Many readers ask The Old Farmer's Almanac what happened on their birthday--or the birthday of a loved one.. To help out, we've put together an everything-birthdays page! Find fun birthday facts, birthday history, folklore, and more!
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Weather History for February 4
1959: An ice storm hit Maine, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire
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Birthday Lore for February 4
You are very frank and scrupulously honest in your business relations and your love. You are shrewd, have a strong personality, and command respect from all with whom you come in contact. You are fond of children and will have a happy home life.
Who Else Shares This Birthday?
Born 1988: Carly Patterson (gymnast, Olympic gold medalist)
Born 1881: Fernand Leger (painter)
Born 1904: MacKinlay Kantor (novelist)
On This Day in History
1938: Thornton Wilder's play Our Town opened on Broadway
1787: Daniel Shays' rebellion in Petersham, Massachusetts, concerning the financial plight of farmers, failed (Shays' Rebellion)
1789: George Washington elected as the first president of the several states, with John Adams as vice president
Signs of the Zodiac
AQUARIUS (January 20-February 19)
The Water Bearer. Ruling planet: Uranus. Element: Air. Quality: Inventiveness. Ability: To see the future. You are the enthusiastic inventors of the world. Able to see the world as it should be or could be rather than as it is, you have the capacity to set things in motion. Of course, there are a few of you out there who are more conservative, and if this is you, go back and read the Capricorn section. Detached and impersonally friendly to all, you have many acquaintances. You are a dedicated humanitarian and very tolerant—of everything but intolerance. You function well in groups and organizations as long as you can maintain your independence. Freedom is extremely important to you, and you need to be able to do your work your own way.