August 4 Events in History - August 4 Birthdays - August 4 Deaths
2015 Delta Airlines states it will no longer transport wildlife trophies after the recent killing of a lion, Cecil, by an American who was reportedly unaware that the hunt was illegal; Delta formerly shipped such trophies if they were obtained legally
2014 Twenty-First Century Fox, headed by Rupert Murdoch, rescinds its offer to buy Time Warner Inc. after the latter's resistance to the proposal
2014 Medical worker Nancy Writebol, the second of two Americans to contract the Ebola virus in Liberia, joins Dr. Kent Brantly at Emory University Hospital for treatment; both patients are receiving an experimental drug that has not been tested on humans
2013 Actor Peter Capaldi, of Scotland, lands the role of the Doctor in the twelfth incarnation of the 'Doctor Who' British science fiction show
2013 Britain, France and Germany close embassies in Yemen; Canada closes its embassy in Bangladesh; the U.S. closes 22 embassies in the Middle East and North America due to intelligence of an impending Al-Qaeda attack
2012 South Africa's Oscar Pistorius becomes the first amputee to compete at the Olympic Games in the 400 meters
2012 Britain has their greatest success in one day at an Olympics since 1908, winning six gold medals and a silver on Day Eight of the 2012 Summer Olympics
2011 The Southern United States experiences a heat alert for fourteen states; several dozen heat-related deaths occurred since July
2011 The U.S. National Football League ratifies a new collective bargaining agreement which includes provisions for human growth hormone tests
2010 Officials determine that over 28,000 people have died from Mexican drug violence since December 2006
2010 The musician Wyclef Jean confirms his intention to run for the presidency in Haiti
2009 Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki has 4,000 prisoners death sentences commuted to life imprisonment
1997 "Keenan Ivory Wayan Show," premieres on Fox TV
1996 24th du Maurier Golf Classic: Laura Davies
1996 26th Olympic games close at Atlanta, Georgia (sched)
1996 J Bunning, E Weaver, B Foster, and N Hanlon inducted in Hall of Fame
1995 Darryl Strawberry joins the New York Yankees
1994 Dwingeloo 1, near milky way system, discovered
1994 Howard Stern drops out of New York gubernatorial race
1994 Truck carrying millions of bees overturns on New York parkway
1993 Angolese air force bombs Huambo
1993 Rwandian Hutu's and Tutsi's sign peace treaty in Arusha
1993 Tony Gwynn gets 6 hits, 4th time in 1993 a Padre gets 5 or more hits
1991 1st time Seattle Mariners are 9 games over .500
1991 Deb Richard wins LPGA Phar-Mor in Youngstown Golf Tournament
1990 95.5 degrees F (35.3 degrees C) in De Bilt Netherlands (highest Aug temp in Neth)
1990 European community proposes a boycott of Iraq
1989 Blue Jays Dave Steib's perfect game broken up in 9th with 2 outs by New York Yankee Roberto Kelly
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
1987 At the Kingdome, Ruppert Jones hits a foul ball that sticks in speaker
1987 FCC vote 4-0 to rescind fairness doctrine for broadcasters
1986 OPEC lowers oil production 20%
1985 "Dreamgirls" closes at Imperial Theater New York City after 1522 performances
1985 California Angel Rod Carew gets his 3,000th hit
1985 Penny Hammel wins LPGA Jamie Farr Toledo Golf Classic
1985 Phil Rizzuto Day, Yankees retire #10
1985 Rod Carew, is 16th to get 3,000 hits
1985 White Sox Tom Seaver is 17th to win #300, beating Yankees
1984 Carl Lewis wins gold medal in 100-meter dash at LA Summer Olympics
1984 Cliff Johnson sets a record with his 19th pinch hit home run
1984 Prince's "Purple Rain," album goes to #1 and stays #1 for 24 weeks
1984 Republic of Upper Volta becomes Bourkina Fasso (National Day)
1983 Bettino Craxi sworn in as premier of Italy
1983 France performs nuclear test
1983 Revolution in Burkina
1983 While warming up before 5th inning Yankee Dave Winfield accidentally kills a seagull
1982 New York Met Joel Youngblood singles in Chicago day game, he is traded, then singles for Expos in Philadelphia night game
1981 Columbia mated with SRBs and external tank for STS-2 mission
1981 Oliver North is assigned to White House duty
1980 Hurricane Aline, kills 272 in Texas and Caribbean
1980 John and Yoko begin recording "Double Fantasy"
1980 Seattle Mariners replace manager Darrell Johnson with Maury Wills
1979 Italian government of Cossiga begins
1979 U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Semipalitinsk, Eastern Kazakhstan U.S.S.R.
1977 President Carter establishes Department of Energy
1977 U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1976 U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Semipalitinsk, Eastern Kazakhstan U.S.S.R.
1975 Robert Plant is involved in a car crash in Rhodes
1974 Crawford-Butler Act allows Puerto Ricans to elect own governor
1974 Sandra Haynie wins LPGA George Washington Golf Classic
1972 Arthur Bremer jailed for 63 years for shooting Alabama Governor Wallace
1971 U.S. launches 1st satellite into lunar orbit from manned spacecraft
1970 Jim Morrison arrested for drunkenness
1969 Willie Stargell is 1st to hit a home run outside of Dodger Stadium
1968 100,000 attend Newport Pop Festival, Costa Mesa, California
1968 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Gino Paoli Golf Open
1968 WXTV TV channel 41 in New York-Paterson, New York (UNI) begins broadcasting
1967 34th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Green Bay 27, All-Stars 0 (70,934)
1967 Shortwave group ANARC's 1st convention (Chicago)
1967 U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1967 U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Semipalitinsk, Eastern Kazakhstan U.S.S.R.
1965 Cook Islands enters into free association with New Zealand
1964 Civil rights workers Michael Schwerner, Andrew Goodman and James E Chaney, bodies discovered in an earthen Mississippi dam
1964 North Vietnamese torpedos U.S. ships Gulf of Tonkin
1963 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Milwaukee Jaycee Golf Open
1962 Nelson Mandela captured by South African police
1961 108 degrees F, Spokane, WA
1961 28th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Philadelphia 28, All-Stars 14 (66,000)
1960 Rocket propelled USAAF research aircraft sets record at 2,150 MPH
1959 "Billy Barnes Revue" opens at John Golden Theater New York City for 87 performances
1958 Dumont TV Network crumbles
1956 1st motorcycle rode over 200 mph (Wilhelm Herz-210 mph/338 kph)
1956 Elvis Presley releases "Hound Dog"
1956 Indonesia says it will not pay debts to the Netherlands
1955 Eisenhower authorizes $46 million for construction of CIA headquarters
1954 Boscombe Down 1st flight of supersonic P-1 Lightning
1953 Black families move into Trumbull Park housing project in Chicago
1953 Vic Raschi sets pitcher record by driving in 7 runs and wins 15-0
1949 NBL and NBAA merge into National Basketball Association
1948 5 day southern filibuster succeeds in maintaining poll tax
1945 Golfer Byron Nelson records most tournament wins (18) in a season
1945 Red Sox Tom McBride is 3rd to get 6 RBIs in an inning (4th)
1944 Anne Frank arrested in Amsterdam by Nazis
1944 British 8th army reaches suburbs of Florence Italy
1943 British premier Churchill travels on the Queen Mary to Canada
1943 Russian units reach suburbs of Orel
1943 USAF bombs Germans in Troina
1942 1st train with Jews departs Mechelen Belgium to Auschwitz
1942 British premier Winston Churchill arrives in Cairo
1942 Colonel General Jeremenko arrives in Stalingrad/welcomed by Nikita Khrushchev
1942 German occupier orders all Dutch homing pigeons killed
1941 Dodger Mickey Owens is 1st to catch 3 foul flies in an inning (3rd)
1941 Winston Churchill departs on Prince of Wales to U.S.
1936 Ioannis Metaxas names himself dictator of Greece
1934 New York Giants Mel Ott sets record of 6 runs in game and beats Phillies 21-4
1930 Child labor laws established in Belgium
1929 60,000 SA'ers/SS'ers march by Munich
1929 Indians, in 9th with 2 outs score 9 to beat Yankees 14-6
1929 Jones Beach in New York opens
1927 Peace Bridge between U.S. and Canada opens
1925 1st Dutch Colijn government forms
1925 U.S. Marines leave Nicaragua after 13-year occupation
1922 Female 1st baseman Lizzie Murphy plays on AL all-star team
1917 Pravda calls for killing all capitalists, priests and officers
1916 Denmark cedes Danish West Indies, including the Virgin Islands, to the U.S. for $25 million
1914 German army shoots Belgian priests/burns down village of Battice
1914 German fleet under Admiral Souchon fire on Algerian coast
1914 Germany declares war on Belgium; Britain declares war on Germany
1914 King Albert I becomes supreme commander of Belgian army
1914 Lord Kitchener becomes British minister of War
1914 U.S. declares neutrality in WW I
1910 A's Jack Coombs and White Sox Ed Walsh pitch a 16 inn scoreless tie
1909 Ump Tim Hurst instigates a riot by spitting at A's 2nd baseman Eddie Collins, who had questioned a call, this leads to Hurst's banishment
1903 Cardinal Giuseppe Sarto of Venice elected Pope Pius X
1897 Henry A. Rucker appointed Collector of Internal Revenue for Georgia
1892 Queen Wilhelmina and Emma open Merwede Canal between Amsterdam-Rhine
1892 Sunday school teacher Lizzie Borden arrested in Fall River, Mass
1886 Colombia adopts constitution
1881 122 degrees F (50 degrees C), Seville, Spain (European record)
1879 Pope Leo XIII publishes encyclical Aeterni Patris
1870 British Red Cross Society forms
1864 Land and naval action new Brazos Santiago, Texas
1862 U.S. government collects its 1st income tax
1855 John Bartlett publishes "Familiar Quotations"
1830 Plans for city of Chicago laid out
1821 1st edition of Saturday Evening Post (publishes until 1969)
1791 Austria and Turkey sign Peace of Sistova
1790 U.S. Coast Guard founded as Revenue Cutter Service
1789 French National Meeting ending feudal system
1777 Retired British cavalry officer Philip Astley establishes 1st circus
1760 Battle at Leignitz: Prussia beats Austria and Russia
1753 George Washington becomes a master mason
1735 Jury acquits John Zenger (New York Weekly Journal) charged with seditious libel by royal governor of New York (victory for Freedom of press)
1730 Crown prince Frederik of Prussia escapes to England
1704 War of Spanish Succession, English and Dutch troops occupy Gibraltar
1695 French garrison of surrenders to Willem III
1666 Hurricane hits Guadeloupe, Martinique and St. Christopher; thousands die
1666 Sea battle between Netherlands and England
1636 Johan Mauritius appointed governor of Dutch Brazil
1598 London's head office of Hanze closed
1578 Battle of Alcazarquivir, Moroccans defeat Portuguese, 10,000 killed
1558 1st printing of Zohar (Jewish Kabbalah)
1351 Sea battle at Zwartewaal: Willem V beats Hoeksen and English
1347 English troops conquer Ft. Calais
1265 Battle at Evesham: English prince Edward beats Simon de Montfort
1181 Supernova seen in Cassiopia