On This Day

On This Day in History for February 4 (Part 2)

Events in History

  • 1973 Reshef, Israel's missile boat, unveiled
  • 1973 Comic strip "Hagar The Horrible" by Dik Browne debuts
  • 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 Provisional Irish Republican Army bomb explodes on a bus in West Yorkshire, England, carrying British Army soldiers and some of their family members
  • 1974 Randolph Hearst’s 19-year-old daughter, Patty Hearst, is kidnapped from her apartment in California by the Symbionese Liberation Army
  • 1975 Haicheng earthquake, M 7.3, strikes Haicheng, Liaoning, China
  • 1976 7.5 earthquake kills 22,778 in Guatemala & Honduras
  • 1976 US Federal Judge Oliver upholds Seitz's decision on Andy Messersmith free agency
  • 1976 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1976 Hua Guofeng becomes Premier of the People's Republic of China

Paramount Leader of China Hua Guofeng
Paramount Leader of China
Hua Guofeng
  • 1977 Elevated train jumps track, crashes onto Chicago st (11 die, 200 hurt)
  • 1979 End of last 3+day D/N game for 15 yrs (WSC, SCG)
  • 1980 Bani Sadr sworn in as premier of Iran

  • 1980 Studio 54 holds its grand closing party on its last night in business
  • 1982 Indoor distance record for a paper airplane (47m) Tacoma Wash
  • 1982 Suriname premier Chin A Sen flees
  • 1983 Jose Happart becomes mayor of Voeren Belgium
  • 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 if nuclear weapons aboard USS Buchanan
  • 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

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1988 Panamanian General Manuel Noriega indicted by US federal grand jury for drug trafficking and racketeering

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
  • 1990 10 Israeli tourists murdered near Cairo
  • 1990 Danny Everett runs world record 400m indoor (45:04)
  • 1991 US postage raises from 25 cents to 29 cents
  • 1993 Admiral William Studeman ends term as acting director of CIA
  • 1993 Russian space agency tests a 82-foot wide space mirror
  • 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 Sandra Volker swims female European record 50m backstroke (27.77)

  • 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 Milošević
President of Serbia and Yugoslavia
Slobodan Milošević

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1998 Bill Gates gets a pie thrown in his face in Brussels, Belgium

Founder of Microsoft and Computer Scientist Bill Gates
Founder of Microsoft and Computer Scientist
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.
  • 2000 Simulation video game "The Sims" developed by Maxis released in North America
  • 2003 The Federal Republic of Yugoslavia is officially renamed Serbia and Montenegro and adopts a new constitution.

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2004 Mark Zuckerberg launches Facebook from his Harvard dormitory room

Facebook Founder Mark Zuckerberg
Facebook Founder
Mark Zuckerberg
  • 2006 A stampede occurs in the ULTRA Stadium near Manila killing 71
  • 2012 Tens of thousands of people are stranded by floods in the Australian states of New South Wales and Queensland
  • 2013 20 people are killed after an apartment building was struck by a rocket in Aleppo, Syria
  • 2013 22 people are killed and 44 are injured after a suicide bombing in Taji, Iraq
  • 2013 8 people are killed and 30 are injured after a bus collides with two vehicles and flips in Yucaipa, California
  • 2013 22 people are killed and 24 are injured after a bus and a truck collide in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates
  • 2013 Paris, France annuls 213 year old law banning women from wearing trousers
  • 2014 10 people are killed & 35 injured after a bus falls into a ravine in Pune, India
  • 2014 Same-sex marriage is legalized in Scotland

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2014 Satya Nadella succeeds Steve Ballmer as CEO of Microsoft

CEO of Microsoft Satya Nadella
CEO of Microsoft
Satya Nadella
  • 2016 Morocco's Mohammed VI switches on world's largest solar plant near Ouarzazate. Planned to power 1 million homes when fully completed 2018

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2020 Radio personality Rush Limbaugh is presented the Presidential Medal of Freedom by Donald Trump during the State Of The Union Address

Radio Personality and Author Rush Limbaugh
Radio Personality and Author
Rush Limbaugh
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump

BattleBattle of Interest

2021 US President Joe Biden announces an end to US support for the Saudi-led offensive in Yemen's civil war

46th US President, Vice President and Senator Joe Biden
46th US President, Vice President and Senator
Joe Biden
  • 2021 Denmark approves plans for world's first energy island in the North Sea to provide power to 3 million Europeans
  • 2021 International Criminal Court convicts Ugandan Lord’s Resistance Army commander Dominic Ongwen of war crimes and crimes against humanity including forced pregnancy in legal first [1]
  • 2021 First successful face and double hand transplant announced performed on 22 year-old Joe DiMeo in New York

Birthdays in History

  • 1974 Mijntje Donners, Dutch hockey international
  • 1979 Andrei Arlovski, Russian mixed martial artist
  • 1990 Haruka Tomatsu, Japanese Seiyū, born in Ichinomiya, Aichi, Japan

Weddings in History


Deaths in History