date_4.gifToday is Monday, Feb. 4, the 35th day of 2008. There are 331 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:

  • On Feb. 4, 1789, electors chose George Washington to be the first president of the United States. (However, the results of the balloting were not counted in the U.S. Senate until two months later).
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  • In 1783, Britain declared a formal cessation of hostilities with its former colonies, the United States of America.
  • In 1861, delegates from six southern states met in Montgomery, Ala., to form the Confederate States of America.
  • In 1932, New York Gov. Franklin D. Roosevelt opened the Winter Olympic Games at Lake Placid.
  • In 1938, the Thornton Wilder play “Our Town” opened on Broadway.
  • In 1941, the United Service Organizations (USO) came into existence.
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  • In 1945, President Franklin Roosevelt, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Soviet leader Josef Stalin began a wartime conference at Yalta.
  • In 1948, the island nation of Ceylon — now Sri Lanka — became an independent dominion within the British Commonwealth.
  • In 1974, newspaper heiress Patricia Hearst was kidnapped in Berkeley, Calif., by the Symbionese Liberation Army.
  • In 1983, singer-musician Karen Carpenter died in Downey, Calif., at age 32.
  • In 1987, pianist Liberace died at his Palm Springs, Calif., home at age 67.
  • In 1998, More than 2,300 people were killed when an earthquake hit northeast Afghanistan with a magnitude of 5.9, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
  • In 2003, President Bush visited the Johnson Space Center in Houston, where he led a tribute to the lost crew of the shuttle Columbia and rededicated the nation to space travel. A rare television interview with Saddam Hussein aired in which the Iraqi leader charged that U.S. claims of chemical, biological and nuclear weapons in his country were a pretext to seize Iraq’s oil fields. Lawmakers formally dissolved Yugoslavia and replaced it with a loose union of its remaining two republics, Serbia and Montenegro. Opera singer Jerome Hines died in New York at age 81.
  • In 2007, The Indianapolis Colts won Super Bowl XLI, beating the Chicago Bears 29-17. Singer-actress Barbara McNair died in Los Angeles at age 72.
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