February 4th History, Trivia, and Fun Facts
February 4th History Highlights
February 4th is…
Create A Vacuum Day
Homemade Soup Day
Medjool Date Day
National Quacker Day
Stuffed Mushroom Day
Thank A Mailman Day
World Cancer Day
The USO (United Service Organization)
United Services Organization (USO) is an American non-profit organization founded in 1941 to support members of the US Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, Army Air Corps, and Air National Guard. The USO was founded to provide morale and recreational services to U.S. uniformed military personnel during World War II, and served as a second home for GIs in the United States. By maintaining troops, providing social services, and maintaining the connection between military members and their families, home, and country until all return, we supported America’s military and their families.
During World War II, USO clubs served American G.I.s, and the initiative brought together the help of the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, Army Air Corps, and Air National Guard.
February 4th Birthday Quotes
“Mistakes are part of the game. It’s how well you recover from them, that’s the mark of a great player.”
“Our ideals, laws, and customs should be based on the proposition that each generation, in turn, becomes the custodian rather than the absolute owner of our resources and each generation has the obligation to pass this inheritance on to the future.”
“When people say I can’t or I mustn’t, I always say I can and I will.”
“I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear; knowing what must be done does away with fear.”
“If one took no chances, one would not fly at all. Safety lies in the judgment of the chances one takes. That judgment, in turn, must rest upon one’s outlook on life. Any coward can sit in his home and criticize a pilot for flying into a mountain in fog. But I would rather, by far, die on a mountainside than in bed.”
“Men are not the enemy, but the fellow victims. The real enemy is women’s denigration of themselves.”
“It isn’t how much time you spend somewhere that makes it memorable: it’s how you spend the time.”
“When you get old, everything is hurting. When I get up in the morning, it sounds like I’m making popcorn.”
“I didn’t see myself as any advance guard, or feminist.”
“We cannot attain the presence of God. We’re already totally in the presence of God. What’s missing is awareness.”
“A zombie film is not fun without a bunch of stupid people running around and observing how they fail to handle the situation.”
February 4th Birthdays
1677 – Johann Ludwig Bach, German violinist and composer (died in 1731)
1818 – Emperor Norton I, San Francisco eccentric (died in 1880)
1895 – Nigel Bruce, English actor (died in 1953)
1902 – Charles Lindbergh, American pilot and explorer (died in 1974)
1912 – Nelson Byron, American golfer (died in 2006)
1913 – Rosa Parks, American civil rights activist (died in 2005)
1918 – Ida Lupino, English-American actress (died in 1995)
1921 – Betty Friedan, American author and feminist (died in 2006)
1936 – David Brenner, American comedian and actor (died in 2014)
1940 – George A. Romero, American director and producer (died in 2017)
1944 – Florence LaRue, American singer and actress
1947 – Dan Quayle, American politician, 44th Vice President of the United States
1948 – Alice Cooper, American singer-songwriter
1959 – Lawrence Taylor, American football player and sportscaster
1965 – Jerome Brown, American football player (died in 1992)
1971 – Rob Corddry, American actor, producer, and screenwriter
1973 – Oscar De La Hoya, American boxer
1977 – Gavin DeGraw, American singer-songwriter
February 4th History
1169 – A strong earthquake struck the Ionian coast of Sicily, causing over 15,000 deaths, especially in Catania, Lentini and Modica.
1703 – In Edo (Japan), 46 of the Forty-seven Ronin committed seppuku (ritual suicide) for avenging their master’s death.
1783 – Britain declared a formal cessation of hostilities with its American colonies, the United States.
1789 – George Washington was elected as the first president of the United States by the Electoral College.
1801 – John Marshall was sworn in as Chief Justice of the United States.
1825 – The Ohio Legislature authorized the construction of the Ohio and Erie Canal and the Miami and Erie Canal
1826 – The Last of the Mohicans by James Fennimore Cooper was published.
1859 – The Codex Sinaiticus was discovered in Egypt.
1922 – Ford Motor Company acquired the failing luxury automaker Lincoln Motor Company for $8 million.
1932 – The Winter Olympics were held in the United States at Lake Placid, NY.
1935 – Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch premiered on CBS radio.
1936 – Radium (Ra) became the first radioactive element to be synthetically made.
1938 – Snow White and the 7 Dwarfs was released by Walt Disney.
1941 – Roy Plunkett received the patent (#2,230,654) for Tetrafluoroethylene Polymers’ (Teflon)
1941 – The USO (United Services Organization) was founded.
1946 – Broadway Show – Born Yesterday (Play) February 4, 1946
1948 – Ceylon (later renamed Sri Lanka) becomes independent within the British Commonwealth.
1957 – Smith-Corona began selling portable electric typewriters.
1961 – The Misfits, starring Marilyn Monroe, Clark Gable, and Montgomery Clift, was released by United Artists
1965 (Earthquake) Rat Islands, Alaska
1974 – The Symbionese Liberation Army abducted 19-year-old Patty Hearst.
1978 – #1 Hit February 4, 1978 – March 3, 1978: Bee Gees – Stayin’ Alive
1979 (Earthquake) Riobamba, Ecuador
1983 – Singer Karen Carpenter died of anorexia.
1984 – #1 Hit February 4, 1984 – February 24, 1984: Culture Club – Karma Chameleon
1985 – President Ronald Reagan’s defense budget called for a tripling of the expenditure on the “Star Wars” research program.
1989 – #1 Hit February 4, 1989 – February 10, 1989: Sheriff – When I’m with You
1991 – Pete Rose (aka Charlie Hustle) was banned ‘for life’ from the Baseball Hall of Fame due to the fact that he used to illegally gamble on games.
1992 – A coup d’état was led by Hugo Chávez against Venezuelan President Carlos Andrés Pérez.
1997 – A civil jury in California found O.J. Simpson liable in the death of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman. Goldman’s parents were awarded $8.5 million in compensatory damages.
February 4, 2000, The Sims was released, Computer Game
2004 – Facebook launched as “TheFacebook.com”
2006 – #1 Hit February 4, 2006 – March 10, 2006: Beyonce featuring Slim Thug – Check on It
2014 – The last living WWI veteran was British citizen Florence Beatrice Green who passed away on February 4th, 2012. She was 110 years old. She last living WWI veteran was British citizen Florence Beatrice Green who passed away on February 4th, 2012. She was 110 years old.
Today’s Random Trivia and Shower Thoughts
The average word length in the English language is 5.1 letters.
Mr. Incredible and Elastigirl got really lucky when they named their son Dash as they had no way of knowing he’d have super speed as a superpower.
The name Scooby-Doo was inspired by Frank Sinatra’s scatting at the end of the song Strangers in the Night.
“I’m funny how, I mean funny like I’m a clown, I amuse you?” – Tommy DeVito #moviequotes
Be kinder to rude people. You may be the change they need to see.
When watching a documentary on lions, I root for the lions. When watching a documentary on antelopes, I root for the antelopes. #goteam
A group of Magpies is called a Tiding or Gulp or Murder or Charm.
To calculate the position of the Voyager 1 spacecraft some 12.5 billion miles away, you only need to use the first 15 digits of the value of Pi to be accurate within 1.5 inches.
A full-size Reeses Cup has 66 ridges around the edge.
“Crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and to hear the lamentation of their women.” – Conan the Barbarian #moviequotes
“Denny Crane” – Denny Crane, Boston Legal
“Find a penny, pick it up. All day long you’ll have good luck” sounds like something Big Penny made up to keep the penny relevant.
‘Nipper’ is the name of the dog on the RCA label. ‘Chipper’ is the puppy version of the mascot.
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