What Happened on September 4

Significant Events

  • 476 Romulus Augustulus, last Western Roman Emperor, abdicates after forces led by Odoacer invade Rome. Traditional end of the Western Roman Empire
  • 1609 Navigator Henry Hudson first European to discover island of Manhattan [or Sep 11]
  • 1682 English astronomer Edmond Halley observes the comet named after him
  • 1781 Los Angeles is founded by 44 Spanish speaking mestizos in the Bahia de las Fumas (Bay of Smokes)
  • 1862 General Lee invades the North with 50,000 Confederate troops during Maryland Campaign (US Civil war)
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September 4 in Film & TV

September 4 in Music

  • 1965 Beatles' single "Help!" goes #1 & stays #1 for 3 weeks

September 4 in Sport

  • 1972 US 4 x 100m medley relay team of Mike Stamm, Tom Bruce, Mark Spitz & Jerry Heidenreich sets world record 3:48.16 to win gold at the Munich Olympics; Mark Spitz becomes 1st athlete to win 7 Olympic gold medals at a single Games

Did You Know?

George Eastman patents the first roll-film camera & registers "Kodak"

On September 4, 1888


Would You Believe?

Carpet that can help prevent falls among the elderly by warning them of unusual footsteps is developed

On September 4, 2012

Famous Weddings

  • 1834 Abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison (28) weds Helen Eliza Benson
  • 1930 Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall (21) weds Vivien Burey at First African Baptist Church in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1988 Actor Kevin Bacon marries actress Kyra Sedgwick
  • 1989 Tennis star Björn Borg (33) weds rock singer Loredana Berte (39) in a civil wedding
  • 1993 Five-time U.S. national champion figure pair skater Jerod Swallow (26) weds his partner Elizabeth Punsalen
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