Today in History: Feb. 4

377869 44: A portrait of George Washington, first President of the United States serving from 1789 to 1797. (Photo by National Archive/Newsmakers)
In 1789, electors chose George Washington to be the first president of the United States. (Photo by National Archive/Newsmakers) (Getty Images/National Archives)
This is the apartment building in Berkeley, Calif., where Patricia Campbell Hearst, granddaughter of the late publisher William Randolph Hearst lived in, and was abducted from Feb. 4, 1974. Police said shots were fired as Miss Hearst was spirited away in an auto. This photo taken February 5, 1974. (AP Photo/Anthony Camerano)
In 1974, newspaper heiress Patricia Hearst, 19, was kidnapped in Berkeley, California, by the radical Symbionese Liberation Army. This is the apartment building in Berkeley where Hearst was abducted from Feb. 4, 1974. (AP Photo/Anthony Camerano) (AP/ANTHONY CAMERANO)
The Carpenters, Richard and Karen, pose with their Grammy during the 13th annual 1970 Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, Ca., March 17, 1971.  The brother-sister duo was named best new artist of the year, 1970, and also won as the best contemporary duo or group vocalists for "Close to You."  (AP Photo)
In 1983, pop singer-musician Karen Carpenter died in Downey, California, at age 32. Here, the Carpenters pose with their Grammy during the 13th annual 1970 Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, Ca., March 17, 1971. (AP Photo) (ASSOCIATED PRESS)
Entertainer Liberace  is seated at his piano in his Beverly Hills home in California on June 17, 1961.    Liberace's home is reported to have 28 rooms.           (AP Photo)
In 1987, pianist Liberace died at his Palm Springs, California, home at age 67. Here, Liberace is seated at his piano in his Beverly Hills home in California on June 17, 1961. (AP Photo) (AP/Anonymous)
OJ  Simpson
In 1997, a civil jury in Santa Monica, California, found O.J. Simpson liable for the deaths of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ronald Goldman. (AP Photo/Eric Draper, File) (AP)
FILE- This is an undated file photo released by the University of Leicester, England, showing the remains human skeleton found underneath a car park in Leicester, England, September 2012, which has been declared "beyond reasonable doubt" to be the long lost remains of England's King Richard III, missing for 500 years. According to research published Tuesday Dec. 2, 2014, in the Nature Communications journal, scientists compared the skeleton's DNA to samples from living relatives but found no matches, a discovery that could throw the nobility of some royal descendants into question, including Henry V, Henry VI and the entire Tudor royal dynasty. But Kevin Schurer, pro vice-chancellor of the University of Leicester, said England's current royal family does not claim Richard III as a relative and shouldn't be worried about the legitimacy of their royal line. (AP Photo/University of Leicester, FILE)
In 2013, British scientists announced they had rescued the skeletal remains of King Richard III, who lived during the 15th century, from the anonymity of a drab municipal parking lot. FILE- This is an undated file photo released by the University of Leicester, England, showing the remains human skeleton found underneath a car park in Leicester, England, September 2012, which has been declared “beyond reasonable doubt” to be the long lost remains of England’s King Richard III, missing for 500 years. According to research published Tuesday Dec. 2, 2014, in the Nature Communications journal, scientists compared the skeleton’s DNA to samples from living relatives but found no matches, a discovery that could throw the nobility of some royal descendants into question, including Henry V, Henry VI and the entire Tudor royal dynasty. But Kevin Schurer, pro vice-chancellor of the University of Leicester, said England’s current royal family does not claim Richard III as a relative and shouldn’t be worried about the legitimacy of their royal line. (AP Photo/University of Leicester, FILE) (AP)
Philadelphia Eagles' Nick Foles holds up the Vince Lombardi Trophy after the NFL Super Bowl 52 football game against the New England Patriots, Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018, in Minneapolis. The Eagles won 41-33. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
In 2018, The Philadelphia Eagles, led by backup quarterback Nick Foles, became NFL champs for the first time since 1960, beating Tom Brady and the New England Patriots 41-33 in the Super Bowl. Philadelphia Eagles’ Nick Foles holds up the Vince Lombardi Trophy after the NFL Super Bowl 52 football game against the New England Patriots, Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018, in Minneapolis. The Eagles won 41-33. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) (AP/Matt Slocum)
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377869 44: A portrait of George Washington, first President of the United States serving from 1789 to 1797. (Photo by National Archive/Newsmakers)
This is the apartment building in Berkeley, Calif., where Patricia Campbell Hearst, granddaughter of the late publisher William Randolph Hearst lived in, and was abducted from Feb. 4, 1974. Police said shots were fired as Miss Hearst was spirited away in an auto. This photo taken February 5, 1974. (AP Photo/Anthony Camerano)
The Carpenters, Richard and Karen, pose with their Grammy during the 13th annual 1970 Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, Ca., March 17, 1971.  The brother-sister duo was named best new artist of the year, 1970, and also won as the best contemporary duo or group vocalists for "Close to You."  (AP Photo)
Entertainer Liberace  is seated at his piano in his Beverly Hills home in California on June 17, 1961.    Liberace's home is reported to have 28 rooms.           (AP Photo)
OJ  Simpson
FILE- This is an undated file photo released by the University of Leicester, England, showing the remains human skeleton found underneath a car park in Leicester, England, September 2012, which has been declared "beyond reasonable doubt" to be the long lost remains of England's King Richard III, missing for 500 years. According to research published Tuesday Dec. 2, 2014, in the Nature Communications journal, scientists compared the skeleton's DNA to samples from living relatives but found no matches, a discovery that could throw the nobility of some royal descendants into question, including Henry V, Henry VI and the entire Tudor royal dynasty. But Kevin Schurer, pro vice-chancellor of the University of Leicester, said England's current royal family does not claim Richard III as a relative and shouldn't be worried about the legitimacy of their royal line. (AP Photo/University of Leicester, FILE)
Philadelphia Eagles' Nick Foles holds up the Vince Lombardi Trophy after the NFL Super Bowl 52 football game against the New England Patriots, Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018, in Minneapolis. The Eagles won 41-33. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Today is Monday, Feb. 4, the 35th day of 2019.

Today’s Highlight in History:

On Feb. 4, 1974, newspaper heiress Patricia Hearst, 19, was kidnapped in Berkeley, California, by the radical Symbionese Liberation Army.

On this date:

In 1783, Britain’s King George III proclaimed a formal cessation of hostilities in the American Revolutionary War.

In 1789, electors chose George Washington to be the first president of the United States.

In 1861, delegates from six southern states that had recently seceded from the Union met in Montgomery, Alabama, to form the Confederate States of America.

In 1913, Rosa Parks, a black woman whose 1955 refusal to give up her seat on a Montgomery, Ala., city bus to a white man sparked a civil rights revolution, was born Rosa Louise McCauley in Tuskegee.

In 1938, the Thornton Wilder play “Our Town” opened on Broadway. Walt Disney’s animated feature “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” opened in general U.S. release.

In 1944, the Bronze Star Medal, honoring “heroic or meritorious achievement or service,” was authorized by President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

In 1962, a rare conjunction of the sun, the moon, Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn occurred.

In 1983, pop singer-musician Karen Carpenter died in Downey, California, at age 32.

In 1987, pianist Liberace died at his Palm Springs, California, home at age 67.

In 1997, a civil jury in Santa Monica, California, found O.J. Simpson liable for the deaths of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ronald Goldman.

In 1999, Amadou Diallo, an unarmed West African immigrant, was shot and killed in front of his Bronx home by four plainclothes New York City police officers. (The officers were acquitted at trial.)

In 2004, the Massachusetts high court declared that gay couples were entitled to nothing less than marriage, and that Vermont-style civil unions would not suffice. The social networking website Facebook had its beginnings as Harvard student Mark Zuckerberg launched “Thefacebook.”

Ten years ago: President Barack Obama imposed a $500,000 cap on executive pay for companies receiving federal bailout money; the president also signed a bill extending health coverage to 4 million uninsured children. Lux Interior, co-founder and lead singer of the horror-punk band The Cramps, died in Glendale, Calif., at age 62.

Five years ago: The Congressional Budget Office said several million American workers would reduce their hours on the job or leave the workforce entirely because of incentives built into President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul.

One year ago: The Philadelphia Eagles, led by backup quarterback Nick Foles, became NFL champs for the first time since 1960, beating Tom Brady and the New England Patriots 41-33 in the Super Bowl. An Amtrak passenger train slammed into a parked freight train in the early-morning darkness in South Carolina after a thrown switch sent it hurtling down a side track; the conductor and engineer were killed and more than 100 passengers were injured. Indianapolis Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson and his Uber driver were struck and killed as they stood on the shoulder of an Indianapolis highway. (The driver of the truck that hit them, a man from Guatemala living illegally in the United States, would be sentenced to 16 years in prison for the drunken-driving crash.) Actor John Mahoney, who played the dad of two psychiatrists on the TV show “Frasier,” died in Chicago at the age of 77.

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