Saturday, February 4, 2012

4th of February

It is the 35th day of the year, with only 330 days remaining until the new year.

1789 - George Washington is unanimously elected as the first President of the United States by the U.S. Electoral College.

1794 - The French legislature abolishes slavery throughout all territories of the French Republic.

1797 - The Riobamba earthquake strikes Ecuador, causing up to 40,000 casualties.

1846 - The first Mormon pioneers make their exodus from Nauvoo, Illinois, westward towards Utah Territory.

1861 - In Montgomery, Alabama, delegates from six break-away U.S. states meet and form the Confederate States of America.

1936 - Radium becomes the first radioactive element to be made synthetically.

1941 - The United Service Organization is created to entertain American troops.

1945 - The Yalta Conference between Churchill, Roosevelt, and Stalin, opens at the Livadia Palace in the Crimea.

2003 - The Federal Republic of Yugoslavia is officially renamed to Serbia and Montenegro and adopts a new constitution.

2004 - Facebook, a mainstream online social network is founded by Mark Zuckergberg.

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