04 February 2009

On This Day, February 4th…

1783 - Britain declared a formal cessation of hostilities with its former colonies, the United States of America.

1789 - Electors unanimously chose George Washington to be the first president of the United States.

1801 - John Marshall was sworn in as chief justice of the United States.

1861 - Delegates from six southern states met in Montgomery, Ala., to form the Confederate States of America.

1899 - The Philippine-American War begins.

1938 - The Thornton Wilder play "Our Town" opened on Broadway. Adolf Hitler assumed control of the German Army.

1945 - President Franklin D. Roosevelt, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Soviet leader Josef Stalin began a wartime conference at Yalta.

1948 - The island nation of Ceylon - now Sri Lanka - became an independent dominion within the British Commonwealth.

1974 - newspaper heiress Patricia Hearst was kidnapped in Berkeley, Calif., by the Symbionese Liberation Army.

1983 - Singer Karen Carpenter died at age 32.

1987 - Pianist Liberace died at age 67.

1996 - Major snowstorm paralyzes Midwestern United States, Milwaukee, Wisconsin ties all-time record low temperature at -26°F (-32.2°C)

1997 - A civil jury found O.J. Simpson liable for the deaths of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend Ronald Goldman.

1998 - An earthquake measuring 6.1 on the Richter Scale in northeast Afghanistan kills more than 5,000.

1999 - Unarmed West African immigrant Amadou Diallo was shot and killed

2000 - A coalition government that included Joerg Haider's far-right Freedom Party came to power in Austria, triggering European Union sanctions.

2004 - The Massachusetts high court declared that gays were entitled to marry.

Birthdays

Tadeusz Kościuszko,
Rosa Parks
Clint Black
George A. Romero
Dan Quayle
Alice Cooper
Gabrielle Anwar
Betty Friedan
Oscar de la Hoya

... And Yours Truly.

Given the overall history of the day, I suggest you duck.

3 comments:

Steve Best said...

Happy Birthday!
Just think of it this way - birthday's like yours help balance out for the Dan Quayles of the world.

orthogirl said...

I knew about Rosa Parks, but I share a birthday with Alice Cooper? Sweet...

Happy belated. Just found your blog.

WFW said...

We are date mates then? Cool. Motley bunch, we 2/4 folk. Glad to have another in the house.