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

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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