On This Day

On This Day in History for August 4 (Part 2)

Events in History

  • 1983 Bettino Craxi sworn in as premier of Italy
  • 1983 France performs nuclear test
  • 1983 Revolution in Republic of Upper Volta brings Thomas Sankara to power

Book releaseHistoric Publication

1983 Danielle Steel’s romance novel “Thurston House” is published

Novelist Danielle Steel
Danielle Steel
  • 1984 Republic of Upper Volta becomes Burkina Faso (National Day)
  • 1986 Reports of probable OPEC (Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries) agreement on output quotas sends oil prices higher
  • 1988 Congress votes $20,000 to each Japanese-American interned in WW II
  • 1988 Hertz car rental will pay out $23 million in consumer fraud case
  • 1990 95.5°F (35.3°C) in De Bilt Netherlands (highest Aug temperature in Netherlands)
  • 1990 European community proposes a boycott of Iraq
  • 1991 The Greek cruise ship Oceanos sinks off the Wild Coast of South Africa
  • 1993 Angolan air force bombs Huambo
  • 1993 Rwandian Hutus and Tutsis sign peace treaty in Arusha, Tanzania
  • 1994 Dwingeloo 1, near milky way system, discovered

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1994 Howard Stern drops out of NY gubernatorial race

Radio shock jock Howard Stern
Radio shock jock
Howard Stern
  • 1994 Truck carrying millions of bees overturns on NY parkway

BattleBattle of Interest

1995 Operation Storm begins in Croatia, the Croatian army attacks territory under the Republic of Serbian Krajina in the largest land battle since WWII

President of Croatia Franjo Tuđman
President of Croatia
Franjo Tuđman
  • 1997 185,000 Teamsters union United Parcel Service drivers walk off the job.
  • 1997 In Colombia, international oil company Occidental Petroleum declare force majeure on all oil exports from the Cano Limon field after a series of attacks knocked out a major oil pipeline
  • 2002 Soham murders: 10 year old school girls Jessica Chapman and Holly Wells go missing from the town of Soham, Cambridgeshire.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2005 Prime Minister Paul Martin announces that Michaëlle Jean will be Canada's 27th and first black Governor General

21st Prime Minister of Canada Paul Martin
21st Prime Minister of Canada
Paul Martin
  • 2006 Dame Silvia Cartwright steps down as the Governor-General of New Zealand and is replaced by The Honourable Anand Satyanand, who is sworn in 23 August
  • 2007 NASA's Phoenix spaceship is launched

Conference meetingMeeting of Interest

2009 Kim Jong-il meets former president Bill Clinton. He pardons and releases captured American journalists Euna Lee and Laura Ling who were found guilty of entering the country illegally.

Supreme Leader and Dictator of North Korea Kim Jong-il
Supreme Leader and Dictator of North Korea
Kim Jong-il
42nd US President Bill Clinton
42nd US President
Bill Clinton
  • 2011 Mark Duggan is shot by police in London at 29, sparking widespread riots that cost an estimated £200 million worth of property damage
  • 2012 45 people are killed by a suicide bombing in Abyan, Yemen

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2013 Hassan Rouhani is inaugurated as the President of Iran

President of Iran Hassan Rouhani
President of Iran
Hassan Rouhani
  • 2014 Hamas and Israel agree to another 72 hour ceasefire
  • 2015 A plague of locusts in Southern Russia prompts a state of emergency to be declared
  • 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

MurderAssassination Attempt

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

President of Venezuela Nicolás Maduro
President of Venezuela
Nicolás Maduro
  • 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 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
  • 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

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