On this day: February 4

POSTED: 01:03 AM PST Feb 03, 2013    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PST Feb 03, 2016 

George Washington is elected America's first president, the Symbionese Liberation Army kidnaps Patty Hearst, Fleetwood Mac releases "Rumours," and Facebook is launched, all on this day.

OTD February 4 - Ossie Davis
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2005: Actor and activist Ossie Davis, known for such movies as "The Hill," "The Cardinal," "The Scalphunters," "Do the Right Thing" and "Jungle Fever," dies at the age of 87 in Miami Beach, Florida. Davis and his wife, actress Ruby Dee, were also well known as civil rights activists, and were close personal friends of Malcolm X, Jesse Jackson, Martin Luther King Jr. and other icons of the era. Davis is seen here at the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom on Aug. 28, 1963.


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