On This Day for 4th February

Historical Events

  • 211 Roman Emperor Septimius Severus dies, leaving the Roman Empire in the hands of his two quarrelsome sons, Caracalla and Geta.
  • 960 The coronation of Zhao Kuangyin as Emperor Taizu of Song, initiating three centuries of Song Dynasty dominance
  • 1789 1st US electoral college chooses Washington & Adams as President and Vice-President
  • 1859 The Codex Sinaiticus is discovered in Egypt.
  • 1865 Robert E. Lee is named general-in-chief of Confederate forces
  • 1969 The Palestine National Congress appoints Yasser Arafat chairman of the PLO

Did You Know?

1st radioactive substance produced synthetically (radium E)

On February 4th, 1936

Famous Weddings

  • 1875 Princess Louise of Belgium marries Prince Philip von Saksen-Coburg-Gotha in Belgium
  • 1924 Jazz musician Louis Armstrong (22) weds pianist Lil Armstrong (26)
  • 1939 Singer Frank Sinatra (23) marries 1st wife Nancy Barbato
  • 1941 Actress Vera-Ellen (19) weds fellow dancer Robert Hightower
  • 2006 Daughter of June Carter country singer Carlene Carter (50) weds Joe Brown began at Cinnamon Hill in Jamaica

Famous Divorces

  • 1985 Professional boxer George Foreman (35) divorces Andrea Skeete after almost 3 years of marriage