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February 04: This Day That Year

February 04

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

- 1783 - Italy: An earthquake killed 50,000+ people in Calabria.

- 1789 - US: 1st electoral college chooses George Washington as President and John Adams as Vice President.

- 1797 - Ecuador: An earthquake killed 41,000+ people in Quito.

- 1902 - Birthday: Charles Lindbergh, American aviator (1st to fly solo across the Atlantic) born in Detroit, Michigan.

- 1913 - Birthday: Rosa Parks, American civil rights activist (She refused to give up her seat on a bus to a white passenger) born in Tuskegee, Alabama.

- 1933 - German President Paul von Hindenburg imposes limitation on freedom of the press

- 1938 - Adolf Hitler seized control of German army and grants key posts to Nazis.

- 1945 - Franklin D. Roosevelt, Winston Churchill and Joseph Stalin meet at Yalta (Crimea) to discuss the final phase of World War II.

- 1948 - Sri Lanka (formerly known as Ceylon) declares independence from UK.

- 1966 - Japan: All-Nippon Airways 727 crashes off Haneda Airport, killed 133.

- 1967 - US launches Lunar Orbiter 3.

- 1971 - The NASDAQ stock exchange founded in New York City.

- 1976 - Guatemala & Honduras: 7.5 magnitude earthquake killed 22,500+ people.

- 1985 - 20 countries (not including US) sign a UN treaty to outlaw torture.

- 1990 - Richard Hadlee takes his 400th Test Cricket wicket (bowled out Sanjay Manjrekar) in Christchurch, New Zealand.

- 1991 - Martin Crowe & Andrew Jones (New Zealand) make a world record 467 runs stand against Sri Lanka (in Wellington).

- 1998 - Afghanistan: 6.1 magnitude earthquake in northeast region killed 5,000+ people.

- 2004 - Mark Zuckerberg launched Facebook from his Harvard dormitory room.

- 2013 - Syria
: 20 people were killed after an apartment building was struck by a rocket in Aleppo.

- 2013 - Iraq
: 22 people were killed due to a suicide bombing in Taji.

- 2013 - California
: 8 people were killed after a bus collides with two vehicles and flips in Yucaipa

- 2013 - UAE: 22 people were killed after a bus and a truck collide in Al Ain.

- 2013 - Paris: France annuls 213 year old law banning women from wearing trousers.

- 2014 - Scotland: Same-sex marriage legalized.

- 2014 - Satya Nadella succeeds Steve Ballmer to become 3rd CEO of Microsoft.

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