Historical Events on September 4

  • 422 St Boniface I ends his reign as Catholic Pope
  • 476 Romulus Augustulus, last Western Roman Emperor, abdicates after forces led by Odoacer invade Rome. Traditional end of the Western Roman Empire
  • 626 Shimin becomes Emperor Taizong of Tang, Emperor of China, when his father abdicates in his favour
  • 1024 Conrad II (the Elder) chosen as King of Germany
  • 1260 Battle at Montaperti, Tuscany, between rival factions the Guelphs and Ghibellines
  • 1282 King of Aragon Pedro III annexes Sicily
  • 1414 Peace of Atrecht: John the fearless & Armagnacs
  • 1479 King Alfonso I of Portugal recognizes Isabella as queen of Castile
  • 1571 Catholic rebellion in Scotland

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1609 Navigator Henry Hudson first European to discover island of Manhattan [or Sep 11]

Explorer Henry Hudson
Henry Hudson
  • 1618 "Rodi" avalanche destroys Plurs, Switzerland, 1,500 killed

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1682 English astronomer Edmond Halley observes the comet named after him

Astronomer, Mathematician and Physicist Edmond Halley
Astronomer, Mathematician and Physicist
Edmond Halley
  • 1778 City of Amsterdam signs trade agreement with American rebels
  • 1781 Los Angeles is founded by 44 Spanish speaking mestizos in the Bahia de las Fumas (Bay of Smokes)
  • 1786 -5] Orange troops plunder Hattem/Elburg
  • 1805 1st edition of Batavian State Courier published

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1807 Robert Fulton begins operating his steamboat

Commercial Steamboat Inventor Robert Fulton
Commercial Steamboat Inventor
Robert Fulton
  • 1813 First US religious newspaper (Religious Remembrancer (Christian Observer))
  • 1833 1st newsboy hired (Barney Flaherty, 10 years old-NY Sun)
  • 1842 Work on Cologne cathedral recommences after 284-year hiatus
  • 1854 English/French assault on Petropavlovsk Kamchatka

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1862 General Lee invades the North with 50,000 Confederate troops during Maryland Campaign (US Civil war)

Confederate General Robert E. Lee
Confederate General
Robert E. Lee
  • 1862 North Beach & Mission Railway Company organized in San Francisco
  • 1862 Maryland Campaign (Antietam Campaign)
  • 1864 Bread riots in Mobile, Alabama
  • 1866 1st Hawaiian daily newspaper published
  • 1870 The Third French Republic proclaimed as French overthrow Emperor Napoleon III (who ironically was the elected president of the Second French Republic) after his defeat by Prussia at Sedan

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1882 in its 1st large-scale test, Thomas Edison's light bulb is used to light NY's Pearl Street Station

Inventor Thomas Edison
Thomas Edison
  • 1884 Britain ends its policy of penal transportation to New South Wales in Australia.
  • 1885 1st cafeteria opens (NYC)

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1886 Apache Chief Geronimo surrenders ending last major US-Indian war

Apache Leader Geronimo
Apache Leader

InventionHistoric Invention

1888 George Eastman patents the first roll-film camera & registers "Kodak"

Founder of the Eastman Kodak Company George Eastman
Founder of the Eastman Kodak Company
George Eastman

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1893 English author Beatrix Potter first writes the story of Peter Rabbit for a 5 year old boy

Children's Author Beatrix Potter
Children's Author
Beatrix Potter
  • 1894 In NYC, 12,000 tailors went on strike protesting sweat shops
  • 1894 Soccer team Veendam 1894 forms
  • 1899 8.3 earthquake shakes Yakutat Bay Alaska
  • 1904 Dalai Lama signs treaty allowing British commerce in Tibet
  • 1906 NY Highlanders win 5th straight doubleheader
  • 1908 Caledonia & Hillhurst Football Clubs play for Central Alberta Rugby Football League championship
  • 1911 Garros sets world altitude record of 4,250 m (13,944 ft)
  • 1912 First accident (collision) in London Underground: 22 people injured
  • 1914 General von Moltke ceases German advance in France
  • 1914 France, Russia, and Britain agree in a Pact of London that none will make a separate peace
  • 1916 Christy Mathewson & Mordecai Brown final baseball game
  • 1918 Jhr Ch Ruys de Beerenbrouck becomes 1st Dutch Catholic premier
  • 1918 US troops land in Archangel, Russia, stay 10 months
  • 1919 British intervene in Petrograd

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1919 Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, who founded the Republic of Turkey, gathers a congress in Sivas to make decisions as to the future of Anatolia and Thrace.

President and founder of the Republic of Turkey Mustafa Kemal Atatürk
President and founder of the Republic of Turkey
Mustafa Kemal Atatürk
  • 1919 39th U.S. Men's National Championship: Bill Johnston beats Bill Tilden (6-4, 6-4, 6-3)
  • 1920 Last day of Julian civil calendar (in parts of Bulgaria)

Sports record brokenWorld Record

1922 Paavo Nurmi runs world record 2000m (5:26.3)

Runner nicknamed the
Runner nicknamed the "Flying Finn"
Paavo Nurmi

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1922 William Walmsley and William Lyons officially found the Swallow Sidecar Company (later Jaguar Cars) in Blackpool, England

Mr Jaguar William Lyons
Mr Jaguar
William Lyons
  • 1923 A Charlot & N Coward's revue "London Calling" premieres in London
  • 1923 NY Yankee Sad Sam Jones no-hits Philadelphia A's, 2-0
  • 1923 Maiden flight of the first U.S. airship, the USS Shenandoah.

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1927 Charles Lindbergh visits Boise, Idaho, on his cross-country tour

  • 1930 Cambridge Theatre opens in London
  • 1932 15th PGA Championship: Olin Dutra at Keller GC St Paul Minn
  • 1933 1st airplane to exceed 300 mph (483 kph), JR Wendell, Glenview, Il

BattleCoup d'état

1933 Coup on Cuban president De Cespedes by Fulgencio Batista

Cuban President and Dictator Fulgencio Batista
Cuban President and Dictator
Fulgencio Batista

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1934 Bradman scores 149* Aust v Eng XI, 104 mins, 17 fours 4 sixes

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman

Victory in battleVictory in Battle

1936 Franco's troops conquer Irun & Talavera de la Reina, Spain

Spanish Dictator and General Francisco Franco
Spanish Dictator and General
Francisco Franco
  • 1936 Largo Caballero becomes Spanish premier
  • 1936 "Swing Time", directed by George Stevens, starring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, is released
  • 1937 Doris Kopsky, becomes 1st NABA woman cycling champion (4:22.4)
  • 1938 Vainio Muinonen wins 2nd European marathoner (2:37:28.8)
  • 1939 Dutch 2nd Chamber affirms Neth's in a State of War
  • 1939 German troops move into Danzig
  • 1939 Netherlands & Belgium declare neutrality
  • 1939 Mir, a Nazi ghetto in occupied Poland, is exterminated
  • 1939 RAF bombs Wilhelmshafen
  • 1940 CBS begins broadcasting TV as station W2XAB
  • 1940 Gerbrandy becomes premier of Dutch government in exile

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1940 Nazi collaborator Mussert puts the fate of Netherlands in Hitler's hands

Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler
Dictator of Nazi Germany
Adolf Hitler
  • 1941 NY Yankees, win earliest AL pennent (full season)
  • 1941 US destroyer Greer fires on German submarine U-652
  • 1941 Yanks beat Red Sox 6-3 & clinch their 12th & earliest pennant
  • 1942 Transport #28 departs with French Jews to nazi-Germany
  • 1943 British 8th Army lands at Taranto, South Italy
  • 1944 2,087 Jews transported for Westerbork to KZ-Lower Theresienstadt
  • 1944 British 11th Armoured Division frees Antwerp
  • 1944 Finland breaks diplomatic contact with Nazi Germany
  • 1944 US 1st Army frees Namen
  • 1944 64th U.S. Men's National Tennis Championship: Frank Parker beats William Talbert (6-4, 3-6, 6-3, 6-3)
  • 1944 58th U.S. Women's National tennis Championship: Pauline Betz Addie beats Margaret Osborne duPont (6-3, 8-6)
  • 1945 Ruben Fine wins 4 simultaneous rapid chess games blindfolded
  • 1945 US regains possession of Wake Island from Japan
  • 1948 "Angel in the Wings" closes at Coronet Theater NYC after 308 performances
  • 1948 Queen Wilhelmina abdicates Dutch throne
  • 1949 Marie Robie sinks 393 yd hole-in-one (1st hole in Furnace Brook)
  • 1950 First helicopter rescue of American pilot behind enemy lines
  • 1950 D McI Hodgson of St Ann Bay, Nova Scotia catches a 997 lb tuna
  • 1950 Heavy typhoon strikes Japan, kills about 250
  • 1950 Darlington Raceway is the site of the inaugural Southern 500, the first 500-mile NASCAR race.
  • 1951 1st transcontinental TV broadcast, by US President Harry Truman
  • 1951 NBC extends to become a 61 station coast-to-coast network

Conference meetingConference of Interest

1951 US President Harry Truman addresses opening of Japanese Peace Treaty Conference

33rd US President Harry Truman
33rd US President
Harry Truman
  • 1953 WATR (now WTXX) TV channel 20 in Waterbury, CT (NBC) begins
  • 1953 WGEM TV channel 10 in Quincy-Hannibal, IL (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1953 Yanks become 1st team to win 5 consecutive championship
  • 1954 Peter B Cortese of US achieves a one-arm deadlift of 370 lbs; 22 lbs over triple his body weight, at York, Pennsylvania
  • 1957 Ford Motor Co introduces Edsel
  • 1957 Governor of Arkansas, Orval Faubus, calls out National Guard to stop 9 black students from entering a Little Rock high school
  • 1960 -12] Hurricane Donna, kills 148 in Caribbean & US
  • 1961 Carol Burnett-Richard Hayes Show premieres on CBS radio
  • 1961 US authorizes Agency for International Development
  • 1962 Beatles record "How Do You Do It" at EMI
  • 1962 French president De Gaulle visits German FR
  • 1963 Swissair Flight 306 crashes near Dürrenäsch, Switzerland, killing all 80 people on board.
  • 1964 Eduardo Frei Montalva elected President of Chile
  • 1964 Scottish Forth Road Bridge opens (then the longest in Europe)
  • 1964 NASA launches its 1st Orbital Geophysical Observatory (OGO-1)
  • 1965 Beatles' single "Help!" goes #1 & stays #1 for 3 weeks
  • 1965 KREZ TV channel 6 in Durango, CO (CBS/NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1965 Rock group Who's van is vandalized with $10,000 in equipment stolen
  • 1966 Houston Oilers holds Denver Broncos to no 1st downs winning 45-7
  • 1966 Jim Hogan wins Europe marathon (2:20:04.6)
  • 1967 6.5 earthquake of Kolya Dam India, kills 200

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1967 Jerry Lewis' 2nd Muscular Dystrophy telethon

Comedian Jerry Lewis
Jerry Lewis
  • 1967 Train crash at Arnhem, Netherlands, kills 5
  • 1968 Nigerian troops conquer the city of Aba, Biafra during the Nigerian Civil War
  • 1970 -5) 29.0 cm rainfall at Workman Creek, Arizona (state record)
  • 1970 Russian ballerina Natalia Makarova gets political asylum

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

1970 Marxist Salvador Allende wins a narrow plurality of votes in Chile's presidential election

Marxist and President of Chile Salvador Allende
Marxist and President of Chile
Salvador Allende
  • 1970 An Irish Republican Army (IRA) member, Michael Kane (35), is killed in the premature explosion of the bomb he was planting at an electricity transformer in Belfast
  • 1971 Alaskan 727 crashes into Chilkoot Mountain, kills 109 (Alaska)
  • 1972 US swimmer Mark Spitz becomes 1st athlete to win 7 olympic gold medals
  • 1972 USSR performs underground nuclear test
  • 1972 Thieves steal 18 paintings from the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts in what was at the time the largest art theft in North America.
  • 1972 "The Price is Right" - US's longest running games show debuts on CBS
  • 1973 William E Colby, becomes 10th director of CIA
  • 1975 The Sinai Interim Agreement relating to the Arab-Israeli conflict is signed.
  • 1976 Palestinians hijack KLM DC-9 to Cyprus
  • 1977 "Godspell" closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 527 performances
  • 1977 Hollis Stacy wins LPGA Rail Muscular Dystrophy Golf Classic
  • 1978 Jerry Lewis' 13th Muscular Dystrophy telethon raises $29,074,405
  • 1978 NY Yankee pitcher Ron Guidry wins his 20th (on way to 25-3 season)
  • 1978 Pat Bradley wins LPGA Rail Charity Golf Classic
  • 1979 India need 438 to win v England, game ends at 8-429
  • 1979 Iran army conquers Baneh
  • 1980 Yes performs its last concert (Madison Square Garden)
  • 1981 Longest game at Fenway Park completed in 20, Seattle Mariners 8, Boston Red Sox 7
  • 1981 Newscaster David Brinkley is released by NBC
  • 1981 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 1982 Arson fire engulfs apartment-hotel in LA, 25 die
  • 1982 USSR performs underground nuclear test
  • 1983 "Joseph & the Amazing Dreamcoat" closes at Royale NYC after 747 performances
  • 1983 83rd US Golf Amateur Championship won by Jay Sigel
  • 1983 Greg LeMond becomes only American to win cycling's Road Championship
  • 1983 Scott Michael Pellaton sets barefoot waterski speed rec (119.36 mph)
  • 1984 Nigerian singer Fela Kuti sentenced to 2 years
  • 1985 Igor Paklin of USSR set a new high jump world record at 7-11 12
  • 1985 NY Mets Gary Carter's 2 HRs ties record of 5 HRs in 2 games
  • 1986 189.42 million shares traded in NY Stock Exchange
  • 1986 Claude Brochu becomes CEO of Montreal Expos

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1988 Mike Tyson crashes a silver BMW into a tree near Catskills NY

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Mike Tyson
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Mike Tyson
  • 1988 Phoenix Cardinals play 1st regular-season NFL game
  • 1989 Beth Daniel wins LPGA Rail Charity Golf Classic
  • 1989 Jerry Lewis' 24th Muscular Dystrophy telethon raises $42,737,219
  • 1989 46th Venice Film Festival: "A City of Sadness" directed by Hsiao-hsien Hou wins Golden Lion

Film tv awardsFilm Awards

1990 47th Venice Film Festival: "Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead" directed by Tom Stoppard wins Golden Lion

Playwright Tom Stoppard
Tom Stoppard
  • 1991 "Most Happy Fella" opens at NY State Theater NYC
  • 1991 Rte 35 Theater in Hazlit, last drive-in in NJ, closes

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1991 Panel of 8 baseball experts vote to drop asterisk next to Roger Maris HR record & determine an official no hitter must go at least 9 innings

American Baseball Player Roger Maris
American Baseball Player
Roger Maris
  • 1992 "Scared Silent" is 1st non news program to be seen on 3 networks simultaneously. (CBS, NBC & PBS), about child abuse hosted by Oprah
  • 1993 Jim Abbott pitches 4-0, no-hit win over Indians at Yankee Stadium

Sport awardTennis Open

1993 Mats Wilander defeats Mikael Pernfors 7-6 (7-3), 3-6, 1-6, 7-6 (8-6), 6-4 in 4 hrs 1 min US Open Tennis match concluding at 2:26 AM

Tennis Player and Seven-Time Major Champion Mats Wilander
Tennis Player and Seven-Time Major Champion
Mats Wilander
Tennis Player Mikael Pernfors
Tennis Player
Mikael Pernfors
  • 1994 Bulgarian government of Berov falls
  • 1994 Cleveland Browns is 1st team in NFL to score a 2-point conversion
  • 1994 Kansai International airport officially opens
  • 1995 Jerry Lewis' 30th Muscular Dystrophy telethon raises $47,800,000
  • 1995 Mary Beth Zimmerman wins LPGA State Farm Rail Golf Classic
  • 1995 The Fourth World Conference on Women opens in Beijing with over 4,750 delegates from 181 countries in attendance.

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1995 Cult TV series "Xena: Warrior Princess" starring Lucy Lawless and Renee O'Connor debuts in the US

Actress & Singer Lucy Lawless
Actress & Singer
Lucy Lawless
  • 1996 13th MTV Video Music Awards: Alanis Morrisett & Smashing Pumpkins win
  • 1997 Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Louisville KY on WTFX 100.5 FM
  • 1997 14th MTV Video Music Awards: Jamiroquai, Jewel & Beck win

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1998 Google is formally incorporated by Larry Page and Sergey Brin, two students at Stanford University

Computer Scientist, Google Co-founder Larry Page
Computer Scientist, Google Co-founder
Larry Page
Co-Founder of Google Sergey Brin
Co-Founder of Google
Sergey Brin
  • 1998 1st ever "Who wants to be a Millionaire?" hosted by Chris Tarrant debuts on ITV in Britain

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2002 Before a U.S. Congressional panel, Doris Roberts testifies that age discrimination is prevalent in Hollywood

Actress Doris Roberts
Doris Roberts

Film release premierFilm Premier

2008 "The Hurt Locker" directed by Kathryn Bigelow and starring Jeremy Renner premieres at the Venice Film Festival (Best Picture 2010)

Director Kathryn Bigelow
Kathryn Bigelow
  • 2010 Canterbury earthquake: a 7.1 magnitude earthquake which struck the South Island of New Zealand at 4:35 am causing widespread damage and several power outages.
  • 2012 25 people are killed at a funeral suicide bombing in Nangarhar, Pakistan
  • 2012 42 people are killed and 25 injured as a passenger bus falls down a ravine in Morocco
  • 2012 Pauline Marois becomes the first female premier of Quebec
  • 2012 Carpet that can help prevent falls in elderly by warning them after detecting unusual footsteps is developed
  • 2014 Monsoon rains begin and cause flooding over a sustained period that kills over 400 people in India & Pakistan
  • 2014 Aracheological remains of a Viking fortress from the 900s CE, the Vallø Borgring, is discovered in Denmark


2016 Mother Teresa canonized by Pope Francis in a ceremony at the Vatican

Catholic Missionary Mother Teresa
Catholic Missionary
Mother Teresa

Nobel prizeNobel Prize

2017 Nobel Peace laureate Malala Yousafzai criticizes Suu Kyi's lack of response to the Rohingya crisis in Myanmar

Human Rights Activist Malala Yousafzai
Human Rights Activist
Malala Yousafzai

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2017 US President Donald Trump announces Dreamers program, The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (Daca) will be stopped

45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump