On This Day for 4th February (Part 2)

Historical Events

Events 101 - 200 of 212

  • 1967 "Wild Thing" hits #20 on the pop singles chart by Senator Bobby
  • 1967 US launches Lunar Orbiter 3
  • 1968 "Golden Rainbow" opens at Shubert Theater NYC for 355 performances
  • 1968 Bowie Kuhn replaces William Eckert as 5th commissioner of baseball
  • 1968 Around 100 Indians and Pakistanis from Kenya arrive in Britain, escaping discrimination

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1969 The Palestine National Congress appoints Yasser Arafat chairman of the PLO

Palestinian Leader Yasser Arafat
Palestinian Leader
Yasser Arafat
  • 1969 41,163, then largest NBA crowd, watches doubleheader Cin-Det, SD-Bost
  • 1969 Beatles appoint Eastman & Eastman, as general cousel to Apple

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1969 John Madden is named head coach of NFL's Oakland Raiders

Football Coach and Sportscaster John Madden
Football Coach and Sportscaster
John Madden
  • 1969 Lonne Elder's "Ceremonies in Dark Old Men" premieres in NYC
  • 1970 "Charles Aznavour" opens at Music Box Theater NYC for 23 performances
  • 1970 "Gantry" opens at George Abbott Theater NYC for 1 performance
  • 1970 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

Film-release-premierFilm Premier

1970 "Patton" directed by Franklin J. Schaffner and starring George C. Scott premieres in New York (Best Picture 1971)

US General George S. Patton
US General
George S. Patton
  • 1971 Baseball announces a special hall of fame wing for blacks
  • 1971 British car maker Rolls Royce declared itself bankrupt
  • 1971 Government exhibit under construction in Brazil collapses, kills 65
  • 1971 National Guard mobilized to quell rioting in Wilmington NC
  • 1971 Lieutenant-General Vernon Erskine-Crum becomes General Officer Commanding of the British Army in Northern Ireland
  • 1972 6th round of Strategic Arms Limitation Talks ends in Vienna Austria
  • 1972 Senator Strom Thurmond suggests John Lennon be deported
  • 1973 "No, No Nanette" closes at 46th St Theater NYC after 861 performances
  • 1973 Islanders & Sabres had a penalty free game
  • 1973 Manfred Kokot runs world record 50m indoor (5.61 sec)
  • 1973 Reshef, Israel's missile boat, unveiled
  • 1973 British Army snipers shoot dead a Provisional Irish Republican Army volunteer and three civilians at the junction in Belfast during the 'Troubles' in N Ireland
  • 1973 An International inspection team is sent to Vietnam to observe progress on the Paris truce agreement
  • 1974 Chimpanzee Nim Chimsky signs his 1st word, at 2½ months
  • 1974 Petroleum rationing ends in Netherlands
  • 1974 Patricia Hearst (19), daughter of publisher Randolph Hearst, kidnapped by Symbionese Liberation Army
  • 1974 Provisional Irish Republican Army bomb explodes on a bus in West Yorkshire, England, carrying British Army soldiers and some of their family members
  • 1975 Haicheng earthquake, M 7.3, occurred in Haicheng, Liaoning, China.
  • 1976 12th Winter Olympic games opens in Innsbruck, Austria
  • 1976 7.5 earthquake kills 22,778 in Guatemala & Honduras
  • 1976 US Federal Judge Judge Oliver upholds Seitz's decision on Andy Messersmith free agency
  • 1976 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 1977 30th NHL All-Star Game: Wales beat Campbell 4-3 at Vancouver
  • 1977 Elevated train jumps track, crashes onto Chicago st (11 die, 200 hurt)
  • 1977 Fleetwood Mac's "Rumours" released
  • 1977 Wings release "Maybe I'm Amazed"
  • 1979 "Co-Ed Fever," TV Comedy, debut & cancelled that outing on CBS
  • 1979 End of last 3+day D/N game for 15 yrs (WSC, SCG)
  • 1979 Joanne Carner wins LPGA Colgate Triple Crown Golf Tournament
  • 1979 29th NBA All-Star Game: West beats East 134-129 at Pontiac, Michigan
  • 1980 Bani Sadr sworn in as premier of Iran
  • 1980 Joanne Carner wins LPGA Whirlpool Golf Championship of Deer Creek
  • 1980 Studio 54 holds its grand closing party on its last night in business
  • 1982 "Pump Boys & Dinettes" opens at Princess Theater NYC for 573 performances
  • 1982 Indoor distance record for a paper airplane (47m) Tacoma Wash
  • 1982 Musical "Pump Boys & Dinettes" premieres in NYC
  • 1982 Suriname premier Chin A Sen flees
  • 1983 Jose Happart becomes mayor of Voeren Belgium
  • 1983 US male Figure Skating championship won by Scott Hamilton
  • 1984 "9" closes at 46th St Theater NYC after 739 performances
  • 1984 "Backstage Magic" opens at CommuniCore
  • 1984 Frank Aquilera sets world frisbee distance record (168m) Las Vegas
  • 1985 20 countries (but not US) sign UN treaty outlawing torture
  • 1985 Naval exercises canceled when US refuses to tell NZ of nuclear weapons
  • 1986 38th NHL All-Star Game: Wales beat Campbell 4-3 (OT) at Hartford
  • 1986 Israeli fighters intercept Libyan passenger airliner

Person-of-interestPerson of Interest

1987 US President Reagan's veto of Clean Water Act is overridden by Congress

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan
  • 1987 Stars & Stripes beats Australia's Kookaburra 3, sweeps America's Cup
  • 1987 Sacramento Kings score only 4 points 1st quarter against Lakers; fewest in a period since introduction of 24 second shot-clock in 1954
  • 1988 Panamanian leader Manuel Noriega indicted on drug charges
  • 1988 Despite union calls to end the strike, rank-and-file seamen at major British ports refuse to return to work
  • 1989 Dean Jones scores 216 v WI at the Adelaide Oval
  • 1990 10 Israeli tourists murdered near Cairo
  • 1990 Anders Holmertz swims world record 400 m freestyle (3:40.81)
  • 1990 Danny Everett runs world record 400m indoor (45:04)
  • 1990 Lyudmila Narozhi-Lenko runs world record 60m hurdles indoor (7.69)
  • 1990 NFL Pro Bowl: NFC beats AFC 27-21

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1990 Pat Bradley wins Oldsmobile LPGA Golf Classic

LPGA Golfer Pat Bradley
LPGA Golfer
Pat Bradley

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1990 Richard Hadlee takes his 400th Test Cricket wicket (Sanjay Manjrekar)

Cricketer Richard Hadlee
Cricketer
Richard Hadlee
  • 1990 St Petersburg Pelicans beat West Palm Beach Tropics 12-4 to win 1st Senior Professional Baseball Association Championship

Hall-of-fameHall of Fame

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

MLB Player and Manager Pete Rose
MLB Player and Manager
Pete Rose
  • 1991 Martin Crowe & Andrew Jones make 467 stand v SL, world record
  • 1991 US postage raises from 25 cents to 29 cents

Person-of-interestPerson of Interest

1991 Alex Trebek becomes first person to host three American game shows at the same time (Jeopardy!, Classic Concentration, To Tell the Truth)

Host of Jeopardy! Alex Trebek
Host of Jeopardy!
Alex Trebek
  • 1993 Admiral William Studeman ends term as acting director of CIA
  • 1993 Russian space agency tests a 82-foot wide space mirror
  • 1994 10th Soap Opera Digest Awards - Days of Our Lives wins
  • 1994 20 die in armed assault on mosque in Khartoum, Sudan
  • 1994 Merlene Ottey runs world record 50 m indoor (6.00 sec)
  • 1994 Russian team beats ladies world record 4x800 m indoor (8:18.71)
  • 1995 Dean Jones completes 324* for Victoria v South Australia
  • 1995 Sandra Volker swims female European record 50m backstroke (27.77)
  • 1995 Zimbabwe's 1st Test Cricket victory, over Pakistan by an inning
  • 1996 NFL Pro Bowl: NFC beats AFC 20-13

Person-of-interestPerson of Interest

1997 Mario Lemieux is 7th NHL player to score 600 goals

NHL Legend and Owner Mario Lemieux
NHL Legend and Owner
Mario Lemieux
  • 1997 US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright announces she just discovered that her grandparents were Jewish
  • 1997 En route to Lebanon, two Israeli Sikorsky CH-53 troop-transport helicopters collide in mid-air over northern Galilee, Israel killing 73.

Person-of-interestPerson of Interest

1997 After at first contesting the results, Serbian President Slobodan Milošević recognizes opposition victories in the November 1996 elections.

President of Serbia and Yugoslavia Slobodan Milosevic
President of Serbia and Yugoslavia
Slobodan Milosevic

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

Microsoft Founder Bill Gates
Microsoft Founder
Bill Gates
  • 1998 An earthquake measuring 6.1 on the Richter Scale in northeast Afghanistan kills more than 5,000.
  • 1999 MV New Carissa runs aground near Coos Bay, Oregon.
  • 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.
  • 2000 German extortionist Klaus-Peter Sabotta is jailed for life for attempted murder and extortion in connection with the sabotage of German railway lines.
  • 2001 NFL Pro Bowl: AFC beats NFC 38-17
  • 2001 51st NHL All-Star Game: North America beats World 14-12 at Denver, Colorado
  • 2003 The Federal Republic of Yugoslavia is officially renamed Serbia and Montenegro and adopts a new constitution.

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 101 - 200 of 242

  • 1918 Luigi Pareyson, Italian philosopher (d. 1991)
  • 1918 Janet Waldo, American actress
  • 1919 Frank van Klingeren, Dutch architect (De Meerpaal, Dronten)
  • 1920 Derek Worlock, English Roman Catholic Archbishop Liverpool, born in London (d. 1996)

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1921 Betty Friedan, Peoria, Illinois, American feminist writer and feminist (Feminine Mystique)

  • 1922 Pandit Bhimsen Joshi, Indian Classical Singer
  • 1923 Conrad Bain, Alberta Canada, actor (Maude, Diff'rent Strokes), (d. 2013)
  • 1925 Russell Hoban, US children's book author (Riddley Walker/Pilgermann)
  • 1926 John Edward Caulwell Hearne, writer
  • 1928 Dave Ketchum, Quincy Ill, actor (Agent 13-Get Smart)
  • 1929 Mary Joan Nielubowicz, rear admiral/nurse
  • 1929 Paul Burlison, rocker
  • 1929 Jerry Adler, American actor
  • 1931 Argentina Rioja
  • 1931 Isabel Peron, [Maria Martinez], dancer/president Argentina
  • 1932 Ivan Davis, Electra Texas, pianist/writer (Hunger, Corn is Green)
  • 1934 Jouko Sakari Linjama, composer
  • 1935 Martti Talvela, Hiitola Karelia Finland, operatic basso
  • 1935 Wallis Mathias, cricketer (1st non-Muslim to play for Pakistan)
  • 1936 Daan van Golden, Dutch sculptor
  • 1936 Gary Conway, actor (Burke's Law, Land of the Giants), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1936 David Brenner, American comedian
  • 1937 Collin Wilcox, Highlands NC, actor (To Kill a Mocking Bird)
  • 1937 John Devitt, Australia, 100m freestyle swimmer (Olympic-gold-1960)
  • 1937 Magnar Solberg, Norway, 20K biathalete (Olympic-gold-1968, 72)
  • 1937 David Newman, American filmmaker (d. 2003)
  • 1938 Donald W Riegle Jr, (Sen-D-MI, 1976- )
  • 1939 Jacques Charlier, Belgian sculptor
  • 1939 Stan Lundine, (Rep-D-NY, 1976-86)
  • 1940 John Schuck, American actor (McMillan & Wife, Holmes & Yoyo), born in Boston, Massachusetts

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1940 George A Romero, actor/director (Creepshow, Martin, 2 Evil Eyes)

Actor & Director George Romero
Actor & Director
George Romero
  • 1941 John Steel, rock drummer (Animals-House of the Rising Sun)
  • 1942 Johnny Gamble, rocker (Classics)
  • 1943 Cheryl Miller, Sherman Oaks California, actress (Paula-Daktari, Born Free)
  • 1943 Alberto João Jardim, Portuguese president of the regional government of Madeira
  • 1943 Ken Thompson, American computer scientist
  • 1944 Daniel A Mica, (Rep-D-FL, 1979- )
  • 1944 Florence LaRue Gordon, Penn, rocker (5th Dimension-One Less Bell)
  • 1945 David Brenner, Phila, comedian/TV talk show host (Nightlife)
  • 1946 Mary Meyer, US, 500m speed skater (Olympic-silver-1968)
  • 1946 Roy Yeager, Doraville Ga, rocker (Atlanta Rhythm Section)
  • 1947 James Danforth "Dan" Quayle, USA (Sen-R-Ind, 44th Vice President 1989-93), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • 1947 Jeannie Wilson, actress (Simon & Simon, Stir Crazy), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1947 Sanford Bishop, (Rep-D-Georgia)

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1948 Alice Cooper, [Vincent Furnier], rocker (School's Out), born in Detroit, Michigan

Rocker Alice Cooper
Rocker
Alice Cooper
  • 1948 Rakesh Shukla, cricket leg-spinner (1 Test India v Sri Lanka 1982)
  • 1948 Robert Coover, novelist (Pricksongs & Descants)
  • 1948 Rod Grams, (Rep-R-Minnesota), (d. 2013)
  • 1949 Michael Beck, actor (Hans Helms-Holocaust), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1950 James Dunn, US vocalist (Stylistics-You make me feel Brand New)
  • 1950 Pamela Franklin, Tokyo Japan, actress (Satan's School for Girls)
  • 1950 Philip Ehart, rock drummer (Kansas)
  • 1950 Robert-John Stips, rock keyboardist/singer (The Nits)
  • 1951 Patrick Bergin, Irish actor
  • 1951 Dariush Eghbali, Iranian singer and musician
  • 1951 Stan Papi, American baseball player
  • 1952 Jerry Shirley, rock drummer (Humble Pie-Hot N Nasty, Eat It)
  • 1952 Lisa Eichhorn, Reading Pa, actress (Cutter's Way, Yanks)
  • 1952 Li Yinhe, Chinese sexologist
  • 1953 Svetlana Ulmasova, USSR, 3K (world title 1978)
  • 1953 Kitaro, Japanese composer
  • 1955 Mikuláš Dzurinda, Slovak Prime minister
  • 1957 Don Davis, American composer
  • 1957 Evan Wolfson, American attorney and activist
  • 1958 Mary Ann Pascal, actress (Samantha-Brothers)
  • 1958 Werner Schwab, writer
  • 1958 Tomasz Pacyński, Polish writer

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1959 Lawrence Taylor, Williamsburg Virginia, NFL's greatest linebacker (NY Giants)

Hall of Fame American Football Player Lawrence Taylor
Hall of Fame American Football Player
Lawrence Taylor
  • 1959 Zenani Mandela, daughter of Nelson & Winnie Mandela
  • 1960 Pamelyn Ferdin, actress (Happy Birthday Wanda June, Tool Box Murders)
  • 1960 Tim Booth, British singer (James)
  • 1960 Siobhan Dowd, British/Irish author (d. 2007)
  • 1960 Jenette Goldstein, American actress
  • 1960 Jonathan Larson, American composer (d. 1996)
  • 1961 Denis Savard, Pointe Gatineau Ca, NHL center (Chicago Blackhawks)
  • 1961 Vern Fleming, LIC NY, basketball player (Olympic-gold-1984)
  • 1961 Stewart O'Nan, American author
  • 1962 Clint Black, Long Branch NJ, country vocalist (A Better Man)
  • 1962 Dan Plesac, pitcher (Pittsburgh Pirates), born in Gary, Indiana
  • 1962 Vern Fleming, NBA guard (NJ Nets)
  • 1962 Alfred Twardecki, Polish historian
  • 1962 Michael Riley, Canadian actor
  • 1963 Jane Leary, Australian golfer (1992 Australian Amateur Champ), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • 1963 Pirmin Zurbriggen, Swiss alpine skier (Olympic-gold-1988)
  • 1963 Tracie Ruiz-Conforto, Hawaii, sync swimmer (Oly-2 gold/silver-84, 88)
  • 1964 Noodles, American guitarist (The Offspring)
  • 1965 John van Loen, Dutch soccer player (Feyenoord, San Frecce)
  • 1966 Barry Klein, Grand Rapids Mich, rower (Olympics-1996)
  • 1966 Marissa Laakso, Miss Mass-America (1991), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1966 Spike, rocker [or Sep 18]
  • 1966 Viatcheslav Ekimov, Russian cyclist
  • 1967 Sergei Grinkov, Russian ice skater
  • 1968 Kristen Marie, actress (Cheryl McKinnon-Another World)
  • 1968 Marko Matvere, Estonian actor
  • 1969 Brad Cornett, US baseball pitcher (Toronto Blue Jays)
  • 1969 Chris Crooms, WLAF safety (Barcelona Dragons)
  • 1969 Dallas Drake, Trail, NHL center (Winnipeg Jets)
  • 1969 Joe Sacco, Medford, NHL right wing (Anaheim Mighty Ducks)
  • 1969 Duncan Coutts, Canadian bassist (Our Lady Peace)
  • 1969 Brandy Ledford, American actress and model

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Famous Deaths

Deaths 101 - 114 of 114

  • 2006 Myron Waldman, American animator (b. 1908)
  • 2007 Steve Barber, American baseball pitcher (b. 1938)
  • 2007 José Carlos Bauer, Brazilian World Cup footballer (b. 1925)
  • 2007 Ilya Kormiltsev, Russian poet and translator (b. 1959)
  • 2007 Jules Olitski, Ukrainian-born American abstract painter and sculptor (b. 1922)
  • 2007 Barbara McNair, American singer and actress (b. 1934)
  • 2008 Stefan Meller, Polish foreign minister (b. 1942)
  • 2009 Lux Interior, Frontman of the garage rock band The Cramps (b. 1946)
  • 2012 Florence Green, last surviving veteran of World War One, dies at 110
  • 2012 Robert Glaser, American educational psychologist, dies from Alzheimer's disease at 91
  • 2012 Istvan Csurka, Hungarian writer and politician, dies at 77
  • 2012 Robert Daniel, five term American congressman for Virginia, dies at 75
  • 2013 Pat Halcox, British trumpeter, dies at 82
  • 2013 Reg Presley, English rocker, dies from lung cancer at 71