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Notable Historical Events for February 4th

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1990Pat Bradley wins Oldsmobile LPGA Golf Classic

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Notable Birthdays on February 4th

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

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

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

1893Raymond Dart, Australian paleoanthropologist (Australopithecus africanus)

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

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

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

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

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Notable Weddings on February 4th

1941Actress Vera-Ellen (19) weds fellow dancer Robert Hightower

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

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Notable Deaths on February 4th

1975Louis Jordan, American musician (b. 1908)

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

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

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

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