February 3

Liberace was born Władziu Valentino LiberaceLiberace was born Władziu Valentino Liberace

960 – The coronation of Zhao Kuangyin as Emperor Taizu of Song, initiating the Song Dynasty period of China that lasted more than three centuries.
1787 – Shays’ Rebellion (of debt-ridden Massachusetts farmers) fails
1824 – J W Goodrich introduces rubber galoshes to public
1899 – Revolt against US occupation of Philippines

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1945 – FDR, Churchill and Stalin meet
1957 – First electric portable typewriter placed on sale in Syracuse NY
1971 – British car maker Rolls Royce declared itself bankrupt
1972 – Senator Strom Thurmond suggests John Lennon be deported
1974 – Patricia Hearst 19, daughter of publisher Randolph Hearst, kidnapped by Symbionese Liberation Army
1997 – OJ Simpson found libel in murders of Ron Goldman and Nicole Simpson
1999 – Unarmed West African immigrant Amadou Diallo is shot dead by four plainclothes New York City police officers on an unrelated stake-out, inflaming race-relations in the city.
Birthdays
1881 – Fernand Léger, French painter (d. 1955)
1902 – Charles A Lindbergh, Detroit, pilot (First to fly solo across Atlantic)
1913 – Rosa Lee Parks, civil rights activist (bus protestor)
1921 – Betty Friedan, Peoria, Illinois, American feminist writer and feminist (Feminine Mystique)
Deaths
2006 – Betty Friedan, dies of congestive heart failure at 85
1987 – Liberace, pianist, dies at 67

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