On This Day

Historical Events on August 4 (Part 2)

  • 2015 31 people are killed and 100 are injured after floods partially sweep two passenger trains off a bridge in Madhya Pradesh, India
  • 2017 Rwandan President Paul Kagame wins a third term with 98.63% of the vote
  • 2017 Aldi supermarket withdraws all eggs from sale after chemical fipronil found in eggs from The Netherlands
  • 2018 Super Rugby Final, AMI Stadium, Christchurch: Canterbury Crusaders successfully defend title with 37-18 home win against the Lions from Johannesburg; Crusaders' 9th SR title

Assassination Attempt

2018 President Nicolás Maduro of Venezuela survives an assassination attempt by drone, live on TV

  • 2019 Gunman kills nine and injures 27 at a bar in Dayton, Ohio, in 2nd mass shooting in 24 hours in the US
  • 2019 Frank Zapata is the first person to cross the English Channel by flyboard in 22 minutes
  • 2019 Australian cricket batsman Steve Smith hits brilliant 142 following his 1st innings 144 in 1st Test v England at Edgbaston; only 4th batsman all-time to score more than 140 in each innings of a Test match
  • 2019 British Open Women's Golf, Woburn GC: Hinako Shibuno of Japan wins her maiden major title in her first LPGA event; beats American Lizette Salas by 1 stroke
  • 2019 China's central bank allows its currency to weaken under usual 7-1 ratio to the US dollar for first time in a decade in response to further US trade tariffs
  • 2019 Car explosion kills 20 with 47 injured in Cairo, Egypt, in terrorist-related incident
  • 2020 UN says COVID-19 pandemic has created biggest educational disruption in history affecting nearly 1.6 million students in 190 countries, 94% worldwide [1]
  • 2020 COVID-19 infection spike forces a return to lockdown in Manila and surrounding provinces in the Philippines, affecting 27 million people as cases pass 100,000
  • 2020 Huge explosions at the port of Beirut, Lebanon, kill more than 200 and leaves over 6,000 thousand people injured
  • 2021 Mediterranean region evolving into a "wildfire hotspot" according to authorities, amidst extreme temperatures with Greece experiencing one of its worst heatwaves in 40 years [1]

Music History

2021 Rihanna named the world's wealthiest female musician worth $1.7 billion by Forbes [1]

  • 2021 Global known COVID-19 caseload passes 200 million, with the death toll at 4.2 million according to Johns Hopkins
  • 2021 Largest wildfire in California so far in 2021, the Dixie Fire at 320,000 acres, destroys the gold rush town of Greenville [1]
  • 2021 Americans Sydney McLaughlin and Dalilah Muhammad go 1-2 in women's 400m hurdles at the Tokyo Olympics; McLaughlin sets WR 51.46s