What Happened On This Day – February 4
2004 Facebook is founded
The social networking service currently has over 1 billion active users.
1948 Ceylon (Sri Lanka) proclaims independence within the British Commonwealth
Since the 16th century, the island had been colonized by Portugal, the Netherlands, and Great Britain.
1861 The Confederate States of America are established
6 slave states met in Montgomery, Alabama to form the Confederacy, which lasted only until 1865.
1859 German archeologist Constantin von Tischendorf discovers the Codex Sinaiticus
The “Sinai Bible”, a handwritten copy of the Greek Bible, is considered a great historical treasure.
1789 George Washington is elected as first President of the United States
Washington took office on April 30, 1789.
Births On This Day,
1948 Alice Cooper
American singer-songwriter, actor
1913 Rosa Parks
1906 Dietrich Bonhoeffer
German pastor, theologian
1902 Charles Lindbergh
American pilot, activist
1746 Tadeusz Kościuszko
Deaths On This Day,
2006 Betty Friedan
American author, activist
2001 Iannis Xenakis
Greek/French composer, engineer, theorist
American singer, pianist, actor
1987 Meena Keshwar Kamal
Afghan activist, founded the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanista
1894 Adolphe Sax
Belgian musician, invented the saxophone