February 4th

2004
Facebook is founded. The social networking service currently has over 1 billion active users.
History of Facebook
2003
Yugoslavia was dissolved and replaced with a loose union of its remaining two republics, Serbia and Montenegro.
Serbia and Montenegro
2000
A coalition government that included Joerg Haider's far-right Freedom Party came to power in Austria, triggering European Union sanctions.
Jörg Haider
1988
Panamanian General Manuel Noriega indicted by US federal grand jury for drug trafficking and racketeering.
Manuel Noriega
1983
Singer Karen Carpenter died at age 32.
Karen Carpenter
1977
The album "Rumours" by Fleetwood Mac was released.
Rumours (album)
1976
Benjamin Britten, British composer, died.
Benjamin Britten
1974
Patricia Hearst, granddaughter of newspaper mogul William Randolph Hearst, was kidnapped by the Symbionese Liberation Army.
Patty Hearst
1969
The Palestine National Congress appointed Yasir Arafat head of the Palestine Liberation Organization.
Palestine Liberation Organization
1948
Ceylon (Sri Lanka) proclaims independence within the British Commonwealth. Since the 16th century, the island had been colonized by Portugal, the Netherlands, and Great Britain.
Sri Lankan independence movement
1945
President Franklin D. Roosevelt, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Soviet leader Josef Stalin began a wartime conference at Yalta.
Joseph Stalin
1941
The United Service Organizations (USO) was formed.
United Service Organizations
1938
The Thornton Wilder play "Our Town" opened on Broadway.
Our Town
1913
Civil rights pioneer Rosa Parks was born Rosa Louise McCauley in Tuskegee, Ala.
Rosa Parks
1865
Robert E. Lee is named general-in-chief of Confederate forces.
Robert E. Lee
1861
The Confederate States of America are established. 6 slave states met in Montgomery, Alabama to form the Confederacy, which lasted only until 1865.
Confederate States of America
1859
German archeologist Constantin von Tischendorf discovers the Codex Sinaiticus. The “Sinai Bible”, a handwritten copy of the Greek Bible, is considered a great historical treasure.
Constantin von Tischendorf
1789
George Washington is elected as first President of the United States. Washington took office on April 30, 1789.
United States presidential election, 1788–89
1787
Shays's Rebellion, an uprising of Massachusetts farmers, was defeated.
Shays' Rebellion
1783
Britain declared a formal cessation of hostilities in the American Revolutionary War.
American Revolutionary War
960
Coronation of Zhao Kuangyin as Emperor Taizu of the Song, initiating three centuries of Song Dynasty dominance in southern China.
Portal:China/Anniversaries/February
211
Roman Emperor Septimius Severus dies, leaving the Roman Empire in the hands of his two quarrelsome sons, Caracalla and Geta.