This day in history

Monday, Feb. 4, is the 35th day of 2013. There are 330 days left in the year.

Today’s birthdays: Comedian David Brenner is 77. Director George A. Romero is 73. Former Vice President Dan Quayle is 66. Rock singer Alice Cooper is 65. Football Hall of Famer Lawrence Taylor is 54. Country singer Clint Black is 51. Actress Gabrielle Anwar is 43. Actor Rob Corddry is 42. Gold medal boxer Oscar De La Hoya is 40. Singer Gavin DeGraw is 36.

In 1789, electors chose George Washington to be the first president of the United States.


In 1913, Rosa Parks, a black woman whose 1955 refusal to give up her seat on a Montgomery, Ala., city bus to a white man sparked a civil rights revolution, was born Rosa Louise McCauley in Tuskegee, Ala.

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In 1941, the United Service Organizations (USO) came into existence.

In 1972, Mariner 9, orbiting Mars, transmitted images of the red planet.

In 1974, newspaper heiress Patricia Hearst was kidnapped in Berkeley, Calif., by the Symbionese Liberation Army.

In 1976, more than 23,000 people died when an earthquake with a magnitude of 7.5 struck Guatemala.