Today 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).
On this date:
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.
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 â€” now Sri Lanka â€” 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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