Historical Events on June 4

  • 781 BC Oldest Chinese recording of a solar eclipse
  • 1039 Henry III becomes Holy Roman Emperor.
  • 1070 Roquefort cheese created in a cave near Roquefort, France
  • 1133 Rome-Innocentius II crowns Lotharius III Roman-German emperor
  • 1391 Mob led by Ferrand Martinez surounds & sets fire to Jewish quarter of Seville Spain, surviving Jews sold into slavery
  • 1487 Lord Lovell & John de la Poles army land at Furness Lancashire
  • 1615 Siege of Osaka: Forces under the shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu take Osaka Castle in Japan.

Victory in battleVictory in Battle

1632 Prince Frederick Henry conquers Venlo

Prince of Orange Frederick Henry
Prince of Orange
Frederick Henry

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1647 English Parliamentary army under Cornet George Joyce takes King Charles I as a prisoner during Second Civil War

King of England Charles I
King of England
Charles I
  • 1664 Viceroy Willem Frederik conquers Dijlerschans
  • 1666 Battle at Dunkirk: English vs Dutch fleet
  • 1741 Prussia goes to the Covenant of Nymphenburg

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1745 Battle at Hohenfriedberg Silezie: Frederick the Great (Prussia) defeats Austrians and Saxons

King of Prussia Frederick the Great
King of Prussia
Frederick the Great
  • 1756 Quakers leave assembly of Pennsylvania
  • 1760 Great Upheaval: New England planters arrive to claim land in Nova Scotia, Canada taken from the Acadians.
  • 1769 A transit of Venus is followed five hours later by a total solar eclipse, the shortest such interval in history.
  • 1783 Joseph and Jacques Montgolfier make 1st public hot-air balloon flight (unmanned), covering 2km and lasting 10 minutes with an estimated altitude of 1,600-2,000m
  • 1784 Madame Elizabeth Thible becomes the first female balloonist.
  • 1792 Captain George Vancouver claims Puget Sound for Britain
  • 1794 Congress passes Neutrality Act, bans Americans from serving in armed forces of foreign powers
  • 1802 Grieving over the death of his wife, Marie Clotilde of France, King Charles Emmanuel IV of Sardinia abdicates his throne in favor of his brother, Victor Emmanuel.
  • 1805 Tripoli forced to conclude peace with US after war over tribute
  • 1812 Louisiana Territory officially renamed "Missouri Territory"
  • 1825 Unseasonable hurricane hits NYC
  • 1831 National Congress selects Leopold von Saksen-Coburg as King of Belgium
  • 1832 3rd national black convention meets (Philadelphia)
  • 1850 Empire Engine Company No 1 organized
  • 1850 Self-deodorizing fertilizer patented in England
  • 1859 Second Italian War of Independence: Battle of Magenta, results in a French-Sardinian victory under Napoleon III over the Austrians under Marshal Ferencz Gyulai
  • 1862 Confederates evacuate Fort Pillow, Tennessee
  • 1868 Van Bosse/Fock government begins
  • 1870 4th Belmont: W Dick aboard Kingfisher wins in 2:59.5
  • 1873 1st contract workers of British-Indies Co arrives in Suriname
  • 1875 Pacific Stock Exchange opens
  • 1876 An express train called the Transcontinental Express arrives in San Francisco, California, via the First Transcontinental Railroad only 83 hours and 39 minutes after having left New York City.
  • 1878 Cyprus ceded by Turkey to Britain for administrative purposes
  • 1884 18th Belmont: Jim McLaughlin aboard Panique wins in 2:42
  • 1892 Oil City & Titusville Penn, destroyed by oil tank explosion; 130 die
  • 1892 Sierra Club forms in SF

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1896 Henry Ford takes his 1st Ford through streets of Detroit

Ford Motor Company Founder Henry Ford
Ford Motor Company Founder
Henry Ford
  • 1912 Cone of Mount Katmai (Alaska) collapses
  • 1912 Massachusetts passes 1st US minimum wage law

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1913 Suffragette Emily Davison steps in front of King George V's horse Anmer at the Epsom Derby

King of the United Kingdom George V
King of the United Kingdom
George V
  • 1916 General Aleksei Brusilov begins a massive Russian offensive on the Eastern Front (WWI)
  • 1917 1st Pulitzer prize awarded to Richards & Elliott (Julia Ward Howe)
  • 1917 American men begin registering for the draft
  • 1917 Most Excellent Order of British Empire inaugurated by King George V to recognise the efforts of his people in WWI
  • 1918 French troops, with the aid of US troops, stop the Germans at Chateau-Thierry as they attempt to cross the Marne
  • 1919 US Congress passes the Women's Suffrage Bill, the 19th Amendment
  • 1919 US marines invade Costa Rica
  • 1920 Peace of Trianon between Allies & Hungary
  • 1927 1st Ryder Cup: US beats England, 9½-2½ at Worcester Country Club (Worcester, Massachusetts, US)
  • 1927 Johnny Weissmuller set swim records in 100-yard & 200-yard free-style
  • 1928 President of the Republic of China Zhang Zuolin is assassinated by Japanese agents.
  • 1928 33rd Men's French Championships: Henri Cochet beats Rene Lacoste (5-7, 6-3, 6-1, 6-3)
  • 1928 33rd Women's French Championships: Helen Wills beats Eileen Bennett (6-1, 6-2)

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1929 George Eastman demonstrates 1st technicolor movie (Rochester NY)

Founder of the Eastman Kodak Company George Eastman
Founder of the Eastman Kodak Company
George Eastman
  • 1932 64th Belmont: Tom Malley aboard Faireno wins in 2:32.8
  • 1932 Edouard Herriot becomes Premier of France
  • 1932 Chilean coup led by Colonel Marmaduke Grove against President Juan Esteban Montero
  • 1937 Leon Blum becomes premier of People's front government of France
  • 1938 10th Walker Cup: Britain-Ireland wins 7½-4½ at the Old Course at St Andrews
  • 1938 70th Belmont: James Stout aboard Pasteurized wins in 2:29.6
  • 1940 1st NL night game at Sportsman's Park (Dodgers 10, Cardinals 1)
  • 1940 1st night game at Forbes Field (Pirates 14, Braves 2)
  • 1940 British complete the "miracle of Dunkirk" by evacuating 300,000 allied troops from France

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1940 Winston Churchill says "We shall fight on the seas & oceans"

Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill
Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister
Winston Churchill
  • 1941 Nazis forbid Jews access to beaches & swimming pools
  • 1941 Republic of Croatia orders all Jews to wear a star with the letter Z
  • 1942 Battle of Midway begins; Japan's 1st major defeat in WW II
  • 1942 Capitol Record Co opens for business
  • 1942 "Mrs Miniver" based on the novel by Jan Struther, directed by William Wyler and starring Greer Garson and Walter Pidgeon is released in the US (Best Picture 1943)
  • 1943 Argentina taken over by Gen Rawson & Col Juan Peron
  • 1943 St Louis Card Mort Cooper pitches his 2nd consecutive 1 hitter
  • 1944 1st British gliders touch down on French soil for D-Day
  • 1944 U505 becomes the first German submarine captured & boarded on high seas

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1944 5th Army enters & liberates Rome from Mussolini's Fascist armies

Italian Dictator Benito Mussolini
Italian Dictator
Benito Mussolini
  • 1944 French general De Gaulle arrives in London
  • 1945 6th US Marine division occupies Orokoe Peninsula Okinawa
  • 1945 US, Russia, Britain & France agree to split occupied Germany
  • 1946 Largest solar prominence (300,000 mi/500,000 km) observed
  • 1947 "Louisiana Lady" closes at Century Theater NYC after 4 performances
  • 1947 US House of Representatives approves Taft-Hartley act
  • 1949 "Cavalcade of Stars" debuts (DuMont); Jackie Gleason made host in 1950
  • 1950 CVP wins Belgian parliamentary election
  • 1950 Dutch cyclist Wim van Est wins Bordeaux-Paris (586 km in 17:25)
  • 1951 Pirate's' Gus Bell hits for cycle helps beat Phillies 12-4
  • 1953 Pitts trades outfielder Ralph Kiner & Joe Garagiola to Chicago Cubs
  • 1954 Arthur Murray flies X-1A rocket plane to record 27,000 m
  • 1954 France grants Vietnam independence inside French Union
  • 1955 "Mickey Rooney Show" TV comedy last airs on NBC

Sport awardTennis Open

1955 54th Men's French Championships: Tony Trabert beats Sven Davidson (2-6, 6-1, 6-4, 6-2)

Tennis Player and Five-Time Major Champion Tony Trabert
Tennis Player and Five-Time Major Champion
Tony Trabert
  • 1955 54th Women's French Championships: Angela Mortimer beats Dorothy Knode (2-6, 7-5, 10-8)

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1956 Speech by Khrushchev criticising Stalin made public

Soviet First Secretary Nikita Khrushchev
Soviet First Secretary
Nikita Khrushchev
  • 1957 1st commercial coal pipeline placed in operation
  • 1957 May & Cowdrey make 411 stand v WI Ramadhin bowls 98 overs

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1958 French premier Charles de Gaulle arrives in Algiers

French President Charles de Gaulle
French President
Charles de Gaulle
  • 1958 SF Giants Hank Sauer & B Schmidt are 2nd to hit consecutive pinch HRs
  • 1961 Mary Lena Faulk wins LPGA Western Golf Open

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1962 Lee Harvey Oswald departs Rotterdam on SS Maasdam to US

Ex-soldier, drifter Lee Harvey Oswald
Ex-soldier, drifter
Lee Harvey Oswald
  • 1963 1st transmission of "Pop Go the Beatles" on BBC radio
  • 1963 British Minister of War John Profumo resigns due to Christine Keeler scandal
  • 1964 Beatles "World Tour" begins in Copenhagen Denmark
  • 1964 LA Dodger Sandy Koufax 3rd no-hitter beats Phil Phillies, 3-0
  • 1964 Maldives adopts constitution
  • 1964 Test Cricket debut of Geoff Boycott v Australia at Trent Bridge, 48
  • 1966 "Batman & His Grandmother" by Dickie Goodman hits #70
  • 1966 -10] Hurricane Alma, kills 51 in Honduras
  • 1966 98th Belmont: William Boland aboard Amberoid wins in 2:29.6
  • 1967 19th Emmy Awards: Mission Impossible, Monkees, Don Knotts & Lucy Ball win
  • 1967 KTVN TV channel 2 in Reno, NV (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1967 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA St Louis Women's Golf Invitational
  • 1967 Monkees take home an Emmy for their Outstanding comedy Series
  • 1967 Curt Flood's record 568 straight chances without an error ends (227 straight games)
  • 1967 Stockport Air Disaster: British Midland flight G-ALHG crashes in Hopes Carr, Stockport, killing 72 passengers and crew.
  • 1968 Don Drysdale pitches his 6th straight shutout, en route to 58 innings
  • 1969 Beatles release "The Ballad Of John & Yoko" and "Old Brown Shoe" in the US
  • 1969 Nicky Hopkins quits rock & rolls, Jeff Beck Group
  • 1969 22-year-old man sneaks into wheel pod of a jet parked in Havana & survives 9-hr flight to Spain despite thin oxygen levels at 29,000 ft
  • 1970 43rd National Spelling Bee: Libby Childress wins spelling croissant
  • 1970 SD Padres draft Mike Ivie #1
  • 1970 Tonga (formerly Friendly Islands) declares independence from UK
  • 1970 WSMW TV channel 27 in Worcester, MA (IND) begins broadcasting
  • 1970 Yanks Horace Clarke breaks up a no-hitter in the 9th for the 1st of 3 times in 28 days
  • 1971 J Luns appointed secretary-general of NATO
  • 1971 Oakland A's beat Wash Senators, 5-3, in 21 innings
  • 1971 Zaheer Abbas scores Cricket 274 at Edgbaston, 544 minutes 38 fours
  • 1972 Angela Davis, black activist, acquitted of killing a white guard
  • 1972 Carol Mann wins LPGA Lady Carling Golf Open
  • 1972 Record 8 shutouts pitched in 16 major league games (AL=5, NL=3)
  • 1972 71st Men's French Open: Andres Gimeno beats Patrick Proisy (4-6, 6-3, 6-1, 6-1)

Sport awardTennis Open

1972 71st Women's French Open: Billie Jean King beats Evonne Goolagong (6-3, 6-3)

Tennis Legend Billie Jean King
Tennis Legend
Billie Jean King
  • 1973 A patent for the ATM is granted to Don Wetzel, Tom Barnes and George Chastain.
  • 1974 NFL grants franchise to Seattle Seahawks
  • 1974 Never repeated 10 cent Beer Night at Cleveland, unruly fans stumble onto field & cause Indians to forfeit the game to Rangers with score tied 5-5 in 9th
  • 1974 Saudi Arabia announces that it will increase its participation in Aramco to 60 percent
  • 1975 Oldest animal fossils in US discovered in NC
  • 1977 Violence during Puerto Rican Day in Chicago kills 2
  • 1978 "Working" closes at 46th St Theater NYC after 25 performances
  • 1978 32nd Tony Awards: Da & Ain't Misbehavin' win
  • 1978 6th du Maurier Golf Classic (Peter Jackson Classic): JoAnne Carner
  • 1978 Liberal Julio Turbay Ayola wins Colombia elections
  • 1979 South-African pres Vorster resigns due to scandal
  • 1979 Sri Lanka forfeit ICC Trophy game vs Israel for political reasons

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1979 Joe Clark is sworn in as the youngest Prime Minister in Canadian history

16th Prime Minister of Canada Joe Clark
16th Prime Minister of Canada
Joe Clark
  • 1981 54th National Spelling Bee: Paige Pipkin wins spelling sarcophagus
  • 1982 "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan," released in USA
  • 1982 Israel attacks targets in south Lebanon
  • 1984 18th Music City News Country Awards: Statler Brothers

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1984 Arnold Palmer fails to make US Open golf tournament 1st time in 32 yrs

  • 1984 Bruce Springsteen releases "Born in the USA"
  • 1984 DNA is successfully cloned from an extinct animal
  • 1984 NY Mets draft Shawn Abner, 17, #1
  • 1985 STS 51-G vehicle moves to launch pad
  • 1985 Supreme Court strikes down Alabama "moment of silence" law
  • 1986 Jonathan Pollard, spy for Israel, pleads guilty in US court
  • 1987 Danny Harris beats Edwin Moses, ends streak of 122 cons hurdle wins
  • 1988 "Cabaret" closes at Imperial Theater NYC after 262 performances
  • 1988 42nd Tony Awards: M Butterfly & Phantom of the Opera win
  • 1988 Longest game in Balt Memorial Stadium (5:46) 14 inn (beat NY 7-6)

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1988 Rickey Henderson steals 2 bases for record 249 as a NY Yankee

MLB Outfielder Rickey Henderson
MLB Outfielder
Rickey Henderson
  • 1989 2nd Children's Miracle Network Telethon raises $770,000
  • 1989 43rd Tony Awards: Heidi Chronicles & Jerome Robbin's Broadway win
  • 1989 Beijing policeman shoots & wounds Chinese priemer Li Ping
  • 1989 Eastern Europe's 1st partial free elections in 40 years held in Poland, Solidarity Party comes to power
  • 1989 Gas explodes near 2 passenger trains in USSR, kills 100s
  • 1989 Largest parade in Bronx history honors 350th anniversary
  • 1989 Patty Sheehan wins LPGA Rochester Golf International
  • 1989 Red Sox lead Blue Jays 10-0 in 7th, but lose 12-11 in 12 for Blue Jays 12th consecutive victory at Fenway
  • 1989 Tiananmen Square Massacre: Chinese troops clear the square of student protesters, unofficial figures place death toll near 1,000.
  • 1990 24th Music City News Country Awards: R Van Shelton & Patty Loveless
  • 1990 Greyhound Bus files bankruptcy
  • 1990 LA Dodger Ramon Martinez strikes out 18 Atlanta Braves
  • 1990 NY Telephone company announces that it wants Bronx area code 917
  • 1990 Dr Jack Kevorkian assisted an Oregon woman to commit suicide, beginning a national debate over the right to die
  • 1991 1st post WW II non-communist government in Albania

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1991 Pope John Paul II compares abortion with Nazi murders

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II
  • 1991 Robert Strauss becomes US ambassador to Soviet Union
  • 1992 San Jose voters reject Giants plan to build a new stadium
  • 1992 USPO announces young Elvis beats old Elvis stamp
  • 1994 Haile Gebre Selassie runs world record 5 km (12:56.96)
  • 1995 "Jackie Mason: Politically Incorrect" closes at Golden NYC at 347 perf
  • 1995 49th Tony Awards: Love! Valour! Compassion! & Sunset Boulevard win
  • 1995 8th Children's Miracle Network Telethon raises $1,331,000
  • 1995 Dale Eggeling wins LPGA Oldsmobile Golf Classic
  • 1997 UN Security renews its "oilforfood" initiative whereby Iraq may sell $2 billion worth of oil to buy food, medicine and other necessities to alleviate civilian suffering under the sanctions imposed when it invaded Kuwait in 1990
  • 1998 Terry Nichols is sentenced to life in prison for his role in the Oklahoma City bombing.
  • 1998 NHL Eastern Conference Final: Washington Capitals beat Buffalo Sabres, 4 games to 2
  • 1999 NHL Western Conference Final: Dallas Stars beat Colorado Avalanche, 4 games to 3
  • 2000 54th Tony Awards: Copenhagen & Contact win
  • 2001 Gyanendra, the last King of Nepal, ascends to the throne after the massacre in the Royal Palace.

Music releaseAlbum Release

2002 Canadian singer Avril Lavigne releases debut album, "Let Go"

Pop Singer and Songwriter Avril Lavigne
Pop Singer and Songwriter
Avril Lavigne
  • 2008 Stanley Cup: Detroit Red Wings defeat Pittsburgh Penguins 4-2
  • 2009 Stanley Cup: Pittsburgh Penguins defeat Detroit Red Wings 4-3, Evgeni Malkin 1st Russian to win MVP
  • 2012 US drone attack kills 15 militants in Pakistan, including high ranking al-Qaeda official, Abu Yahya al-Libi
  • 2012 Car bomb kills 26 and injures 190 people in central Baghdad, Iraq
  • 2012 Japan's stock market plummets to record lows with the S&P/TOPIX 150 reaching its lowest level since 1983
  • 2012 Wedding party bus crashes killing 23 and injuring 60 people in Islamabad, Pakistan
  • 2014 10 Nigerian generals and five other senior military officers have been courts-martialed for providing arms and information to Boko Haram

Sport awardTennis Open

2016 115th Women's French Open: Garbiñe Muguruza beats Serena Williams (7-5, 6-4) to claim her 1st grand slam title

Tennis Player Serena Williams
Tennis Player
Serena Williams