June 4 Events in History - June 4 Birthdays - June 4 Deaths



2014 President Barack Obama exchanges 5 Guantanamo Bay prisoners for the lone U.S. prisoner of war in Afghanistan, Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl; some lawmakers protest that the secret exchange was illegal because Congress was not notified in advance
2014 A memorial event was held in Hong Kong in remembrance of lives lost in Tiananmen Square protests in Beijing in 1989; authorities on the mainland tightened security and may be detaining many in order to avoid commemorative protests at the square itself
2013 U.S. growth in imports outpaces its growth in exports, causing the U.S. trade deficit to widen 8.5% during the month of April
2013 The 60th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth's coronation is commemorated by thousands at Westminster Abbey
2012 A pop concert celebrating Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee takes place at Buckingham Palace, featuring artists Stevie Wonder, Sir Paul McCartney, Robbie Williams, among others
2012 On the 23rd anniversary of the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989, China blocks internet access to terms related to the event
2011 Li Na becomes the first Asian tennis player to win a major title winning the 2011 French Open; Li Na is from the People's Republic of China
2011 In Hong Kong, tens of thousands gather in Tiananmen Square to remember victims of the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests
2010 Joran van der Sloot is extradited from Chile to Peru to face charges of killing a Peruvian woman; he is suspected of killing Natalie Holloway in Aruba
2000 Tony Awards, Copenhagen, Contact, The Real Thing revival, and Kiss Me Kate revival won major awards
1995 "Jackie Mason: Politically Incorrect" closes at Golden New York City at 347 perf
1995 49th Tony Awards: Love! Valour! Compassion! and Sunset Boulevard win
1995 8th Children's Miracle Network Telethon raises $1,331,000
1995 Dale Eggeling wins LPGA Oldsmobile Golf Classic
1994 Haile Gebre Selassie runs world record 5 km (12:56.96)
1992 San Jose voters reject Giants plan to build a new stadium
1992 USPO announces young Elvis beats old Elvis stamp
1991 1st post WW II non-communist government in Albania
1991 Lesbian priest Elizabeth Carl is ordained in Episcopal Church
1991 Pope John Paul II compares abortion with nazi murders
1991 Robert Strauss becomes U.S. ambassador to Soviet Union
1990 24th Music City News Country Awards: R Van Shelton and Patty Loveless
1990 Greyhound Bus files bankruptcy
1990 Los Angeles Dodger Ramon Martinez strikes out 18 Atlanta Braves
1990 New York Telephone company announces that it wants Bronx area code 917
1990 Dr. Jack Kevorkian assisted an Oregon woman to commit suicide, beginning a national debate over the right to die
1989 2nd Children's Miracle Network Telethon raises $770,000
1989 43rd Tony Awards: Heidi Chronicles and Jerome Robbin's Broadway win
1989 Beijing cop shoots and wounds Chinese priemer Li Ping
1989 Eastern Europe's 1st somewhat free election in 40 years held in Poland
1989 Gas explodes near 2 passenger trains in U.S.S.R., kills 100s
1989 Largest parade in Bronx history honors 350th anniversary
1989 Patty Sheehan wins LPGA Rochester Golf International
1989 Red Sox lead Blue Jays 10-0 in 7th, but lose 12-11 in 12 for Blue Jays 12th consecutive victory at Fenway
1988 "Cabaret" closes at Imperial Theater New York City after 262 performances
1988 42nd Tony Awards: M Butterfly and Phantom of the Opera win
1988 58th French Womens Tennis: Steffi Graf beats N Zvereva (60 60)
1988 Kay Cottee sails into Sydney as 1st woman to circle the globe alone
1988 Longest game in Baltimore Memorial Stadium (5:46) 14 inn (beat New York 7-6)
1988 Rickey Henderson steals 2 bases for record 249 as a New York Yankee
1987 Danny Harris beats Edwin Moses, ends streak of 122 cons hurdle wins
1986 Jonathan Pollard, spy for Israel, pleads guilty in U.S. court
1985 STS-51-G vehicle moves to launch pad
1985 Supreme Court strikes down Alabama "moment of silence" law
1984 18th Music City News Country Awards: Statler Brothers
1984 Arnold Palmer fails to make U.S. Open golf tournament 1st time in 32 yrs
1984 Bruce Springsteen releases "Born in the USA"
1984 DNA is successfully cloned from an extinct animal
1984 New York Mets draft Shawn Abner, 17, #1
1983 53rd French Womens Tennis: Chris Evert beats Mima Jausovec (61 62)
1982 "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan," released in USA
1982 Israel attacks targets in south Lebanon
1981 54th National Spelling Bee: Paige Pipkin wins spelling sarcophagus
1979 South African President Vorster resigns due to scandal
1979 Sri Lanka forfeit ICC Trophy game vs Israel for political reasons
1978 "Working" closes at 46th St. Theater New York City after 25 performances
1978 32nd Tony Awards: Da and Ain't Misbehavin' win
1978 6th du Maurier Golf Classic (Peter Jackson Classic): JoAnne Carner
1978 Liberal Julio Turbay Ayola wins Colombia elections
1977 Violence during Puerto Rican Day in Chicago kills 2
1975 Oldest animal fossils in U.S. discovered in North Carolina
1974 NFL grants franchise to Seattle Seahawks
1974 Never-to-be-repeated 10 cents Beer Night at Cleveland Stadium occurs
1974 10 cents Beer Night at Cleveland, unruly fans stumble onto field and cause Indians to forfeit the game to Rangers with score tied 5-5 in 9th
1973 43rd French Womens Tennis: Margaret Court beats C Evert (67 76 64)
1972 Angela Davis, black activist, acquitted of killing a white guard
1972 Carol Mann wins LPGA Lady Carling Golf Open
1972 Record 8 shutouts pitched in 16 major league games (AL=5, NL=3)
1971 Joseph Luns appointed Secretary-General of NATO
1971 Oakland A's beat Washington Senators, 5-3, in 21 innings
1971 Zaheer Abbas scores Cricket 274 at Edgbaston, 544 minutes 38 fours
1970 43rd National Spelling Bee: Libby Childress wins spelling croissant
1970 San Diego Padres draft Mike Ivie #1
1970 Tonga, formerly Friendly Islands, declares independence from U.K.
1970 WSMW TV channel 27 in Worcester, MA (IND) begins broadcasting
1970 Yankees Horace Clarke breaks up a no-hitter in the 9th for the 1st of 3 times in 28 days
1969 Beatles release Ballad Of John and Yoko/Old Brown Shoe, in US
1969 Nicky Hopkins quits rock and rolls, Jeff Beck Group
1969 22-year-old man sneaks into wheel pod of a jet parked in Havana and survives 9-hour flight to Spain despite thin oxygen levels at 29,000 ft
1968 Don Drysdale pitches his 6th straight shutout, en route to 58 innings
1967 19th Emmy Awards: Mission Impossible, Monkees, Don Knotts and Lucy Ball
1967 KTVN TV channel 2 in Reno, NV (CBS) begins broadcasting
1967 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA St. Louis Women's Golf Invitational
1967 Monkees take home an Emmy for their Outstanding comedy Series
1967 Curt Flood's record 568 straight chances without an error ends (227 straight games)
1966 "Batman and His Grandmother" by Dickie Goodman hits #70
1966 Hurricane Alma, kills 51 in Honduras
1966 98th Belmont: William Boland aboard Amberoid wins in 2:29.6
1965 Rolling Stones release "Satisfaction"
1964 Beatles "World Tour" begins in Copenhagen Denmark
1964 Los Angeles Dodger Sandy Koufax 3rd no-hitter beats Philadelphia Phillies, 3-0
1964 Maldives adopts constitution
1964 Test Cricket debut of Geoff Boycott vs. Australia at Trent Bridge, 48
1963 1st transmission of "Pop Go the Beatles" on BBC radio
1963 British Minister of War John Profumo resigns due to Christine Keeler
1962 Lee Harvey Oswald departs Rotterdam on SS Maasdam to U.S.
1961 Mary Lena Faulk wins LPGA Western Golf Open
1958 French premier De Gaulle arrives in Algiers
1958 San Francisco Giants Hank Sauer and B Schmidt are 2nd to hit consecutive pinch home runs
1957 1st commercial coal pipeline placed in operation
1957 May and Cowdrey make 411 stand vs. WI Ramadhin bowls 98 overs
1956 Speech by Khrushchev blasting Stalin made public
1955 "Mickey Rooney Show," TV comedy last airs on NBC
1954 Arthur Murray flies X-1A rocket plane to record 27,000 m
1954 France grants Vietnam independence inside French Union
1953 Pittsburgh trades outfielder Ralph Kiner and Joe Garagiola to Chicago
1951 Mississippi Valley State University founded
1951 Pirate's Gus Bell hits for cycle helps beat Phillies 12-4
1950 CVP wins Belgian parliamentary election
1950 Dutch cyclist Wim van Est wins Bordeaux-Paris (586 km in 17:25)
1949 "Cavalcade of Stars" debuts (DuMont); Jackie Gleason made host in 1950
1947 "Louisiana Lady" closes at Century Theater New York City after 4 performances
1947 House of Representatives approves Taft-Hartley act
1946 Largest solar prominence, 300,000 mi/500,000 km, observed
1945 6th Marine division occupies Orokoe Peninsula Okinawa
1945 U.S., Russia, England and France agree to split occupied Germany
1944 1st British gliders touches down on French soil for D-Day
1944 1st submarine captured and boarded on high seas-U 505
1944 5th Army enters and liberates Rome from Mussolini's Fascist armies
1944 French general De Gaulle arrives in London
1943 Argentina taken over by General Rawson and Col Juan Peron
1943 St. Louis Card Mort Cooper pitches his 2nd consecutive 1 hitter
1942 Battle of Midway begins; Japan's 1st major defeat in WW II
1942 Capitol Record Co. opens for business
1942 USS Yorktown sinks near Midway Island
1941 Rep of Croatia orders all Jews to wear a star with the letter Z
1940 1st NL night game at Sportsman's Park (Dodgers 10, Cardinals 1)
1940 1st night game at Forbes Field (Pirates 14, Braves 2)
1940 British complete miracle of Dunkirk by evacuating 300,000 troops
1940 German forces enter Paris
1940 The synthetic rubber tire unveiled
1940 Winston Churchill says "We shall fight on the seas and oceans"
1938 10th Walker Cup: Britain - Ireland, 7 - 4
1938 70th Belmont: James Stout aboard Pasteurized wins in 2:29.6
1937 Leon Blum becomes premier of People's front government of France
1932 64th Belmont: Tom Malley aboard Faireno wins in 2:32.8
1932 Edouard Herriot becomes premier of France
1929 George Eastman demonstrates 1st technicolor movie in Rochester, New York
1927 1st Ryder Cup: U.S. beats England, 9 -2 at Worcester CC Mass
1927 Johnny Weissmuller set swim records in 100-yard and 200-yard free-style
1920 Peace of Trianon between Allies and Hungary
1919 Senate passes Women's Suffrage bill
1919 U.S. Marines invade Costa Rica
1917 1st Pulitzer prize awarded to Richards and Elliott (Julia Ward Howe)
1917 American men begin registering for the draft
1917 Order of British Empire inaugurated
1916 Russian General Brusilov fails on his Eastern Front attack
1913 Suffragette Emily Davinson throws himself in front of king's horse
1912 Cone of Mount Katmai (Alaska) collapses
1912 Massachusetts passes 1st U.S. minimum wage law
1907 Automatic washer and dryer introduced
1896 Henry takes his 1st Ford through streets of Detroit
1892 Oil City and Titusville Penn, destroyed by oil tank explosion; 130 die
1892 Sierra Club forms in San Francisco
1884 18th Belmont: Jim McLaughlin aboard Panique wins in 2:42
1878 Cyprus ceded by Turkey to Britain for administrative purposes
1875 Pacific Stock Exchange opens
1873 1st contract workers of British-Indies Co arrives in Suriname
1870 4th Belmont: W Dick aboard Kingfisher wins in 2:59
1868 Van Bosse/Fock government begins
1862 Confederates evacuate Ft. Pillow, Tennessee
1850 Empire Engine Company No 1 organized
1850 Self deodorizing fertilizer patented in England
1845 Mexican - U.S. war starts
1832 3rd national black convention meets, Philadelphia
1831 National Congress selects Leopold von Saksen-Coburg as King of Belgium
1825 Unseasonable hurricane hits New York City
1812 Louisiana Territory officially renamed "Missouri Territory"
1805 Tripoli forced to conclude peace with U.S. after war over tribute
1800 White House completed and President and Mrs. John Adams move in
1794 Congress passes Neutrality Act, bans Americans from serving in armed forces of foreign powers
1792 Captain George Vancouver claims Puget Sound for Britain
1789 U.S. constitution goes into effect
1784 Mme Thible becomes 1st woman to fly, in a balloon
1783 Montgolfier brothers launch 1st hot-air balloon, unmanned
1756 Quakers leave assembly of Pennsylvania
1745 Battle at Hohenfriedberg Silezie: Prussia beats Austria
1745 Frederick the Great (Prussia) defeats Austrians and Saxons
1741 Prussia goes to the Covenant of Nymphenburg
1666 Battle at Duinkerk: English vs Dutch fleet
1664 Viceroy Willem Frederik conquerors Dijlerschans
1647 British army seizes King Charles I as a prisoner
1632 Prince Frederik Henry conquerors Venlo
1487 Lord Lovell and John de la Poles army land at Furness Lancashire
1391 Mob led by Ferrand Martinez surounds and sets fire to Jewish quarter of Seville Spain, surviving Jews sold into slavery
1133 Rome-Innocentius II crowns Lotharius III Roman-German emperor
1070 Roquefort cheese created in a cave near Roquefort, France











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