What happened on February 4? There are more than 264 events that were made this day in history. Here are the important historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

Interesting Facts & Myths About February 4

February 4 In HistoryFebruary 4 is the 35th day of the year 2021. There are 330 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Thursday. This day falls under the 5th week of the year 2021.

On this day in Omaha, Illinois 62871 sunrise occured at 06:53 AM and sunset occured at 05:20 PM (local time).

The zodiac sign of a person born on this day is Aquarius. The modern birthstone for this month is Amethyst while the mystical birthstone is Bloodstone.

According to the Chinese calendar, there are 8 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year (February 12, 2021).

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Historical Events For February 4

  • 211
    Roman Emperor Septimius Severus dies at Eboracum (modern York, England) while preparing to lead a campaign against the Caledonians.He leaves the empire in the control of his two quarrelling sons.
  • 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.
  • 1454
    In the Thirteen Years’ War, the Secret Council of the Prussian Confederation sends a formal act of disobedience to the Grand Master.
  • 1703
    In Edo (now Tokyo), 46 of the Forty-seven Ronin commit seppuku (ritual suicide) as recompense for avenging their master’s death.
  • 1789
    George Washington is unanimously elected as the first President of the United States by the U.S. Electoral College.
  • 1794
    The French legislature abolishes slavery throughout all territories of the French Republic.
  • 1797
    The Riobamba earthquake strikes Ecuador, causing up to 40,000 casualties.
  • 1801
    John Marshall is sworn in as Chief Justice of the United States.
  • 1810
    The Royal Navy seizes Guadeloupe.
  • 1820
    The Chilean Navy under the command of Lord Cochrane completes the 2 day long Capture of Valdivia with just 300 men and 2 ships.
  • 1825
    The Ohio Legislature authorizes the construction of the Ohio and Erie Canal and the Miami and Erie Canal.
  • 1846
    The first Mormon pioneers make their exodus from Nauvoo, Illinois, westward towards Utah Territory.
  • 1859
    The Codex Sinaiticus is discovered in Egypt.
  • 1861
    American Civil War: In Montgomery, Alabama, delegates from six break-away U.S. states meet and form the Confederate States of America.
  • 1899
    The Philippine-American War begins.
  • 1932
    Second Sino-Japanese War: Harbin, Manchuria, falls to Japan.
  • 1935
    New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Wood Pig in Chinese astrology.
  • 1936
    Radium becomes the first radioactive element to be made synthetically.
  • 1941
    The United Service Organization (USO) is created to entertain American troops.
  • 1945
    World War II: The British Indian Army and Imperial Japanese Army begin a series of battles known as the Battle of Pokoku and Irrawaddy River operations.
  • 1945
    World War II: The Yalta Conference between the “Big Three” (Churchill, Roosevelt, and Stalin) opens at the Livadia Palace in the Crimea.
  • 1948
    Ceylon (later renamed Sri Lanka) becomes independent within the British Commonwealth.
  • 1966
    All Nippon Airways Flight 60 plunges into Tokyo Bay, killing 133.
  • 1967
    Lunar Orbiter program: Lunar Orbiter 3 lifts off from Cape Canaveral’s Launch Complex 13 on its mission to identify possible landing sites for the Surveyor and Apollo spacecraft.
  • 1969
    Yasser Arafat takes over as chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization.
  • 1974
    M62 coach bombing: The Provisional Irish Republican Army (IRA) explodes a bomb on a bus carrying off-duty British Armed Forces personnel in Yorkshire, England. Nine soldiers and three civilians are killed.
  • 1974
    The Symbionese Liberation Army kidnaps Patty Hearst in Berkeley, California.
  • 1975
    Haicheng earthquake (magnitude 7.3 on the Richter scale) occurs in Haicheng, Liaoning, China.
  • 1976
    In Guatemala and Honduras an earthquake kills more than 22,000.
  • 1977
    A Chicago Transit Authority elevated train rear-ends another and derails, killing 11 and injuring 180, the worst accident in the agency’s history.
  • 1980
    Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini names Abolhassan Banisadr as president of Iran.
  • 1992
    A Coup d'état is led by Hugo Chávez Frías, against Venezuelan President Carlos Andrés Pérez.
  • 1996
    Major snowstorm paralyzes Midwestern United States, Milwaukee, Wisconsin ties all-time record low temperature at -26°F (-32.2°C)
  • 1997
    After at first contesting the results, Serbian President Slobodan Milošević recognizes opposition victories in the November 1996 elections.
  • 1997
    En route to Lebanon, two Israeli Sikorsky CH-53 troop-transport helicopters collide in mid-air over northern Galilee, Israel killing 73.
  • 1998
    An earthquake measuring 6.1 on the Richter Scale in northeast Afghanistan kills more than 5,000.
  • 1999
    The 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.
  • 2002
    Cancer Research UK, the world’s largest independent cancer research charity, is founded.
  • 2003
    The Federal Republic of Yugoslavia is officially renamed to Serbia and Montenegro and adopts a new constitution.
  • 2004
    Facebook, a mainstream online social network is founded by Mark Zuckerberg.
  • 2006
    A stampede occurs in the ULTRA Stadium near Manila killing 71.
  • 2008
    The London Low Emission Zone (LEZ) scheme begins to operate in the UK.
  • 2010
    The Federal Court of Australia’s ruling in Roadshow Films v iiNet sets a precedent that Internet service providers (ISPs) are not responsible for what their users do with the services the ISPs provide them.

Who Were Born On February 4?

  • 1505
    Nicolaus Rey, Polish poet (d. 1580)
  • 1524
    Luís de Camões, Portuguese poet (d. 1580)
  • 1575
    Pierre de Bérulle, French cardinal and statesman (d. 1629)
  • 1620
    Gustaf Bonde, Swedish statesman (d. 1667)
  • 1646
    Hans Erasmus Aßmann, Freiherr von Abschatz, German statesman and poet (d. 1699)
  • 1677
    Johann Ludwig Bach, German composer (d. 1731)
  • 1688
    Pierre de Marivaux, French writer (d. 1763)
  • 1725
    Dru Drury, English entomologist (d. 1804)
  • 1740
    Carl Michael Bellman, Swedish poet and composer (d. 1795)
  • 1746
    Tadeusz Kościuszko, Polish, Belarusian-Lithuanian, and American national hero (d. 1817)
  • 1778
    A. P. de Candolle, Swiss botanist (d. 1841)
  • 1799
    Almeida Garrett, Portuguese writer (d. 1854)
  • 1808
    Josef Kajetán Tyl, Czech playwright, author of the Czech national anthem (d. 1856)
  • 1831
    Oliver Ames, 35th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1895)
  • 1846
    Nikolay Umov, Russian physicist (d. 1915)
  • 1848
    Jean Aicard, French poet (d. 1921)
  • 1849
    Jean Richepin, French poet (d. 1926)
  • 1859
    Timofei Mikhailov, Russian revolutionary, member of Narodnaya Volya (d. 1881)
  • 1871
    Friedrich Ebert, German politician, 1st Reichspräsident of the Weimar Republic (d. 1925)
  • 1872
    Gotse Delchev, a great Bulgarian revolutionary, (d. 1903)
  • 1873
    Étienne Desmarteau, Canadian athlete (d. 1905)
  • 1875
    Ludwig Prandtl, German physicist (d. 1953)
  • 1877
    Eddie Cochems, Father of the Forward Pass in American football (d. 1953)
  • 1881
    Fernand Léger, French painter (d. 1955)
  • 1891
    Madabhushi Ananthasayanam Ayyangar, Speaker of Lok Sabha (d. 1978)
  • 1892
    Andreu Nin, Catalan politician (d. 1937)
  • 1892
    E. J. Pratt, Canadian poet (d. 1964)
  • 1895
    Nigel Bruce, English actor (d. 1953)
  • 1896
    Friedrich Glauser, German-language Swiss writer (d. 1938)
  • 1896
    Friedrich Hund, German physicist (d. 1997)
  • 1897
    Ludwig Erhard, 2nd Bundeskanzler of Germany (d. 1977)
  • 1900
    Jacques Prévert, French poet and lyricist (d. 1977)
  • 1902
    Charles Lindbergh, American pilot and social activist (d. 1974)
  • 1902
    Hartley Shawcross, British lawyer and politician (d. 2003)
  • 1904
    MacKinlay Kantor, American writer (d. 1977)
  • 1905
    Hylda Baker, English comedy actress (d. 1986)
  • 1906
    Clyde Tombaugh, American astronomer (d. 1997)
  • 1906
    Dietrich Bonhoeffer, German theologian (d. 1945)
  • 1908
    Julian Bell, British poet (d. 1937)
  • 1912
    Byron Nelson, American golfer (d. 2006)
  • 1912
    Erich Leinsdorf, Austrian conductor (d. 1993)
  • 1912
    Louis-Albert Vachon, cardinal archbishop of Quebec (d. 2006)
  • 1912
    Ola Skjåk Bræk, Norwegian politician (d. 1999)
  • 1913
    Rosa Parks, American civil rights activist (d. 2005)
  • 1914
    Alfred Andersch, German writer (d. 1980)
  • 1915
    Ray Evans, American songwriter with Jay Livingston (d. 2007)
  • 1915
    Sir Norman Wisdom, English actor and comedian (d. 2010)
  • 1915
    William Talman, American actor (d. 1968)
  • 1917
    Yahya Khan, President of Pakistan (d. 1980)
  • 1918
    Ida Lupino, English film actress and director (d. 1995)
  • 1918
    Janet Waldo, American actress
  • 1918
    Luigi Pareyson, Italian philosopher (d. 1991)
  • 1918
    Porky Chedwick, American radio personality
  • 1921
    Betty Friedan, American feminist (d. 2006)
  • 1921
    Lotfi Asker Zadeh, American-Iranian/Russian mathematician and computer scientist
  • 1922
    Pandit Bhimsen Joshi, Indian classical singer (d. 2011)
  • 1923
    Conrad Bain, Canadian-born actor
  • 1923
    Joan Vollmer, American beatnik (d. 1951)
  • 1924
    Janet Waldo, American Actress
  • 1925
    Gerald Sim, English actor
  • 1925
    Russell Hoban, American writer
  • 1927
    Rolf Landauer, American physicist and electrical engineer (d. 1999)
  • 1929
    Eduard Zimmermann, German journalist, TV presenter and security expert (d. 2009)
  • 1929
    Jerry Adler, American actor
  • 1931
    Isabel Martínez de Perón, President of Argentina (1974–1976), widow of Argentine President Juan Perón
  • 1935
    Martti Talvela, Finnish bass (d. 1989)
  • 1936
    David Brenner, American comedian
  • 1936
    Gary Conway, American actor
  • 1937
    David Newman, American filmmaker (d. 2003)
  • 1938
    Donald W. Riegle, Jr., American Senator
  • 1940
    George A. Romero, American director, screenwriter and producer
  • 1940
    John Schuck, American actor
  • 1941
    John Steel, British musician (The Animals)
  • 1943
    Alberto João Jardim, Portuguese president of the regional government of Madeira
  • 1943
    Ken Thompson, American computer scientist
  • 1943
    Wanda Rutkiewicz, Polish mountaineer (d. 1992)
  • 1947
    Dan Quayle, 44th Vice President of the United States
  • 1947
    Dennis C. Blair, American admiral and Director of National Intelligence
  • 1948
    Alice Cooper, American musician
  • 1948
    Mienoumi Tsuyoshi, Japanese sumo wrestler, the 57th Yokozuna
  • 1949
    Michael Beck, American actor
  • 1949
    Rasim Delic, Bosnian military chief of staff and war criminal (d. 2010)
  • 1950
    Pamela Franklin, British actress
  • 1951
    Dariush Eghbali, Iranian singer and musician
  • 1951
    Patrick Bergin, Irish actor
  • 1951
    Phil Ehart, American musician (Kansas)
  • 1951
    Stan Papi, American baseball player
  • 1952
    Jerry Shirley, Drummer (Humble Pie)
  • 1952
    Li Yinhe, Chinese sexologist
  • 1952
    Lisa Eichhorn, American actress
  • 1953
    Kitaro, Japanese composer
  • 1955
    Mikuláš Dzurinda, Slovak Prime Minister
  • 1957
    Don Davis, American composer
  • 1957
    Evan Wolfson, American attorney and activist
  • 1958
    Tomasz Pacyński, Polish writer
  • 1959
    Lawrence Taylor, American football player
  • 1959
    Pamelyn Ferdin, American actress
  • 1960
    Jenette Goldstein, American actress
  • 1960
    Jonathan Larson, American composer (d. 1996)
  • 1960
    Mark Dawson, British-born American entertainment manager (The Iron Maidens)
  • 1960
    Siobhan Dowd, British/Irish author (d. 2007)
  • 1960
    Tim Booth, British singer (James)
  • 1961
    Denis Savard, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1961
    Stewart O'Nan, American author
  • 1962
    Alfred Twardecki, Polish historian
  • 1962
    Clint Black, American musician
  • 1962
    Michael Riley, Canadian actor
  • 1963
    Pirmin Zurbriggen, Swiss skier
  • 1964
    Noodles, American guitarist (The Offspring)
  • 1965
    Jerome Brown, American football player (d. 1992)
  • 1966
    Kyōko Koizumi, Japanese actress and singer
  • 1966
    Viatcheslav Ekimov, Russian cyclist
  • 1967
    Sergei Grinkov, Russian figure skater (d. 1995)
  • 1968
    Marko Matvere, Estonian actor
  • 1969
    Brandy Ledford, American actress and model
  • 1969
    Dallas Drake, ice hockey player
  • 1969
    Duncan Coutts, Canadian bassist (Our Lady Peace)
  • 1970
    Gabrielle Anwar, English actress
  • 1971
    Michael A. Goorjian, American actor
  • 1971
    Rob Corddry, American actor and comedian
  • 1972
    Dara Ó Briain, Irish comedian
  • 1972
    Giovanni Silva De Oliveira, Brazilian footballer
  • 1973
    Manny Legacé, Canadian ice hockey goaltender
  • 1973
    Oscar de la Hoya, Mexican-American boxer
  • 1974
    Eric Townsend, American musician and record producer
  • 1974
    Mijntje Donners, Dutch hockey international
  • 1974
    Urmila Matondkar, Indian actress
  • 1975
    Natalie Imbruglia, Australian musician and actress
  • 1975
    Thomas Tebbich, Austrian decathlete
  • 1976
    Cam'ron, American rapper
  • 1977
    Gavin DeGraw, American musician
  • 1977
    Mitra Hajjar, Iranian actress
  • 1978
    Ömer Onan, Turkish basketball player
  • 1978
    Danna Garcia, Colombian actress
  • 1979
    Andrei Arlovski, Belarussian mixed martial artist
  • 1979
    Giorgio Pantano, Italian racing car driver
  • 1981
    Allen Forrest, American recording artist/ music producer
  • 1981
    Ben Hendrickson, American baseball player
  • 1981
    Jason Kapono, America professional basketball player
  • 1981
    Johan Van Summeren, Belgian cyclist
  • 1981
    Tom Mastny, Indonesian baseball player
  • 1982
    Chris Sabin, American professional wrestler
  • 1982
    Kimberly Wyatt, American singer and dancer (Pussycat Dolls)
  • 1982
    Tomas Vaitkus, Lithuanian professional road racing cyclist
  • 1983
    Jarrad Waite, Australian rules footballer
  • 1983
    Lee Stempniak, American ice hockey player
  • 1984
    Mauricio Pinilla, Chilean footballer
  • 1985
    Bug Hall, American actor
  • 1986
    Mohammad Mahmudullah, Bangladeshi cricketer
  • 1987
    Lucie Šafářová, Czech tennis player
  • 1988
    Carly Patterson, American gymnast

Who Died On February 4?

  • 211
    Septimius Severus, Roman emperor (b. 145)
  • 708
    Pope Sisinnius
  • 856
    Rabanus Maurus, Bishop of Mainz (b. c. 780)
  • 869
    Saint Cyril, Greek missionary to the Slavs (b. 827)
  • 1508
    Conrad Celtes, German humanist scholar (b. 1459)
  • 1590
    Gioseffo Zarlino, Italian composer (b. 1517)
  • 1615
    Dom Justo Takayama, Japanese warlord (b. 1552)
  • 1615
    Giovanni Battista della Porta, Italian scholar, polymath and child prodigy (b. 1535)
  • 1617
    Louis Elsevier, Dutch publisher (b. 1546)
  • 1694
    Nataliya Kyrillovna Naryshkina, Tsaritsa of Russia (b. 1651)
  • 1713
    Anthony Ashley-Cooper, 3rd Earl of Shaftesbury, English politician and philosopher (b. 1671)
  • 1774
    Charles Marie de La Condamine, French mathematician and geographer (b. 1701)
  • 1781
    Josef Mysliveček, Czech composer (b. 1737)
  • 1799
    Étienne-Louis Boullée, French architect (b. 1728)
  • 1843
    Theodoros Kolokotronis, Greek general in the Greek War of Independence (b. 1770)
  • 1894
    Adolphe Sax, Belgian instrument maker (b. 1814)
  • 1905
    Louis-Ernest Barrias, French sculptor (b. 1841)
  • 1912
    Franz Reichelt, Austrian tailor/Inventor (b. 1800's)
  • 1928
    Hendrik Lorentz, Dutch physicist, Nobel Prize Laureate (b. 1853)
  • 1933
    Archibald Sayce, English educator (b. 1846)
  • 1936
    Wilhelm Gustloff, German leader of the Swiss Nazi party (b. 1895)
  • 1940
    Nikolai Yezhov, Head of Soviet NKVD (b. 1895)
  • 1943
    Frank Calder, the first NHL President (b. 1877)
  • 1944
    Arsen Kotsoyev, Russian writer (b. 1872)
  • 1944
    Yvette Guilbert, French singer and actress (b. 1867)
  • 1958
    Henry Kuttner, American author (b. 1915)
  • 1959
    Una O'Connor, Irish actress (b. 1880)
  • 1966
    Gilbert H. Grosvenor, American president of the National Geographic Society (b. 1875)
  • 1967
    Albert Orsborn, 6th General of The Salvation Army (b. 1886)
  • 1968
    Neal Cassady, American writer (b. 1926)
  • 1974
    Satyendra Nath Bose, Indian physicist (b. 1894)
  • 1975
    Howard Hill, American archer (b. 1899)
  • 1975
    Louis Jordan, American musician (b. 1908)
  • 1977
    Brett Halliday, American writer (b. 1904)
  • 1982
    Alex Harvey, Scottish musician (b. 1935)
  • 1982
    Georg Konrad Morgen, German judge (b. 1909)
  • 1983
    Karen Carpenter, American singer and drummer (The Carpenters) (b. 1950)
  • 1987
    Carl Rogers, American psychologist (b. 1902)
  • 1987
    Liberace, American musician (b. 1919)
  • 1987
    Meena Keshwar Kamal, Afghan feminist and founder of RAWA (b. 1956)
  • 1990
    Whipper Billy Watson, Canadian professional wrestler (b. 1917)
  • 1992
    Lisa Fonssagrives, Swedish model (b. 1911)
  • 1993
    Connie Saylor, American NASCAR racecar driver (b. 1940)
  • 1994
    Fred De Bruyne, Belgian cyclist (b. 1930)
  • 1994
    Jane Arbor, British writer (b. 1903)
  • 1995
    Godfrey Brown, British athlete and teacher (b. 1915)
  • 1995
    Patricia Highsmith, American author (b. 1921)
  • 2000
    Carl Albert, American politician, 54th Speaker of the United States House of Representatives (b. 1908)
  • 2000
    Doris Coley, American singer (Shirelles) (b. 1941)
  • 2000
    Phil Tonken, American radio and television announcer (b. 1919)
  • 2001
    Iannis Xenakis, Greek composer and architect (b. 1922)
  • 2001
    J. J. Johnson, American jazz trombonist and composer (b. 1924)
  • 2001
    Pankaj Roy, Indian cricketer (b. 1928)
  • 2002
    George Nader, American film and television actor (b. 1921)
  • 2002
    Prince Sigvard, Duke of Uppland (b. 1907)
  • 2003
    André Noyelle, Belgian cyclist (b. 1931)
  • 2003
    Benyoucef Ben Khedda, Algerian politician (b. 1920)
  • 2003
    Charlie Biddle, Canadian jazz bassist (b. 1926)
  • 2005
    Ossie Davis, American actor, activist (b. 1917)
  • 2006
    Betty Friedan, American feminist (b. 1921)
  • 2006
    Myron Waldman, American animator (b. 1908)
  • 2007
    Barbara McNair, American singer and actress (b. 1934)
  • 2007
    Ilya Kormiltsev, Russian poet and translator (b. 1959)
  • 2007
    José Carlos Bauer, Brazilian footballer (b. 1925)
  • 2007
    Jules Olitski, Ukrainian-born American abstract painter and sculptor (b. 1922)
  • 2007
    Steve Barber, American baseball pitcher (b. 1938)
  • 2008
    Stefan Meller, Polish foreign minister (b. 1942)
  • 2009
    Lux Interior, American musician (The Cramps) (b. 1946)
  • 2010
    Helen Tobias-Duesberg, Estonian-born American composer (b. 1919)

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