Today in History

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Today is Wednesday, February 4, the 35th day of 2009. There are 330 days left in the year.

Highlights in history on this date:

* 211 -Death of Lucius Septimius Severus, Roman emperor responsible for making the empire's government a military monarchy.

* 1789 -Electors unanimously choose George Washington to be the first US president.

* 1899 -Filipinos stage revolt against United States because independence is not granted.

* 1924 -Mahatma Gandhi, a pacifist who led the struggle for Indian independence from Britain, is released after spending two years in jail in Bombay.

* 1938 -Germany's Adolf Hitler assumes office of war minister and names Joachim von Ribbentrop as foreign minister.

* 1945 -British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, US President Franklin Roosevelt and Soviet leader Joseph Stalin meet at Yalta in the Crimea to discuss plans for the defeat of the Axis powers and decide on the post-war world.

* 1972 -Britain and nine other nations recognise East Pakistan as independent nation of Bangladesh.

* 1974 -Patricia Hearst, grand-daughter of the late William Randolph Hearst, is kidnapped by the Symbionese Liberation Army.

* 1976 -An earthquake measuring 7.5 on the Richter scale kills 23,000 people near Guatemala city.

* 1983 -US singer Karen Carpenter dies of anorexia nervosa, aged 32.

* 1987 -San Diego Yacht Club celebrates the victory of skipper Dennis Conner and the Stars and Stripes over Australia's Kookaburra III to sweep the America's Cup series in Fremantle, WA; Death of Wladziu Valentino, better known as US pianist Liberace. …

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