Historical Events on 4th February

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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.
960 - The coronation of Zhao Kuangyin as Emperor Taizu of Song, initiating the Song Dynasty period of China that would last more than three centuries.
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)
1600 - Tycho Brahe & Johannes Kepler meet for first time near Prague
1620 - Prince Bethlen Gabor of Hungary signs peace with Holy Roman Emperor Ferdinand II
1657 - Oliver Cromwell, Lord Protector of the Commonwealth of England, Scotland and Ireland, grants residency to Luis Caravajal
1697 - Three Dutch East India Company ships anchor at Dirk-Hartogeiland, Australia
English Military and Political Leader Oliver CromwellEnglish Military and Political Leader Oliver Cromwell 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.
President of the Confederate States of America Jefferson DavisPresident of the Confederate States of America Jefferson Davis 1861 - Confederate constitutional convention meets for 1st time; Jefferson Davis elected President of Confederacy (US Civil War)
1864 - Skirmish at Big Black River Bridge, Mississippi
1865 - Hawaiian Board of Education formed
1865 - Robert E. Lee is named general-in-chief of Confederate forces
1866 - Mary Baker Eddy cures her injuries by opening a bible
1880 - Steele MacKay's "Hazel Kirke" premieres in NYC
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
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
Squatter James DonnellySquatter James Donnelly 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
1933 - German President Von Hindenburg limits freedom of the press
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
Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf HitlerDictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler 1938 - Hitler seizes control of German army & puts Nazis in key posts
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 of the Big Three at Yalta (from left to right) Winston Churchill, Franklin D. Roosevelt and Joseph StalinConference of the Big Three at Yalta (from left to right) Winston Churchill, Franklin D. Roosevelt and Joseph Stalin

Soviet Union Premier Joseph StalinSoviet Union Premier Joseph Stalin 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
1952 - 1st black executive of a major TV station (Jackie Robinson-WNBC NY)
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
Baseball Player Jackie RobinsonBaseball Player Jackie Robinson 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
Palestinian Leader Yasser ArafatPalestinian Leader Yasser Arafat 1969 - The Palestine National Congress appoints Yasser Arafat chairman of the PLO
1969 - 41,163, then largest NBA crowd, watches doubleheader Cin-Det, SD-Bost
1969 - Beatles appoint Eastman & Eastman, as general cousel to Apple
1969 - John Madden is named head coach of NFL's Oakland Raiders
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
1970 - "Patton" directed by Franklin J. Schaffner and starring George C. Scott premieres in New York (Best Picture 1971)
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
US General George S. PattonUS General George S. Patton 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 perfs
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
US President & Actor Ronald ReaganUS President & Actor Ronald Reagan 1987 - US President Reagan's veto of Clean Water Act is overridden by Congress
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
1990 - Pat Bradley wins Oldsmobile LPGA Golf Classic
Cricketer Richard HadleeCricketer Richard Hadlee 1990 - Richard Hadlee takes his 400th Test Cricket wicket (Sanjay Manjrekar)
1990 - St Petersburg Pelicans beat West Palm Beach Tropics 12-4 to win 1st Senior Professional Baseball Association Championship
1991 - Hall of Fame's board of directors vote 12-0 to bar Pete Rose
1991 - Martin Crowe & Andrew Jones make 467 stand v SL, world record
1991 - US postage raises from 25 cents to 29 cents
1991 - Alex Trebek becomes first person to host three American game shows at the same time (Jeopardy!, Classic Concentration, To Tell the Truth)
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)
Host of Jeopardy! Alex TrebekHost of Jeopardy! Alex Trebek 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
1997 - Mario Lemieux is 7th NHL player to score 600 goals
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.
1997 - After at first contesting the results, Serbian President Slobodan Milošević recognizes opposition victories in the November 1996 elections.
1998 - Bill Gates gets a pie thrown in his face in Brussels, Belgium
1998 - An earthquake measuring 6.1 on the Richter Scale in northeast Afghanistan kills more than 5,000.
Microsoft Founder Bill GatesMicrosoft Founder Bill Gates 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.

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