This Day in History – February 4

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February 4

History written in textbooks may seem boring, but do you know that history is being every single day we live? The beauty of history is such that a past moment becomes a part of it and gives the indication of the coming future. From wars, truces, treaties, births, deaths, discoveries, breakthroughs, and much more, let us recall the events that happened through the years on this day in history, February 4.

211: Roman Emperor Septimius Severus Died
Roman Emperor Septimius Severus dies leaving his throne to his two sons, Caracalla and Geta.

960: Coronation of Zhao Kuangyin as Emperor
Coronation of Emperor Taizu of the Song (Zhao Kuangyin), starting three centuries of Song Dynasty in Southern China.

1194: Ransom paid for Richard I
Richard I, the king of England’s ransom of 1,00,000 was paid after he was kidnapped.

1600: Tycho and Kepler Met
Astronomers Tycho Brahe and Johannes Kepler meet for the first time near Prague on February 4 1600.

1620: Hungary signed Peace with Rome
Prince Bethlen Gabor of Hungary signed peace with Holy Roman Emperor Ferdinand II on 4 February of 1620.

1670: Battle of Sinhagad
Shivaji commander Tanaji Malusare recaptured fort of Sinhagad from the Mughals, scaling the walls with the help of a pet monitor lizard on February 4 1670.

1783: Worst Earthquake in Italy
Worst Earthquake in 8 years killed some 50,000 in Calabria, Italy.

1784: First Unmanned Balloon
First Unmanned balloon flight in Ireland on February 4 1784.

1794: French Banned Slavery
French National Convention proclaims abolition of slavery on 4 February 1794.

1859: Oldest copy of Bible found
One of the oldest copies of the Bible found in Egypt by Constantin von Tischendorf. It is called The Codex Sinaiticus.

1915: Cause of Pellagra
Experiments started to figure the cause of Pellagra at Mississippi State Penitentiary.

1922: Japan returned to Shantung Province
After boycotts, protests and international pressure, Japan finally agreed to return the Shantung Province back to China on February 4 1922.

1924: Show Off Premiered
George Kelly’s play Show Off premiered in New York City on February 4 1924.

1936: Radium E produced
1st Radioactive substance produced synthetically Radium E.

1938: Adolf Hitler took over Army
Hitler seized control of German Army and puts Nazis in key posts.

1945: Discussion of the end of WWII
Franklin D Roosevelt, Winston Churchill and Joseph Stalin meet at Yalta to discuss the final phase of World War II.

1971: Rolls Royce in debt
British car maker Rolls Royce declared itself bankrupt on February 4 1971.

1998: Earthquake in Afghanistan
Earthquake in Afghanistan of 6.1 Richter Scale killed more than 5,000.

2004: Facebook launched
Mark Zuckerberg launches Facebook from his Harvard dormitory room on February 4 2004.

2014: Same sex marriage legal in Scotland
Same sex marriage is legalised in Scotland.

2014: Satya Nadella becomes CEO of Microsoft
Satya Nadella succeeds Steve Ballmer as the CEO of Microsoft on February 4 2014.

Famous Birthdays on February 4

  • Hannah Stocking, an Instagram Star
  • Hunter Biden, a Business Executive
  • Zack King, a Youtube Star
  • DTay, a TikToker
  • Alice Cooper, a Rock Singer
  • Oscar de la Hoya, a Professional Boxer 

These were the most historical events that happened in world history on February 4. Stay tuned to Leverage Edu and follow us on Instagram, Youtube, LinkedIn, Quora, Facebook for more educational content.

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