What Happened on August 4

Significant Events

  • 1558 1st printing of Zohar (Jewish Kabbalah)
  • 1821 Russian Antarctic expedition led by Fabian Gottlieb von Bellingshausen returns to Kronshtadt after becoming the 1st to circumnavigate Antarctica
  • 1942 1st train with Jews departs Mechelen Belgium to Auschwitz
  • 1944 Anne Frank arrested in Amsterdam by German Security Police (Grüne Polizei) following a tip-off from an informer who was never identified
  • 1993 Rwandian Hutus and Tutsis sign peace treaty in Arusha, Tanzania
More Historical Events

August 4 in Film & TV

  • 1987 FCC vote 4-0 to rescind fairness doctrine for broadcasters

August 4 in Music

August 4 in Sport

  • 1909 MLB umpire Tim Hurst instigates a riot by spitting in the face of A's 2nd baseman Eddie Collins who had questioned a call; 2 weeks later Hurst banned for life

Did You Know?

Date traditionally ascribed to Dom Pérignon's invention of Champagne

On August 4, 1693

Would You Believe?

Muppets Missy Piggy and Kermit the Frog announce the end to their relationship on Twitter

On August 4, 2015

Famous Weddings

  • 1757 American revolution patriot Paul Revere (22) weds Sarah Orne in Bridgewater, Massachusetts
  • 1782 Musician Wolfang Amadeus Mozart (26) weds Constanze Weber in St. Stephen's Cathedral in Vienna, Austria
  • 1847 Author of Moby-Dick, American novelist Herman Melville (28) marries Elizabeth Shaw, daughter of Chief Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court
  • 1853 Confederate general Thomas Jackson (29) weds Elinor Junkin in Lexington
  • 1925 Economist John Maynard Keynes (42) weds ballerina Lydia Lopokova
More Weddings & Divorces