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On this day: February 4

Published On: Feb 03 2013 03:03:54 AM CST   Updated On: Feb 04 2014 01:00:00 AM CST

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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