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Daily Trivia Facts - February 4

Births

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)
1746 - Tadeusz Kościuszko, Polish national hero (d. 1817)
1778 - A. P. de Candolle, Swiss botanist (d. 1841)
1799 - Almeida Garrett, Poruguese writer (d. 1854)
1840 - Hiram Stevens Maxim, American weapons inventor (d. 1916)
1841 - Clément Ader, French aviation pioneer (d. 1926)
1846 - Nikolay Umov, Russian physicist (d. 1915)
1849 - Jean Richepin, French poet (d. 1926)
1871 - Friedrich Ebert, Chancellor and President of Germany (d. 1925)
1873 - Étienne Desmarteau, Canadian athlete (d. 1905)
1875 - Ludwig Prandtl, German physicist (d. 1953)
1881 - Fernand Léger, French painter (d. 1955)
1882 - E. J. Pratt, Canadian poet (d. 1964)
1892 - Prince George I, Duke of Westrogothia (d. 1971)
1892 - Andreu Nin, Catalan politician (d. 1937)
1896 - Friedrich Glauser, German-language Swiss writer (d. 1938)
1897 - Ludwig Erhard, Chancellor of Germany (d. 1977)
1902 - Charles Lindbergh, American pilot (d. 1974)
1902 - Hartley Shawcross, British lawyer and politician (d. 2003)
1904 - MacKinlay Kantor, American writer (d. 1977)
1906 - Dietrich Bonhoeffer, German theologian (d. 1945)
1906 - Clyde Tombaugh, American astronomer (d. 1997)
1908 - Julian Bell, British poet (d. 1937)
1912 - Erich Leinsdorf, Austrian conductor (d. 1993)
1912 - Byron Nelson, American golfer
1913 - Rosa Parks, American civil rights activist (d. 2005)
1914 - Alfred Andersch, German writer (d. 1980)
1915 - William Talman, American actor (1968)
1915 - Norman Wisdom, English actor and comedian
1916 - Sadegh Angha, 41st Master of the Oveyssi-Shahmaghsoudi Sufi Order (d. 1980)
1917 - Yahya Khan, President of Pakistan (d. 1980)
1918 - Janet Waldo, American actress
1918 - Ida Lupino, English film actress and director (d. 1995)
1921 - Betty Friedan, American feminist (d. 2006)
1921 - K. R. Narayanan, President of India (d. 2005)
1923 - Conrad Bain, Canadian-born actor
1925 - Russell Hoban, American writer
1931 - Isabel Martínez de Perón, third wife of Argentine dictator Juan Perón
1935 - Martti Talvela, Finnish bass (d. 1989)
1936 - David Brenner, American comedian
1936 - Gary Conway, American actor
1940 - George Romero, American screenwriter, producer, and director
1940 - John Schuck, American actor
1941 - John Steel, British musician (The Animals)
1943 - Ken Thompson, American computer scientist
1943 - Alberto João Jardim, Portuguese president of the regional government of Madeira
1947 - Dan Quayle, Vice President of the United States
1948 - Alice Cooper, American musician
1949 - Michael Beck, American actor
1950 - Pamela Franklin, British actress
1951 - Patrick Bergin, Irish actor
1951 - Phil Ehart, American musician (Kansas (band))
1953 - Kitaro, Japanese composer
1957 - Don Davis, American composer
1958 - Tomasz Pacyński, Polish writer
1959 - Pamelyn Ferdin, American actress
1959 - Lawrence Taylor, American football player
1960 - Jonathan Larson, American composer of "RENT" and others (d. 1996)
1961 - Stewart O'Nan, American author
1961 - Denis Savard, Canadian ice hockey player
1962 - Clint Black, American musician
1963 - Pirmin Zurbriggen, Swiss skier
1964 - Noodles, American guitarist (The Offspring)
1965 - Jerome Brown, American football player (d. 1992)
1967 - Sergei Grinkov, Russian figure skater (d. 1995)
1968 - Marko Matvere, Estonian actor
1969 - Duncan Coutts, Canadian bassist (Our Lady Peace)
1969 - Dallas Drake, Ice Hockey Player
1970 - Gabrielle Anwar, English actress
1971 - Rob Corddry, American actor and comedian
1971 - Michael Goorjian, American actor
1972 - Giovanni Silva De Oliveira, Brazilian footballer
1973 - Oscar De La Hoya, Mexican-born boxer
1975 - Natalie Imbruglia, Australian musician and actress
1976 - Cam'ron, American rapper
1977 - Gavin DeGraw, American musician
1979 - Rute Martins, Consulting Computer Science, Aikido, Feng Shui
1982 - Chris Sabin, American professional wrestler
1982 - Tomas Vaitkus, Lithuanian professional road racing cyclist
1987 - Lucie Šafářová, Czech tennis player
1988 - Carly Patterson, American gymnast

Deaths

211 - Septimius Severus, Emperor of Rome (b. 146)
708 - Pope Sisinnius
856 - Rabanus Maurus, Bishop of Mainz
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 physicist (b. 1535)
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)
1799 - Étienne-Louis Boullée, French architect (b. 1728)
1781 - Josef Mysliveček, Czech composer (b. 1737)
1894 - Adolphe Sax, Belgian instrument maker (b. 1814)
1905 - Louis-Ernest Barrias, French sculptor (b. 1841)
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)
1944 - Yvette Guilbert, French singer and actress (b. 1867)
1944 - Arsen Kotsoyev, Russian writer (b. 1872)
1958 - Henry Kuttner, American author (b. 1915)
1959 - Una O'Connor, Irish actress (b. 1880)
1967 - Albert Orsborn, 6th General of The Salvation Army (b. 1886)
1968 - Neal Cassady, American writer (b. 1926)
1968 - Gilbert H. Grosvenor, American president of the National Geographic Society (b. 1875)
1969 - Thelma Ritter, American actress (b. 1905)
1974 - Satyendra Nath Bose, Indian physicist (b. 1894)
1975 - Louis Jordan, American musician (b. 1908)
1977 - Brett Halliday, American writer (b. 1904)
1983 - Karen Carpenter, American singer and musician (Carpenters) (anorexia) (b. 1950)
1984 - Anna Anderson, claimant to the throne of Russia
1987 - Liberace, American musician (b. 1919)
1987 - Carl Rogers, American psychologist (b. 1902)
1992 - Lisa Fonssagrives, Swedish model (b. 1911)
1995 - Godfrey Brown, British athlete and teacher (b. 1915)
1995 - Patricia Highsmith, American author (b. 1921)
2000 - Carl Albert, Speaker of the United States House of Representatives (b. 1908)
2000 - Doris Coley, American singer (Shirelles) (b. 1941)
2001 - J. J. Johnson, American jazz trombonist and composer (b. 1924)
2001 - Iannis Xenakis, Greek-born composer (b. 1922)
2005 - Ossie Davis, American actor (b. 1917)
2006 - Betty Friedan, American feminist (b. 1921)

Events

211 - Roman Emperor Septimius Severus dies, leaving the Roman Empire in the hands of his two quarrelsome sons, Caracalla and Geta.
362 - Roman Emperor Julian promulgates an edict that recognizes equal rights to all the religions in the Roman Empire.
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.
1783 - American Revolutionary War: The United Kingdom formally declares that it will cease hostilities with the United States of America.
1789 - George Washington is unanimously elected to be the first President of the United States by the U.S. Electoral College.
1792 - George Washington is unanimously elected to a second term as President of the United States by the U.S. Electoral College.
1794 - The French legislature abolishes slavery throughout all territories of the French Republic.
1801 - John Marshall is sworn in as Chief Justice of the United States.
1810 - British Navy seizes Guadeloupe.
1836 - Dade County, Florida is formed.
1859 - Codex Sinaiticus discovered in Egypt.
1861 - American Civil War: In Montgomery, Alabama the Confederate States of America is formed by delegates from six break-away United States.
1862 - Bacardi, one of the world's largest spirits company, is founded as a small distillery in Santiago de Cuba in eastern Cuba.
1899 - The Philippine-American War begins.
1915 - Germany establishes a submarine blockade around the UK and declares any vessel in it a legitimate target.
1927 - The Jazz Singer starring Al Jolson is released.
1932 - World War II: Japan occupies Harbin, China.
1932 - 1932 Winter Olympics open in Lake Placid, New York.
1936 - Radium E. becomes the first radioactive element to be made synthetically.
1938 - Thornton Wilder's play Our Town opens (New York City).
1938 - Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was released, and it went on to become a major box-office success, making more money than any other motion picture in 1938.
1941 - World War II: The United Service Organization (USO) is created to entertain American troops.
1943 - Battle of Stalingrad ends.
1945 - World War II: President Franklin D. Roosevelt, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Winston Churchill and Soviet leader Joseph Stalin begin the Yalta Conference.
1948 - Ceylon (later renamed Sri Lanka) becomes independent within the British Commonwealth.
1957 - USS Nautilus, the first nuclear-powered submarine, logs her 60,000th nautical mile, matching the endurance of the fictional Nautilus described in Jules Verne's novel "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea".
1960 - Lorraine, Quebec is founded.
1962 - Ian Fleming's The Living Daylights first published.
1966 - All Nippon Airways Boeing 727 jet plunges into Tokyo Bay, killing 133.
1968 - Bowie Kuhn becomes the fifth commissioner of Major League Baseball, replacing William Eckert.
1969 - Yasser Arafat takes over as chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization.
1974 - The Symbionese Liberation Army kidnaps Patty Hearst in Berkeley, California.
1976 - In Guatemala and Honduras an earthquake kills more than 22,000.
1976 - 1976 Winter Olympics open in Innsbruck, Austria.
1977 - Fleetwood Mac releases one of the biggest-selling albums of all time, Rumours.
1980 - Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini names Abolhassan Banisadr as president of Iran.
1984 - The Youth of the Left Socialists (VSU) founded in Denmark.
1991 - The Baseball Hall of Fame votes to ban Pete Rose.
1996 - Major snowstorm paralyzes Midwestern United States, Milwaukee, Wisconsin ties all-time record low temperature at -26°F. (-32°C)
1997 - O. J. Simpson is found to be civilly liable for the deaths of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman.
1997 - En route to Lebanon, two Israeli Sikorsky CH-53 troop-transport helicopters collide in mid-air over northern Galilee, Israel killing 73.
1997 - After at first contesting the results, Serbian President Slobodan Milošević recognizes opposition victories in the November 1996 elections.
1998 - An earthquake measuring 6.1 on the Richter Scale in northeast Afghanistan kills more than 5,000.
1999 - Hugo Chávez Frías, Venezuelan military and politician, is elected President of Venezuela.
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 sabotage of German railway lines.
2003 - The Federal Republic of Yugoslavia is officially renamed to Serbia and Montenegro and adopts a new constitution.
2006 - Anders Fogh Rasmussen cartoons published in response to the affair of the Muhammad drawings.
2006 - A stampede occurs in the ULTRA Stadium near Manila killing at least 74.

Holidays

Ancient Latvia - Biezputras Diena observed.
Independence Day in Sri Lanka (1948).
Angolan Anniversary of the Outbreak of Armed Struggle against Portuguese Colonialism.
Saint Gilbert (d. 1189)
Saint John Hector de Britto
Saint Rembert of Torhout
Saint Veronica, patron saint of photographers
     
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