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 - Charles Lindbergh
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1902: Aviator Charles Lindbergh, the first pilot to fly nonstop from New York to Paris, is born in Detroit, Michigan. Lindbergh made his historic solo flight on May 20-21, 1927, in the single-seat, single-engine monoplane Spirit of St. Louis. A U.S. Army Air Corps Reserve officer, he was also awarded the nation's highest military decoration, the Medal of Honor, for his historic exploit. He died of lymphoma at age 72 on Aug. 26, 1974.


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