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Notable Historical Events for February 4th

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Notable Birthdays on February 4th

1959Lawrence Taylor, Williamsburg Virginia, NFL's greatest linebacker (NY Giants)

1948Alice Cooper, [Vincent Furnier], Detroit, rocker (School's Out)

1940George A Romero, actor/director (Creepshow, Martin, 2 Evil Eyes)

1902Charles A Lindbergh, Detroit, pilot (1st to fly solo across Atlantic)

1921Betty Friedan, Peoria, Illinois, American feminist writer and feminist (Feminine Mystique)

1913Rosa Parks, Tuskegee Alabama, American civil rights activist (bus protestor)

1893Raymond Dart, Australian paleoanthropologist (Australopithecus africanus)

1912Byron Nelson, Fort Worth Tx, PGA golfer (won 19 tournaments in 1945)

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Notable Weddings on February 4th

1939Singer Frank Sinatra (23) marries 1st wife Nancy Barbato

1924Jazz musician Louis Armstrong (22) weds pianist Lil Armstrong (26)

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Notable Deaths on February 4th

211Lucius Septimius Severus, Emperor of Rome (193-211), dies at 64

1880James Donnelly, patriarch of the "Black Donnellys", murdered in the Black Donnelly massacre at 63

2006Betty Friedan, American writer and feminist, dies of congestive heart failure at 85

1987Liberace, pianist (Liberace Show, Evil Chandell-Batman), dies at 67

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