On This Day

What Happened on August 4

Important Events

  • 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
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Aug 4 in Film & TV

  • 1958 The Billboard Hot 100 is published for the 1st time, with "Poor Little Fool" by Ricky Nelson at #1
  • 1987 FCC vote 4-0 to rescind fairness doctrine for broadcasters
  • 2015 Muppets Miss Piggy and Kermit the Frog announce the end to their relationship on Twitter

Aug 4 in Music

  • 1956 Elvis Presley releases "Hound Dog", a cover of Big Mama Thorton's original, written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller

Aug 4 in Sport

  • 2001 Australian cricket spinner Shane Warne skittles England (162) with 6/33 to guide tourists to a 7 wicket 3rd Test victory at Trent Bridge; Aussies regain Ashes with record 7th straight Test win v England

Did You Know?

Date traditionally ascribed to Dom Pérignon's invention of Champagne

On August 4, 1693

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

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