Tuesday, February 4, 2014

TODAY IN HISTORY

Tuesday, February  04, 2014
AP Highlight in History: 
On Feb. 4, 1801, John Marshall was sworn in as chief justice of the United States.
 
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On this date in:
1783Britain declared a formal cessation of hostilities in the American Revolutionary War.
1789Electors unanimously chose George Washington to be the first president of the United States.
1861Delegates from six southern states met in Montgomery, Ala., to form the Confederate States of America.
1913Civil rights pioneer Rosa Parks was born Rosa Louise McCauley in Tuskegee, Ala.
1938The Thornton Wilder play "Our Town" opened on Broadway.
1941The United Service Organizations (USO) was formed.
1945President Franklin D. Roosevelt, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Soviet leader Josef Stalin began a wartime conference at Yalta.
1948The island nation of Ceylon - now Sri Lanka - became an independent dominion within the British Commonwealth.
1974Newspaper heiress Patricia Hearst was kidnapped in Berkeley, Calif., by the Symbionese Liberation Army.
1977The album "Rumours" by Fleetwood Mac was released.
1983Singer Karen Carpenter died at age 32.
2000A coalition government that included Joerg Haider's far-right Freedom Party came to power in Austria, triggering European Union sanctions.
2003Yugoslavia was dissolved and replaced with a loose union of its remaining two republics, Serbia and Montenegro.
2004The Massachusetts high court declared that gays were entitled to marry.
2004The social networking website Facebook was launched.
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HIGHLIGHTS OF THIS DAY IN HISTORY
Today's Birthdays:
Rock singer Alice Cooper turns 66 years old today.
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NameProfessionAge
David BrennerComedian78
George A. RomeroDirector74
Lawrence TaylorFootball Hall of Famer55
Clint BlackCountry musician52
Rob CorddryActor43
Natalie ImbrugliaRock singer39
Gavin DeGrawRock singer37
Carly PattersonGymnast26
Former Vice President Dan Quayle turns 67 years old today.
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