February 4 events in history

211 Roman Emperor Septimius Severus dies at Eboracum (modern York, England) while preparing to lead a campaign against the Caledonians. He leaves the empire in the control of his two quarrelling sons
634 Battle of Dathin: Rashidun forces under Yazid ibn Abi Sufyan defeat the Christian Arabs around Gaza (Palestine)
960 The coronation of Zhao Kuangyin as Emperor Taizu of Song, initiating the Song Dynasty period of China that would last more than three centuries
1169 A strong earthquake struck the Ionian coast of Sicily, causing tens of thousands of injuries and deaths, especially in Catania
1454 In the Thirteen Years' War, the Secret Council of the Prussian Confederation sends a formal act of disobedience to the Grand Master
1703 In Edo (now Tokyo), 46 of the Forty-seven Ronin commit seppuku (ritual suicide) as recompense for avenging their master's death
1758 Macapá is founded
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. It will be reestablished in the French West Indies in 1802
1797 The Riobamba earthquake strikes Ecuador, causing up to 40,000 casualties
1801 John Marshall is sworn in as Chief Justice of the United States
1810 The Royal Navy seizes Guadeloupe
1820 The Chilean Navy under the command of Lord Cochrane completes the 2-day long Capture of Valdivia with just 300 men and 2 ships
1825 The Ohio Legislature authorizes the construction of the Ohio and Erie Canal and the Miami and Erie Canal
1846 The first Mormon pioneers make their exodus from Nauvoo, Illinois, westward towards Salt Lake Valley
1859 The Codex Sinaiticus is discovered in Egypt
1861 American Civil War: In Montgomery, Alabama, delegates from six break-away U.S. states meet and form the Confederate States of America
1899 The Philippine–American War begins with the Battle of Manila
1932 Second Sino-Japanese War: Harbin, Manchuria, falls to Japan
1936 Radium becomes the first radioactive element to be made synthetically
1941 The United Service Organization (USO) is created to entertain American troops
1945 World War II: The British Indian Army and Imperial Japanese Army begin a series of battles known as the Battle of Pokoku and Irrawaddy River operations
1945 World War II: The Yalta Conference between the "Big Three" (Churchill, Roosevelt, and Stalin) opens at the Livadia Palace in the Crimea
1945 World War II: Santo Tomas Internment Camp is liberated from Japanese authority
1948 Ceylon (later renamed Sri Lanka) becomes independent within the British Commonwealth
1966 All Nippon Airways Flight 60 plunges into Tokyo Bay, killing 133
1967 Lunar Orbiter program: Lunar Orbiter 3 lifts off from Cape Canaveral's Launch Complex 13 on its mission to identify possible landing sites for the Surveyor and Apollo spacecraft
1969 Yasser Arafat takes over as chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization
1974 The Symbionese Liberation Army kidnaps Patty Hearst in Berkeley, California
1974 M62 coach bombing: The Provisional Irish Republican Army (IRA) explodes a bomb on a bus carrying off-duty British Armed Forces personnel in Yorkshire, England. Nine soldiers and three civilians are killed
1975 Haicheng earthquake (magnitude 7.3 on the Richter scale) occurs in Haicheng, Liaoning, China
1976 In Guatemala and Honduras an earthquake kills more than 22,000
1977 A Chicago Transit Authority elevated train rear-ends another and derails, killing 11 and injuring 180, the worst accident in the agency's history
1980 Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini names Abolhassan Banisadr as president of Iran
1992 A coup d'état is led by Hugo Chávez against Venezuelan President Carlos Andrés Pérez
1996 Major snowstorm paralyzes Midwestern United States, Milwaukee, Wisconsin and ties all-time record low temperature at −26 °F (−32.2 °C)
1997 After at first contesting the results, Serbian President Slobodan Milošević recognizes opposition victories in the November 1996 elections
1997 En route to Lebanon, two Israeli Sikorsky CH-53 troop-transport helicopters collide in mid-air over northern Galilee, Israel killing 73
1998 An earthquake measuring 6.1 on the Richter Scale in northeast Afghanistan kills more than 5,000
1999 Unarmed West African immigrant Amadou Diallo is shot dead by four plainclothes New York City police officers on an unrelated stake-out, inflaming race-relations in the city
2003 The Federal Republic of Yugoslavia is officially renamed Serbia and Montenegro and adopts a new constitution
2003 The Bengali Hindus declares the independence of the Republic of Bangabhumi from Bangladesh
2004 Facebook, a mainstream online social networking site, is founded by Mark Zuckerberg
2006 A stampede occurs in the ULTRA Stadium near Manila killing 71