2/4/14

Yasser Arafat Rises, Patty Hearst Kidnapped, Hugo Chávez Coup

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)

President B. Hussein Obama issues an edict that corporations receiving large amounts of federal bailout money through the Troubled Assets Relief Program (TARP) must cap executive pay at $500,000 (2009)

b: Bill Haywood (1869), Charles Lindbergh (1902), Rosa Parks (1913), Dan Quayle (1946); d: Nikolai Yezhov (1940), Betty Friedan (2006)

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