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4th February

1783 England proclaimed the formal end to the hostilities with the United States.

1789 George Washington and John Adams are elected the president and vice president of the United States.

1861 Delegates from six southern states met at Montgomery, Ala., to form the Confederate States of America.

1881 * Fernand Léger, French Cubist painter who worked both in Paris and New York.

1902 * Captain Charles Lindberg, US pioneer aviator, first to fly solo across the Atlantic.

1920 * Norman Wisdom, English comedy actor who specialized in slapstick humour.

1927 A new land speed record was set, when Malcolm Campbell reached 174mph in his car "Bluebird", in Wales.

1938 Adolf Hitler assumed command of the German army.

1945 Roosevelt, Churchill, and Stalin met at the Yalta Conference.

1948 Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) became independent from the United Kingdom.

1948 * Alice Cooper, US rock singer whose hits include 'Welcome to my Nightmare'.

1962 The Sunday Times produced the first British colour supplement.

1971 Rolls Royce were made bankrupt after a disastrous contract to supply aero engines to Lockheed Aircraft.

1974 Eleven people were killed in a bomb blast on a bus travelling to an army base in North Yorkshire.

1976 Benjamin Britten, British composer, died.

1976 An earthquake in Guatemala killed 23,000 people.

1987 Dennis Connor's US yachting crew won back the America's Cup from Australia.

2003 The country of Yugoslavia disappeared, to be replaced by the loose federation of Serbia and Montenegro.

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