On This Day in History for June 4

Events in History

Events 1 - 100 of 138

  • 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

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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

Victory in battleVictory in Battle

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
  • 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
  • 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 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.

  • 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
  • 1940 British complete the "Miracle of Dunkirk" by evacuating 338,226 allied troops from France via a flotilla of over 800 vessels including Royal Navy destroyers, merchant marine boats, fishing boats, pleasure craft and even lifeboats

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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 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

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1943 Argentina taken over by General Rawson & Colonel Juan Perón

General and President of Argentina Juan Perón
General and President of Argentina
Juan Perón
  • 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, Soviet Union, Britain and France agree to divide up occupied Germany
  • 1946 Largest solar prominence (300,000 mi/500,000 km) observed
  • 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
  • 1954 Arthur Murray flies X-1A rocket plane to record 27,000 m
  • 1954 France grants Vietnam independence inside French Union

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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
  • 1961 US President John F. Kennedy and Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev meet at the Vienna Summit in Austria

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1962 Lee Harvey Oswald departs Rotterdam on SS Maasdam to US

Former Soldier and Assassin Lee Harvey Oswald
Former Soldier and Assassin
Lee Harvey Oswald
  • 1964 Maldives adopts constitution
  • 1966 -10] Hurricane Alma, kills 51 in Honduras
  • 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 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 Tonga (formerly Friendly Islands) declares independence from UK
  • 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 Washington Senators, 5-3, in 21 innings
  • 1972 Angela Davis, black activist, acquitted of killing a white guard
  • 1973 A patent for the ATM is granted to Don Wetzel, Tom Barnes and George Chastain.
  • 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 32nd Tony Awards: Da & Ain't Misbehavin' win
  • 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

Birthdays in History

  • 1394 Philippa of England, queen of Denmark, Norway and Sweden (d. 1430)
  • 1489 Antoine, Duke of Lorraine (d. 1544)
  • 1604 Claudia de' Medici, Grand Duchess of Tuscany (d. 1648)
  • 1665 Zacharie Robutel de La Noue, Canadian soldier (d. 1733)
  • 1694 Francois Quesnay, French personal physician of Louis XIV
  • 1697 Jacob Israel Emden, [Jacob ben Tswi], German rabbi
  • 1700 Theodoor Verhaegen, Flemish sculptor
  • 1704 Benjamin Huntsman, English inventor and manufacturer (d. 1776)
  • 1738 George III, King of Great Britain (1760-1820), born in London, England
  • 1744 Patrick Ferguson, Scots army officer and rifle designer (d. 1780)
  • 1751 John Scott, 1st Earl of Eldon
  • 1754 Franz Xaver, Baron Von Zach, Austrian editor and astronomer (d. 1832)
  • 1787 Constant Prévost, French geologist (d. 1856)
  • 1801 James Pennethorne, architect
  • 1803 Gabriel James Rains, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1881)
  • 1815 Paul Jones Semmes, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1863)
  • 1816 Phillipe Regis Denis de Keredern de Trobriand, Bvt Mjr Gen (Union)
  • 1821 Apollon Maykov, Russian poet (d. 1897)
  • 1828 Alexander William Campbell, Brigadier General (Confederate Army)
  • 1833 Garnet Wolseley, 1st Viscount Wolseley, British army general, born in Dublin (d. 1913)
  • 1838 Servaas Daems, [Peeter Klein], Flemish writer (Lute & Flute)
  • 1863 Edmond R H Regout, Dutch industrialist/politician
  • 1864 Nassau William Senior, British economist
  • 1866 Miina Sillanpää, Finnish politician (d. 1952)
  • 1867 Carl Gustaf baron Mannerheim, general/president of Finland (1944-46)
  • 1869 Boudouin LPMCAJL, prince of Belgium/count of Vlaanderen
  • 1877 Heinrich Wieland, German chemist (bile acids-Nobel 1927)
  • 1878 Frank N D Buchman, US theologist (Moral Rearmament)
  • 1879 Mabel Lucie Attwell, English children's author and illustrator (d. 1964)
  • 1881 Natalia Goncharova, Russian painter (d. 1962)
  • 1882 Karl Valentin, German comic/writer
  • 1893 Armand Călinescu, Prime Minister of Romania, born in Piteşti, Romania (d. 1939)
  • 1893 Daan Boens, Flemish poet (Man who sold his Wife)
  • 1894 Blanch Knopf, publishing CEO (Knopf)
  • 1895 Dino Conte Grandi, Italian delegate to league of nations (1925-32)
  • 1899 Hassan Fathy, Egyptian architect (d. 1989)
  • 1907 Jacques Roumain, Haitian writer (d. 1944)
  • 1907 Patience Strong, English poet and journalist (d. 1990)
  • 1908 Angela Maria "Geli" Raubal, Hitler's reputed lover and half (d. 1931)
  • 1908 Walther Vanbeselaere, Flemish art historian, born in Zevekote, Belgium (d. 1988)
  • 1908 Earl of Halsbury, chancellor (Brunei University)
  • 1909 William Batten, CEO (NY Stock Exchange 1976-84)
  • 1910 Christopher Cockerell, English inventor (Hovercraft), born in Cambridge, England (d. 1999)
  • 1910 Jacques Berque, Islamic scholar
  • 1911 Austin Andrew Wright, sculptor
  • 1912 Robert Jacobsen, Danish sculptor (great iron sculptures)
  • 1914 Willy-August Linnemann, Danish writer/journalist
  • 1915 Modibo Keita, president of Mali (1960-68)
  • 1916 Fernand Leduc, Canadian painter (The Automatistes)
  • 1916 Robert Furchgott, Charleston South Carolina, American Chemist and Nobel Laureate
  • 1917 Allen Greenwood, deputy CEO (British Aerospace)
  • 1917 Howard Metzenbaum, (Sen-D-Ohio, 1974- )
  • 1920 Russell E. Train, Jamestown, Rhode Island, environmentalist/administrator (EPA, WWF), (d. 2012)
  • 1921 Nina Vyroubova, Russ/French ballerina (Pavlova-prize 1957)
  • 1922 John West, vice chancellor (Bradford University)
  • 1923 John Lea, British vice-admiral
  • 1923 Elizabeth Jolley, Australian writer (d. 2007)
  • 1926 Robert Earl Hughes, became heaviest known human (486 kg)
  • 1928 Paul Greening, master of Queen's household
  • 1928 Ruth Westheimer, German sex therapist (WYNY-FM)
  • 1929 Karolos Papoulias, Greek politician
  • 1932 Maurice Shadbolt, New Zealand writer
  • 1933 John Sparrow, Chairman (British Horserace Betting Levy Board)
  • 1934 Carl Fredrik Reutersward, Swedish artist (knotted-gun sculpture), born in Stockholm (d. 2016)
  • 1936 David Lyon, CEO (Bowater)
  • 1937 Mortimer B Zuckerman, CEO (US News & World Report, NY Daily News)
  • 1937 Robert Fulghum, American author
  • 1940 Gerrit H Terpstra, economist/Dutch 2nd Chamber member (CDA)
  • 1940 Ludwig Schwarz, Austrian bishop
  • 1943 Joyce Meyer, American religious leader
  • 1945 Daniel Topolski, writer/photographer/rowing coach
  • 1945 Ivan "Ironman" Stewart, Mickey Thompson off-road champ (1983, 84, 90)
  • 1947 Viktor Klima, Chancellor of Austria
  • 1951 Yvonne MCT van Rooy, Dutch Secretary of State Secretary (CDA)
  • 1951 Charles Dickinson, American author
  • 1951 Wendy Pini, American comic book writer and artist
  • 1953 Susumu Ojima, Japanese entrepreneur (Huser)
  • 1955 Paul Stewart, English writer
  • 1956 Martin Adams, English darts player
  • 1956 John Hockenberry, American journalist
  • 1959 Lord Rayleigh, agri-businessman (Lord Rayleigh Farms)
  • 1961 Ferenc Gyurcsány, Hungary prime minister
  • 1963 Mossimo Giannulli, fashion designer (hot)
  • 1966 Vladimir Voevodsky, Russian mathematician
  • 1971 Joseph Kabila, Congolese politician
  • 1974 Andrew Gwynne, British politician
  • 1976 Alexei Navalny, Russian political activist, born in Butyn, Soviet Union
  • 1977 Quinten Hann, Australian former snooker player
  • 1982 Ronnie Prude, National Football League player
  • 1990 Evan Spiegel, American Internet entrepreneur, co-founder and CEO of Snapchat (Snap Inc.), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1993 Christian Alexander Mowatt, grandson of English princess Alexandra

Weddings in History


HeartWedding of Interest

1913 Author A. A. Milne (31) weds Dorothy Daphne de Selincourt

Author A. A. Milne
Author
A. A. Milne

HeartWedding of Interest

1915 Canadian diplomat Vincent Massey (28) weds Alice Parkin

Governor General of Canada Vincent Massey
Governor General of Canada
Vincent Massey

HeartWedding of Interest

1924 Physician Frederick Banting (32) weds Marion Robertson

HeartWedding of Interest

1940 Radio broadcaster Paul Harvey (21) weds radio producer Lynne Cooper

ABC Radio Broadcaster Paul Harvey
ABC Radio Broadcaster
Paul Harvey
  • 2010 "Friends" star David Schwimmer (43) weds Zoe Buckman (25) in a small private ceremony

Deaths in History

  • 1039 Conrad II the Salian, King/Emperor of Germany (1024/27-39), dies at 49
  • 1135 Emperor Huizong of China (b. 1082)
  • 1206 Adèle of Champagne, wife of Louis VII of France
  • 1257 Duke Przemysl I of Poland
  • 1267 Hendrik of Vianden, bishop of Utrecht (1252-67), dies
  • 1394 Mary de Bohun, wife of Henry IV of England (b. c 1369)
  • 1463 Flavio Biondi, Italian writer (Rome instaurata), dies at about 65
  • 1558 Maximilian of Burgundy, leader of Holland/admiral, dies at 43
  • 1585 Muretus (Marc Antoine de Muret), French humanist, dies at 59
  • 1608 Francesco Caracciolo, Italian religious founder/saint, dies at 44
  • 1663 William Juxon, archbishop of Canterbury (1660-63), dies
  • 1674 John Lievensz, painter/etcher/wood carver, dies at 66
  • 1792 John Burgoyne, British general (surrendered at Saratoga during the American Revolutionary War), dies at 70
  • 1793 Jan Ekels de Young, Dutch painter, dies at 34

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1798 Giacomo Casanova, Italian adventurer, writer, librarian and womanizer, dies at 73

Adventurer, Writer and famous Lover Giacomo Casanova
Adventurer, Writer and famous Lover
Giacomo Casanova
  • 1801 Frederick Muhlenberg, American statesman (b. 1750)
  • 1809 Nicolai Arbraham Abildgaard, Danish painter/architect, dies at 65
  • 1818 John van Well, choreographer/mime (Pierrot), dies at 44
  • 1825 Ferdinand I, King of Sicily/Naples (Ferdinand IV), dies
  • 1830 Antonio José de Sucre, Great Marshall of Ayacucho (b. 1795)
  • 1850 Willem F Mauritius HK, prince of Orange, dies at 74
  • 1872 Johan R Thorbecke, literature/liberal premier, dies
  • 1875 Eduard Mörike, German poet (b. 1804)
  • 1880 Eugen Adam, painter, dies
  • 1921 Heinrich E Albers-Schoenberg, German x-ray experimenter, dies at 56
  • 1922 William Halse Rivers, British psychologist/anthropologist, dies
  • 1925 Pierre Louys, [PF Louis], French writer (Aphrodite), dies
  • 1926 Eugeen of Oye, Flemish writer/poet (Sparks & Radiates), dies
  • 1931 Ibn Ali Hussein, King of Hejaz, dies

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1941 Wilhelm II von Hohenzollern, German Emperor (1888-1918), dies of a pulmonary embolus at 82

German Emperor and King of Prussia Wilhelm II
German Emperor and King of Prussia
Wilhelm II

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1942 Reinhard Heydrich, German Nazi leader (head of Bohemia and Moravia and the Reich Main Security Office), dies a week after an assassination attempt at 38

Nazi leader Reinhard Heydrich
Nazi leader
Reinhard Heydrich
  • 1945 Georg Kaiser, German playwright (The Burghers of Calais), dies at 66
  • 1954 Harold Hoffman, (Gov-NJ), dies at 58
  • 1958 Mechtilde Lichnowsky, German writer, dies at 79
  • 1959 Charles Vidor, director (Gilda, Farewell to Arms), dies at 58
  • 1962 William Beebe, US biologist/explorer, dies at 84
  • 1964 Samuil Marshak, Russian poet (b. 1887)
  • 1965 Bernard Verhoeven, poet/educator (Pleidooi near een non), dies
  • 1970 Hjalmar Schcacht, [Horace Greeley], Nazi minister, dies
  • 1970 Jopie [Johan A] Pengel, premier Suriname, dies
  • 1971 Georg Lukács, Hungarian philosopher (b. 1885)

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1973 Arna Bontemps, American poet (Harlem Renaissance), dies of heart attack at 72 in Nashville

  • 1973 Murray Wilson, father of beachboys Brian, Carl & Dennis, dies at 55
  • 1989 Dik Browne, cartoonist (Hi & Lois, Hagar the Horrible), dies at 71
  • 1994 Earle Warren, alto Sax Player, dies at 79
  • 1994 Roberto Burle Marx, Brazilian landscape gardener, dies at 84
  • 1994 Thomas Stuart Willan, historian, dies at 84
  • 1994 Toto Bissainthe, voodoo poet, dies at 59
  • 1995 Ernest Borneman, sexual researcher psychotherapist, dies at 80
  • 1995 Herta Ryder, literary agent, dies at 77
  • 1995 Paul WIlliams, climber, dies at 49
  • 1995 William J Law, sailor, dies at 84
  • 1996 Tito Okello, president of Uganda (1985-86), dies
  • 1996 Kudirat Abiola, wife of Moshood Abiola, is assassinated
  • 1997 Kurt Adler, therapist/writer, dies at 92
  • 2001 Dipendra of Nepal (b. 1971)
  • 2002 Fernando Belaúnde Terry, Peruvian politician (b. 1912)
  • 2007 Jim Clark, American sheriff and segregationist (b. 1922)
  • 2007 Craig L. Thomas, United States Senator (b. 1933)
  • 2011 Juan Francisco Luis, U.S. Virgin Islander governor (b. 1940)
  • 2015 Hermann Zapf, German typeface designer (Palatino and Optima), dies at 96