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Wednesday, February 4, 2009

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon announces a commission to investigate the assassination of former Pakistani prime minister Benazir Bhutto. //www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5gcwnN_27LB3hwsp4Viv3Q6aZE0Pw (AFP via Google News)

Monday, February 4, 2008

Iran launches the Kavoshgar-1 research rocket to inaugurate a newly built space center. //news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/7225699.stm (BBC News) //www.presstv.ir/detail.aspx?id=41636sectionid=351020101 (PressTV)
A suicide bomber kills a woman and injures at least 10 people in Dimona, Israel. //news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/7225775.stm (BBC News)

Saturday, February 4, 2006

The Wowowee stede at the PhilSports Arena in Pasig City, Philippines, kills 74 people and leaves 600 injured.

Wednesday, February 4, 2004

Same-sex marriage in Massachusetts: The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, the state supreme court of Massachusetts, issues a response to a Massachusetts Senate question about instituting civil unions, such as the civil unions on Vermont, would meet the requirements of the 4–3 decision in "Goodridge v. Department of Public Health" issued in November 2003. The Court responds that such civil unions would not be sufficient to comply with "Goodridge", in which the Court held that not allowing same-sex couples to marry violated the Massachusetts Constitution. White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan states that the Bush administration is reviewing the decision, that the Court's ruling is deeply troubling, and that President Bush is firmly committed to protecting and defending marriage.

Friday, February 4, 2000

German extortionist Klaus-Peter Sabotta is jailed for life for attempted murder and extortion, in connection with the sabotage of German railway lines.

Thursday, February 4, 1999

Unarmed Guinean immigrant Amadou Diallo is shot dead by New York City police officers on an unrelated stake-out, inflaming race relations in the city.//www.nytimes.com/2000/02/26/nyregion/diallo-verdict-overview-4-officers-diallo-shooting-are-acquitted-all-charges.html The Diallo Verdict: The Overview 4 Officers in Diallo Shooting Are Acquitted of All Charges The New York Times

Wednesday, February 4, 1998

An earthquake measuring 6.1 on the Richter scale in northeast Afghanistan kills more than 5,000 people.

Sunday, February 4, 1996

An earthquake near Lijiang in southwest China, measuring up to 7 on the Richter scale, kills at least 240 people, injures more than 14,000 and makes hundreds of thousands homeless.

Friday, February 4, 1994

The Federal Open Market Committee raises the Fed Funds target rate for the first time since May 1989. The rate is raised by 25 basis points to 3¼ percent //www.federalreserve.gov/fomc/19940204default.htm.

Thursday, February 4, 1993

Members of the right-wing Austrian FPÖ split to form the Liberal Forum in protest against the increasing nationalistic bent of the party.

Tuesday, February 4, 1992

Wednesday, February 4, 1981

Gro Harlem Brundtland becomes Prime Minister of Norway.

Monday, February 4, 1980

Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini names Abolhassan Banisadr as president of Iran.

Friday, February 4, 1977

Fleetwood Mac's Grammy-winning album "Rumours" is released.

Wednesday, February 4, 1976

In Guatemala and Honduras an earthquake kills more than 22,000.

Tuesday, February 4, 1975

The Haicheng earthquake, the first successfully predicted earthquake, kills 2,041 and injures 27,538 in Haicheng, Liaoning, China.

Friday, February 4, 1972

U.S. airlines begin mandatory inspection of passengers and baggage.
"Mariner 9" sends pictures as it orbits Mars.
Bob Douglas becomes the first African American elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame.

Thursday, February 4, 1971

In Britain, Rolls-Royce goes bankrupt and is nationalised.

Tuesday, February 4, 1969

Saturday, February 4, 1967

NASA launches "Lunar Orbiter 3".
The Soviet Union protests the demonstrations before its embassy in Beijing.
General Anastasio Somoza Debayle becomes president of Nicaragua.

Friday, February 4, 1966

All Nippon Airways Flight 60 plunges into Tokyo Bay 133 are killed.

Saturday, February 4, 1961

Friday, February 4, 1955

Pact of Mutual Cooperation Baghdad Pact signed.

Sunday, February 4, 1951

February 8 ndash Surgeons remove an ovarian cyst from Gertrude Levandowski in a 96-hour long operation in Chicago. She loses almost half of her weight and emerges weighing 140 kg.//www.wired.com/thisdayintech/tag/gertrude-levandowski/ This Day in Tech History, "Wired", February 4, 2010.

Saturday, February 4, 1950

Ingrid Bergman's illegitimate child arouses ire in the U.S.

Wednesday, February 4, 1948

Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) becomes an independent kingdom within the British Commonwealth.

Sunday, February 4, 1945

Tuesday, February 4, 1941

WWII: The United Service Organization (USO) is created to entertain American troops.

Saturday, February 4, 1933

A mutiny starts on the Dutch pantserschip"De Zeven Provinciën".

Saturday, February 4, 1899

The Philippine–American War begins as hostilities break out in Manila.

Tuesday, February 4, 1896

International Association of Bridge and Structural Iron Workers was established in Pittsburgh

Friday, February 4, 1887

The Interstate Commerce Act of 1887, as passed by the 49th United States Congress, is signed into law by President Grover Cleveland.

Monday, February 4, 1861

American Civil War: In Montgomery, Alabama, the Provisional Confederate Congress is formed by representatives from the first six break-away states.

Thursday, February 4, 1841

First known reference to Groundhog Day, in the diary of a James Morris.

Saturday, February 4, 1837

Seminoles attack Fort Foster in Florida.

Saturday, February 4, 1815

The first Dutch student association, the Groninger Studenten Corps, Vindicat atque Polit is founded in the Netherlands. The first rector of the senate was B.J. Winter.

Wednesday, February 4, 1801

William Pitt the Younger resigns as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

Tuesday, February 4, 1794

The French Republic abolishes slavery.

Thursday, February 4, 1790

Louis XVI of France declares to the National Assembly that he will maintain the constitutional laws.

Wednesday, February 4, 1789

Sunday, February 4, 1787

Tuesday, February 4, 1738

Court Jew Joseph Suss Oppenheimer is executed in Württemberg.

Saturday, February 4, 1713

Tuscarora War: The Carolina militia under Colonel James Moore leaves Fort Reading to continue the caign against the Tuscarora.

Wednesday, February 4, 1699

350 rebellious Streltsi are executed in Moscow.

Sunday, February 4, 1657

Oliver Cromwell grants residency to Luis Caravajal.

Tuesday, February 4, 1620

Prince Bethlen Gabor signs a peace treaty with Ferdinand II, Holy Roman Emperor.

Wednesday, February 4, 1609

The last day of Keichō 慶長 13 (according to the Japanese lunar calendar).

Saturday, January 25, 1567 (Julianian calendar)

The Longqing Emperor ascends the throne of the Ming Dynasty.

Friday, January 25, 1555 (Julianian calendar)

Saturday, January 26, 1454 (Julianian calendar)

In the Thirteen Years' War, the Secret Council of the Prussian Confederation sends a formal act of disobedience to the Grand Master.
In the Thirteen Years\' War, the Secret Council of the Prussian Confederation sends a formal act of disobedience to the Grand Master.

Friday, January 28, 1194 (Julianian calendar)

Richard I of England is ransomed from Henry VI, Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire.
May 12 1194 - After settling affairs in England, Richard arrives across the Channel at Barfleur in Normandy to reclaim lands lost to Philip II.
April 1194 - Richard I arrives back in England

Thursday, January 31, 900 (Julianian calendar)

the rule of Louis IV the Child upon Western Francia.ref name=FlachJacques Flach //books.google.fr/books?id=Jslot7Tpi9ICpg=PA271 "Les Origines de l'ancienne France. Volume 4" Ayer Publishing ISBN 978-0-8337-1147-2

Monday, February 4, 211

Caracalla and his brother Geta succeed their father Septimius Severus as joint Roman Emperors.
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