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Saturday 4 February 2017 Calendar with holidays, observances and special days

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Holidays and observances

  • Day of the Armed Struggle (Angola)
  • Independence Day (Sri Lanka)
  • Rosa Parks Day (California and Missouri, United States)

Events

  • 2004 – Facebook, a mainstream online social networking site, is founded by Mark Zuckerberg.
  • 1996 – Major snowstorm paralyzes Midwestern United States, Milwaukee, Wisconsin and ties all-time record low temperature at −26 °F (−32.2 °C)
  • 1941 – The United Service Organization (USO) is created to entertain American troops.
  • 1899 – The Philippine–American War begins with the Battle of Manila.
  • 1861 – American Civil War: In Montgomery, Alabama, delegates from six break-away U.S. states meet and form the Confederate States of America.
  • 1859 – The Codex Sinaiticus is discovered in Egypt.
  • 1846 – The first Mormon pioneers make their exodus from Nauvoo, Illinois, westward towards Salt Lake Valley.
  • 1801 – John Marshall is sworn in as Chief Justice of the United States.
  • 1794 – The French legislature abolishes slavery throughout all territories of the French First Republic. It will be reestablished in the French West Indies in 1802.
  • 1789 – George Washington is unanimously elected as the first President of the United States by the U.S. Electoral College.
  • 1758 – Macapá, Brazil is founded.
  • 1555 – John Rogers is burned at the stake, becoming the first English Protestant martyr under Mary I of England.

Births

  • 1988 – Carly Patterson, American gymnast and singer
  • 1986 – Steven Oleksy, American ice hockey player
  • 1983 – Lee Stempniak, American ice hockey player
  • 1982 – Chris Sabin, American wrestler
  • 1981 – Jason Kapono, American basketball player
  • 1977 – Gavin DeGraw, American singer-songwriter
  • 1973 – Oscar De La Hoya, American boxer
  • 1971 – Eric Garcetti, American lieutenant and politician, 42nd Mayor of Los Angeles
  • 1971 – Rob Corddry, American actor, producer, and screenwriter
  • 1962 – Clint Black, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer
  • 1961 – Stewart O'Nan, American novelist
  • 1960 – Adrienne King, American actress, dancer, and painter
  • 1960 – Jonathan Larson, American composer and playwright (d. 1996)
  • 1959 – Lawrence Taylor, American football player and sportscaster
  • 1957 – Don Davis, American composer and conductor
  • 1952 – Thomas Silverstein, American prisoner, founder and former leader of the Aryan Brotherhood prison gang
  • 1951 – Phil Ehart, American rock drummer and songwriter
  • 1949 – Michael Beck, American actor
  • 1948 – Alice Cooper, American singer-songwriter
  • 1948 – Rod Grams, American journalist and politician (d. 2013)
  • 1947 – Dan Quayle, American sergeant, lawyer, and politician, 44th Vice President of the United States
  • 1947 – Dennis C. Blair, American admiral and politician, 3rd Director of National Intelligence
  • 1944 – Florence LaRue, American singer and actress
  • 1943 – Ken Thompson, American computer scientist and programmer, co-developed the B programming language
  • 1940 – George A. Romero, American director and producer (d. 2017)
  • 1939 – Stan Lundine, American lawyer and politician, Lieutenant Governor of New York
  • 1938 – Frank J. Dodd, American businessman and politician, president of the New Jersey Senate (d. 2010)
  • 1937 – David Newman, American director and screenwriter (d. 2003)
  • 1936 – Claude Nobs, Swiss businessman, founded the Montreux Jazz Festival (d. 2013)
  • 1936 – David Brenner, American comedian, actor, and author (d. 2014)
  • 1935 – Collin Wilcox, American actress (d. 2009)
  • 1930 – Arthur E. Chase, American businessman and politician (d. 2015)
  • 1930 – Jim Loscutoff, American basketball player (d. 2015)
  • 1929 – Paul Burlison, American rockabilly guitarist (d. 2003)
  • 1927 – Rolf Landauer, German-American physicist and academic (d. 1999)
  • 1925 – Russell Hoban, American author and illustrator (d. 2011)
  • 1925 – Stanley Karnow, American journalist and historian (d. 2013)
  • 1923 – Conrad Bain, Canadian-American actor (d. 2013)
  • 1921 – Betty Friedan, American author and feminist (d. 2006)
  • 1921 – Lotfi Zadeh, Iranian-American mathematician and computer scientist and founder of fuzzy logic (d. 2017)
  • 1920 – Janet Waldo, American actress and voice artist (d. 2016)
  • 1918 – Ida Lupino, English-American actress and director (d. 1995)
  • 1915 – William Talman, American actor and screenwriter (d. 1968)
  • 1913 – Rosa Parks, American civil rights activist (d. 2005)
  • 1912 – Byron Nelson, American golfer and sportscaster (d. 2006)
  • 1912 – Erich Leinsdorf, Austrian-American conductor (d. 1993)
  • 1906 – Clyde Tombaugh, American astronomer and academic, discovered Pluto (d. 1997)
  • 1904 – MacKinlay Kantor, American author and screenwriter (d. 1977)
  • 1903 – Alexander Imich, Polish-American chemist, parapsychologist, and academic (d. 2014)
  • 1902 – Charles Lindbergh, American pilot and explorer (d. 1974)
  • 1883 – Reinhold Rudenberg, German-American inventor and a pioneer of electron microscopy (d. 1961)
  • 1877 – Eddie Cochems, American football player and coach (d. 1953)
  • 1831 – Oliver Ames, American financier and politician, 35th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1895)
  • 1575 – Pierre de Bérulle, French cardinal and theologian, founded the French school of spirituality (d. 1629)

Deaths

  • 2016 – Edgar Mitchell, American captain, pilot, and astronaut (b. 1930)
  • 2015 – Fitzhugh L. Fulton, American colonel and pilot (b. 1925)
  • 2015 – Wes Cooley, American soldier and politician (b. 1932)
  • 2014 – Keith Allen, Canadian-American ice hockey player, coach, and manager (b. 1923)
  • 2013 – Donald Byrd, American trumpet player (b. 1932)
  • 2012 – Mike deGruy, American director, producer, and cinematographer (b. 1951)
  • 2012 – Robert Daniel, American farmer, soldier, and politician (b. 1936)
  • 2010 – Helen Tobias-Duesberg, Estonian-American composer (b. 1919)
  • 2008 – Augusta Dabney, American actress (b. 1918)
  • 2007 – Barbara McNair, American singer and actress (b. 1934)
  • 2007 – Jules Olitski, Ukrainian-American painter and sculptor (b. 1922)
  • 2006 – Betty Friedan, American author and activist (b. 1921)
  • 2005 – Ossie Davis, American actor, director, and playwright (b. 1917)
  • 2000 – Carl Albert, American lawyer and politician, 54th Speaker of the United States House of Representatives (b. 1908)
  • 1995 – Patricia Highsmith, American novelist and short story writer (b. 1921)
  • 1992 – John Dehner, American actor (b. 1915)
  • 1990 – Whipper Billy Watson, Canadian-American wrestler and trainer (b. 1915)
  • 1987 – Carl Rogers, American psychologist and academic (b. 1902)
  • 1987 – Liberace, American singer-songwriter and pianist, (b. 1919)
  • 1987 – Meena Keshwar Kamal, Afghan activist, founded the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan (b. 1956)
  • 1983 – Karen Carpenter, American singer (b. 1950)
  • 1975 – Louis Jordan, American singer-songwriter and saxophonist (b. 1908)
  • 1970 – Louise Bogan, American poet and critic (b. 1897)
  • 1968 – Neal Cassady, American novelist and poet (b. 1926)
  • 1959 – Una O'Connor, Irish-American actress (b. 1880)
  • 1958 – Henry Kuttner, American author and screenwriter (b. 1915)
  • 1894 – Adolphe Sax, Belgian instrument maker, invented the Saxophone (b. 1814)
  • 1617 – Lodewijk Elzevir, Dutch publisher, co-founded the House of Elzevir (b. 1546)
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