Events in History on October 4

  • 1209 Pope Innocent II crowns German king Otto of Wittelsbach
  • 1227 Assassination of Caliph al-Adil.
  • 1363 End of the Battle of Lake Poyang; the Chinese rebel forces of Zhu Yuanzhang defeat that of his rival, Chen Youliang, in one of the largest naval battles in history.
  • 1537 The first complete English-language Bible (the Matthew Bible) is printed, with translations by William Tyndale and Miles Coverdale.
  • 1571 -13] Synod of Emden, Calvinist leaders establish the Dutch Reformed Church.
  • 1582 Last Julian calender day in Spain/Portugal/pontifical states
  • 1636 Battle at Wittstock, Brandenburg: Sweden beat Ferdinand III
  • 1636 In Massachusetts the Plymouth Colony's 1st law drafted
  • 1648 Peter Stuyvesant establishes America's 1st volunteer fire service
  • 1675 Dutch mathematician Christiaan Huygens patents the pocket watch
  • 1693 Battle of Marsaglia: Piedmontese troops are defeated by the French.
  • 1712 Utrecht banishes poor Jews
  • 1725 Foundation of Rosario in Argentina.

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1777 Battle of Germantown: Gen George Washington's troops attack and are defeated by the British at Germantown, Pennsylvania

First US President George Washington
First US President
George Washington
  • 1779 The Fort Wilson Riot takes place.
  • 1824 Mexico becomes a republic
  • 1830 Provisional government declares secession of Belgium from Netherlands
  • 1834 Franz Grillparzer's "Der Traum ein Leben" premieres in Vienna

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1854 Abraham Lincoln made his 1st political speech at Illinois State Fair

US President Abraham Lincoln
US President
Abraham Lincoln
  • 1862 Battle of Corinth ends
  • 1864 National black convention meets (Syracuse, NY)
  • 1864 New Orleans Tribune, 1st black daily newspaper, forms
  • 1873 Toronto Argonaut Football Club forms
  • 1880 University of California founded in Los Angeles
  • 1881 Edward Leveaux patents automatic player piano
  • 1883 Orient Express' 1st run, linking Turkey to Europe by rail
  • 1883 First meeting of the Boys' Brigade in Glasgow, Scotland.
  • 1895 Horace Rawlins wins 1st US Open golf tournament (Newport RI)

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1897 George Bernard Shaw's "Devil's Disciple" premieres in NYC

  • 1900 Start of Sherlock Holmes adventure "Problem of Thor Bridge" (BG)
  • 1900 In a final confrontation, some 4000 Ashantis are defeated by the British in Gold Coast (Ghana)
  • 1910 Portugal becomes a republic, King Manuel II flees to England
  • 1910 Adoption of the Flag of Bermuda.
  • 1911 1st escalator installed on the London Underground at Earl's Court Station
  • 1913 Bkln Dodger Jake Daubert earns a new Chalmers auto as NL MVP
  • 1913 Freddy Wilson of Regina Roughriders kicks 10 singles in a game
  • 1914 Dardanelles: French & British fleet bombards Turkish forts
  • 1915 Dinosaur National Monument in Colorado & Utah is established
  • 1916 Market Street's "Path of Gold" lit for 1st time
  • 1917 British assault on Broodseinde, France
  • 1921 League of Nations refuses to assist starving Russians
  • 1921 Riccardo Zanella becomes first elected president of Free State of Fiume.
  • 1922 Protocol of Genevia signed: Austria gains independence
  • 1926 Dahlia is officially designated as SF city flower
  • 1927 Gutzon Borglum begins sculpting Mt. Rushmore.
  • 1928 KPD begins petition against Germany building a battle fleet
  • 1931 Dick Tracy comic strip by Chester Gould debuts
  • 1931 Juan Esteban Montero becomes president of Chile
  • 1932 Anti-semite Julius Gombos forms new government in Hungary
  • 1933 Esquire magazine is 1st published
  • 1936 Italian lire devalued
  • 1939 Last Polish troops surrender
  • 1940 12 German aircrafts shot down above England

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1940 Adolf Hitler & Benito Mussolini confer at Brenner Pass in Alps

Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler
Dictator of Nazi Germany
Adolf Hitler
  • 1940 French Vichy regime proclaims end of "Statute of the Jews"
  • 1940 Wrestling returns to Madison Sq Garden after 12 year lay off
  • 1942 German assault on Tractor factory in Stalingrad
  • 1943 Corsica freed by Free French
  • 1943 German occupiers forbid flying of kites (6 month jail sentence)
  • 1944 British troops land on Greek continent
  • 1948 World Council of Churches forms under W Fisherman It Hooft
  • 1949 American Contract Bridge League votes 58½% to keep blacks out
  • 1949 United Nations' permanent NYC headquarters is dedicated
  • 1955 Rev Sun Young Moon leaves prison in Seoul
  • 1956 Great Britain performs nuclear test at Maralinga Australia
  • 1957 USSR launches Sputnik I, 1st artificial Earth satellite
  • 1957 Avro Arrow roll-out ceremony at Avro Canada plant in Malton, Ontario.
  • 1958 5th French republic forms
  • 1958 Transatlantic commercial jet passenger service began (BOAC)
  • 1958 Fifth Republic of France is established.
  • 1959 Dmitri Sjostakovitch 1st Cello concert premieres in Leningrad
  • 1959 Netherlands beats Belgium 9-1
  • 1959 USSR Luna 3 sent back 1st photos of Moon's far side
  • 1960 Courier 1B Launched; 1st active repeater satellite in orbit
  • 1961 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
  • 1962 USAF Maj Robert A Rushworth takes X-15 to 32,300m
  • 1963 -8] Hurricane Flora, kills 6,000 in Cuba & Haiti
  • 1963 Gambia achieves full internal self-government
  • 1964 -7] Hurricane Hilda, kills 38 in La, Miss & Ga
  • 1964 3 cars of a commuter train derails in South Africa killing 81
  • 1964 Italian Autostrada del Sol opens at Milan-Naples
  • 1964 Phils bomb Reds 10-0 as both teams finish one game behind St Louis
  • 1965 Pope Paul VI becomes 1st Pope to visit Western Hemisphere (UN)
  • 1965 USSR launches Luna 7; crash lands on Moon
  • 1966 Dutch Cardinal Alfrink presents New Catechism
  • 1966 France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island
  • 1966 Lesotho (Basutoland) gains independence from Britain (National Day)
  • 1967 Omar Ali Saifuddin III of Brunei abdicates in favour of his son, His Majesty Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah.
  • 1968 A Northern Ireland Civil Rights Association (NICRA) delegation meet with the Derry March organisers and try to have the march cancelled; eventually it was decided to go ahead with the march.
  • 1969 Last wooden passenger subway cars retired at Bkln Myrtle Beach
  • 1969 UN starts issuing postage stamps at Geneva headquarters
  • 1970 Umps return after 1-day walkout in quest of higher wages
  • 1970 Herbert Schmidtz makes highest parachute jump from a tower by leaping from a 1,984 ft TV mast in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • 1971 Borden's opens a turn-of-century ice cream parlor at Disney World
  • 1971 USSR performs underground nuclear test
  • 1973 Hans of Manens ballet "Adagio Hammerklavier" premieres in Amsterdam
  • 1975 A Cessna 310Q airplane crashes over Wilmington, North Carolina, killing the pilot and severely injuring several pro wrestlers affiliated with the NWA's Mid-Atlantic promotion. One of the survivors is the legendary Ric Flair.
  • 1976 Agriculture Secretary Earl Butz resigns due to telling a racial joke
  • 1976 Supreme Court lifts 1972 ban on death penalty for convicted murderers
  • 1976 Official launch of the Intercity 125 High Speed Train (HST).
  • 1978 Pier 39 opens in San Francisco
  • 1978 Funeral services held for Pope John Paul I
  • 1979 Hugh Leonards "Life" premieres in Dublin
  • 1979 USSR performs nuclear test
  • 1981 Meadowlands Arena opens in NJ
  • 1982 Helmut Kohl elected chancellor of German FR
  • 1983 Richard Noble reaches record 1019 kph in jet-powered car
  • 1985 Shi'ite Muslims claim to have killed hostage William Buckley
  • 1985 Free Software Foundation is founded in Massachusetts, USA.
  • 1986 Queen Beatrice installs dam at Oosterschelde
  • 1986 Rachel Oliver (Mass), 20, crowned 19th Miss Black America
  • 1987 Blues Jays lose final 7 games allowing Tigers to win AL pennant
  • 1987 James Jefferson of Winnipeg scores 2 TDs on interception returns without making an interception. (He scored on laterals)
  • 1987 "The Last Emperor" directed by Bernardo Bertolucci and starring John Lone, Joan Chen and Peter O'Toole premieres at the Tokyo Film Festival (Best Picture 1988)
  • 1988 Pillsbury stock soars $18.37 to $57.37 on takeover bid
  • 1989 Giants Will Clark hits 1st NLCS grand slam since 1977
  • 1989 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • 1990 Regional elections held, in what is East Germany
  • 1991 Delta Center in Salt Lake City Utah
  • 1991 Whiteland Janice, driven by Mike Lachance, wins Kentucky Futurity
  • 1991 The Protocol on Environmental Protection to the Antarctic Treaty is opened for signature.
  • 1992 1st time AL East & West champs have same record (96-66)-Tor & Oak
  • 1992 El Al cargo plane crashes at Amsterdam Bijlmer, 43 die
  • 1992 Miami Dolphin Louis Oliver returns record tying interception 103 yards
  • 1992 The Rome General Peace Accords ends a 16 year civil war in Mozambique.
  • 1993 Troops of pres Yelsin occupy Russian White House (parliament)
  • 1994 7.9 earthquake strikes Koerilen, flood kills 18+
  • 1994 Keith Moore is charged with stealing $5,000,000 from Sting
  • 1994 Soyuz TM-20 launches
  • 1995 Jim Leyritz homers with a man on in 15th inning to give Yankees 2-0 Division Series lead over Mariners
  • 1996 BPAA US Bowling Open by Dave Husted
  • 1996 BPAA US Women's Bowling Open won by Liz Johnson
  • 1996 Shahid Afridi scores century in 37 balls for Pakistan v Sri Lanka
  • 1997 Farm Aid 10 concert in Texas cancelled due to weak ticket sales and moved to Illinois
  • 1997 The second largest cash robbery in U.S. history occurs at the Charlotte, North Carolina office of Loomis, Fargo and Company. An FBI investigation eventually results in 24 convictions and the recovery of approximately 95% of the $17.3 million in cash which had been taken.
  • 2001 Siberia Airlines Flight 1812: a Sibir Airlines Tupolev TU-154 crashes into the Black Sea after being struck by an errant Ukrainian S-200 missile. 78 people are killed.
  • 2003 Maxim restaurant suicide bombing in Haifa, Israel: 21 Israelis, Jews and Arabs, are killed, and 51 others wounded.
  • 2004 SpaceShipOne wins Ansari X Prize for private spaceflight.
  • 2009 George Papandreou's Panhellenic Socialist Movement defeats Greece's governing New Democracy party in an electoral landslide.
  • 2011 US State Department lists Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi (ISIL) as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist with a $10 million reward for information leading to his capture
  • 2012 Turkey’s parliament approves cross-border military operations in Syria
  • 2012 19 people are killed after being buried by a landslide in Yunnan, China
  • 2012 Jordan’s King Abdullah dissolves parliament in preparation for new elections