Today in History: February 4

Today in History: February 4

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0786

Harun al-Rashid succeeds his older brother the Abbasid Caliph al-Hadi as Caliph of Baghdad.

1194

Richard I, King of England, is freed from captivity in Germany.

1508

The Proclamation of Trent is made.

1787

Shay's Rebellion, an uprising of debt-ridden Massachusetts farmers against the new U.S. government, fails.

1795

France abolishes slavery in her territories and confers slaves to citizens.

1889

Harry Longabaugh is released from Sundance Prison in Wyoming, thereby acquiring the famous nickname, "the Sundance Kid."

1899

After an exchange of gunfire, fighting breaks out between American troops and Filipinos near Manila, sparking the Philippine-American War

1906

The New York Police Department begins finger print identification.

1909

California law segregates Caucasian and Japanese schoolchildren.

1915

Germany decrees British waters as part of the war zone; all ships to be sunk without warning.

1923

French troops take the territories of Offenburg, Appenweier and Buhl in the Ruhr as a part of the agreement ending World War I.

1932

Governor Franklin D. Roosevelt inaugurates the Winter Olympics at Lake Placid, N.Y.

1941

The United Service Organization (U.S.O.) is formed to cater to armed forces and defense industries.

1944

The Japanese attack the Indian Seventh Army in Burma.

1945

The Big Three, American, British and Soviet leaders, meet in Yalta to discuss the war aims.

1966

Senate Foreign Relations Committee begins televised hearings on the Vietnam War.

1974

Newspaper heiress Patty Hearst is kidnapped by the Symbionese Liberation Army, beginning one of the most bizarre cases in FBI history.

1980

Syria withdraws its peacekeeping force in Beirut.

1986

The U.S. Post Office issues a commemorative stamp featuring Sojourner Truth.