Events in History on August 4

  • 1181 Supernova seen in Cassiopia
  • 1265 Battle of Evesham: English prince Edward beats Simon de Montfort the younger
  • 1347 English troops conquer Ft Calais
  • 1351 Sea battle at Zwartewaal: Willem V beats Hoeksen & English
  • 1558 1st printing of Zohar (Jewish Kabbalah)
  • 1578 Battle of Alcazarquivir, Moroccans defeat Portuguese, 10,000 killed
  • 1598 London's head office of Hanze closed
  • 1636 Johan Mauritius appointed governor of Dutch Brazil
  • 1666 Hurricane hits Guadeloupe, Martinique & St Christopher; thousands die
  • 1666 Sea battle between Netherlands & England
  • 1693 Date traditionally ascribed to Dom Perignon's invention of Champagne
  • 1704 War of Spanish Succession, English & Dutch troops occupy Gibraltar
  • 1730 Crown prince Frederick of Prussia escapes to England
  • 1735 Jury acquits John Zenger (NY Weekly Journal) charged with seditious libel by royal governor of NY (victory for Freedom of press)

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1753 George Washington becomes a master mason

First US President George Washington
First US President
George Washington
  • 1777 Retired British cavalry officer Philip Astley establishes 1st circus
  • 1789 French National Meeting ending feudal system
  • 1790 US Coast Guard founded as Revenue Cutter Service
  • 1791 The Treaty of Sistova is signed, ending the Ottoman-Habsburg wars.
  • 1821 1st edition of Saturday Evening Post (publishes until 1969)
  • 1821 Fabian Gottlieb von Bellinghausen and Russian polar expedition returns to Kronshtadt after becoming 1st to circumnavigate Antarctica
  • 1824 Battle of Kos is fought between Turks and Greeks.
  • 1830 Plans for city of Chicago laid out
  • 1854 The Hinomaru is established as the official flag to be flown from Japanese ships.
  • 1855 John Bartlett publishes "Familiar Quotations"
  • 1862 US government collects its 1st income tax
  • 1864 Land & naval action new Brazos Santiago, Texas
  • 1870 British Red Cross Society forms

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1873 Indian Wars: whilst protecting a railroad survey party in Montana, US 7th Cavalry, under Lieutenant Colonel George Armstrong Custer, clashes for the 1st time with the Sioux near the Tongue River. 1 man killed on each side.

  • 1879 Pope Leo XIII publishes encyclical Aeterni Patris
  • 1881 122°F (50°C), Seville, Spain (European record)
  • 1886 Colombia adopts constitution
  • 1892 Queen Wilhelmina & Emma open Merwede Canal between Amsterdam and the Rhine

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1892 Sunday school teacher Lizzie Borden arrested in Fall River, Massachusetts on two counts of murder

Acquitted Murderer Lizzie Borden
Acquitted Murderer
Lizzie Borden
  • 1897 Henry A Rucker appointed Collector of Internal Revenue for Georgia
  • 1900 An allied expeditionary force, made up of Japanese, Russian, British, French and American troops, sets off from Tientsin for Peking, China, to put down Boxer rebellion
  • 1902 The Greenwich foot tunnel under the River Thames opens.
  • 1903 Cardinal Giuseppe Sarto of Venice elected Pope Pius X
  • 1914 WWI: German army shoots Belgian priests and burns down village of Battice
  • 1914 German fleet under admiral Souchon fire on Algerian coast
  • 1914 WWI: Germany declares war on Belgium; Britain declares war on Germany
  • 1914 WWI: King Albert I becomes Supreme Commander of Belgian army after German declaration of war
  • 1914 WWI: Field Marshal Lord Kitchener becomes British Minister of War after British declaration of war on Germany
  • 1914 US declares neutrality on the outbreak of WWI
  • 1916 Denmark cedes Danish West Indies, including the Virgin Islands, to the US for $25 million
  • 1916 The Turks attack the British line at Romani in the northern Sinai (WWI)
  • 1917 Pravda calls for the killing of all capitalists, priests & officers

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1918 Adolf Hitler receives the Iron Cross first class for bravery on the recommendation of his Jewish superior, Lieutenant Hugo Gutmann

Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler
Dictator of Nazi Germany
Adolf Hitler

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1919 Rodin Museum opens in Paris in The hôtel Biron containing works left to the state by the sculptor Auguste Rodin

Sculptor Auguste Rodin
Sculptor
Auguste Rodin
  • 1919 The Communist Bela Kun comes to power in Hungary
  • 1925 1st Dutch Colijn government forms
  • 1925 US marines leave Nicaragua after 13-year occupation
  • 1929 60,000 SA'ers/SS'ers march by Munich
  • 1929 Indians, in 9th with 2 outs score 9 to beat Yanks 14-6
  • 1929 Jones Beach in NY opens
  • 1930 Child labor laws established in Belgium
  • 1934 2nd British Empire Games open in London, England
  • 1936 Ioannis Metaxas names himself dictator of Greece
  • 1941 Dodger Mickey Owens is 1st to catch 3 foul flies in an inning (3rd)

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1941 Winston Churchill departs on Prince of Wales to US

Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill
Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister
Winston Churchill

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1942 Col-gen Jeremenko arrives in Stalingrad/welcomed by Nikita Khrushchev

Soviet First Secretary Nikita Khrushchev
Soviet First Secretary
Nikita Khrushchev
  • 1942 German occupier orders all Dutch homing pigeons killed
  • 1943 British premier Winston Churchill travels on the Queen Mary to Canada
  • 1943 Russian units reach suburbs of Orel
  • 1943 USAAF bombs Germans in Troina

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1944 Anne Frank arrested in Amsterdam by German Security Police (Grüne Polizei) following a tip-off from an informer who was never identified

Jewish Victim & Diarist of the Holocaust Anne Frank
Jewish Victim & Diarist of the Holocaust
Anne Frank
  • 1944 British 8th Army reaches suburbs of Florence, Italy
  • 1946 An earthquake of magnitude 8.0 hits northern Dominican Republic. 100 are killed and 20,000 are left homeless.
  • 1947 The Supreme Court of Japan is established.
  • 1948 5 day Southern States filibuster succeeds in maintaining America's poll tax

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1952 Gambling boss Theodore Roe is murdered by the crew of Sam Giancana

Gangster Sam Giancana
Gangster
Sam Giancana
  • 1953 Black families move into Trumbull Park housing project in Chicago
  • 1954 Boscombe Down 1st flight of supersonic P-1 Lightning
  • 1954 The Government of Pakistan approves the National Anthem, written by Hafeez Jullundhry and composed by Ahmed G. Chagla.

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1955 Eisenhower authorizes $46 million for construction of CIA headquarters

34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower
34th US President & WWII General
Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • 1956 1st motorcycle rode over 200 mph (Wilhelm Herz-210 mph/338 kph)
  • 1956 Indonesia says it will not pay debts to the Netherlands
  • 1958 Dumont TV Network crumbles
  • 1960 Rocket propelled USAF research aircraft sets record at 2,150 MPH
  • 1961 Spokane, Washington reaches August record 108°F

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1962 Nelson Mandela captured by South African police

Anti-apartheid activist and South African President Nelson Mandela
Anti-apartheid activist and South African President
Nelson Mandela
  • 1964 Civil rights workers Michael Schwerner, Andrew Goodman & James E Chaney, bodies discovered in an earthen Mississippi dam
  • 1964 North Vietnam torpedos US ships Gulf of Tonkin
  • 1965 Cook Islands enters into free association with New Zealand
  • 1966 8th British Empire Games and Commonwealth Games open in Kingston, Jamaica
  • 1967 British pirate radio station Radio 355 resigns air
  • 1967 Shortwave group ANARC's 1st convention (Chicago)
  • 1967 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 1967 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • 1969 Willie Stargell is 1st to hit a HR outside of Dodger Stadium
  • 1971 US launches 1st satellite into lunar orbit from manned spacecraft
  • 1972 Arthur Bremer jailed for 63 years for shooting Alabama Gov Wallace
  • 1974 Crawford-Butler Act allows Puerto Ricans to elect own governor
  • 1976 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • 1977 US President Carter establishes Department of Energy
  • 1977 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 1979 Italian government of Cossiga begins
  • 1979 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • 1980 -11] Hurricane Aline, kills 272 in Texas & Caribbean
  • 1981 Columbia mated with SRBs & external tank for STS-2 mission
  • 1981 Oliver North is assigned to White House duty
  • 1983 Bettino Craxi sworn in as premier of Italy
  • 1983 France performs nuclear test
  • 1983 Revolution in Burkina Faso
  • 1983 NY Yankee Dave Winfield accidentally kills a seagull while warming up before the 5th inning
  • 1984 Cliff Johnson sets a record with his 19th pinch hit HR
  • 1984 Republic of Upper Volta becomes Bourkina Faso (National Day)
  • 1985 California Angel Rod Carew gets his 3,000th hit
  • 1985 Phil Rizzuto Day, Yanks retire #10
  • 1985 Rod Carew is 16th to get 3,000 hits
  • 1986 Reports of probable OPEC (Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries) agreement on output quotas sends oil prices higher
  • 1987 At the Kingdome, Ruppert Jones hits a foul ball that sticks in speaker
  • 1988 Congress votes $20,000 to each Japanese-American interned in WW II
  • 1988 Hertz car rental will pay out $23 million in consumer fraud case
  • 1990 95.5°F (35.3°C) in De Bilt Neth (highest Aug temp in Neth)
  • 1990 European community proposes a boycott of Iraq
  • 1991 The Greek cruise ship Oceanos sinks off the Wild Coast of South Africa.
  • 1993 Angolan air force bombs Huambo
  • 1993 Rwandian Hutus & Tutsis sign peace treaty in Arusha
  • 1993 Tony Gwynn gets 6 hits, 4th time in 1993 a Padre gets 5 or more hits
  • 1994 Dwingeloo 1, near milky way system, discovered

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1994 Howard Stern drops out of NY gubernatorial race

Radio shock jock Howard Stern
Radio shock jock
Howard Stern
  • 1994 Truck carrying millions of bees overturns on NY parkway
  • 1995 Operation Storm begins in Croatia.
  • 1996 J Bunning, E Weaver, B Foster, & N Hanlon inducted in Hall of Fame
  • 1997 185,000 Teamsters union United Parcel Service drivers walk off the job.
  • 1997 In Colombia, international oil company Occidental Petroleum declare force majeure on all oil exports from the Cano Limon field after a series of attacks knocked out a major oil pipeline
  • 2002 Soham murders: 10 year old school girls Jessica Chapman and Holly Wells go missing from the town of Soham, Cambridgeshire.
  • 2002 17th Commonwealth Games close in Manchester, England

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2005 Prime Minister Paul Martin announces that Michaëlle Jean will be Canada's 27th and first black Governor General.

21st Prime Minister of Canada Paul Martin
21st Prime Minister of Canada
Paul Martin
  • 2006 Dame Silvia Cartwright steps down as the Governor-General of New Zealand and is replaced by The Honourable Anand Satyanand, who is sworn in on 23 August.
  • 2007 NASA's Phoenix spaceship is launched.

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2009 Kim Jong-il meets former president Bill Clinton. He pardons and releases captured American journalists Euna Lee and Laura Ling who were found guilty of entering the country illegally.

Supreme Leader of North Korea Kim Jong-il
Supreme Leader of North Korea
Kim Jong-il
42nd US President Bill Clinton
42nd US President
Bill Clinton
  • 2012 45 people are killed by a suicide bombing in Abyan, Yemen

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2013 Hassan Rouhani is inaugurated as the President of Iran

President of Iran Hassan Rouhani
President of Iran
Hassan Rouhani
  • 2014 Hamas and Israel agree to another 72 hour ceasefire
  • 2015 A plague of locusts in Southern Russia prompts a state of emergency to be declared
  • 2015 Muppets Missy Piggy and Kermit the Frog announce the end to their relationship on Twitter
  • 2015 31 people are killed & 100 are injured after floods partially sweep two passenger trains off a bridge in Madhya Pradesh, India