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1866Mary Baker Eddy cures her injuries by opening a bible

1865Robert E. Lee is named general-in-chief of Confederate forces

1861Confederate constitutional convention meets for 1st time; Jefferson Davis elected president of Confederacy (US Civil War)

1938Hitler seizes control of German army & puts Nazi in key posts

1987Pres Reagan's veto of Clean Water Act is overridden by Congress

1991Hall of Fame's board of directors vote 12-0 to bar Pete Rose

1969John Madden is named head coach of NFL's Oakland Raiders

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

1600Tycho Brahe & Johannes Kepler meet for first time near Prague

1990Pat Bradley wins Oldsmobile LPGA Golf Classic

1194100,000 ransom is paid for Richard I, King of England

1945Roosevelt, Churchill & Stalin meet at Yalta in the Crimea to discuss the final phase of the war

1990Richard Hadlee takes his 400th Test Cricket wicket (Sanjay Manjrekar)

2007Super Bowl XLI: Indianapolis Colts beat Chicago Bears, 29-17 at the Dolphin Stadium MVP: Peyton Manning, Indianapolis, QB

211Roman Emperor Septimius Severus dies, leaving the Roman Empire in the hands of his two quarrelsome sons, Caracalla and Geta.

1969The Palestine National Congress appoints Yasser Arafat chairman of the PLO

19521st black executive of a major TV station (Jackie Robinson-WNBC NY)

1997Mario Lemieux is 7th NHL player to score 600 goals

1880The Black donnelly massacre. James (63), Johannah (56), John (32), Thomas (25) and Bridget (21) Donnelly are murdered in their home by members of the Vigilance Committee

1657Oliver Cromwell grants residency to Luis Caravajal

February 4th Historical Events
Date Event
211
Roman Emperor Septimius Severus dies, leaving the Roman Empire in the hands of his two quarrelsome sons, Caracalla and Geta. 
960
The coronation of Zhao Kuangyin as Emperor Taizu of Song, initiating the Song Dynasty period of China that would last more than three centuries. 
1194
100,000 ransom is paid for Richard I, King of England 
1454
In the Thirteen Years' War, the Secret Council of the Prussian Confederation sends a formal act of disobedience to the Grand Master. 
1508
Maximilian I assumes imperial title without being crowned 
1586
Robert Dudley, earl of Leicester, becomes governor-general of the States General of the United Provinces (Netherlands) 
1600
Tycho Brahe & Johannes Kepler meet for first time near Prague 
1620
Prince Bethlen Gabor of Hungary signs peace with Holy Roman Emperor Ferdinand II 
1657
Oliver Cromwell grants residency to Luis Caravajal 
1697
Three Dutch East India Company ships anchor at Dirk-Hartogeiland, Australia 
1699
350 rebellious Streltsi executed in Moscow 
1703
In Edo (now Tokyo), 46 of the Forty-Seven Ronin commit seppuku (ritual suicide) as recompense for avenging their master's death. 
1782
British garrison surrenders to French & Spanish fleet 
1783
Worst quake in 8 years kills some 50,000 (Calabria, Italy) 
1784
1st unmanned balloon flight in Ireland 
1787
1st Anglican bishops of NY & Pennsylvania consecrated in London 
1787
Shays' Rebellion (of debt-ridden Massachusetts farmers) fails 
1789
1st US electoral college chooses Washington & Adams as President and Vice-President 
1794
French National Convention proclaims abolishment of slavery 
1797
Earthquake in Quito, Ecuador kills 41,000 
1803
William Dunlap, adapts French melodrama "Voice of Nature" 
1810
Royal Navy seizes Guadeloupe. 
1822
Free American Blacks settle Liberia, West Africa 
1824
J W Goodrich introduces rubber galoshes to public 
1846
Mormons leave Nauvoo, Illinois for settlement in the west 
1847
1st US telegraph co established in Maryland 
1849
University of Wisconsin begins in 1 room with 20 students 
1854
Alvan Bovay proposes name "Republican Party," Ripon, Wisc 
1855
Soldiers shoot Jewish families in Coro, Venezuela 
1859
The Codex Sinaiticus is discovered in Egypt. 
1861
Confederate constitutional convention meets for 1st time; Jefferson Davis elected president of Confederacy (US Civil War) 
1864
Skirmish at Big Black River Bridge, Mississippi 
1865
Hawaiian Board of Education formed 
1865
Robert E. Lee is named general-in-chief of Confederate forces 
1866
Mary Baker Eddy cures her injuries by opening a bible 
1880
Steele MacKay's "Hazel Kirke," premieres in NYC 
1880
The Black donnelly massacre. James (63), Johannah (56), John (32), Thomas (25) and Bridget (21) Donnelly are murdered in their home by members of the Vigilance Committee 
1887
Interstate Commerce Act authorizes federal regulation of railroads 
1895
1st rolling lift bridge opens, Chicago 
1899
The Philippine-American War begins with fighting between American and Philippine revolutionary forces 
1901
Emperor of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Franz Joseph, gives a speech condemning the demands of national groups and calls for economic and social reform 
1903
Stanley Cup: Montreal AAA beat Winn Victorias, 2 games to 1 & 1 tie 
1904
John Millington Synges "Well of Saints," premieres in Dublin 
1913
Louis Perlman patents demountable auto tire-carrying wheel rim 
1913
National Institute of Arts & Letters founded 
1914
US Congress approves Burnett-anti-immigration law 
1915
Experiments to find cause of pellagra begin at Miss Penitentiary 
1917
Belgian Council of Flanders established 
1919
City of Bremen's Soviet Republic overthrown 
1920
1st flight from London to South Africa takes-off (lasts 1½ months) 
1922
WGY-AM in Schenectady NY begins radio transmissions 
1924
1st Winter Olympic games close at Chamonix France 
1924
George Kelly's "Show-Off," premieres in NYC 
1926
Austrian chancellor Seipel wants to join Germany 
1927
KGA-AM in Spokane WA begins radio transmissions 
1929
Archie Jackson scores 164 on Test Cricket debut v England at Adelaide 
1930
1st tieless, soundless, shockless streetcar tracks, New Orleans 
1931
National League adopts a deader baseball 
1932
3rd Winter Olympic games open in Lake Placid, NY 
1932
Japanese troops occupy Harbin, Manchuria 
1933
-Feb 10] Crew of Dutch "7 Provinces" mutiny after pay cuts 
1933
German President Von Hindenburg limits freedom of the press 
1936
1st radioactive substance produced synthetically (radium E) 
1937
Jim Margie, Philadelphia, bowls 900 in 3 (unsanctioned) games 
1938
"Our Town," by Thornton Wilder opens on Broadway 
1938
Hitler seizes control of German army & puts Nazi in key posts 
1938
Disney's "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" is officially released 
1939
Glenn Cunningham (top miler) says 4-min mile beyond human effort 
1941
British tanks occupy Maus, Libya 
1941
Former Dutch premier De Geer flies to Berlin 
1941
United Service Organization (USO) founded 
1942
Clinton Pierce becomes 1st US general wounded in action in WW II 
1943
Bertolt Brecht's "Der gute Mensch von Sezuan," premieres in Zurich 
1944
Jean Anouilh's "Antigone," premieres in Paris 
1944
US 7th Infantry Division captures Kwajalein 
1945
Roosevelt, Churchill & Stalin meet at Yalta in the Crimea to discuss the final phase of the war 
1946
Garson Kanin's "Born Yesterday," premieres in NYC 
1948
Sri Lanka (formerly Ceylon) declares independence from UK 
1949
Failed assassination attempt on Shah of Persia 
1951
US female Figure Skating championship won by Sonya Klopfer 
1951
US male Figure Skating championship won by Richard Button 
1952
1st black executive of a major TV station (Jackie Robinson-WNBC NY) 
1956
AL plans to test automatic intentional walk during spring training 
1957
1st electric portable typewriter placed on sale (Syracuse NY) 
1958
"Oh, Captain!" opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 192 performances 
1958
Hall of Fame fails to elect anyone for 1st time since 1950 
1959
Israel begins exporting copper ore 
1960
BBWAA voters fail to elect a new Hall of Fame member 
1960
Giants move their offices to Candlestick Park 
1960
Lionel Bart's musical "Fings ain't wot they used t'be," premieres 
1961
Sputnik 7 launches into Earth orbit; probable Venus probe failure 
1962
"Gay Life" closes at Shubert Theater NYC after 113 performances 
1962
Russian newspaper Izvestia reports baseball is an old Russian game 
1962
US female Figure Skating championship won by Barbara Roles 
1962
US male Figure Skating championship won by Monty Hoyt 
1964
FAA begins 6 month test of reactions to sonic booms over Oklahoma City 
1965
US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site 
1966
All-Nippon Airways 727 crashes off Haneda Airport (Japan); kills 133 
1967
"Wild Thing" hits #20 on the pop singles chart by Senator Bobby 
1967
US launches Lunar Orbiter 3 
1968
"Golden Rainbow" opens at Shubert Theater NYC for 355 performances 
1968
Bowie Kuhn replaces William Eckert as 5th commissioner of baseball 
1969
The Palestine National Congress appoints Yasser Arafat chairman of the PLO 
1969
41,163, then largest NBA crowd, watches doubleheader Cin-Det, SD-Bost 
1969
Beatles appoint Eastman & Eastman, as general cousel to Apple 
1969
John Madden is named head coach of NFL's Oakland Raiders 
1969
Lonnie Elder's "Ceremonies in Dark Old Men," premieres in NYC 
1970
"Charles Aznavour" opens at Music Box Theater NYC for 23 performances 
1970
"Gantry" opens at George Abbott Theater NYC for 1 performance 
1970
US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site 
1971
Baseball announces a special hall of fame wing for blacks 
1971
British car maker Rolls Royce declared itself bankrupt 
1971
Government exhibit under construction in Brazil collapses, kills 65 
1971
National Guard mobilized to quell rioting in Wilmington NC 
1971
Lieutenant-General Vernon Erskine-Crum becomes General Officer Commanding of the British Army in Northern Ireland 
1972
6th round of Strategic Arms Limitation Talks ends in Vienna Austria 
1972
Senator Strom Thurmond suggests John Lennon be deported 
1973
"No, No Nanette" closes at 46th St Theater NYC after 861 performances 
1973
Islanders & Sabres had a penalty free game 
1973
Manfred Kokot runs world record 50m indoor (5.61 sec) 
1973
Reshef, Israel's missile boat, unveiled 
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 
1974
Chimpanzee Nim Chimsky signs his 1st word, at 2½ months 
1974
Petroleum rationing ends in Netherlands 
1974
Patricia Hearst (19), daughter of publisher Randolph Hearst, kidnapped by Symbionese Liberation Army 
1974
Provisional Irish Republican Army bomb explodes on a bus as it traveled along the M62 motorway in West Yorkshire, England carrying British Army soldiers and some of their family members; nine British Army soldiers and three civilians are killed 
1975
Haicheng earthquake, M 7.3, occurred in Haicheng, Liaoning, China. 
1976
12th Winter Olympic games opens in Innsbruck, Austria 
1976
7.5 earthquake kills 22,778 in Guatemala & Honduras 
1976
US Federal Judge Judge Oliver upholds Seitz's decision on Andy Messersmith free agency 
1976
US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site 
1977
30th NHL All-Star Game: Wales beat Campbell 4-3 at Vancouver 
1977
Elevated train jumps track, crashes onto Chicago st (11 die, 200 hurt) 
1977
Fleetwood Mac's "Rumours" released 
1977
Wings release "Maybe I'm Amazed" 
1979
"Co-Ed Fever," TV Comedy, debut & cancelled that outing on CBS 
1979
End of last 3+day D/N game for 15 yrs (WSC, SCG) 
1979
Joanne Carner wins LPGA Colgate Triple Crown Golf Tournament 
1980
Bani Sadr sworn in as premier of Iran 
1980
Joanne Carner wins LPGA Whirlpool Golf Championship of Deer Creek 
1982
"Pump Boys & Dinettes" opens at Princess Theater NYC for 573 perfs 
1982
Indoor distance record for a paper airplane (47m) Tacoma Wash 
1982
Musical "Pump Boys & Dinettes," premieres in NYC 
1982
Suriname premier Chin A Sen flees 
1983
Jose Happart becomes mayor of Voeren Belgium 
1983
US male Figure Skating championship won by Scott Hamilton 
1984
"9" closes at 46th St Theater NYC after 739 performances 
1984
"Backstage Magic" opens at CommuniCore 
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 of nuclear weapons 
1986
38th NHL All-Star Game: Wales beat Campbell 4-3 (OT) at Hartford 
1986
Israeli fighters intercept Libyan passenger airliner 
1987
Pres Reagan's veto of Clean Water Act is overridden by Congress 
1987
Stars & Stripes beats Australia's Kookaburra 3, sweeps America's Cup 
1987
Sacramento Kings score only 4 points 1st quarter against Lakers; fewest in a period since introduction of 24 second shot-clock in 1954 
1988
Panamanian leader Manuel Noriega indicted on drug charges 
1989
Dean Jones scores 216 v WI at the Adelaide Oval 
1990
10 Israeli tourists murdered near Cairo 
1990
Anders Holmertz swims world record 400 m freestyle (3:40.81) 
1990
Danny Everett runs world record 400m indoor (45:04) 
1990
Lyudmila Narozhi-Lenko runs world record 60m hurdles indoor (7.69) 
1990
NFL Pro Bowl: NFC beats AFC 27-21 
1990
Pat Bradley wins Oldsmobile LPGA Golf Classic 
1990
Richard Hadlee takes his 400th Test Cricket wicket (Sanjay Manjrekar) 
1990
St Petersburg Pelicans beat West Palm Beach Tropics 12-4 to win 1st Senior Professional Baseball Association Championship 
1991
Hall of Fame's board of directors vote 12-0 to bar Pete Rose 
1991
Martin Crowe & Andrew Jones make 467 stand v SL, world record 
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
10th Soap Opera Digest Awards - Days of Our Lives wins 
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
Dean Jones completes 324* for Victoria v South Australia 
1995
Sandra Volker swims female European record 50m backstroke (27.77) 
1995
Zimbabwe's 1st Test Cricket victory, over Pakistan by an inning 
1996
NFL Pro Bowl: NFC beats AFC 20-13 
1997
Mario Lemieux is 7th NHL player to score 600 goals 
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. 
1997
After at first contesting the results, Serbian President Slobodan Milošević recognizes opposition victories in the November 1996 elections. 
1998
Bill Gates gets a pie thrown in his face in Brussels, Belgium 
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. 
2001
NFL Pro Bowl: AFC beats NFC 38-17 
2003
The Federal Republic of Yugoslavia is officially renamed Serbia and Montenegro and adopts a new constitution. 
2006
A stampede occurs in the ULTRA Stadium near Manila killing 71. 
2007
Super Bowl XLI: Indianapolis Colts beat Chicago Bears, 29-17 at the Dolphin Stadium MVP: Peyton Manning, Indianapolis, QB 
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
Europol announces it will investigate over 680 football matches alleged to involve match fixing 
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 
2016
North Korea's Rocket Plans Seen as Disrespectful of China 
2016
Judge Allows Bill Cosby Sexual Assault Case to Go Forward 
2016
Julian Assange says he'll 'accept arrest' if UN panel rules against him 
2016
NFL will air domestic violence PSA during Super Bowl 50 
2016
TNT caused explosion on Somali airliner 
2017
More than 9.2 million sign for Obamacare during open enrollment 
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