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1938 U.S.A. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
4th February, 1938 : The animated film Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was released and had major success in the box-office, making more money than any other motion picture up till that point . Find More What happened in 1938
|1959 U.S.A. Barbie Doll
4th February, 1959 : Today was the first day of the invention of the Barbie Doll. This doll was created by Ruth Handler, who was one of the founders of the Mattel Company. Barbie was named after Ruth’s daughter. Later on, when the Ken doll was made, it was named after Ruth’s son.
1920 U.S.A. Prohibition
Feb. 4th, 1920 : Someone had stolen 21 barrels of whiskey which was held at a Pennsylvania brewery. The person who had taken this liquor was sentenced a fine of $7,000. This particular crime had taken place during the Prohibition Era, during a time when the sale of alcohol was not allowed.
By the way, liquor licenses were still being granted during this time. However, beverages could not contain more than one-half percent of alcohol in them.
1922 U.S.A. Lincoln / Ford
Feb. 4th, 1922 : Lincoln purchased the Ford Company for $8 million dollars on this day. During the time of this transition, Henry Ford had assumed position of president of Lincoln.
1931 U.S.A. Banks Go Bust
Feb. 4th, 1931 : As banks continue to close across the US when depositors ask for their deposits back,
the problems continue to escalate as most small banks had large amounts invested in
the stock market and with the crash of wall street in late 1929
many banks do not have sufficient funds
left to meet current members deposits. Many are going into receivership with little help
for investors. The government is looking at schemes to bail the banks out and help consumer
1932 U.S.A. Winter Olympics
Feb. 4th, 1932 : The first Winter Olympics was held in the United States. These games took place in Lake Placid, New York.
1937 U.S.A. Floods
Feb. 4th, 1937 : Restrictions were lifted from flood quarantine areas on this day. People could return to these areas that were originally prohibited from entering without any further threat of disease or sickness.
A main concern regarding the possible spread of disease epidemic applied to those unregistered refugees who had not yet been immunized. They had been confined to one specific area for as long as was decided was necessary.
1943 U.S.A. Olds
4th February, 1943 : Ransom Eli Olds, the creator of one of the first internal combustion engine designs, received his last patent on this day. Olds was noted for creating the first automobile production line, through a company that has made cars such as the Olds Runabout.
1948 Ceylon Independence
Feb. 4th, 1948 : Ceylon now Sri Lanka gains independence from British rule and becomes an independent dominion within the British Commonwealth.
1950 UK British Atomic Scientist
Feb. 4th, 1950 : On this day a British Atomic scientist was arrested and charge of gathering information that would be useful to enemy forces. He was the holder of some of the most classified (top secret) information regarding the A-bomb. He was found out by American FBI agents, and these agents reported the info to the Scotland Yard.
1957 U.S.A. Smith-Corona
Feb. 4th, 1957 : This was the first day of the sale of Smith-Corona portable typewriters. This company had been producing typewriters since 1886, when it created the first upper and lower-case typing model.
1964 U.S.A. Poll Tax
4th February, 1964 : As of this date, it was no longer legal to charge a poll tax for voting. This action was repealed upon the passing of the 24th Amendment.
Feb. 4th, 1968 : The continued persecution of Asians in Kenya is forcing many thousands to leave the country and many are choosing Britain for their future . Kenya has introduced new tough immigration laws which only allow work permits to Kenyan Citizens.
1969 Palestine PLO Formed
Feb. 4th, 1969 : The Palestine Liberation Organization was founded on this day. It was an organization that was established to represent the Palestinian people while Yasir Arafat was in office.
1974 UK Bombing
Feb. 4th, 1974 : A bomb believed to have been set by the IRA kills 11 including soldiers and children when the coach they were travelling in is blown up by a bomb.
1974 U.S.A. Patricia Hearst
4th February, 1974 : Newspaper heiress Patricia Hearst is kidnapped in Berkeley, California by the Symbionese Liberation Army
1976 Guatemala Earthquake
5th February, 1976: In Guatemala and Honduras a 7.5 magnitude earthquake centered about 160 km northeast of Guatemala City kills more than 22,000. The quake caused major landslides which blocked transport routes leaving food and water supplies were severely reduced. Some of the areas were without electricity and communication for up to 1 week and the main shock was followed by thousands of aftershocks, some of the larger ones causing additional loss of life and damage.
1988 UK Seamen Strike
Feb. 4th, 1988 : Ferry ports in the UK are causing major congestion on roads on the south coast as British Seamen continue their strike without union backing. The strike is because of the increase of cheaper low-cost Third World crews, while making British Seamen redundant .
1997 U.S.A. O.J. Simpson
Feb. 4th, 1997 : A civil jury panel in Santa Monica, California had determined that O.J. Simpson was guilty of the deaths of both his ex-wife Nicole Brown-Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman. He had originally been acquitted in the year 1995
1998 Afghanistan Earthquake
Feb. 4th, 1998 : An earthquake in northern Afghanistan has left up to 4000 dead, and tens of thousands more injured or 4th homeless. The earthquake epicenter was close to the city of Rostaq in the remote province of Takhar, close to the border with Tajikistan.
2003 Yugoslavia Country Dissolved
Feb. 4th, 2003 : Lawmakers formally dissolve Yugoslavia and replace it with a loose union of Serbia and Montenegro.
2004 U.S.A. Gay Marriage
Feb. 4th, 2004 : The Massachusetts high court declare that gays are entitled to get married.
2004 U.S.A. Facebook
4th February, 2004 : Facebook, a mainstream online social network is founded by Mark Zuckerberg.
2006 Syria Danish and Norwegian Embassies Destroyed
4th February, 2006 : Following the publishing of caricatures of the prophet Muhammad Muslim protesters torched and destroyed the Danish and Norwegian embassies in Damascus. And in Gaza, Palestinians marched through the streets, storming European buildings and burning German and Danish flags.
2007 United States U.S. generals warn against a military strike on Iran
Feb. 4th, 2007 : Three former military officers have warned against a military strike on Iran, and said that such action would have 'disastrous consequences' for the security in the Middle-east, and for coalition forces in Iraq. They agree that the crisis over Iran's nuclear program should be resolved through diplomacy, and urge Washington to start direct talks with that country. These warnings were published in Britain's Sunday Times newspaper, and signed by: Lieutenant-General Robert Gard, a former military assistant to the U.S. Defense Secretary, General Joseph Hoar, a former Commander-in-Chief, U.S. Central Command and Vice Admiral Jack Shanahan, a former Director of the Center for Defense Information.
2008 China Snow Storm
5th February, 2008 : China has been hit by the worst snow storms in 50 years and some of the worst affected are the poorest in China. The Chinese rural population of farmers do not have the high tech farm machinery needed to weather these type of conditions and are living very close to poverty so when a natural disaster occurs like this which ruins the crops many are forced into near starvation.
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2008 United States The Navy must follow environmental laws
5th February, 2008 : A Federal judge has ruled that the Navy must follow environmental laws by placing limits on its mid-frequency sonars. District Judge Florence-Marie Cooper has written that the Navy is not exempt from a compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act, and a court injunction has created a 12-nautical-mile no-sonar zone along the coastline of southern California. President Bush had decided to exempt the Navy from this law.
2008 United States A new president of the Mormon church
5th February, 2008 : Thomas S. Monson has been named as the 16th president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and has said that the church will not be veering from the course that was set by his predecessor, Gordon B. Hinckley. He has taken over at a time when the church has been undergoing a rapid growth around the globe, and been getting a lot of attention from Mitt Romney’s campaign for the White House.
2009 Ethiopia Gaddafi speaks out on democracy in Africa
5th February, 2009 : The new African Union (A.U.) chairman, Libya's Muammar Gaddafi, has said that multi-party democracy in Africa always
leads to bloodshed. He was speaking at the A.U. summit in Ethiopia, where he went on to explain that Africa was essentially
tribal environment, and that political parties themselves became tribalised, which led to further bloodshed. He concluded that
the best model for Africa was his own country, where opposition parties are not allowed.
2010 United States Bank of America might be sued from the Merrill Lynch takeover
5th February, 2010 : Legal action has started against the Bank of America and its former executives,
and accuses them of duping investors and
taxpayers during their takeover of Merrill Lynch. The defendants are accused of
having withheld details of Merrill Lynch's
huge losses. New York state officials have filed an action against the bank, its
former chief-executive Kenneth Lewis and
former chief-financial officer Joseph Price. Bank of America has said that the
charges are 'regrettable.' The charges are for
duping shareholders and the federal government in order to complete the merger.
2010 United States Google Books
5th February, 2010 : The Department of Justice has said that it is not satisfied with a deal that allows
the search engine Google to build a vast
digital library. It says that the plan fails to address its antitrust and copyright
concerns. It has been following the online retailer
Amazon's complaints that Google's plan to scan and distribute books online could
lead to a monopoly. The Department of
Justice is advising the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
that issues in the settlement agreement from
The Authors Guild Inc. et al. v. Google Inc., class certification, copyright and
antitrust still remain.
2010 United States Barack Obama’s aunt is in court for an appeal on her asylum case
5th February, 2010 : Barack Obama's Kenyan aunt has appeared at a court in Boston on a second attempt
to gain political asylum in the United
States. The immigration hearing for 57-year-old Zeituni Onyango has ended without
an immediate decision on her asylum.
The half-sister of Mr. Obama's father, Onyango had moved to the U.S. in 2000.
Her first asylum application was rejected in
2004, and she was ordered to be deported, but continued living in public housing
in Boston. Her immigration status became
an issue during Mr. Obama's election campaign. He said at the time that he was
not aware of his aunt being in the U.S. illegally.
The Philippines Bans Logging
Feb. 4th, 2011 : President Benigno Aquino of the Philippines
announced a nationwide ban on logging after the country suffers from
flooding and mudslides. In January over seventy people died from
floods and President Aquino believed that too much logging might have
contributed to the causes of the flooding.
2012 Mexico Mexican Police Arrest Leader of Gente Nueva Gange
Feb. 4th, 2012 : Police in Mexico have announced that they captured and arrested Jose Antonio Torres Marrufo, the suspected leader of the Gente Nueva gang (a part of the Sinaloa drug cartel). Police arrested him and his bodyguard in Leon and say that the two men were carrying weapons and crystal meth.
2013 France Woman Pants Ban Lifted
Feb. 4th, 2013 : The government of France has overturned a two-hundred year law that banned women from wearing trousers. The law had effectively been out of use for several years as people just ignored the law, however the change would make it formally legal for women to wear trousers.