What Happened on August 4

Historical Events

  • 1558 1st printing of Zohar (Jewish Kabbalah)
  • 1821 Fabian Gottlieb von Bellinghausen and Russian polar expedition returns to Kronshtadt after becoming 1st to circumnavigate Antarctica
  • 1942 1st train with Jews departs Mechelen Belgium to Auschwitz
  • 1944 Anne Frank arrested in Amsterdam by German Security Police (Grüne Polizei) following a tip-off from an informer who was never identified
  • 1993 Rwandian Hutus & Tutsis sign peace treaty in Arusha
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Did You Know?

Date traditionally ascribed to Dom Perignon's invention of Champagne

On August 4, 1693

Famous Weddings

  • 1757 American revolution patriot Paul Revere (22) weds Sarah Orne in Bridgewater, Massachusetts
  • 1782 Musician Wolfang Amadeus Mozart (26) weds Constanze Weber in St. Stephen's Cathedral in Vienna, Austria
  • 1847 Author of Moby-Dick, American novelist Herman Melville (28) marries Elizabeth Shaw, daughter of Chief Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court
  • 1853 Confederate general Thomas Jackson (29) weds Elinor Junkin in Lexington
  • 1925 Economist John Maynard Keynes (42) weds ballerina Lydia Lopokova
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