About February 4

February 4, 2024 is the 35th day of the year 2024 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 331 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Sunday.

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Aquarius is the sun sign of a person born on this day. Amethyst is the modern birthstone for this month. Bloodstone is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 6 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

What Happened On February 4

  • 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.
  • 1454
    In the Thirteen Years’ War, the Secret Council of the Prussian Confederation sends a formal act of disobedience to the Grand Master.
  • 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
    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.
  • 1916
    New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Fire Dragon in Chinese astrology.
  • 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.
  • 1948
    Ceylon (later renamed Sri Lanka) becomes independent within the British Commonwealth.
  • 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.
  • 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 Frías, against Venezuelan President Carlos Andrés Pérez.
  • 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.
  • 2003
    The Federal Republic of Yugoslavia is officially renamed to Serbia and Montenegro and adopts a new constitution.

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