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April 4 Historical Events

The following events took place on April 4. The list is arranged in chronological order.

Found 57 events. Showing 1 - 30.

  • 503 BC
    According to the Fasti Triumphales, Roman consul Agrippa Menenius Lanatus celebrated a triumph for a military victory over the Sabines.
  • 1147
    First historical record of Moscow.
  • 1287
    King Wareru founds the Ramanya Kingdom, and proclaims independence from the Pagan Kingdom.
  • 1581
    Francis Drake is knighted for completing a circumnavigation of the world.
  • 1660
    Declaration of Breda by King Charles II of England.
  • 1721
    Sir Robert Walpole takes office as the first Prime Minister of the United Kingdom under King George I.
  • 1768
    In London, Philip Astley stages the first modern circus.
  • 1796
    Georges Cuvier delivers his first paleontological lecture at École Centrale du Pantheon of the National Museum of Natural History on living and fossil remains of elephants and related species, founding the science of Paleontology.
  • 1812
    United States President James Madison enacts a ninety-day embargo on trade with the United Kingdom.
  • 1814
    Napoleon abdicates for the first time and names his son Napoleon II as Emperor of the French.
  • 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 with the shortest term served. Vice President John Tyler, becomes President upon Harrison’s death.
  • 1850
    The Great Fire of Cottenham: A large part of the Cambridgeshire village (England) is burnt to the ground in suspicious circumstances.
  • 1850
    Los Angeles 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.
  • 1866
    Alexander II of Russia narrowly escapes an assassination attempt by Dmitry Karakozov in the city of Saint Petersburg.
  • 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.
  • 1905
    In India, an earthquake hits the Kangra Valley, killing 20,000, and destroying most buildings in Kangra, McLeod Ganj and Dharamsala.
  • 1913
    First Balkan War: Greek aviator Emmanouil Argyropoulos becomes the first pilot to die in the Hellenic Air Force when his plane crashes.
  • 1925
    The Schutzstaffel (SS) is founded in Germany.
  • 1930
    The Communist Party of Panama is founded.
  • 1933
    U.S. Navy airship, USS Akron, is wrecked off the New Jersey coast due to severe weather.
  • 1939
    Faisal II becomes King of Iraq.
  • 1944
    World War II: First bombardment of oil refineries in 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.
  • 1945
    World War II: Soviet troops liberate Hungary from German occupation and occupy the country itself.
  • 1949
    Twelve nations sign the North Atlantic Treaty creating the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.

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