What Happened on February 4

Historical Events

  • 211 Roman Emperor Septimius Severus dies in Eboracum (York) in England, 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

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

Did You Know?

1st radioactive substance produced synthetically (radium E)

On February 4, 1936

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 jazz pianist Lillian "Lil" Hardin (26) - 2nd try for each; separate in 1931 and divorce in 1938
  • 1939 American singer Frank Sinatra (23) marries 1st wife Nancy Barbato (21) at Our Lady of Sorrows catholic church in Jersey City, New Jersey; divorce in 1951

Famous Divorces

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

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