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February 4
In 1948, the island nation of Ceylon -- now Sri Lanka -- became an independent dominion within the British Commonwealth.
In 1974, newspaper heiress Patricia Hearst was kidnapped in Berkeley, Calif., by the Symbionese Liberation Army.
In 1995, a standoff between the United States and China escalated into a trade war, with each country ordering stiff tariffs against the other.
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