Historical Events on October 4

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  • 1209 Pope Innocent II crowns German king Otto of Wittelsbach
  • 1227 Assassination of Caliph al-Adil.
  • 1363 End of the Battle of Lake Poyang; the Chinese rebel forces of Zhu Yuanzhang defeat that of his rival, Chen Youliang, one of the largest naval battles in history with 850,000 taking part (approx.)
  • 1537 The first complete English-language Bible (the Matthew Bible) is printed, with translations by William Tyndale and Miles Coverdale.
  • 1571 -13] Synod of Emden, Calvinist leaders establish the Dutch Reformed Church.
  • 1582 Last Julian calendar day in Spain, Portugal and pontifical states
  • 1636 Battle at Wittstock, Brandenburg: Sweden beat Ferdinand III
  • 1636 In Massachusetts the Plymouth Colony's 1st law drafted
  • 1648 Peter Stuyvesant establishes America's 1st volunteer fire service
  • 1675 Dutch mathematician Christiaan Huygens patents the pocket watch
  • 1693 Battle of Marsaglia: Piedmontese troops are defeated by the French.
  • 1712 Utrecht banishes poor Jews
  • 1725 Foundation of Rosario in Argentina.

Victory in battleVictory in Battle

1777 Battle of Germantown: Gen George Washington's troops attack and are defeated by the British at Germantown, Pennsylvania

First US President George Washington
First US President
George Washington
  • 1779 Fort Wilson Riot takes place

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

1809 Spencer Perceval becomes Prime Minister of the United Kingdom after William Cavendish-Bentinck, Duke of Portland retires due to ill health

British Prime Minister Spencer Perceval
British Prime Minister
Spencer Perceval
British Prime Minister William Cavendish-Bentinck
British Prime Minister
William Cavendish-Bentinck
  • 1824 Mexico becomes a republic
  • 1830 Provisional government declares secession of Belgium from Netherlands
  • 1834 Franz Grillparzer's "Der Traum ein Leben" premieres in Vienna

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1854 Abraham Lincoln made his 1st political speech at Illinois State Fair

US President Abraham Lincoln
US President
Abraham Lincoln
  • 1862 Battle of Corinth ends
  • 1864 National black convention meets in Syracuse, New York
  • 1864 New Orleans Tribune, 1st black daily newspaper, forms
  • 1873 Toronto Argonaut Football Club forms
  • 1873 13th British Golf Open: Tom Kidd shoots a 179 at St Andrews
  • 1878 18th British Golf Open: Jamie Anderson shoots a 157 at Prestwick Golf Club
  • 1880 University of California founded in Los Angeles
  • 1881 Edward Leveaux patents automatic player piano
  • 1883 The Orient Express departs on its first official journey from Paris to Instanbul
  • 1883 First meeting of the Boys' Brigade in Glasgow, Scotland.
  • 1895 Horace Rawlins shoots a 173 to win 1st US Open golf tournament at Newport, Rhode Island

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1897 George Bernard Shaw's "Devil's Disciple" premieres in NYC

  • 1900 Start of Sherlock Holmes adventure "Problem of Thor Bridge" (BG)
  • 1900 In a final confrontation, some 4000 Ashantis are defeated by the British in Gold Coast (Ghana)
  • 1901 Columbia (US) beats Shamrock II (England) in 12th America's Cup
  • 1906 Chicago Cubs win their 116th game (116-36 .763) of year
  • 1910 Portugal becomes a republic, King Manuel II flees to England
  • 1910 Adoption of the Flag of Bermuda.
  • 1911 1st escalator installed on the London Underground at Earl's Court Station
  • 1913 Brooklyn Dodger Jake Daubert earns a new Chalmers auto as NL MVP
  • 1913 Freddy Wilson of Regina Roughriders kicks 10 singles in a game
  • 1914 Dardanelles: French & British fleet bombards Turkish forts
  • 1915 Dinosaur National Monument in Colorado & Utah is established
  • 1916 Market Street's "Path of Gold" lit for 1st time
  • 1917 British assault on Broodseinde, France

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1918 Musical "Sometime" with Mae West premieres in NYC

Actress Mae West
Mae West
  • 1921 League of Nations refuses to assist starving Russians
  • 1921 Riccardo Zanella becomes first elected President of Free State of Fiume
  • 1922 For 1st time, entire World Series broadcast over radio (WJZ & WGY)
  • 1922 Protocol of Genevia signed: Austria gains independence
  • 1923 Young Stribling holds light-heavyweight boxing championship for shortest amount of time (3 hrs). Referee overturns decision

  • 1924 NY Giants become 1st team to appear in 4 consecutive World Series

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1925 Harry Heilmann's 6 hits edges Ty Cobb .393 to .389 as batting champ

MLB Legend Ty Cobb
MLB Legend
Ty Cobb
  • 1926 Dahlia is officially designated as San Francisco city flower
  • 1927 Gutzon Borglum begins sculpting Mt. Rushmore (works on till 1941)
  • 1928 25th World Series begins, NY Yankees vs St Louis Cardinals
  • 1928 KPD begins petition against Germany building a battle fleet
  • 1930 Philadelphia Athletics' Jack Quinn aged 47, pitches 2 innings, oldest to play in World Series
  • 1931 Dick Tracy comic strip by Chester Gould debuts
  • 1931 Juan Esteban Montero becomes President of Chile
  • 1932 Anti-semite Julius Gombos forms new government in Hungary

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1932 Clark Griffith announces Walter Johnson will be manager of Senators

MLB Pitcher Walter Johnson
MLB Pitcher
Walter Johnson
  • 1933 Esquire magazine is 1st published
  • 1936 Italian lire devalued
  • 1936 Record 66,669 at Yankee Stadium for 4th game of World Series
  • 1939 Last Polish troops surrender
  • 1940 12 German aircrafts shot down above England

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1940 Adolf Hitler & Benito Mussolini confer at Brenner Pass in the Alps

Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler
Dictator of Nazi Germany
Adolf Hitler
  • 1940 French Vichy regime proclaims end of "Statute of the Jews"
  • 1940 Wrestling returns to Madison Square Garden after 12 year lay off
  • 1942 German assault on Tractor factory in Stalingrad
  • 1943 Corsica freed by Free French
  • 1943 German occupiers forbid flying of kites (6 month jail sentence)
  • 1944 British troops land on Greek continent
  • 1944 1st All St Louis World Series, all games played at Sportsman's Park
  • 1944 St Louis Browns win 1st World Series game in their only appearance
  • 1947 Negro League World Series, NY Cubans beat Cleveland Buckeyes, 6-5
  • 1948 Indians beat Red Sox, 8-0, in 1st AL playoff game
  • 1948 World Council of Churches forms under W Fisherman It Hooft
  • 1949 American Contract Bridge League votes 58½% to keep blacks out
  • 1949 United Nations' permanent NYC headquarters is dedicated
  • 1951 In opening World Series game, Giant Monte Irvin steals home in 1st inn
  • 1952 "Top Banana" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 356 performances
  • 1953 Jim Peters runs world record marathon (2:17:39.4)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1953 Mickey Mantle hits a grand slam in World Series

Baseball Legend Mickey Mantle
Baseball Legend
Mickey Mantle
  • 1955 Brooklyn Dodgers only World Series victory, beating Yankees in 7
  • 1955 Rev Sun Young Moon leaves prison in Seoul
  • 1956 Great Britain performs nuclear test at Maralinga Australia
  • 1957 "Leave It to Beaver" debuts on CBS
  • 1957 USSR launches Sputnik I, 1st artificial Earth satellite
  • 1957 Avro Arrow roll-out ceremony at Avro Canada plant in Malton, Ontario.
  • 1958 12th NHL All-Star Game: Montreal beat All-Stars 6-3 at Montreal
  • 1958 5th French republic forms
  • 1958 Transatlantic commercial jet passenger service began (BOAC)
  • 1958 Fifth Republic of France is established.
  • 1959 1st World Series game played west of St Louis (in LA)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1959 Cleveland Browns' Jim Brown makes club record 37 rushing attempts

NFL Legend Jim Brown
NFL Legend
Jim Brown

Music concertMusic Concert

1959 Dmitri Shostakovich's 1st Cello concert premieres in Leningrad

  • 1959 LA Dodgers set World Series attendance record at 92,394
  • 1959 Netherlands beats Belgium 9-1
  • 1959 USSR Luna 3 sent back 1st photos of Moon's far side
  • 1960 Courier 1B Launched; 1st active repeater satellite in orbit
  • 1961 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1961 Whitey Ford's 3rd straight World Series shutout

MLB Pitcher Whitey Ford
MLB Pitcher
Whitey Ford
  • 1962 USAF Maj Robert A Rushworth takes X-15 to 32,300m
  • 1962 Whitey Ford's World Series 33 2/3 scoreless inning streak ends
  • 1963 -8] Hurricane Flora, kills 6,000 in Cuba & Haiti
  • 1963 Gambia achieves full internal self-government
  • 1964 -7] Hurricane Hilda, kills 38 in La, Miss & Ga

Sport awardGolf Major

1964 10th LPGA Championship won by Mary Mills

LPGA Golfer Mary Mills
LPGA Golfer
Mary Mills
  • 1964 3 cars of a commuter train derails in South Africa killing 81
  • 1964 Italian Autostrada del Sol opens at Milan-Naples
  • 1964 Patriots' Gino Cappelletti kicks 6-of-6 field goals against Broncos
  • 1964 Phils bomb Reds 10-0 as both teams finish one game behind St Louis
  • 1965 "Pickwick" opens at 46th St Theater NYC for 56 performances
  • 1965 Pope Paul VI becomes 1st Pope to visit Western Hemisphere (UN)
  • 1965 USSR launches Luna 7; crash lands on Moon
  • 1966 Dutch Cardinal Alfrink presents New Catechism
  • 1966 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • 1966 Lesotho (Basutoland) gains independence from Britain (National Day)
  • 1967 1st World Series since 1948 not to feature NY Yankees, Giants or the Dodgers
  • 1967 Omar Ali Saifuddin III of Brunei abdicates in favour of his son, His Majesty Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah
  • 1968 A Northern Ireland Civil Rights Association (NICRA) delegation meet with the Derry March organisers and try to have the march cancelled; eventually it was decided to go ahead with the march.
  • 1969 Last wooden passenger subway cars retired at Brooklyn Myrtle Beach
  • 1969 UN starts issuing postage stamps at Geneva headquarters
  • 1969 Baseball's 1st divisional playoff games, Mets beat Braves 9-5 & Orioles beat Twins 4-3 in 12 innings
  • 1970 KC Chiefs Jan Stenerud kicks 55-yard field goal
  • 1970 Umps return after 1-day walkout in quest of higher wages
  • 1970 WFYI TV channel 20 in Indianapolis, IN (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1970 Herbert Schmidtz makes highest parachute jump from a tower by leaping from a 1,984 ft TV mast in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • 1971 Borden's opens a turn-of-century ice cream parlor at Disney World
  • 1971 KMPH TV channel 26 in Visalia-Fresno, CA (IND) begins broadcasting
  • 1971 USSR performs underground nuclear test

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1972 Ted Williams manages his final game as Rangers lose to Royals, 4-0

Baseball Player Ted Williams
Baseball Player
Ted Williams
  • 1973 Hans of Manens ballet "Adagio Hammerklavier" premieres in Amsterdam

Music releaseAlbum Release

1974 John Lennon releases "Walls & Bridges" album featuring No. 1 single "Whatever Gets You thru the Night"

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
  • 1975 A Cessna 310Q airplane crashes over Wilmington, North Carolina, killing the pilot and severely injuring several pro wrestlers affiliated with the NWA's Mid-Atlantic promotion. One of the survivors is the legendary Ric Flair.
  • 1976 US Agriculture Secretary Earl Butz resigns after telling a racial joke
  • 1976 Supreme Court lifts 1972 ban on death penalty for convicted murderers
  • 1976 Official launch of the Intercity 125 High Speed Train (HST).
  • 1978 Pier 39 opens in San Francisco
  • 1978 Funeral services held for Pope John Paul I
  • 1979 Hugh Leonards "Life" premieres in Dublin
  • 1979 USSR performs nuclear test

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1980 Mike Schmidt's 2-run HR clinches NL East title for Phillies

MLB Third Baseman Mike Schmidt
MLB Third Baseman
Mike Schmidt
  • 1980 ABC premiere of Saturday futuristic fantasy cartoon "Thundarr the Barbarian"
  • 1981 Meadowlands Arena opens in New Jersey
  • 1981 Pasakevi Kouna of Greece (9) is youngest international gymnastics participant

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1982 West German parliament officially confirms Helmut Kohl as the country's new Chancellor

German Chancellor Helmut Kohl
German Chancellor
Helmut Kohl
  • 1983 Richard Noble driving Thrust2 reaches new land speed record of 650.88 mph (1,047.49 km/h) at Black Rock Desert, Nevada
  • 1984 Detroit Tigers clinch AL East
  • 1985 Henry G Perry completes 157 day, 14,021 mile bicycle tour of Australia
  • 1985 Shi'ite Muslims claim to have killed hostage William Buckley
  • 1985 Free Software Foundation is founded in Massachusetts, USA

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1986 NY Yank Dave Righetti saves doubleheader for then record 46 saves

MLB Pitcher and Coach Dave Righetti
MLB Pitcher and Coach
Dave Righetti
  • 1986 Queen Beatrice installs dam at Oosterschelde
  • 1986 Rachel Oliver (Mass), 20, crowned 19th Miss Black America
  • 1987 1st "Scrub Sunday" of NFL football with replacement players
  • 1987 Minnesota Twins beat the Detroit Tigers to win the 1987 AL Pennant
  • 1987 James Jefferson of Winnipeg scores 2 TDs on interception returns without making an interception. (He scored on laterals)

Film release premierFilm Premier

1987 "The Last Emperor" directed by Bernardo Bertolucci and starring John Lone, Joan Chen and Peter O'Toole premieres at the Tokyo Film Festival (Best Picture 1988)

Director and Screenwriter Bernardo Bertolucci
Director and Screenwriter
Bernardo Bertolucci
  • 1988 Pillsbury stock soars $18.37 to $57.37 on takeover bid
  • 1989 Giants Will Clark hits 1st NLCS grand slam since 1977
  • 1989 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • 1990 "Stand Up Tragedy" opens at Criterion Theater NYC for 13 performances
  • 1990 Regional elections held in East Germany

Film release premierFilm Premier

1990 U.S. premiere of Fox TV's "Beverly Hills, 90210" starring Luke Perry, Jason Priestley and Shannen Doherty

  • 1991 Delta Center in Salt Lake City Utah

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1991 NHL NY Rangers trade Bernie Nichols to Edmonton for Mark Messier

NHL Legend Mark Messier
NHL Legend
Mark Messier
  • 1991 San Jose Sharks lose 4-3 to Vancouver Canucks in their 1st NHL game
  • 1991 Whiteland Janice, driven by Mike Lachance, wins Kentucky Futurity
  • 1991 The Protocol on Environmental Protection to the Antarctic Treaty is opened for signature.
  • 1992 "Anna Karenina" closes at Circle in Sq Theater NYC after 46 performances
  • 1992 "Real Inspector Hound" closes at Criterion Theater NYC after 61 performances
  • 1992 1st time AL East & West champs have same record (96-66)-Tor & Oak
  • 1992 2nd Solheim Cup: Europe beats US, 11½-6½ at Dalmahoy CC Scotland
  • 1992 El Al cargo plane crashes at Amsterdam Bijlmer, 43 die
  • 1992 Miami Dolphin Louis Oliver returns record tying interception 103 yards
  • 1992 The Rome General Peace Accords ends a 16 year civil war in Mozambique.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1993 Troops of President Boris Yeltsin occupy Russian White House (parliament)

Russian President Boris Yeltsin
Russian President
Boris Yeltsin
  • 1994 7.9 earthquake strikes Koerilen, flood kills 18+

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1994 Keith Moore is charged with stealing $5,000,000 from Sting

Singer and Actor Sting
Singer and Actor
  • 1994 Soyuz TM-20 launches
  • 1995 29th Country Music Association Award: Krauss Jackson win
  • 1995 Jim Leyritz homers with a man on in 15th inning to give Yankees 2-0 Division Series lead over Mariners
  • 1996 BPAA US Bowling Open by Dave Husted
  • 1996 BPAA US Women's Bowling Open won by Liz Johnson
  • 1996 Shahid Afridi scores century in 37 balls for Pakistan v Sri Lanka
  • 1997 Farm Aid 10 concert in Texas cancelled due to weak ticket sales and moved to Illinois
  • 1997 Second largest cash robbery in U.S. history occurs at the Charlotte, North Carolina office of Loomis, Fargo and Company with $17.3 million in cash taken

Music releaseMusic Single

1999 "Breathe" single released by Faith Hill (Billboard Song of the Year 2000)

Country Singer Faith Hill
Country Singer
Faith Hill
  • 2000 34th Country Music Association Award: Dixie Chicks, Faith Hill & Tim McGraw wins
  • 2001 Siberia Airlines Flight 1812: a Sibir Airlines Tupolev TU-154 crashes into the Black Sea after being struck by an errant Ukrainian S-200 missile. 78 people are killed.

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

2001 Barry Bonds hits his 70th home run, tying Mark McGwire for the most MLB home runs in a single season

MLB Legend Barry Bonds
MLB Legend
Barry Bonds
  • 2003 Maxim restaurant suicide bombing in Haifa, Israel: 21 Israelis, Jews and Arabs, are killed, and 51 others wounded.
  • 2004 SpaceShipOne wins Ansari X Prize for private spaceflight
  • 2005 "All the Right Reasons", fifth studio album by Nickelback, is released

CommunicationHistoric Communication

2006 WikiLeaks is launched, created by internet activist Julian Assange

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange
Wikileaks founder
Julian Assange
  • 2008 On This Day (then HistoryOrb.com) receives its first major overhaul and redesign
  • 2009 George Papandreou's Panhellenic Socialist Movement defeats Greece's governing New Democracy party in an electoral landslide.