0960 – The coronation of Zhao Kuangyin as Emperor Taizu of Song was on the 4th February 960, initiating the Song Dynasty period of China that lasted more than three centuries.
1169 – A strong earthquake struck the Ionian coast of Sicily on the 4th February 1169, causing tens of thousands of injuries and deaths, especially in the city of Catania.
1789 – George Washington was unanimously elected as the first President of the United States on the 4th February 1789, by the U.S. Electoral College.
1859 – The Codex Sinaiticus was discovered in Egypt on the 4th February 1859.
1941 – The United Service Organization (USO) was created to entertain American troops on the 4th February 1941.
1948 – Alice Cooper the American singer-songwriter was born on the 4th February 1948.
1948 – Ceylon (know known as Sri Lanka) became independent within the British Commonwealth on the 4th February 1948.
1963 – Noodles the American guitarist from The Offspring was born on the 4th February 1963.
1973 ~ James Hird the professional Australian rules footballer and coach of the Essendon Football Club was born on the 4th February 1973.
1976 – The 1976 Winter Olympics opened in Innsbruck, Austria on the 4th February 1976.
1996 – Major snowstorm paralyzed Midwestern United States, Milwaukee, Wisconsin on the 4th February 1996, and tied all-time record low temperature at -26°F (-32.2°C).
1998 – An earthquake measuring 6.1 on the Richter Scale in northeast Afghanistan on the 4th February 1998, killed over 5,000 people.
2002 – Cancer Research UK, the world’s largest independent cancer research charity, was founded on the 4th February 2002.
2003 – The Federal Republic of Yugoslavia was officially renamed Serbia & Montenegro on the 4th February 2003.
2004 – Facebook was founded by Mark Zuckerberg on the 4th February 2004.
2013 ~ Scientist confirmed the find of RiCHARD III Of ENGLAND, found under a car park in the city of Leicester on the 4th February 2013, after 500 years. See Reuters news: England’s King Richard III found after 500 years
Researchers confirm that a skeleton found under a city centre car park in
Leicester is that of King Richard III, on TelegraphTV video:
Sign the Richard lll Petitions: King Richard III and the Princes in the Tower & Return King Richard III to Yorkshire