Disable Auto-Refresh

Interesting historical events that occurred on April 4…

April 3, 2012

Wednesday, April 4, 2012.  Here’s what I found interesting that happened today in history:

1147 – First historical record of Moscow.

the gun wire

Sir Francis Drake

1581 – Francis Drake is knighted for completing a circumnavigation of the world.

1812 – U.S. President James Madison enacted a ninety-day embargo on trade with the United Kingdom.

1818 – The United States Congress adopts the flag of the United States with 13 red and white stripes and one star for each state (then 20).

1841 – William Henry Harrison dies of pneumonia becoming the first President of the United States to die in office and the one with the shortest term served.

1850 – Los Angeles, California is incorporated as a city.

1859 – Bryant’s Minstrels debut “Dixie” in New York City in the finale of a blackface minstrel show.

1865 – American Civil War: A day after Union forces capture Richmond, Virginia, U.S. President Abraham Lincoln visits the Confederate capital.

1873 – The Kennel Club is founded, the oldest and first official registry of purebred dogs in the world.

1887 – Argonia, Kansas elects Susanna M. Salter as the first female mayor in the United States.

1933 – USS Akron (ZRS-4) wrecked off the New Jersey coast due to severe weather.

1944 – World War IIFirst bombardment of Bucharest by Anglo-American forces kills 3000 civilians.

1945 – World War II: American troops liberate Ohrdruf forced labor camp in Germany.

1945 – World War II: American troops capture Kassel.

the gun wire

The Beatles

1949 – Twelve nations sign the North Atlantic Treaty creating the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.

1964 – The Beatles occupy the top five positions on the Billboard Hot 100 pop chart.

1967 – Martin Luther King, Jr. delivers his “Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence” speech in New York City‘s Riverside Church.

1968 – Martin Luther King, Jr. is assassinated by James Earl Ray at a motel in Memphis, Tennessee.

1968 – Apollo programNASA launches Apollo 6.

1969 – Dr. Denton Cooley implants the first temporary artificial heart.

1973 – The World Trade Center in New York is officially dedicated.

1975 – Microsoft is founded as a partnership between Bill Gates and Paul Allen in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

1975 – Vietnam WarOperation Baby Lift – A United States Air Force C-5A Galaxy crashes near SaigonSouth Vietnam shortly after takeoff, transporting orphans – 172 die.

1983 – Space Shuttle Challenger makes its maiden voyage into space (STS-6).

1984 – President Ronald Reagan calls for an international ban on chemical weapons.

1988 – Governor Evan Mecham of Arizona is convicted in his impeachment trial and removed from office.

1991 – Senator John Heinz of Pennsylvania and six others are killed when a helicopter collides with their plane over an elementary school in Merion, Pennsylvania.

1994 – Marc Andreessen and Jim Clark found Netscape Communications Corporation under the name “Mosaic Communications Corporation”.

1996 – Comet Hyakutake is imaged by the USA Asteroid Orbiter Near Earth Asteroid Rendezvous.


1913 – Muddy Waters, American musician (d. 1983)

1932 – Richard Lugar, American politician

1932 – Anthony Perkins, American actor (d. 1992)

1944 – Craig T. Nelson, American actor

1965 – Robert Downey, Jr., American actor

1979 – Heath Ledger, Australian actor (d. 2008)


1929 – Karl Benz, German engine designer, inventor, and automobile engineer (b. 1844)

1968 – Martin Luther King, Jr., American civil rights activist, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize (b. 1929)




{ 0 comments… add one now }

Leave a Comment