This Day in History: Feb. 4

In 1986, Baltimore Mayor William Donald Schaefer and Anne Arundel County Executive O. James Lighthizer came together to request state funding to extend Route 100 west to Interstate 95 in Howard County. They hoped the $120 million extension would bring more jobs to the area through industrial and high-tech development. Above, construction workers build the last five-mile stretch of Route 100 near Route 108 more than 10 years later. (Perry Thorsvik, Baltimore Sun photo, 1997)

1789: Electors unanimously chose George Washington to be the first president of the United States.

1913: Civil rights pioneer Rosa Parks was born in Tuskegee, Ala.

1932: New York Gov. Franklin Roosevelt opened the Winter Olympic Games at Lake Placid.

1966: The Tawes Administration proposed a bill calling for the construction of a second Chesapeake Bay Bridge. An additional span paralleling the existing bridge was eventually completed in 1973.

1977: The Senate Economic Affairs Committee voted to raise the drinking age for beer and wine from 18 to 21 after increased reports of teen drinking and complaints from tavern owners. The General Assembly had lowered the age in 1974, but kept the limit at 21 for liquor.

Compiled by Laura Lefavor and Paul McCardell.

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