Birthdays of Monday, February 4
Comedian David Brenner is 77.
Movie director George A. Romero is 73.
Former Vice President Dan Quayle is 66.
Rock singer Alice Cooper is 65.
Actor Michael Beck is 64.
Actress Lisa Eichhorn is 61.
Country singer Clint Black is 51.
Rock musician Noodles (The Offspring) is 50.
Actor Rob Corddry is 42.
Rock musician Rick Burch (Jimmy Eat World) is 38.
Singer Natalie Imbruglia is 38.
On February 4 in
1783 Britain's King George III proclaimed a formal cessation of hostilities in the American Revolutionary War.
1789 Electors chose George Washington to be the first president of the United States.
1861 Delegates from six southern states that had recently seceded from the Union met in Montgomery to form the Confederate States of America.
1913 Rosa Parks, a black woman whose 1955 refusal to give up her seat on a Montgomery city bus to a white man sparked a civil rights revolution, was born Rosa Louise McCauley in Tuskegee.
1932 New York Gov. Franklin D. Roosevelt opened the Winter Olympic Games at Lake Placid.
1938 The Thornton Wilder play "Our Town" opened on Broadway. Walt Disney's animated feature "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" opened in general U.S. release.
1962 St. Jude Children's Research Hospital was founded in Memphis, Tenn., by entertainer Danny Thomas.
1974 Newspaper heiress Patricia Hearst was kidnapped in Berkeley, Calif., by the Symbionese Liberation Army.
1983 Pop singer-musician Karen Carpenter died in Downey, Calif., at age 32.
1987 Pianist Liberace died at his Palm Springs, Calif., home at age 67.
In The Star
Feb. 4, 1938, in The Star: Y. B. Vanderford, chief of police in Piedmont since the autumn of 1936, died suddenly last night from a heart attack. He was on his way to Rome, Ga., being driven by another person, when he felt ill and asked that the car be stopped to so he could gain access to the back seat and lie down. He died before that could happen. He was on his way to Rome to check on the health of his father, James T. Vanderford. Survivors include two brothers, two sisters and the widow. Also this date: Local longtime printing business owner Ben R. Sawyer has announced his candidacy for the post of Calhoun County tax assessor, subject to the Democratic primary May 3. Announcement of his candidacy came as a surprise to many political observers. Mr. Sawyer's first job was as an apprentice in the print shop of The Hot Blast, forerunner of The Anniston Star.
Feb. 4, 1988, in The Star: People suffering from angina (chest pain) should not delay seeing a physician even for the time it may take to drive to Birmingham, one Anniston cardiologist says. Now, immediate treatment to prevent further damage to the heart is available at Regional Medical Center. A new piece of diagnostic equipment also enables RMC physicians to spot potential heart problems before their potentially deadly manifestations surface. TPA, (tissue plasminogen activator), was approved by the Food and Drug Administration in December. The drug dissolves blood clots, allowing improved blood flow through the heart. All RMC staff cardiologists are using the drug on victims of heart attack. The only drawbacks to the drug's effective use is that it must be administered within four to six hours of the onset of chest pain. "'The quicker you can give the medicine, the better," says Dr. Emmett Matthews, an RMC staff cardiologist.