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On February fourth, 1789, electors
unanimously chose George Washington to be the
first president of the United States.
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,
Alabama, to form the Confederate States of
In 1941, the
United Service Organizations (USO) came into
In 1945, President
Roosevelt, British Prime Minister Winston
Churchill and Soviet leader Josef Stalin began
a wartime conference at Yalta.
In 1974, newspaper
heiress Patricia Hearst was kidnapped in
Berkeley, California, by the Symbionese
In 1975, more than
22,000 people died when a severe earthquake
struck Guatemala and Honduras.
Abolhassan Bani-Sadr was installed as president
of Iran by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.
In 1983, singer
Karen Carpenter died in Downey, California, at
In 1987, pianist
Liberace died at his Palm Springs, California,
home at age 67.
In 1997, a civil
jury in Santa Monica, California, found O.J.
Simpson liable for the deaths of his ex-wife,
Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ronald
Ten years ago:
Hundreds of thousands of cheering protesters
filled Moscow streets to demand that the
Communists surrender their stranglehold on power.
Nine people were killed as guerrillas attacked a
bus carrying Israeli tourists near Cairo, Egypt.
Five years ago: A
standoff between the United States and China
escalated into a trade war, with each country
ordering stiff tariffs against the other.
One year ago:
Gravely ill with lymphatic cancer, Jordan's King
Hussein left the Mayo Clinic in Rochester,
Minnesota, and was flown home. Senators at
President Clinton's impeachment trial voted to
permit the showing of portions of Monica
Lewinsky's videotaped deposition. In a case
that's drawn much controversy, Amadou Diallo, an
unarmed West African immigrant, was shot and
killed in front of his Bronx home by four
plainclothes New York City police officers.
"No human creature
can give orders to love."
George Sand, French author (1804-1876).