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February 4 – Today In History

February 4th – Today In History

We take a look at some of the events that occurred on February 4th.

Today In …

1789 - George Washington became the only person ever to win a Presidential election unanimously. He would be officially sworn in on April 30th.

1801 - John Marshall was officially sworn in as Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.

1862 - On this day Don Facundo Bacardi Masso and his brother Jose opened a small distillery in Cuba. The company, which became one of the world’s leading sellers of alcoholic beverages, was Bacardi.

1941 - The United Service Organization or U.S.O., which offers a number of services to the Armed Forces was created today.

1945 - The Big Three, Franklin Roosevelt, Winston Churchill and Joseph Stalin met at the Yalta Conference.

1974 - Newspaper heiress Patty Hearst was kidnapped.

Sharing A Birthday Today…

Conrad Bain, the actor best known for his portrayal of Mr. Drummond on TV’s “Different Strokes” was born in 1923.

Clint Black who sings such hits as “Killin’ Time”, “No Time to Kill”, “A Bad Goodbye” and “Put Yourself in My Shoes” was born in 1962.

Alice Cooper, the shock rocker behind such songs as “School’s Out”, “Elected”, “No More Mr. Nice Guy” and “Poison” was born in 1948.

Oscar De La Hoya, the renowned boxing champion and Olympic medalist was born in 1973.

Natalie Imbruglia, the artist behind such hits as “Torn” was born in 1975.

Charles Lindbergh, the legendary aviator who became the first pilot to perform a solo flight in the plane “The Spirit of St. Louis” across the Atlantic Ocean was born in 1902.

Rosa Parks, the renowned Civil Rights activist, who refused to give up her seat on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama, was born in 1913.

Dan Quayle, the former Vice President of the United States when President George H.W. Bush was in office, was born in 1947.

George Romero, the man behind such memorable films as “Night of the Living Dead” and “Dawn of the Dead” was born in 1940.

Lawrence Taylor, former pro football player and actor who has appeared in “Any Given Sunday” was born in 1959.

We Said Goodbye To…

Karen Carpenter, the singer who, with her brother Richard made up one half the music’s “The Carpenters” who sang such hits as “Close To You”, passed away in 1983 at the age of 32.

Ossie Davis, the legendary writer and actor who appeared in “Jungle Fever” passed away in 2005 at the age of 87.

Wladziu Valentino Liberace a.k.a. Liberace entertainer and Las Vegas showman passed away in 1987 at the age of 67.

Thelma Ritter, the actress who appeared in such movies as “All About Eve” and “Rear Window” passed away in 1969 at the age of 63.

Top Of The Charts On This Day In…

1984 - “Karma Chameleon” by Culture Club

Musical Moments In…

1977 - Fleetwood Mac’s hit record “Rumours” was released today. It would go on to become one of the biggest selling records of all time.

Movie Moments In...

1938 - Today marked the release of the animated classic “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs”.

Memorable Sports Moments In…

1932 - The Winter Olympic Games opened in Lake Placid, New York.

In Print In…

1962 - Ian Fleming’s short story “The Living Daylights” was first published in the London Sunday Times.

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