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4th of August 0070 EVENT The destruction of the Second Temple in Jerusalem by the Romans.
4th of August 0367 EVENT Gratian, son of Roman Emperor Valentinian I, is named co-Augustus by his father and associated to the throne aged eight.
4th of August 1265 EVENT Second Barons' War: Battle of Evesham : the army of Prince Edward (the future king Edward I of England) defeats the forces of rebellious barons led by Simon de Montfort, 6th Earl of Leicester, killing de Montfort and many of his allies.
4th of August 1532 EVENT the Duchy of Brittany is annexed to the Kingdom of France.
4th of August 1578 EVENT Battle of Al Kasr al Kebir : the Moroccans defeat the Portuguese. King Sebastian of Portugal is killed in the battle, leaving his elderly uncle, Cardinal Henry, as his heir. This initiates a succession crisis in Portugal.
4th of August 1693 EVENT Date traditionally ascribed to Dom Perignon's invention of Champagne.
4th of August 1704 EVENT War of the Spanish Succession: Gibraltar is captured by an English and Dutch fleet, commanded by Admiral Sir George Rooke and allied with Archduke Charles.
4th of August 1789 EVENT In France members of the National Constituent Assembly take an oath to end feudalism and abandon their privileges.
4th of August 1790 EVENT A newly passed tariff act creates the Revenue Cutter Service (the forerunner of the United States Coast Guard).
4th of August 1791 EVENT The Treaty of Sistova is signed, ending the Ottoman-Habsburg wars.
4th of August 1821 EVENT Atkinson & Alexander publish the Saturday Evening Post for the first time as a weekly newspaper.
4th of August 1824 EVENT The Battle of Kos is fought between Turk and Greek forces.
4th of August 1854 EVENT The Hinomaru is established as the official flag to be flown from Japanese ships.
4th of August 1863 EVENT Matica slovenska, Slovakia's public-law cultural and scientific institution focusing on topics around the Slovak nation, is established in Martin.
4th of August 1873 EVENT Indian Wars: whilst protecting a railroad survey party in Montana, the United States 7th Cavalry, under Lieutenant Colonel George Armstrong Custer clashes for the first time with the Sioux near the Tongue River; only one man on each side is killed.
4th of August 1892 EVENT The parents of Lizzie Borden are found murdered in their Fall River, Massachusetts home.
4th of August 1902 EVENT The Greenwich foot tunnel under the River Thames opens.
4th of August 1906 EVENT Central Railway Station, Sydney opens.
4th of August 1914 EVENT World War I: Germany invades Belgium. In response, the United Kingdom declares war on Germany. The United States declare their neutrality.
4th of August 1916 EVENT World War I: Liberia declares war on Germany.
4th of August 1924 EVENT Diplomatic relations between Mexico and the Soviet Union are established.
4th of August 1936 EVENT Prime Minister of Greece Ioannis Metaxas suspends parliament and the Constitution and establishes the 4th of August Regime.
4th of August 1944 EVENT The Holocaust: a tip from a Dutch informer leads the Gestapo to a sealed-off area in an Amsterdam warehouse where they find and arrest Jewish diarist Anne Frank, her family, and four others.
4th of August 1946 EVENT An earthquake of magnitude 8.0 hits northern Dominican Republic. 100 are killed and 20,000 are left homeless.
4th of August 1947 EVENT The Supreme Court of Japan is established.
4th of August 1954 EVENT The Government of Pakistan approves Qaumi Tarana, written by Hafeez Jullundhry and composed by Ahmed Ghulamali Chagla, as the national anthem.
4th of August 1958 EVENT The Billboard Hot 100 is founded.
4th of August 1964 EVENT Gulf of Tonkin Incident: U.S. destroyers USS Maddox and USS Turner Joy report coming under attack in the Gulf of Tonkin.
4th of August 1964 EVENT American civil rights movement: civil rights workers Michael Schwerner, Andrew Goodman and James Chaney are found dead in Mississippi after disappearing on June 21.
4th of August 1965 EVENT The Constitution of Cook Islands comes into force, giving the Cook Islands self-governing status within New Zealand.
4th of August 1969 EVENT Vietnam War: at the apartment of French intermediary Jean Sainteny in Paris, American representative Henry Kissinger and North Vietnamese representative Xuan Thuy begin secret peace negotiations. The negotiations will eventually fail.
4th of August 1974 EVENT A bomb explodes in the Italicus Express train at San Benedetto Val di Sambro, Italy, killing 12 people and wounding 22.
4th of August 1975 EVENT The Japanese Red Army takes more than 50 hostages at the AIA Building housing several embassies in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The hostages include 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.
4th of August 1977 EVENT US President Jimmy Carter signs legislation creating the United States Department of Energy.
4th of August 1984 EVENT The Republic of Upper Volta changes its name to Burkina Faso.
4th of August 1987 EVENT The Federal Communications Commission rescinds the Fairness Doctrine which had required radio and television stations to present controversial issues "fairly".
4th of August 1991 EVENT The Greek cruise ship MTS Oceanos sinks off the Wild Coast of South Africa.
4th of August 1993 EVENT A federal judge sentences LAPD officers Stacey Koon and Laurence Powell to 30 months in prison for violating motorist Rodney King's civil rights.
4th of August 1995 EVENT Operation Storm begins in Croatia.
4th of August 2002 EVENT Soham murders: 10 year old school girls Jessica Chapman and Holly Wells go missing from the town of Soham, Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom.
4th of August 2005 EVENT Prime Minister Paul Martin announces that Michaelle Jean will be Canada's 27th Governor General.
4th of August 2006 EVENT A massacre, is carried out by Sri Lankan government forces, killing 17 employees of the French INGO Action Against Hunger (known internationally as Action Contre la Faim, or ACF).
4th of August 2007 EVENT NASA's Phoenix spaceship is launched.
4th of August 2007 EVENT Airport police officer Maria del Lujan Telpuk discovers a suitcase containing the undeclared sum of US$800,000 as it goes through an x-ray machine in Aeroparque Jorge Newbery in Buenos Aires, sparking an international scandal involving Venezuela and Argentina known as "Maletinazo".
4th of August 2010 EVENT California's Proposition 8, the ballot initiative prohibiting same-sex marriage passed by the state's voters in 2008, is overturned by Judge Vaughn Walker in the case Perry v. Schwarzenegger.
4th of August 1222 BIRTHDAY Richard de Clare, 6th Earl of Hertford, English soldier (d. 1262)
4th of August 1290 BIRTHDAY Duke Leopold I of Austria (d. 1326)
4th of August 1521 BIRTHDAY Pope Urban VII (d. 1590)
4th of August 1604 BIRTHDAY Francois Hedelin, abbe d'Aubignac, French writer (d. 1676)
4th of August 1701 BIRTHDAY Thomas Blackwell, Scottish classical scholar (d. 1757)
4th of August 1719 BIRTHDAY Johann Gottlob Lehmann, German minerologist and geologist (d. 1767)
4th of August 1721 BIRTHDAY Granville Leveson-Gower, 1st Marquess of Stafford, English politician (d. 1803)
4th of August 1755 BIRTHDAY Nicolas-Jacques Conte, French painter and inventor (d. 1805)
4th of August 1792 BIRTHDAY Percy Bysshe Shelley, English poet (d. 1822)
4th of August 1805 BIRTHDAY William Rowan Hamilton, Irish mathematician (d. 1865)
4th of August 1821 BIRTHDAY James Springer White, American theologian (d. 1881)
4th of August 1821 BIRTHDAY Louis Vuitton, French designer (d. 1892)
4th of August 1834 BIRTHDAY John Venn, English mathematician (d. 1923)
4th of August 1844 BIRTHDAY Henri Berger, German composer and royal bandmaster (d. 1929)
4th of August 1848 BIRTHDAY Vladimir Sukhomlinov, Russian general (d. 1926)
4th of August 1859 BIRTHDAY Knut Hamsun, Norwegian writer, Nobel Laureate (d. 1952)
4th of August 1865 BIRTHDAY Gus Kempis, South African cricketer (d. 1890)
4th of August 1867 BIRTHDAY Jake Beckley, American baseball player (d. 1918)
4th of August 1870 BIRTHDAY Sir Harry Lauder, Scottish entertainer (d. 1950)
4th of August 1876 BIRTHDAY Giovanni Giuriati, Italian politician (d. 1970)
4th of August 1884 BIRTHDAY Henri Cornet, French cyclist (d. 1941)
4th of August 1888 BIRTHDAY Syedna Taher Saifuddin, Indian Dawoodi Bohra leader, 51st Da'i al-Mutlaq (d. 1965)
4th of August 1890 BIRTHDAY Dolf Luque, Cuban baseball player (d. 1957)
4th of August 1899 BIRTHDAY Ezra Taft Benson, American religious figure (d. 1994)
4th of August 1900 BIRTHDAY Elizabeth, The Queen Mother, Scottish consort of George VI (d. 2002)
4th of August 1901 BIRTHDAY Louis Armstrong, American jazz trumpeter and singer (d. 1971)
4th of August 1901 BIRTHDAY Clarence Passailaigue, Jamaican cricketer (d. 1972)
4th of August 1902 BIRTHDAY Wild Bill Hallahan, American baseball player (d. 1981)
4th of August 1904 BIRTHDAY Witold Gombrowicz, Polish novelist and dramatist (d. 1969)
4th of August 1904 BIRTHDAY Joe Tate, English footballer (d. 1973)
4th of August 1904 BIRTHDAY Helen Kane, American singer, dancer, and actress (d. 1966)
4th of August 1906 BIRTHDAY Eugen Schuhmacher, German zoologist (d. 1973)
4th of August 1906 BIRTHDAY Marie-Jose of Belgium, consort of Umberto II of Italy (d. 2001)
4th of August 1908 BIRTHDAY Kurt Eichhorn, German conductor (d. 1994)
4th of August 1909 BIRTHDAY Glenn Cunningham, American middle-distance runner (d. 1988)
4th of August 1909 BIRTHDAY Saunders Mac Lane, American mathematician (d. 2005)
4th of August 1910 BIRTHDAY Anita Page, American actress (d. 2008)
4th of August 1910 BIRTHDAY Hedda Sterne, Romanian-born American painter and printmaker
4th of August 1910 BIRTHDAY William Schuman, American composer (d. 1992)
4th of August 1912 BIRTHDAY Raoul Wallenberg, Swedish diplomat (d. 1947)
4th of August 1912 BIRTHDAY Aleksandr Danilovich Aleksandrov, Russian mathematician and mountaineer (d. 1999)
4th of August 1913 BIRTHDAY Robert Hayden, American poet (d. 1980)
4th of August 1915 BIRTHDAY Warren Avis, American entrepreneur (d. 2007)
4th of August 1918 BIRTHDAY Iceberg Slim, American author (d. 1992)
4th of August 1919 BIRTHDAY Michel Deon, French writer
4th of August 1920 BIRTHDAY Helen Thomas, American journalist
4th of August 1921 BIRTHDAY Herb Ellis, American jazz guitarist (d. 2010)
4th of August 1921 BIRTHDAY Maurice Richard, Canadian ice hockey player (d. 2000)
4th of August 1923 BIRTHDAY Reg Grundy, Australian media and television mogul
4th of August 1923 BIRTHDAY Mushtaq Ahmad Yusufi, Pakistani satirical and humor writer
4th of August 1926 BIRTHDAY George Irving Bell, American mountaineer (d. 2000)
4th of August 1927 BIRTHDAY Jess Thomas, American tenor (d. 1993)
4th of August 1928 BIRTHDAY Christian Goethals, Belgian racing driver (d. 2003)
4th of August 1929 BIRTHDAY Kishore Kumar, Indian singer and actor (d. 1987)
4th of August 1930 BIRTHDAY Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, Iranian Shi'a cleric
4th of August 1931 BIRTHDAY Naren Tamhane, Indian cricketer (d. 2002)
4th of August 1932 BIRTHDAY Liang Congjie, Chinese environmentalist (d. 2010)
4th of August 1937 BIRTHDAY David Bedford, English keyboardist and composer
4th of August 1938 BIRTHDAY Ellen Schrecker, American college professor
4th of August 1939 BIRTHDAY Frank Vincent, American actor
4th of August 1940 BIRTHDAY Timi Yuro, American singer (d. 2004)
4th of August 1941 BIRTHDAY Martin Jarvis, English actor
4th of August 1941 BIRTHDAY Ted Strickland, American politician
4th of August 1942 BIRTHDAY Don S. Davis, American actor and painter (d. 2008)
4th of August 1942 BIRTHDAY Cleon Jones, American baseball player
4th of August 1942 BIRTHDAY David Lange, New Zealand politician (d. 2005)
4th of August 1943 BIRTHDAY Vicente Alberto Alvarez Areces, Spanish politician
4th of August 1943 BIRTHDAY Bj?rn Wirkola, Norwegian ski jumper
4th of August 1944 BIRTHDAY Richard Belzer, American actor and comedian
4th of August 1944 BIRTHDAY Doudou Ndoye?, Senegalese lawyer and politician
4th of August 1945 BIRTHDAY Alan Mulally, American businessman
4th of August 1946 BIRTHDAY Maureen Starkey, English ex-wife of Ringo Starr (d. 1994)
4th of August 1947 BIRTHDAY Klaus Schulze, German composer
4th of August 1948 BIRTHDAY Johnny Grubb, American baseball player
4th of August 1949 BIRTHDAY John Riggins, American football player
4th of August 1952 BIRTHDAY Moya Brennan, Irish singer
4th of August 1952 BIRTHDAY Gabor Demszky, Hungarian politician
4th of August 1954 BIRTHDAY Francois Valery, French singer-songwriter and composer
4th of August 1955 BIRTHDAY Billy Bob Thornton, American actor and writer
4th of August 1955 BIRTHDAY Alberto Gonzales, 80th U.S. Attorney General
4th of August 1956 BIRTHDAY Gerry Cooney, American boxer
4th of August 1957 BIRTHDAY Brooks D. Simpson, American historian
4th of August 1957 BIRTHDAY John Wark, Scottish footballer
4th of August 1958 BIRTHDAY Ian Broudie, English music producer and vocalist (Lightning Seeds)
4th of August 1958 BIRTHDAY Mary Decker, American middle-distance runner
4th of August 1958 BIRTHDAY Kym Karath, American actress
4th of August 1958 BIRTHDAY Allison Hedge Coke, American poet and writer
4th of August 1959 BIRTHDAY John Gormley, Irish politician
4th of August 1959 BIRTHDAY Robbin Crosby, American guitarist (Ratt) (d. 2002)
4th of August 1960 BIRTHDAY Dean Malenko, American professional wrestler
4th of August 1960 BIRTHDAY Bernard Rose, English director
4th of August 1960 BIRTHDAY Tim Winton, Australian writer
4th of August 1960 BIRTHDAY Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, 5th Prime Minister of Spain
4th of August 1961 BIRTHDAY Eddie James, American murderer and sex offender
4th of August 1961 BIRTHDAY Lauren Tom, American actress
4th of August 1961 BIRTHDAY Barack Obama, 44th President of the United States, Nobel Peace Prize laureate
4th of August 1962 BIRTHDAY Roger Clemens, American baseball player
4th of August 1962 BIRTHDAY Paul Reynolds, British guitarist (A Flock of Seagulls)
4th of August 1964 BIRTHDAY Andrew Bartlett, Australian politician and activist
4th of August 1964 BIRTHDAY Gary King, British radio presenter
4th of August 1965 BIRTHDAY Crystal Chappell, American actress
4th of August 1965 BIRTHDAY Fredrik Reinfeldt, 42nd Prime Minister of Sweden
4th of August 1965 BIRTHDAY Dennis Lehane, American crime writer
4th of August 1966 BIRTHDAY Kensuke Sasaki, Japanese professional wrestler
4th of August 1967 BIRTHDAY Michael Marsh, American sprinter
4th of August 1967 BIRTHDAY Timothy Adams, American actor
4th of August 1968 BIRTHDAY Marcus Schenkenberg, Swedish model
4th of August 1968 BIRTHDAY Daniel Dae Kim, American actor
4th of August 1969 BIRTHDAY Michael DeLuise, American actor
4th of August 1969 BIRTHDAY Troy O'Leary, American baseball player
4th of August 1969 BIRTHDAY Max Cavalera, Brazilian vocalist and guitarist (Sepultura, Soulfly)
4th of August 1970 BIRTHDAY John August, American screenwriter
4th of August 1970 BIRTHDAY Steve House, American mountaineer
4th of August 1970 BIRTHDAY Steven Jack, South African cricketer
4th of August 1971 BIRTHDAY Jeff Gordon, American race car driver
4th of August 1972 BIRTHDAY Stefan Brogren, Canadian actor
4th of August 1973 BIRTHDAY Xavier Marchand, French swimmer
4th of August 1973 BIRTHDAY Eva Amaral, Spanish singer and songwriter
4th of August 1974 BIRTHDAY Kily Gonzalez, Argentine footballer
4th of August 1974 BIRTHDAY Keenan Milton, American professional skater (d. 2001)
4th of August 1975 BIRTHDAY Andy Hallett, American actor (d. 2009)
4th of August 1975 BIRTHDAY Nikos Liberopoulos, Greek footballer
4th of August 1975 BIRTHDAY Daniella van Graas, Dutch model and actress
4th of August 1975 BIRTHDAY Jutta Urpilainen, Finnish politician
4th of August 1976 BIRTHDAY Andrew McLeod, Australian footballer
4th of August 1977 BIRTHDAY Luis Boa Morte, Portuguese footballer
4th of August 1977 BIRTHDAY Frankie Kazarian, American professional wrestler
4th of August 1978 BIRTHDAY Kurt Busch, American race car driver
4th of August 1979 BIRTHDAY Robin Peterson, South African cricketer
4th of August 1980 BIRTHDAY Richard Dawson, English cricketer
4th of August 1981 BIRTHDAY Frederick Bousquet, French swimmer
4th of August 1981 BIRTHDAY Ben Scott, English cricketer
4th of August 1981 BIRTHDAY Marques Houston, American singer (IMx) and actor
4th of August 1984 BIRTHDAY Mardy Collins, American basketball player
4th of August 1985 BIRTHDAY Crystal Bowersox, American singer
4th of August 1985 BIRTHDAY Mark Milligan, Australian footballer
4th of August 1985 BIRTHDAY Kina Grannis, American musician
4th of August 1985 BIRTHDAY Luis Antonio Valencia, Ecuadorean footballer
4th of August 1985 BIRTHDAY Ha Seung-Jin, Korean basketball player
4th of August 1987 BIRTHDAY Jang Geun Suk, Korean actor
4th of August 1989 BIRTHDAY Jessica Mauboy, Australian singer (Young Divas)
4th of August 1991 BIRTHDAY Thiago Cardoso, Brazilian footballer
4th of August 1992 BIRTHDAY Cole Sprouse, American actor
4th of August 1992 BIRTHDAY Tiffany Evans, American singer
4th of August 1992 BIRTHDAY Dylan Sprouse, American actor
4th of August 1994 BIRTHDAY Mayuko Fukuda, Japanese actress
4th of August 2001 BIRTHDAY Seishiro Kato, Japanese child actor
4th of August 1060 DEATH King Henry I of France (Born 1008)
4th of August 1113 DEATH Gertrude of Saxony, daughter of Bernard II, Duke of Saxony and wife of Floris I, Count of Holland (Born 1030)
4th of August 1265 DEATH Killed in the Battle of Evesham: Hugh le Despencer, 1st Baron le Despencer (Born 1223) Henry de Montfort (b. 1238) Peter de Montfort (b. c. 1215) Simon de Montfort, 6th Earl of Leicester (b. 1208)
4th of August 1306 DEATH King Wenceslaus III of Bohemia, Hungary and Poland (Born 1289)
4th of August 1338 DEATH Thomas of Brotherton, 1st Earl of Norfolk, son of Edward I of England (Born 1300)
4th of August 1526 DEATH Juan Sebastian Elcano, Spanish explorer (Born 1476)
4th of August 1578 DEATH King Sebastian of Portugal (Born 1554)
4th of August 1578 DEATH Thomas Stukley, English adventurer (Born c. 1520)
4th of August 1598 DEATH William Cecil, 1st Baron Burghley, English statesman (Born 1520)
4th of August 1612 DEATH Hugh Broughton, English scholar (Born 1549)
4th of August 1639 DEATH Juan Ruiz de Alarcon, Mexican dramatist
4th of August 1718 DEATH Rene Lepage de Sainte-Claire, French lord-founder of the town of Rimouski in New France (Born 1656)
4th of August 1727 DEATH Victor-Maurice, comte de Broglie, French general (Born 1647)
4th of August 1741 DEATH Andrew Hamilton, American lawyer
4th of August 1778 DEATH Pierre de Rigaud, French colonial governor in North America (Born 1698)
4th of August 1792 DEATH John Burgoyne, British general (Born 1723)
4th of August 1795 DEATH Timothy Ruggles, American politician (Born 1711)
4th of August 1804 DEATH Adam Duncan, 1st Viscount Duncan Royal Navy Admiral (Born1731)
4th of August 1844 DEATH Jakob Aall, Norwegian journalist and statesman (Born 1773)
4th of August 1859 DEATH Jean Vianney, French priest (Born 1786)
4th of August 1873 DEATH Viktor Hartmann, Russian painter (Born 1834)
4th of August 1875 DEATH Hans Christian Andersen, Danish writer (Born 1805)
4th of August 1886 DEATH Samuel Jones Tilden, Governor of New York and Democratic candidate for President of the United States in the 1876 presidential election (Born 1814)
4th of August 1900 DEATH Isaac Levitan, Russian painter (Born 1860)
4th of August 1914 DEATH Jules Lemaitre, French critic and dramatist (Born 1853)
4th of August 1919 DEATH Dave Gregory, Australian cricketer (Born 1845)
4th of August 1938 DEATH Pearl White, American actress (Born 1889)
4th of August 1957 DEATH Washington Luis, 13th President of Brazil (Born 1869)
4th of August 1958 DEATH Ethel Anderson, Australian poet (Born 1883)
4th of August 1967 DEATH Peter Smith, English cricketer (Born 1908)
4th of August 1976 DEATH Roy Herbert Thomson, Canadian publisher (Born 1894)
4th of August 1976 DEATH Enrique Angelelli, Argentine bishop (Born 1923)
4th of August 1981 DEATH Melvyn Douglas, American actor (Born 1901)
4th of August 1982 DEATH Bruce Goff, American architect (Born 1904)
4th of August 1985 DEATH Don Whillans, British mountaineer (Born 1933)
4th of August 1991 DEATH Nikiforos Vrettakos, Greek writer and poet (Born 1912)
4th of August 1992 DEATH Seicho Matsumoto, Japanese writer and journalist (Born 1909)
4th of August 1993 DEATH Bernard Barrow, American actor (Born 1927)
4th of August 1996 DEATH Geoff Hamilton, British gardener and broadcaster (Born 1936)
4th of August 1997 DEATH Jeanne Calment, French supercentenarian, the world's oldest human on record and the only person ever to live past the age of 120 (Born 1875)
4th of August 1998 DEATH Yuri Artyukhin, Russian cosmonaut (Born 1930)
4th of August 1999 DEATH Rodney Ansell, Australian who was the inspiration for Crocodile Dundee (Born 1953)
4th of August 1999 DEATH Victor Mature, American actor (Born 1915)
4th of August 2000 DEATH Leslie Glass, American adult film actress (Born 1963)
4th of August 2001 DEATH Lorenzo Music, American actor (Born 1937)
4th of August 2003 DEATH Frederick Chapman Robbins, American pediatrician and virologist, Nobel Laureate (Born 1916)
4th of August 2005 DEATH Anatoly Larkin, Russian-born American physicist (Born 1932)
4th of August 2007 DEATH Raul Hilberg, Austrian-born American political scientist and historian of the Holocaust (Born 1926)
4th of August 2007 DEATH Lee Hazlewood, American country singer, songwriter and producer (Born 1929)
4th of August 2008 DEATH Craig Jones, English motorcycle racer (Born 1985)
4th of August 2009 DEATH Blake Snyder, American screenwriter (Born 1957)

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