On This Day

What Happened on February 4

Important Events

  • 211 Roman Emperor Septimius Severus dies, leaving the Roman Empire in the hands of his two quarrelsome sons, Caracalla and Geta
  • 960 Coronation of Zhao Kuangyin as Emperor Taizu of the Song, initiating three centuries of Song Dynasty dominance in southern China
  • 1789 1st US electoral college chooses George Washington as President and John Adams as Vice-President
  • 1859 One of the oldest known copies of the Bible, "The Codex Sinaiticus" (Sinai Bible), is seen in Egypt by Constantin von Tischendorf who takes the manuscript home with him
  • 1865 Robert E. Lee is named general-in-chief of Confederate forces
  • 1969 The Palestine National Congress appoints Yasser Arafat chairman of the PLO
  • 1988 Panamanian General Manuel Noriega indicted by US federal grand jury for drug trafficking and racketeering
  • 2004 Mark Zuckerberg launches Facebook from his Harvard dormitory room
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Feb 4 in Film & TV

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

Feb 4 in Music

  • 1977 "Rumours" 11th studio album by Fleetwood Mac is released (Grammy Album of the Year)

Feb 4 in Sport

  • 1991 NZ cricketers Martin Crowe and Andrew Jones make a world record 467 run stand, against Sri Lanka at the Basin Reserve in Wellington

Do you know this fact about today?Did You Know?

1st radioactive substance produced synthetically (radium E)

On February 4, 1936

Would you believe this fact about today?Would You Believe?

Russian newspaper Izvestia reports baseball is an old Russian game

On February 4, 1962

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

Famous Divorces

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