August 4 Events

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August 4th, 2007 (August 04 2007)EventNASA s Phoenix spaceship is launched.
August 4th, 2006 (August 04 2006)EventDame Silvia Cartwright steps down as the Governor-General of New Zealand and was replaced by The Honourable Anand Satyanand, who was sworn in on 23 August.
August 4th, 2005 (August 04 2005)EventPrime Minister Paul Martin announces that Michaelle Jean will be Canada s 27th - and first black - Governor General.Paul Martin Quotes
August 4th, 2002 (August 04 2002)EventSoham murders: 10 year old school girls Jessica Chapman and Holly Wells go missing from the town of Soham, Cambridgeshire.
August 4th, 1997 (August 04 1997)Event185,000 Teamsters union United Parcel Service drivers walk off the job.
August 4th, 1995 (August 04 1995)EventOperation Storm begins in Croatia.
August 4th, 1993 (August 04 1993)EventA federal judge sentences LAPD officers Stacey Koon and Laurence Powell to 30 months in prison for violating motorist Rodney King s civil rights.
August 4th, 1991 (August 04 1991)EventThe Greek cruise ship Oceanos sinks off the Wild Coast of South Africa.
August 4th, 1987 (August 04 1987)EventThe Federal Communications Commission rescinds the Fairness Doctrine which had required radio and television stations to "fairly" present controversial issues.
August 4th, 1984 (August 04 1984)EventThe African republic Upper Volta changes its name to Burkina Faso.
August 4th, 1977 (August 04 1977)EventUS President Jimmy Carter signs legislation creating the United States Department of Energy.Jimmy Carter Quotes
August 4th, 1975 (August 04 1975)EventThe Japanese Red Army takes more than 50 hostages at the AIA Building housing several embassies in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The hostages included the U.S. consul and the Swedish charge d affaires. The gunmen win the release of five imprisoned comrades and fly with them to Libya.
August 4th, 1970 (August 04 1970)EventThe destruction of the Second Temple in Jerusalem by the Romans.
August 4th, 1969 (August 04 1969)EventVietnam War: At the apartment of French intermediary Jean Sainteny in Paris, U.S. representative Henry Kissinger and North Vietnamese representative Xuan Thuy begin secret peace negotiations. The negotiations will eventually fail.Henry Kissinger Quotes
August 4th, 1964 (August 04 1964)EventAmerican civil rights movement: Civil rights workers Michael Schwerner, Andrew Goodman and James Chaney are found dead in Mississippi after disappearing on June 21.
August 4th, 1964 (August 04 1964)EventVietnam War: United States destroyers USS Maddox and USS C. Turner Joy report coming attack in the Gulf of Tonkin. The destroyers open fire at what they believed were Vietnam People s Army torpedo boats, although subsequent work has raised doubts the targets were real. This engagement became known as the Gulf of Tonkin Incident.Ted Turner Quotes
August 4th, 1954 (August 04 1954)EventGovernment of Pakistan approves the National Anthem, written by Hafeez Jullundhry and composed by Ahmed G. Chagla.
August 4th, 1947 (August 04 1947)EventThe Supreme Court of Japan is established.
August 4th, 1946 (August 04 1946)Event1946 Dominican Republic earthquakeearthquake of magnitude 8.0 hits northern Dominican Republic. 100 killed, 20,000 left homeless.
August 4th, 1944 (August 04 1944)EventHolocaust: A tip from a Dutch informer leads the Gestapo to a sealed-off area in an Amsterdam warehouse where they find Jewish diarist Anne Frank and her family.Anne Frank Quotes
August 4th, 1936 (August 04 1936)EventGreek General Ioannis Metaxas, leader of the 4th of August Regime, suspends parliament and the Constitution and declares himself dictator.
August 4th, 1924 (August 04 1924)EventThe diplomatic relations between Mexico and the Soviet Union were established.
August 4th, 1916 (August 04 1916)EventWorld War I: Liberia declares war on Germany.
August 4th, 1914 (August 04 1914)EventWorld War I: Germany invades Belgium; in response, the United Kingdom declares war on Germany. The United States proclaims neutrality.
August 4th, 1906 (August 04 1906)EventCentral Railway Station, Sydney opens.
August 4th, 1902 (August 04 1902)EventGreenwich foot tunnel under the River Thames opens.
August 4th, 1892 (August 04 1892)EventThe family of Lizzie Borden is found murdered in their Fall River, Massachusetts home.
August 4th, 1873 (August 04 1873)EventIndian Wars: Whilst protecting a railroad survey party in Montana, the United States 7th Cavalry, under Lieutenant Colonel George Armstrong Custer, clash for the first time with the Sioux (near the Tongue River; only one man on each side is killed).
August 4th, 1854 (August 04 1854)EventThe Hinomaru is established as the official flag to be flown from Japanese ships.
August 4th, 1824 (August 04 1824)EventBattle of Kos fought between Turks and Greeks.
August 4th, 1821 (August 04 1821)EventAtkinson & Alexander publish the Saturday Evening Post for the first time as a weekly newspaper.
August 4th, 1791 (August 04 1791)EventThe Treaty of Sistova is signed, ending the Ottoman-Habsburg wars.
August 4th, 1790 (August 04 1790)EventA newly passed tariff act creates the Revenue Cutter Service (the forerunner of the United States Coast Guard).
August 4th, 1789 (August 04 1789)EventIn France members of the National Constituent Assembly take an oath to end feudalism and abandon their privileges.
August 4th, 1704 (August 04 1704)EventWar of the Spanish Succession: Gibraltar captured by English and Dutch fleet, commanded by Admiral Sir George Rooke and allied with Archduke Charles.
August 4th, 1693 (August 04 1693)EventDate traditionally ascribed to Dom Perignon s invention of Champagne.
August 4th, 1578 (August 04 1578)EventBattle of Al Kasr al KebirMoroccans defeat Portuguese. King Sebastian of Portugal is defeated and killed in North Africa, leaving his elderly uncle, Cardinal Henry, as his heir. This initiates a succession crisis in Portugal.
August 4th, 1265 (August 04 1265)EventSecond Barons War: Battle of EveshamThe army of Prince Edward (future Edward I of England) defeated the forces of rebellious barons led by Simon de Montfort, 6th Earl of Leicester; killing de Montfort and many of his allies. (This is sometimes considered the end of the age of chivalry in England.)

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