On This Day for 4th September

Historical Events

  • 476 Romulus Augustulus, last Western Roman Emperor, abdicates after forces led by Odoacer invade Rome. Traditional end of the Western Roman Empire
  • 1609 Navigator Henry Hudson first European to discover island of Manhattan [or Sep 11]
  • 1682 English astronomer Edmund Halley observes the comet named after him
  • 1781 Los Angeles is founded by 44 Spanish speaking mestizos in the Bahia de las Fumas (Bay of Smokes)
  • 1862 General Lee invades North with 50,000 Confederate troops
  • 1956 The IBM RAMAC 305 is introduced, the first commercial computer that used magnetic disk storage.

Did You Know?

George Eastman patents 1st roll-film camera & registers "Kodak"

On September 4th, 1888

Famous Weddings

  • 1834 Abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison (28) weds Helen Eliza Benson
  • 1930 Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall (21) weds Vivien Burey at First African Baptist Church in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1989 Tennis star Bjorn Borg (33) weds rock singer Loredana Berte (39) in a civil wedding
  • 1993 Five-time U.S. national champion figure pair skater Jerod Swallow (26) weds his partner Elizabeth Punsalen
  • 1996 Judy Garland's daughter Lorna Luft (44) weds musician and musical director Colin Freeman (30) at Highclere Castle in Hampshire, United Kingdom