Historical Events on 4th April

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1081 - Alexius I Comnenus occupies Byzantine throne
1460 - University of Basle in Swizerland forms
1541 - Ignatius of Loyola becomes 1st superior-general of Jesuits
1552 - Mauritius van Saksen begins alliance with Karel Anikita Stroganov
1558 - Tsar Ivan IV gives parts of North-Russia to fur traders
1581 - Francis Drake knighted by Queen Elizabeth I aboard Golden Hind at Deptford
1588 - Christian IV succeeds Frederik II as king of Denmark
1655 - Battle at Postage Farina, Tunis: English fleet beats Barbary pirates
1655 - The miraculous statue entitled the Infant of Prague is solemnly crowned by command of Cardinal Harrach.
1660 - English king Charles II sends Declaration of Breda (freedom of religion)
1686 - English king James II publishes Declaration of Indulgence
1687 - King James II orders his declaration of indulgence read in English churches
1737 - Anthony van Heim installed as Dutch pension advisor
1814 - Napoleon abdicates for the first time in favour of his son.
French Emperor Napoléon BonaparteFrench Emperor Napoléon Bonaparte 1818 - Congress decided US flag is 13 red & white stripes & 20 stars
1828 - Casparus van Wooden patents chocolate milk powder (Amsterdam)
1832 - Charles Darwin aboard HMS Beagle reaches Rio de Janeiro
1841 - Vice President John Tyler becomes the 10th President of the United States after the death of President William Henry Harrison
1850 - City of Los Angeles incorporated
1859 - Opera "Dinorah" is produced (Paris)
1859 - Bryant's Minstrels debut "Dixie" in New York City in the finale of a blackface minstrel show.
1862 - Battle of Yorktown (US Civil War) begins
1862 - US begins Peninsular Campaign aimed at capturing Richmond during US Civil War
1864 - Skirmish at Elkin's Ford (Little Missouri River), Arkansas
1865 - Lee's army arrives at Amelia Courthouse
10th US President John Tyler10th US President John Tyler 1866 - Alexander II of Russia narrowly escapes an assassination attempt in the city of Kiev.
1870 - Golden Gate Park forms by City Order #800
1887 - Susanna Medora Salter elected 1st US woman mayor (Argonia, KS)
1896 - Announcement of Gold in Yukon
1899 - South Africa all out 35 vs England (Trott 4-19, Haigh 6-11)
1900 - Assassination attempt on Prince of Wales, later British King Edward VII when shot by Jean-Baptiste Sipido in protest over Boer war
1900 - British garrison of Reddersberg surrenders to Boer general De Wet
1902 - Cecil Rhodes scholarship fund forms with $10 million
1905 - Earthquake in Kangra India, kills 20,000
1911 - Hugh Chalmers, automaker, suggests idea of baseball MVP
1912 - Army fires on striking mine workers at Lena-gold fields Siberia
1912 - Chinese republic proclaimed in Tibet
1913 - The Greek aviator Emmanuel Argyropoulos becomes the first pilot victim of the Hellenic Air Force when his plane crashes.
1913 - 75th Grand National: Percy Woodland aboard Covertcoat wins
1914 - "Perils of Pauline" shown for 1st time in LA
1915 - Germany protests vigorously to the US, claiming it must insist that Britain lifts its blockade and assert American neutrality
1917 - US Senate agrees (82-6) to participate in WW I
1918 - Battle of Somme ends
1918 - Food riot in Amsterdam
1920 - Arabs attack Jews in Jerusalem
1921 - Stanley Cup: Ottawa Senators (NHL) beat Vancouver Millionaires (PCHA), 3 games to 2
1922 - WAAB (Baton Rouge La) becomes 1st US radio station with "W" calls
1926 - Greek dictator Theodorus Pangalos elected president
1929 - "New Moon" musical opens in London
1929 - 1st AAU Greco-Roman wrestling championships held
1930 - Andrew Sandham makes Test Cricket 1st triple century
1930 - Les Ames makes the 1st Test Cricket century by a wicketkeeper (149)
1930 - The Communist Party of Panama is founded.
Playwright George Bernard ShawPlaywright George Bernard Shaw 1932 - George Bernard Shaw's "Too True to be Good" premieres in NYC
1932 - Vitamin C 1st isolated, CC King, Univ of Pittsburgh
1933 - US Dirigible Akron crashes off coast of NJ, 73 die
1937 - 4th Masters Golf Tournament: Byron Nelson wins, shooting a 283
1938 - 5th Masters Golf Tournament: Henry Picard wins, shooting a 285
1939 - Faisal II ascends to throne of Iraq
1940 - R Rodgers/Lorenz Hart's "Higher & Higher" premieres in NYC
1941 - German troops conquer Banghazi
1944 - British troops capture Addis Ababa Ethiopia
1944 - De Gaulle forms new regime in exile, with communists
1944 - Allied Bucharest bombings targeting railroads kills 5,000
1945 - Hungary liberated from Nazi occupation (National Day)
1945 - US forces liberated the Nazi death camp Ohrdruf in Germany
1945 - US tanks/infantry conquer Bielefeld
Golfer Byron NelsonGolfer Byron Nelson 1947 - Convention on International Civil Aviation goes into effect
1947 - Largest group of sunspots on record
1947 - UN's International Civil Aviation Organization forms
1948 - 84-year-old Connie Mack challenges 78-year-old Clark Griffith to a race from home to 1st base; it ends in a tie
1949 - Israel & Jordan sign armistice agreement
1949 - North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) treaty signed (Wash DC)
1949 - WKRC TV channel 12 in Cincinnati, OH (ABC) begins broadcasting
1950 - Dirk Stikker becomes chairman of OES
1951 - Dutch Prince Bernhard visits Juan & Eva Peron in Buenos Aires
1953 - KFDA TV channel 10 in Amarillo, TX (CBS) begins broadcasting
1954 - Louise Suggs wins LPGA Carrollton Georgia Golf Open
1955 - British government signs military treaty with Iraq
Golfer and Co-Founder of the LPGA Louise SuggsGolfer and Co-Founder of the LPGA Louise Suggs 1956 - Enid Bagnold's "Chalk Garden" premieres in London
1957 - Heitor Villa-Lobos' 10th Symphony, premieres in Paris
1958 - 1st march against nuclear weapons (Aldermaston, England)
1958 - Eugene Ionesco's "Tueur sans Gages" premieres in Darmstadt
1958 - The CND Peace Symbol displayed in public for the first time in London.
1959 - Fed of Mali, consisting of Senegal & French Sudan (dissolved 1960)
1960 - 32nd Academy Awards - "Ben-Hur", Charlton Heston & Simone Signoret win
1960 - Oscar awarded to Neth director Bert Haanstra
1960 - Project Ozma begins at Green Bank radio astronomy center
1960 - Senegal declares independence from France
1964 - "Anyone Can Whistle" opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 9 performances
1964 - Beatles' "Can't Buy Me Love" single goes #1 & stays #1 for 5 weeks
1965 - Mickey Wright wins LPGA Baton Rouge Golf Invitational
1965 - The first model of the new Saab Viggen fighter aircraft plane is unveiled.
LPGA Golfer Mickey WrightLPGA Golfer Mickey Wright 1966 - Pirate Radio Scotland changes name to Radio Ireland
1966 - US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1967 - Amsterdam Marines chase out "nozems" of Central Station
1967 - Dutch De Young government forms
1967 - Marines chase "Nozems" out of Amsterdam Central Station
1968 - "Education of Hyman Kaplan" opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 28 perfs
1968 - Apollo 6 launched atop Saturn V; unmanned
1968 - US civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr. assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee
1969 - Denton Cooley gets 1st temporary artificial heart
1970 - Firestone World Tournament of Champions won by Don Johnson
1970 - 124th Grand National: Pat Taaffe aboard Gay Trip wins
1971 - "Follies" opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 524 performances
Clergyman and Civil Rights Activist Martin Luther King Jr.Clergyman and Civil Rights Activist Martin Luther King Jr. 1971 - Marine clay under houses liquefies in St-Jean-Vianney, Quebec, 31 die
1972 - 1st electric power plant fueled by garbage begins operating
1974 - Hank Aaron ties Babe Ruth's home-run record by hitting his 714th
1975 - 130 killed as USAF plane evacuating Vietnamese orphans crashes
1975 - Steve Miller is arrested for burning his girlfriend's clothes
1975 - USAF transport carrying orphans from Saigon crashes killing 155
1975 - Microsoft is founded as a partnership between Bill Gates and Paul Allen.
1976 - 5th Colgate Dinah Shore Golf Championship won by Judy Rankin
1976 - Seni Pramoj's Democratic Party wins elections in Thailand
1979 - Ex-President Zulfikar Ali Bhutto of Pakistan is executed.
1980 - USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
1981 - Henry Cisneros becomes 1st Mexican-American mayor (San Antonio)
1981 - 26th Eurovision Song Contest: Bucks Fizz for United Kingdom wins singing "Making Your Mind Up" in Dublin
1981 - 135th Grand National: Bob Champion aboard Aldaniti wins
Microsoft Founder Bill GatesMicrosoft Founder Bill Gates 1982 - 11th Nabisco Dinah Shore Golf Championship won by Sally Little
1983 - 45th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: NC State beats Houston 54-52
1983 - 6th space shuttle mission, Challenger 1 launched
1984 - Michael Frayn's "Benefactors" premieres in London
1984 - Winston Smith in Orwell's "1984" begins his secret diary
1985 - Tulane University cancels its basketball season amidst scandal
1986 - Wayne Gretzky sets NHL record with 213th point of season
1987 - Dow Jones up 69.89 points, ending at record 2,390.34 pts
1987 - 141st Grand National: Steve Knight aboard Maori Venture wins
1988 - 50th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Kansas beat Oklahoma 83-79
1988 - Eddie Hill becomes the world's first driver to cover the quarter mile in under 5 seconds
1988 - Largest crowd (55,438) at a season game at Riverfront (Reds Vs Cards)
1988 - Last broadcast of "Crossroads" on British TV
Ice Hockey Great Wayne GretzkyIce Hockey Great Wayne Gretzky 1988 - Mets set Opening Day record with 6 HRs
1989 - Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's last NBA game in Seattle
1989 - NY Yankee Tommy John ties record of playing 26 seasons, his 287th win puts him 19th overall as Yanks beat Twins on opening day 4-2
1990 - "Marshall Chronicles" premieres on ABC-TV
1990 - Gloria Estefan released from hospital after her accident
1990 - Security law violator Ivan Boesky is released from federal custody
1991 - "Lucifer's Child" opens at Music Box Theater NYC for 28 performances
1991 - Senator John Heinz of Pennsylvania and six others are killed when a helicopter collides with their plane over an elementary school in Merion, Pennsylvania.
1992 - Game 1 of Mayor Challenge - NY Yankees beat NY Mets 6-4 at Yank Stad
1992 - Jury deliberations begin in Noriega case
1992 - Sali Berisha becomes president/Alexander Meksi premier of Albania
Singer Gloria EstefanSinger Gloria Estefan 1992 - 146th Grand National: Carl Llewellyn aboard Party Politics wins
1993 - 12th NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Texas Tech beats OH State 84-82
1993 - 5th Seniors Golf Tradition: Tom Shaw
1993 - Trish Johnson wins Las Vegas LPGA at Canyon Gate Golf Tournament
1993 - Wrestlemania IX at Caesar's Palace Las Vegas, Hulk Hogan pins Yokozuna
1994 - 1st game played at Jacobs Field, Indians beat Mariners 4-3 in 11 inn
1994 - 56th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Ark Razorbacks beats Duke 76-72
1994 - Cubs Karl "Tuffy" Rhodes, hit 3 HRs in 1993 hits 3 HRs on opening
1994 - KLM Saab 340B crashes at Schiphol, 3 killed
1994 - LA Dodger Darryl Strawberry begins substance abuse treatment
1994 - Largest Opening Day crowd at Yankee Stadium, 56,706
1994 - Netscape Communications founded as Mosaic Communications
Baseball Player Darryl StrawberryBaseball Player Darryl Strawberry 1994 - Tony Curtis undergoes heart-bypass surgery
1994 - Day vs Mets starter Dwight Gooden
1996 - "Inherit the Wind" opens at Royale Theater NYC for 45 performances
1996 - Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Austin TX on KJFK 98.9 FM
1997 - Anaheim Ducks clinch their 1st-ever playoff berth
1997 - Braves officially open Turner Field against Cubs
1997 - DMSP Titan 2 launched
1997 - STS 83 (Columbia 22), launches
1998 - NFL Europe (Formerly WLAF), kicks off season
1998 - 151st Grand National: Carl Llewellyn aboard Earth Summit wins
2002 - The Angolan government and UNITA rebels sign a peace treaty ending the Angolan Civil War.
2005 - 67th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: North Carolina beats Illinois 75-70
2006 - 25th NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Maryland beats Duke 78-75
2007 - 15 British Royal Navy personnel held in Iran are released by the Iranian President.
2008 - Raid on Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints owned YFZ Ranch in Texas; 401 children and 133 women taken into state custody
2009 - 162nd Grand National: Liam Treadwell aboard Mon Mome wins
2011 - 73rd NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Connecticut beats Butler 53-41
Writer and playwright Günter GrassWriter and playwright Günter Grass 2012 - German Nobel Laureate, Günter Grass, publishes controversial poem that claims Israel is plotting to wipe out Iran
2012 - Somalia's National Theatre is struck by a suicide bomber killing ten people including the presidents of the Somali Olympic Committee and Football Federation
2012 - Boris Tadić, President of Serbia, resigns
2013 - 74 people are killed after an illegally constructed building collapses in Thane, India
2013 - 9 people have been killed on an axe-murdering rampage in Chhattisgarh state, India
2013 - Poecilotheria rajaei, a giant tarantula with a 20cm leg span, is discovered in Sri Lanka
2014 - President of the World Bank, Jim Yong Kim, claims that climate change will lead to battles over water and food within the next five to ten years

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