Arafat, Patty Hearst, Hugo Chávez

On this day: February 4
Yasser Arafat takes over as chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization (1969)

The Symbionese Liberation Army kidnaps Patty Hearst in Berkeley, California (1974)

Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini names Abolhassan Banisadr as president of Iran (1980)

A coup d'état is led by Hugo Chávez Frías, against Venezuelan President Carlos Andrés Pérez (1992)

The Obama Administration cancels 77 previously-approved leases to oil and gas companies (2009)

b: Bill Haywood (1869), Charles Lindbergh (1902), Rosa Parks (1913); d: Nikolai Yezhov (1940), Betty Friedan (2006)

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