What Happened on September 4
- 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 is the first European to discover island of Manhattan [or Sep 11]
- 1781 Los Angeles is founded by 44 Spanish speaking mestizos in the Bahia de las Fumas (Bay of Smokes)
- 1862 General Lee begins the Maryland Campaign invading the North with 50,000 Confederate troops (US Civil war)
- More Historical Events
Sep 4 in Film & TV
- 1936 RKO Radio Pictures releases "Swing Time", directed by George Stevens, starring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers
Sep 4 in Music
- 1965 The Beatles' single "Help!" goes #1 & stays #1 for 3 weeks
Sep 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 and registers the brand name "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
- 1834 American abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison (28) weds Helen Eliza Benson (22), in Boston, Massachusetts
- 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
Articles, Photos and Quiz
End of the Western Roman EmpireThe last Western Roman Emperor, Romulus Augustulus, abdicates the crown in favor of the barbarian king Odoacer
September 4, 476 AD
Roll-film CameraEastman's roll-film camera patent, U.S. Patent No. 388,850
September 4, 1888
Wildlife Warrior Steve Irwin Killed By StingrayIn a tragic accident, highly popular Australian wildlife expert and conservationist Steve Irwin was killed on this day after being attacked by a huge stingray.
September 4, 2006
Weekly Quiz for September 2-8On V-J Day, where did Japan formally surrender, marking the end of WWII? Which American city was sacked and burned this week in 1864 during the US Civil War?