February 4, 1977 -
Fleetwood Mac's Rumours album was released 38 years ago on this date - it's hard to believe.
The album shot to the top of Billboard's chart staying there for 31 weeks. More than 17 million copies have been sold in the U.S.
This was another album my sister and I wore the needle on the record player out on.
Today in History:
February 4, 1861 -
State delegates met in Montgomery, Alabama, to form a Confederate government on this date.
Do you think Hallmark has a card commemorating this event?
February 4, 1889 -
Harry Longabaugh was released from Sundance Prison in Wyoming, thereby acquiring the famous nickname, The Sundance Kid on this date.
Kids, this was the film Brokeback Mountain during the 60's
February 4, 1902 -
Isolationist, racist, neo-nazi and early environmentalist Charles Lindbergh, first man to fly solo across the Atlantic, was born on this date.
Kind of complicated guy, don't you think.
February 4, 1912 -
Franz Reichelt (alias the flying tailor) designed an overcoat to fly or float its wearer gently to the ground like the modern parachute. To demonstrate his invention he made a jump of 60 meters from the first deck of the Eiffel Tower, at that time the tallest man-made structure in the world.
The parachute failed and Reichelt fell to his death.
The jump was recorded by the cameras of the gathered press. Winner of the 1912 Darwin Award.
February 4, 1913 -
All I was doing was trying to get home from work.
Rosa Lee Parks, civil rights activist whose refusal to give up her seat on a segregated bus in Alabama started the Civil Rights Movement, was born on this date.
February 4, 1918 -
Nobody fucks with Ida Lupino
Ida Lupino, actress, director, and a pioneer among women filmmakers was born on this date.
February 4, 1948 -
Vincent Furnier (Alice Cooper), rocker and avid golfer, was born on this date.
Yes, we're all not worthy.
February 4, 1974 -
Patty Hearst heard the burst of Roland's Thompson gun, and bought it.
Newspaper heiress Patricia Hearst, 19 years old, was kidnapped in Berkeley, California, by the Symbionese Liberation Army on this date.
February 4, 1983 -
Karen Carpenter died of anorexia nervosa on this date. She frequently took laxatives and induced vomiting to prevent weight gain.
At the time of her death she was pencil thin. Lead graphite thin.
February 4, 1987 -
Pianist/jewelry wearer Wladziu Valentino died in Palm Springs, California due to complications from AIDS on this date.
Nobody ever suspected the man was gay.
February 4, 1999 -
In NYC, plainclothes police officers fired 41 shots at Amadou Diallo, a Bronx street peddler and immigrant from Guinea, who was unarmed in front of his Bronx home. Police were searching for a rapist and Daillo was killed with 19 gunshot wounds.
February 4, 1998 -
Microsoft billionaire Bill Gates was assaulted with a direct hit by a fluffy cream pie during a three-pronged attack in Brussels. He was in Belgium attending meetings with industry and government leaders.
Rumor is that the attack was engineered by Noel Godin, infamous for his other pie throwings at government officials.
February 4, 2004 -
Mark Zuckerberg, a Harvard University student, launched "The facebook", as it was originally known, on this date; the name taken from the sheets of paper distributed to freshmen, profiling students and staff.
Within five years of its founding, Facebook had more than 500 million users.
On February 4, 2008, at 00:00 GMT, NASA transmitted the Beatles song Across The Universe in the direction of the star Polaris, 431 light years from Earth. The transmission was made using a 70m antenna in the DSN's Madrid Deep Space Communication Complex, located outside of Madrid, Spain. It was done with an "X band" transmitter, radiating into the antenna at 18 kW. (This may be on the test.)
In case our overlords on Nibiru are Beastie Boys fans, here's a tune for them
Since David Bowie was originally from Planet X, they are quite familiar with his music.
And so it goes.