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This Day in History – February 4

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This Day In History

1789 – 1s US electoral college chooses George Washington as President and John Adams as Vice-President.

1824 – J. W. Goodrich introduces rubber galoshes to public.

1847 – 1st US telegraph company established in Maryland.

1849 – University of Wisconsin begins in 1 room with 20 students.

1887 – Interstate Commerce Act authorizes federal regulation of railroads.

1922 – WGY-AM in Schenectady, NY begins radio transmissions.

1924 – 1st Winter Olympic games close at Chamonix, France.

1938 – “Our Town” by Thornton Wilder opens on Broadway.

1945 – Roosevelt, Churchill & Stalin meet at Yalta in the Crimea to discuss the final phase of the war.

1957 – 1st electric portable typewriter placed on sale (Syracuse, NY)

1958 – Major League Baseball fails to elect anyone for 1st time since 1950.

1968 – “Golden Rainbow” opens at Shubert Theater NYC for 355 performances.

1970 – “Patton” directed by Franklin J. Schaffner and starring George C. Scott premieres in New York (Academy Awards Best Picture 1971)

1971 – National Guard mobilized to quell rioting in Wilmington, NC.

1977 – Elevated train jumps track, crashes onto Chicago Street (11 die, 200 hurt)

1987 – US President Reagan’s veto of Clean Water Act is overridden by Congress.

1991 – Baseball’s Hall of Fame board of directors vote 12-0 to bar Pete Rose, due to his betting on games while a player and manager.

1991 – US postage raises from 25 cents to 29 cents.

2004 – Mark Zuckerberg launches Facebook from his Harvard dormitory room.

2014 – Satya Nadella succeeds Steve Balmer as CEO of Microsoft.