On This Day in History, February 04

For internet users, did you know that today is Facebook’s birthday? Among the various occasions happening on this day, there are those that happened in the past and left a mark. Read to learn the significant events of February 4.

  • 1922 – Lincoln purchased the Ford Company for $8 million dollars
  • 1932 – The first Winter Olympics to be held in the United States.
  • 1938 – The animated film Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was released.
  • 1943 – Ransom Eli Olds, the creator of internal combustion engine designs, received his last patent on this day.
  • 1948 – Ceylon (Sri Lanka) proclaimed its independence within the British Commonwealth
  • 1950 – A British Atomic scientist was arrested and charged with gathering information that would be useful to enemy forces.
  • 1957 – This was the first day of the sale of Smith-Corona portable typewriters.
  • 1962 – Russian newspaper Izvestia reports revealed baseball to be an old Russian game.
  • 1964 – As of this date, it was no longer legal to charge a poll tax for voting.
  • 1968 – The continued persecution of Asians in Kenya forced thousands to leave the country.
  • 1974 – Newspaper heiress Patricia Hearst was kidnapped in Berkeley, California by the Symbionese Liberation Army.
  • 1997 – A civil jury panel in Santa Monica, had determined that O.J. Simpson was guilty of the deaths of both his ex-wife Nicole Brown-Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman.
  • 1998 – An earthquake in northern Afghanistan left 4000 dead, and tens of thousands more injured.
  • 2004 – Facebook was founded by Mark Zuckerberg.
  • 2006 – Following the publishing of caricatures of the prophet Muhammad Muslim protesters destroyed the Danish and Norwegian embassies in Damascus.
  • 2010 – The Department of Justice expressed dissatisfaction with a deal that allows the search engine on Google to build a vast digital library.
  • 2010 -Barack Obama’s aunt appeared in court on a second attempt to gain political asylum in the United States.
  • 2011 -President Benigno Aquino of the Philippines announced a nationwide ban on logging after the country suffered flooding and mudslides.
  • 2013 -The government of France lifted a two-hundred-year law that banned women from wearing trousers.
  • 2014 -Libya announced the destruction of chemical weapons.

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