Historical Events on February 4

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211 Roman Emperor Septimius Severus dies, leaving the Roman Empire in the hands of his two quarrelsome sons, Caracalla and Geta.

Roman Emperor Septimius Severus
Roman Emperor
Septimius Severus
Roman Emperor Caracalla
Roman Emperor
  • 960 Coronation of Zhao Kuangyin as Emperor Taizu of the Song, initiating three centuries of Song Dynasty dominance in southern China

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1194 100,000 ransom is paid for Richard I, King of England

  • 1454 In the Thirteen Years' War, the Secret Council of the Prussian Confederation sends a formal act of disobedience to the Grand Master.
  • 1508 Maximilian I assumes imperial title without being crowned
  • 1586 Robert Dudley, earl of Leicester, becomes governor-general of the States General of the United Provinces (Netherlands)

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1600 Tycho Brahe & Johannes Kepler meet for first time near Prague

Astronomer Tycho Brahe
Tycho Brahe
Astronomer Johannes Kepler
Johannes Kepler
  • 1620 Prince Bethlen Gabor of Hungary signs peace with Holy Roman Emperor Ferdinand II

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1657 Oliver Cromwell, Lord Protector of the Commonwealth of England, Scotland and Ireland, grants residency to Luis Caravajal

English Military and Political Leader Oliver Cromwell
English Military and Political Leader
Oliver Cromwell
  • 1697 Three Dutch East India Company ships anchor at Dirk-Hartogeiland, Australia
  • 1699 350 rebellious Streltsi executed in Moscow
  • 1703 In Edo (now Tokyo), 46 of the Forty-Seven Ronin commit seppuku (ritual suicide) as recompense for avenging their master's death.
  • 1782 British garrison surrenders to French & Spanish fleet
  • 1783 Worst quake in 8 years kills some 50,000 (Calabria, Italy)
  • 1784 1st unmanned balloon flight in Ireland
  • 1787 1st Anglican bishops of NY & Pennsylvania consecrated in London
  • 1787 Shays' Rebellion (of debt-ridden Massachusetts farmers) fails
  • 1789 1st US electoral college chooses Washington & Adams as President and Vice-President
  • 1794 French National Convention proclaims abolishment of slavery
  • 1797 Earthquake in Quito, Ecuador kills 41,000
  • 1803 William Dunlap adapts French melodrama "Voice of Nature"
  • 1810 Royal Navy seizes Guadeloupe.
  • 1822 Free American Blacks settle Liberia, West Africa
  • 1824 J W Goodrich introduces rubber galoshes to public
  • 1846 Mormons leave Nauvoo, Illinois, for settlement in the west
  • 1847 1st US telegraph company established in Maryland
  • 1849 University of Wisconsin begins in 1 room with 20 students
  • 1854 Alvan Bovay proposes name "Republican Party", Ripon, Wisc
  • 1855 Soldiers shoot Jewish families in Coro, Venezuela
  • 1859 The Codex Sinaiticus is discovered in Egypt.

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

1861 Confederate constitutional convention meets for 1st time; Jefferson Davis elected President of Confederacy (US Civil War)

President of the Confederate States of America Jefferson Davis
President of the Confederate States of America
Jefferson Davis
  • 1864 Skirmish at Big Black River Bridge, Mississippi
  • 1865 Hawaiian Board of Education formed

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1865 Robert E. Lee is named general-in-chief of Confederate forces

Confederate General Robert E. Lee
Confederate General
Robert E. Lee

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1866 Mary Baker Eddy cures her injuries by opening a bible

Christian Science Founder Mary Baker Eddy
Christian Science Founder
Mary Baker Eddy
  • 1880 Steele MacKay's "Hazel Kirke" premieres in NYC

MurderMurder of Interest

1880 The Black donnelly massacre. James (63), Johannah (56), John (32), Thomas (25) and Bridget (21) Donnelly are murdered in their home by members of the Vigilance Committee

Squatter James Donnelly
James Donnelly
  • 1887 Interstate Commerce Act authorizes federal regulation of railroads
  • 1895 1st rolling lift bridge opens, Chicago
  • 1899 The Philippine-American War begins with fighting between American and Philippine revolutionary forces
  • 1901 Emperor of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Franz Josef I, gives a speech condemning the demands of national groups and calls for economic and social reform
  • 1903 Stanley Cup: Montreal AAA beat Winn Victorias, 2 games to 1 & 1 tie
  • 1904 John Millington Synge's "Well of Saints" premieres in Dublin
  • 1913 Louis Perlman patents demountable auto tire-carrying wheel rim
  • 1913 National Institute of Arts & Letters founded
  • 1914 US Congress approves Burnett-anti-immigration law
  • 1915 Experiments to find cause of pellagra begin at Miss Penitentiary
  • 1917 Belgian Council of Flanders established
  • 1919 City of Bremen's Soviet Republic overthrown
  • 1920 1st flight from London to South Africa takes-off (lasts 1½ months)
  • 1922 WGY-AM in Schenectady NY begins radio transmissions
  • 1922 After boycotts and international pressure, Japan agrees to return Shantung Province to China
  • 1924 1st Winter Olympic games close at Chamonix, France
  • 1924 George Kelly's "Show-Off," premieres in NYC
  • 1926 Austrian chancellor Seipel wants to join Germany
  • 1927 KGA-AM in Spokane WA begins radio transmissions
  • 1929 Archie Jackson scores 164 in Test Cricket debut v England at Adelaide
  • 1930 1st tieless, soundless, shockless streetcar tracks, New Orleans
  • 1931 National League adopts a deader baseball
  • 1932 3rd Winter Olympic games open in Lake Placid, NY
  • 1932 Japanese troops occupy Harbin, Manchuria
  • 1933 -Feb 10] Crew of Dutch "7 Provinces" mutiny after pay cuts

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1933 German President Paul von Hindenburg limits freedom of the press

German President and WWI General Paul von Hindenburg
German President and WWI General
Paul von Hindenburg
  • 1936 1st radioactive substance produced synthetically (radium E)
  • 1937 Jim Margie, Philadelphia, bowls 900 in 3 (unsanctioned) games
  • 1938 "Our Town" by Thornton Wilder opens on Broadway

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1938 Hitler seizes control of German army & puts Nazis in key posts

Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler
Dictator of Nazi Germany
Adolf Hitler
  • 1938 Disney's "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" is officially released
  • 1939 Glenn Cunningham (top miler) says 4-min mile beyond human effort
  • 1941 British tanks occupy Maus, Libya
  • 1941 Former Dutch premier De Geer flies to Berlin
  • 1941 United Service Organization (USO) founded
  • 1942 Clinton Pierce becomes 1st US general wounded in action in WW II
  • 1943 Bertolt Brecht's play "The Good Person of Szechwan" premieres in Zurich
  • 1944 Jean Anouilh's "Antigone" premieres in Paris
  • 1944 US 7th Infantry Division captures Kwajalein

Conference meetingYalta Conference

1945 Roosevelt, Churchill & Stalin meet at Yalta in the Crimea to discuss the final phase of the war

  • 1946 Garson Kanin's "Born Yesterday" premieres in NYC
  • 1948 Sri Lanka (formerly Ceylon) declares independence from UK
  • 1949 Failed assassination attempt on Shah of Persia
  • 1950 4th British Empire Games open in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1951 US female Figure Skating championship won by Sonya Klopfer
  • 1951 US male Figure Skating championship won by Richard Button

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1952 1st black executive of a major TV station (Jackie Robinson-WNBC NY)

Baseball Player Jackie Robinson
Baseball Player
Jackie Robinson
  • 1956 AL plans to test automatic intentional walk during spring training
  • 1957 1st electric portable typewriter placed on sale (Syracuse NY)
  • 1958 "Oh, Captain!" opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 192 performances
  • 1958 Hall of Fame fails to elect anyone for 1st time since 1950
  • 1959 Israel begins exporting copper ore
  • 1960 BBWAA voters fail to elect a new Hall of Fame member
  • 1960 Giants move their offices to Candlestick Park
  • 1960 Lionel Bart's musical "Fings ain't wot they used t'be" premieres
  • 1961 Sputnik 7 launches into Earth orbit; probable Venus probe failure
  • 1962 "Gay Life" closes at Shubert Theater NYC after 113 performances
  • 1962 Russian newspaper Izvestia reports baseball is an old Russian game
  • 1962 US female Figure Skating championship won by Barbara Roles
  • 1962 US male Figure Skating championship won by Monty Hoyt
  • 1964 FAA begins 6 month test of reactions to sonic booms over Oklahoma City
  • 1965 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 1966 All-Nippon Airways 727 crashes off Haneda Airport (Japan); kills 133
  • 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 WWII General George S. Patton
US WWII 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

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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

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1988 Panamanian leader Manuel Noriega indicted on drug charges

Panamanian General and Dictator Manuel Noriega
Panamanian General and Dictator
Manuel Noriega
  • 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
  • 1990 Pat Bradley wins Oldsmobile LPGA Golf Classic

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

Cricketer Richard Hadlee
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

Sports record brokenWorld Record

1991 Batsmen Martin Crowe and Andrew Jones make a world record 467 run stand for New Zealand v Sri Lanka at the Basin Reserve in Wellington

Cricketer Martin Crowe
Martin Crowe
  • 1991 US postage raises from 25 cents to 29 cents

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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

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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.

Electoral defeatElection 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.