On February 4, 1789, George Washington is unanimously elected the first president of the United States by all 69 presidential electors who cast their votes. In the electoral rules of the day, electors were chosen by either popular vote, legislative appointment or a combination of the two. Each elector cast 2 votes, one of which had to go to a candidate not from the elector's home state. The person who received the second highest vote total would be vice president, in this case, John Adams with 34 votes. In 1804, the 12th Amendment would mandate separate ballots for the offices of president and vice president. Washington's election came with only 10 of the 13 states participating. North Carolina and Rhode Island had not yet ratified the Constitution and could not vote (forfeiting 7 and 3 electors, respectively), while New York failed to choose its 8 electors in time for the Feb. 4 vote. On February 4, 1974, Patty Hearst, the 19-year-old granddaughter of newspaper publisher William Randolph Hearst, is kidnapped from her apartment in Berkeley, California, by three armed strangers. Three days later, the Symbionese Liberation Army (SLA), a small U.S. leftist group, announced in a letter to a Berkeley radio station that it was holding Hearst as a “prisoner of war.” Four days later, the SLA demanded that the Hearst family give $70 in foodstuffs to every needy person from Santa Rosa to Los Angeles. Randolph Hearst promptly gave away some $2 million worth of food, but the SLA demanded another $6 million. The nation followed the story sympathetically, but in April, the situation changed dramatically when a surveillance camera took a photo of Patty participating in an armed robbery of a San Francisco bank. She later declared, in a tape sent to the authorities, that she had joined the SLA of her own free will. She stayed ahead of the law for more than a year before being arrested for armed robbery. Despite her claim that she had been brainwashed by the SLA, she was convicted in 1976, and sentenced to seven years in prison. She served 21 months before her sentence was commuted by President Carter. She was pardoned by President Clinton in January 2001. On February 4, 2004, a Harvard sophomore named Mark Zuckerberg launches The Facebook, a social media website he had built in order to connect Harvard students with one another. I'll stop here; he doesn't need free publicity from me.