed assassination attempt on Shah of Persia

    • February 4, 1957 Electric portable typewriter placed on sale (Syracuse NY)

    • February 4, 1957 "USS Nautilus, the first nuclear-powered submarine, logs her 60,000th nautical mile, matching the endurance of the fictional Nautilus described in Jules Verne's novel ""20,000 Leagues Under the Sea""."

    • February 4, 1959 Israel begins exporting copper ore

    • February 4, 1961 Sputnik 7 launches into Earth orbit; probable Venus probe failure

    • February 4, 1962 Russian newspaper Izvestia reports baseball is an old Russian game

    • February 4, 1964 24th Amendment abolishes Poll tax

    • February 4, 1964 FAA begins 6 month test of reactions to sonic booms over Oklahoma City OK

    • February 4, 1965 Number one hit on UK music charts - The Righteous Brothers - You've Lost That Loving Feeling

    • February 4, 1966 "All Nippon Airways Boeing 727 jet plunges into Tokyo Bay, killing 133."

    • February 4, 1966 All-Nippon Airways 727 crashes off Haneda Airport (Japan); kills 133

    • February 4, 1967 """Wild Thing"" hits #20 on the pop singles chart by Senator Bobby"

    • February 4, 1967 US launches Lunar Orbiter 3

    • February 4, 1969 "Beatles appoint Eastman & Eastman, as general counsel to Apple"

    • February 4, 1969 Yassar Arafat takes over as chairman of PLO

    • February 4, 1969 Yasser Arafat takes over as chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization.

    • February 4, 1971 Apollo 14 lander Antares lands on Moon (Shepard & Mitchell)

    • February 4, 1971 British car maker Rolls Royce declared itself bankrupt

    • February 4, 1971 "Government exhibit under construction collapses, kills 65 in Brazil"

    • February 4, 1971 National Guard mobilized to quell rioting in Wilmington NC

    • February 4, 1972 6th round of Strategic Arms Limitation Talks ends in Vienna Austria

    • February 4, 1972 "In Central Italy a 4.8 earthquate and a series of hundreds of relatively minor shocks near the Italian town of Ancona on the Adriatic coast caused wide-spread panic, some damage, several injuries, and one death"

    • February 4, 1972 Senator Strom Thurmond suggests John Lennon be deported

    • February 4, 1973 """No, No Nanette"" closes at 46th St Theater NYC after 861 performances"

    • February 4, 1973 "Reshef, Israel's missile boat, unveiled"

    • February 4, 1974 Benzine rationing ends in Netherlands

    • February 4, 1974 "Chimpanzee Nim Chimsky signs his first word, at 2« months"

    • February 4, 1974 Gas rationing ends in Netherlands

    • February 4, 1974 "Patricia Hearst (19), daughter of publisher Randolph Hearst kidnapped by Symbionese Liberation Army"

    • February 4, 1974 "The Symbionese Liberation Army kidnaps Patty Hearst in Berkeley, California."

    • February 4, 1975 In Northeastern China a 7.4 earthquate caused heavy damage and casualties reported in Yingkou-Haicheng area.

    • February 4, 1976 "12th Winter Olympics games opens in Innsbruck, Austria"

    • February 4, 1976 "7.5 earthquake kills 22,778 in Guatemala & Honduras"

    • February 4, 1976 "A 7.5 earthquake was centered about 160 kilometers northeast of Guatemala City. Over 23,000 deaths"

    • February 4, 1976 "In Guatemala and Honduras an earthquake kills more than 22,000."

    • February 4, 1977 "Fleetwood Mac's ""Rumours"" released"

    • February 4, 1977 "Wings release ""Maybe I'm Amazed"""

    • February 4, 1978 Number one hit on UK music charts - Althia & Donna - Up Town Top Ranking

    • February 4, 1980 Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini names Abolhassan Bani-Sadr as president of Iran.

    • February 4, 1982 Indoor distance record for a paper airplane (47 meters) Tacoma WA

    • February 4, 1982 Suriname premier Chin A Sen flees

    • February 4, 1983 Jos‚ Happart becomes mayor of Voeren Belgium

    • February 4, 1983 "Pop singer-drummer Karen Carpenter dies in Downey, California, at age 32."

    • February 4, 1984 Frank Aquilera sets world frisbee distance record (168 meters) Las Vegas

    • February 4, 1985 20 countries (but not US) sign UN treaty outlawing torture

    • February 4, 1985 Naval exercises canceled when US refuses to tell New Zealand of nuclear weapons

    • February 4, 1986 Israeli fighters intercept Libyan liner (passenger plane)

    • February 4, 1987 "Flamboyant pianist-entertainer Liberace dies at his Palm Springs, California, home at age 67."

    • February 4, 1987 President Reagan's veto of Clean Water Act is overridden by Congress

    • February 4, 1987 "Stars & Stripes beats Australia's Kookaburra 3, sweeps America's Cup"

    • February 4, 1988 Panamanian leader Manuel Noriega indicted on drug charges

    • February 4, 1989 Dean Jones scores 216 vs West Indies at the Adelaide Oval

    • February 4, 1990 10 Israeli tourists murdered near Cairo

    • February 4, 1991 Hall of Fame's board of directors vote 12-0 to bar Pete Rose

    • February 4, 1991 The Baseball Hall of Fame votes to ban Pete Rose.

    • February 4, 1991 US postage raises from 25› to 29›

    • February 4, 1992 "A Coup d'tat is led by Hugo Chvez Fras, against Venezuelan President Carlos Andrs Prez."

    • February 4, 1993 "Admiral Studeman, ends term as acting director of CIA"

    • February 4, 1993 Marge Schott suspended from baseball for 1 year due to racism

    • February 4, 1993 Russian space agency tests a 82' wide space mirror

    • February 4, 1994 10th Soap Opera Digest Awards - Days of Our Lives wins

    • February 4, 1994 20 die in armed assault on mosque in Khartum Sudan

    • February 4, 1996 "Major snowstorm paralyzes Midwestern United States, Milwaukee, Wisconsin ties all-time record low temperature at -26F (-32.2C)"

    • February 4, 1997 73 Israelis die when army copters collide

    • February 4, 1997 "A civil jury finds O.J. Simpson liable for the deaths of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her companion, Ronald Goldman."

    • February 4, 1997 "After at first contesting the results, Serbian President Slobodan Miloevi recognizes opposition victories in the November 1996 elections."

    • February 4, 1997 "En route to Lebanon, two Israeli Sikorsky CH-53 troop-transport helicopters collide in mid-air over northern Galilee, Israel killing 73."

    • February 4, 1997 "In Turkmenistan-Iran Border Region a 6.8 earthquate occured. At least 88 people killed, nearly 2,000 injured, about 5,500 houses destroyed and 11,000 houses damaged in the Bojnurd-Shirvan area, Iran"

    • February 4, 1997 Secretary of State Margaret Albright announces she just discovered that her grandparents were Jewish

    • February 4, 1998 Bill Gates gets a pie thrown in his face in Brussels Belgium

    • February 4, 1998 "In the Tajikistan Border region of Afghanistan a 6.1earthquate at least 2,323 people killed, 818 injured, 8,094 houses destroyed, 6,725 livestock killed and landslides occurred in the Rostaq area, Afghanistan"

    • February 4, 1998 "While in Belgium, Bill Gates is assaulted by a Belgian man and hit in the face with a cream pie."

    • February 4, 1999 "Hugo Chvez Fras, Venezuelan military and politician, is elected President of Venezuela."

    • February 4, 1999 "The New Carissa runs aground near Coos Bay, Oregon"

    • February 4, 1999 "Unarmed West African immigrant Amadou Diallo is shot dead by four plainclothes New York City police officers on an unrelated stake-out, inflaming race-relations in the city."

    • February 4, 2000 German extortionist Klaus-Peter Sabotta is jailed for life for attempted murder and extortion in connection with the sabotage of German railway lines.

    • February 4, 2006 A stampede occurs in the ULTRA Stadium near Manila killing 88.







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