4 February 2022: This day in history

211: Roman Emperor Septimius Severus dies in Eboracum (York) in England, leaving the Roman Empire in the hands of his two quarrelsome sons, Caracalla and Geta

960: Coronation of Zhao Kuangyin as Emperor Taizu of the Song, initiating three centuries of Song Dynasty dominance in southern China

1789: 1st US electoral college chooses George Washington as President and John Adams as Vice President

1859: One of the oldest known copies of the Bible, “The Codex Sinaiticus” (Sinai Bible), is seen in Egypt by Constantin von Tischendorf who takes the manuscript home with him

1865: Robert E. Lee is named general-in-chief of Confederate forces

1969: The Palestine National Congress appoints Yasser Arafat chairman of the PLO

1988: Panamanian General Manuel Noriega indicted by US federal grand jury for drug trafficking and racketeering

2004: Mark Zuckerberg launches Facebook from his Harvard dormitory room


Source: Onthisday.com

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