Today is Thursday, Feb. 4, the 35th day of 2016 with 331 to follow.
The moon is waning. Morning stars are Mercury and Venus. Evening stars are Mars, Saturn, Jupiter, Uranus and Neptune.
Those born on this date are under the sign of Aquarius. They include Polish-born American patriot Tadeusz Kosciuszko in 1746; French cubist painter Fernand Leger in 1881; actor Nigel Bruce in 1895; aviator Charles Lindbergh in 1902; legendary golfer Byron Nelson in 1912; civil rights activist Rosa Lee Parks in 1913; actor Ida Lupino in 1918; feminist Betty Friedan in 1921; actor Conrad Bain in 1923; comedian David Brenner in 1936; actor John Schuck in 1940 (age 76); former U.S. Vice President Dan Quayle in 1947 (age 69); shock rocker Alice Cooper in 1948 (age 68); actor Lisa Eichhorn in 1952 (age 64); football Hall of Fame member Lawrence Taylor in 1959 (age 57); country singer Clint Black in 1962 (age 54), actor Gabrielle Anwar in 1970 (age 46); boxer Oscar de la Hoya in 1973 (age 43); singer-songwriter Natalia Imbruglia in 1975 (age 41).
On this date in history:
In 1789, George Washington of Virginia, the commander of the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War, was elected the first president of the United States by all 69 presidential electors who cast votes. John Adams of Massachusetts was elected vice president.
In 1792, George Washington was unanimously elected to a second term as U.S. president in a vote of the Electoral College.
In 1861, the 25-year period of conflict known as the Apache War began at Apache Pass, Ariz., with the arrest of American-Indian leader Cochise for raiding a ranch. Cochise escaped his U.S. Army captors and declared war.
In 1938, Adolf Hitler seized control of the German army and put Nazi officers in key posts as part of a plan that led to World War II.
In 1945, the U.S. Army liberated the Santo Tomas Internment Camp in the Philippines from Japanese command. Churchill, Roosevelt and Stalin, the Big Three, meet at Yalta to discuss unconditional surrender terms for Germany.
In 1974, urban guerrillas calling themselves the Symbionese Liberation Army abducted Patricia Hearst, the 19-year-old daughter of publisher Randolph Hearst, from her apartment in Berkeley, Calif. Hearst was arrested as a fugitive in September of 1975. She said she had been forced to join her captors and was charged with participating in bank robberies. The heiress spent 22 months in prison before her sentence was commuted by President Jimmy Carter. She was eventually granted a full pardon by President Bill Clinton.
In 1976, a magnitude-7.5 earthquake struck the Guatemala City region in Guatemala, killing an estimated 23,000 people and injuring tens of thousands.
In 2004, Pakistani scientist A.Q. Khan, considered the key figure in his country's nuclear weaponry development, admitted he leaked that technology to other countries.
In 2006, widespread Muslim protests of caricatures depicting Muhammad in a negative way turned violent. Angry demonstrators smashed windows, set fires and burned flags. Syrian mobs burned Danish and Norwegian embassies because newspapers in those countries published the drawings.
In 2012, Russia and China vetoed an effort by the U.N. Security Council to end the violence in Syria with an Arab League peace plan.
In 2013, law enforcement officers stormed an underground bunker in Midland City, Ala., killed 65-year-old Jimmy Lee Dykes and rescued a 5-year-old boy he had held hostage for a week.
In 2014, Microsoft announced the appointment of Satya Nadella as the company's chief executive officer, succeeding Steve Ballmer, and said Bill Gates would step down as board chairman.
A thought for the day: Scottish Olympian and missionary Eric Liddell said, "In the dust of defeat as well as the laurels of victory there is a glory to be found if one has done his best."