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 - Patricia Highsmith
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1995: American author Patricia Highsmith, known for her criminal fiction novels, including "Strangers on a Train" and the acclaimed series about murderer Tom Ripley, dies of aplastic anemia and cancer at the age of 74 in Locarno, Switzerland.


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