April 4 Events in History - April 4 Birthdays - April 4 Deaths
2015 Sea incidents involving migrants continue at a steady pace in the Mediterranean, as Italian ships rescue 1,500 people from 5 separate vessels in less than 24 hours
2014 The 16,480-foot Tungurahua volcano erupts twice; the volcano is located about 90 miles south of Quito in Ecuador
2014 Holcim Ltd of Switzerland and Lafarge SA of France, the two largest cement companies, are making plans to merge
2013 In Sri Lanka, a researcher discovered Poecilotheria rajaei, a new species of tarantula slightly smaller than a dinner plate, with a leg span of eight inches
2013 The most distant supernova on record is recorded by the Hubble Space Telescope
2012 A power blackout in Northern England causes as many as 50,000 homes to have a power blackout after heavy winds, snow and ice bring down electricity cables
2012 The first deployment of U.S. Marines arrives in Australia's city of Darwin in the Northern Territory
2011 A record $79 million auction price is paid for Chinese contemporary artist Zhang Xiaogang's 1988 'Forever Lasting Love' three-panel oil painting
2011 Reports claim that China has successfully modified cows to produce 'human milk'
2010 Shen Neng 1, a Chinese coal ship, is reported to be leaking oil after running aground on the Great Barrier Reef off Queensland, Australia
2005 NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: North Carolina defeats Illinois 75-70
1998 NFL Europe (Formerly WLAF), kicks off season
1997 Anaheim Ducks clinch their 1st-ever playoff berth
1997 Braves officially open Turner Field against Cubs
1997 DMSP Titan 2 launched
1997 STS-83, Columbia 22, launches
1996 "Inherit the Wind" opens at Royale Theater New York City for 45 performances
1996 Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Austin, Texas on KJFK 98.9 FM
1994 1st game played at Jacobs Field, Indians beat Mariners 4-3 in 11 inn
1994 56th NCAA Men's Basketball Champion: Arkansas Razorbacks beats Duke 76-72
1994 Cubs Karl "Tuffy" Rhodes, hit 3 home runs in 1993 hits 3 home runs on opening
1994 KLM Saab 340B crashes at Schiphol, 3 killed
1994 Los Angeles Dodger Darryl Strawberry begins substance abuse treatment
1994 Largest Opening Day crowd at Yankee Stadium, 56,706
1994 Netscape Communications founded as Mosaic Communications
1994 Tony Curtis undergoes heart-bypass surgery
1993 12th NCAA Women's Basketball Champion: Texas Tech beats OH State 84-82
1993 5th Seniors Golf Tradition: Tom Shaw
1993 Trish Johnson wins Las Vegas LPGA at Canyon Gate Golf Tournament
1993 Wrestlemania IX at Caesar's Palace Las Vegas, Hulk Hogan pins Yokozuna
1992 Game 1 of Mayor Challenge - New York Yankees beat New York Mets 6-4 at Yank Stad
1992 John Tesh (Entertainment Tonight) marries actress Connie Selleca
1992 Jury deliberations begin in Noriega case
1992 Sali Berisha becomes president/Alexander Meksi premier of Albania
1991 "Lucifer's Child" opens at Music Box Theater New York City for 28 performances
1990 "Martian Chronicles" premieres on ABC-TV
1990 Gloria Estefan released from hospital after her accident
1990 Security law violator Ivan Boesky is released from federal custody
1989 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's last NBA game in Seattle
1989 New York Yankee Tommy John ties record of playing 26 seasons, his 287th win puts him 19th overall as Yankees beat Twins on opening day 4-2
1988 50th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Kansas beat Oklahoma 83-79
1988 Largest crowd (55,438) at a season game at Riverfront (Reds vs. Cards)
1988 Last broadcast of "Crossroads" on British TV
1988 Mets set Opening Day record with 6 home runs
1987 Dow Jones up 69.89 points, ending at record 2,390.34 pts
1986 Wayne Gretzky sets NHL record with 213th point of season
1985 Tulane University cancels its basketball season amidst scandal
1984 Michael Frayn's "Benefactors" premieres in London
1984 Winston Smith in Orwell's "1984" begins his secret diary
1983 45th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: North Carolina State beats Houston 54-52
1983 6th space shuttle mission, Challenger 1 launched
1982 11th Nabisco Dinah Shore Golf Championship won by Sally Little
1981 Henry Cisneros becomes 1st Mexican-American mayor (San Antonio)
1980 U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Semipalitinsk, Eastern Kazakhstan U.S.S.R.
1976 5th Colgate Dinah Shore Golf Championship won by Judy Rankin
1976 Seni Pramoj's Democratic Party wins elections in Thailand
1975 Steve Miller is arrested for burning his girlfriend's clothes
1975 USAF transport carrying orphans from Saigon crashes killing 155
1974 Hank Aaron ties Babe Ruth's home-run record by hitting his 714th
1972 1st electric power plant fueled by garbage begins operating
1971 "Follies" opens at Winter Garden Theater New York City for 524 performances
1971 Marine clay under houses liquefies, 31 die (St-Jean-Vianney Quebec)
1970 Firestone World Tournament of Champions won by Don Johnson
1969 Denton Cooley implanted 1st temporary artificial heart
1968 "Education of Hyman Kaplan" opens at Alvin Theater New York City for 28 performances
1968 Apollo 6 launched atop Saturn V; unmanned
1967 Amsterdam Marines chase out "nozems" of Central Station
1967 Dutch De Young government forms
1967 Marines chase "Nozems" out of Amsterdam Central Station
1966 U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1965 Mickey Wright wins LPGA Baton Rouge Golf Invitational
1964 "Anyone Can Whistle" opens at Majestic Theater New York City for 9 performances
1964 Beatles' "Can't Buy Me Love," single goes #1 and stays #1 for 5 weeks
1960 32nd Academy Awards - "Ben-Hur," Charlton Heston and Simone Signoret win
1960 Oscar awarded to Netherlands director Bert Haanstra
1960 Project Ozma begins at Green Bank radio astronomy center
1960 Senegal declares independence from France
1959 Federation of Mali, consisting of Senegal and French Sudan, dissolved 1960
1958 1st march against nuclear weapons (Aldermaston England)
1958 Eugene Ionesco's "Tueur sans Gages" premieres in Darmstadt
1957 Heitor Villa-Lobos' 10th Symphony, premieres in Paris
1956 Enid Bagnold's "Chalk Garden," premieres in London
1955 British government signs military treaty with Iraq
1954 Louise Suggs wins LPGA Carrollton Georgia Golf Open
1953 KFDA TV channel 10 in Amarillo, Texas (CBS) begins broadcasting
1951 Dutch Prince Bernhard visits Juan and Eva Peron in Buenos Aires
1950 Dirk Stikker becomes chairman of OES
1949 Israel and Jordan sign armistice agreement
1949 North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) treaty signed (Washington D.C.)
1949 WKRC TV channel 12 in Cincinnati, OH (ABC) begins broadcasting
1948 84-year-old Connie Mack challenges 78-year-old Clark Griffith to a race from home to 1st base; it ends in a tie
1947 Convention on International Civil Aviation goes into effect
1947 Largest group of sunspots on record
1947 U.N.'s International Civil Aviation Organization forms
1945 Hungary liberated from Nazi occupation (National Day)
1945 U.S. forces liberated the Nazi death camp Ohrdruf in Germany
1945 U.S. tanks and infantry conquer Bielefeld
1944 British troops capture Addis Ababa Ethiopia
1944 De Gaulle forms new regime in exile, with communists
1941 German troops conquer Banghazi
1940 R Rodgers/Lorenz Hart's "Higher and Higher," premieres in New York City
1939 Faisal II ascends to throne of Iraq
1938 5th Golf Masters Championship: Henry Picard wins, shooting a 285
1937 4th Golf Masters Championship: Byron Nelson wins, shooting a 283
1933 U.S. Dirigible Akron crashes off coast of New Jersey, 73 die
1932 George Bernard Shaw's "Too True to be Good," premieres in New York City
1932 Vitamin C 1st isolated, CC King, University of Pittsburgh
1930 Andrew Sandham makes Test Cricket 1st triple century
1930 Les Ames makes the 1st Test Cricket century by a wicketkeeper (149)
1929 "New Moon" musical opens in London
1929 1st AAU Greco-Roman wrestling championships held
1926 Greek dictator Theodorus Pangalos elected president
1922 WAAB (Baton Rouge, Louisiana) becomes 1st U.S. radio station with "W" calls
1921 Stanley Cup: Ottawa Senators (NHL) beat Vancouver Millionaires (PCHA), 3 games to 2
1920 Arabs attack Jews in Jerusalem
1918 Battle of Somme, ends
1918 Food riot in Amsterdam
1916 U.S. Senate agrees (82-6) to participate in WW I
1914 "Perils of Pauline" shown for 1st time in Los Angeles
1912 Army fires on striking mine workers at Lena-gold fields Siberia
1912 Chinese republic proclaimed in Tibet
1911 Hugh Chalmers, automaker, suggests idea of baseball MVP
1905 Earthquake in Kangra India, kills 20,000
1902 Cecil Rhodes scholarship fund forms with $10 million
1900 Assassination attempt on prince of Wales/king Edward VII
1900 British garrison of Reddersberg surrenders to Boer general De Wet
1899 South Africa all out 35 vs England (Trott 4-19, Haigh 6-11)
1896 Announcement of Gold in Yukon
1887 Susanna Medora Salter elected 1st U.S. woman mayor (Argonia, Kansas)
1870 Golden Gate Park forms by City Order number 800
1865 Lee's army arrives at Amelia Courthouse
1864 Skirmish at Elkin's Ford Little Missouri River, Arkansas
1862 Battle of Yorktown begins
1862 U.S. begins Peninsular Campaign aimed at capturing Richmond
1859 Opera "Dinorah" is produced (Paris)
1850 City of Los Angeles incorporated
1832 Charles Darwin aboard HMS Beagle reaches Rio de Janeiro
1828 Casparus van Wooden patents chocolate milk powder (Amsterdam)
1818 Congress decided U.S. flag is 13 red and white stripes and 20 stars
1737 Anthony van Heim installed as Dutch pension advisor
1716 Russian and Prussian troops occupy Wismar
1687 King James II orders his declaration of indulgence read in church
1686 English king James II publishes Declaration of Indulgence
1660 English king Charles II ends Decl of Breda (freedom of religion)
1655 Battle at Postage Farina, Tunis: English fleet beats Barbarian pirates
1625 Viceroy Frederik Henry marries Amalia countess von Solms-Braunfels
1588 Christian IV succeeds Frederik II as king of Denmark
1581 Frances Drake completes circumnavigation of world
1558 Czar Ivan IV gives parts of North-Russia to fur traders
1552 Mauritius van Saksen begins alliance with Karel Anikita Stroganov
1541 Ignatius of Loyola becomes 1st superior-general of Jesuits
1460 University of Basle in Swizerland forms
1081 Alexius I Comnenus occupies Byzantine throne