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August 4 Historical Events

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

Found 45 events. Showing 1 - 30.

  • 367
    Gratian, son of Roman Emperor Valentinian I, is named co-Augustus by his father and associated to the throne aged eight.
  • 598
    Goguryeo-Sui War: Emperor Wéndi of Sui orders his youngest son, Yang Liang (assisted by the co-prime minister Gao Jiong), to conquer Goguryeo (Korea) during the Manchurian rainy season, with a Chinese army and navy.
  • 1265
    Second Barons’ War: Battle of Evesham: The army of Prince Edward (the future king Edward I of England) defeats the forces of rebellious barons led by Simon de Montfort, 6th Earl of Leicester, killing de Montfort and many of his allies.
  • 1327
    First War of Scottish Independence: James Douglas leads a raid into Weardale and almost kills Edward III of England.
  • 1532
    The Duchy of Brittany is united to the Kingdom of France.
  • 1578
    Battle of Al Kasr al Kebir: The Moroccans defeat the Portuguese. King Sebastian of Portugal is killed in the battle, leaving his elderly uncle, Cardinal Henry, as his heir. This initiates a succession crisis in Portugal.
  • 1693
    Date traditionally ascribed to Dom Perignon’s invention of champagne, however it is not clear whether he actually invented champagne, however he has been credited as an innovator who developed the techniques used to perfect sparkling wine.
  • 1704
    War of the Spanish Succession: Gibraltar is captured by an English and Dutch fleet, commanded by Admiral Sir George Rooke and allied with Archduke Charles.
  • 1783
    Mount Asama erupts in Japan, killing about 1,400 people. The eruption causes a famine, which results in an additional 20,000 deaths.
  • 1789
    In France members of the National Constituent Assembly take an oath to end feudalism and abandon their privileges.
  • 1790
    A newly passed tariff act creates the Revenue Cutter Service (the forerunner of the United States Coast Guard).
  • 1791
    The Treaty of Sistova is signed, ending the Ottoman–Habsburg wars.
  • 1796
    French Revolutionary Wars: Napoleon leads the French Army of Italy to victory in the Battle of Lonato.
  • 1821
    The Saturday Evening Post is published for the first time as a weekly newspaper.
  • 1824
    The Battle of Kos is fought between Turkish and Greek forces.
  • 1854
    The Hinomaru is established as the official flag to be flown from Japanese ships.
  • 1863
    Matica slovenská, Slovakia’s public-law cultural and scientific institution focusing on topics around the Slovak nation, is established in Martin.
  • 1873
    American Indian Wars: While protecting a railroad survey party in Montana, the United States 7th Cavalry, under Lieutenant Colonel George Armstrong Custer clashes for the first time with the Cheyenne and Lakota people near the Tongue River; only one man on each side is killed.
  • 1889
    The Great Fire of Spokane, Washington destroys some 32 blocks of the city, prompting a mass rebuilding project.
  • 1892
    The father and stepmother of Lizzie Borden are found murdered in their Fall River, Massachusetts home.
  • 1902
    The Greenwich foot tunnel under the River Thames opens.
  • 1906
    Central railway station, Sydney opens.
  • 1914
    World War I: Germany invades Belgium. In response, Belgium and the United Kingdom declare war on Germany. The United States declares its neutrality.
  • 1915
    World War I: The German 12th Army occupies Warsaw during the Gorlice–Tarnów Offensive and the Great Retreat of 1915.
  • 1924
    Diplomatic relations between Mexico and the Soviet Union are established.
  • 1936
    Prime Minister of Greece Ioannis Metaxas suspends parliament and the Constitution and establishes the 4th of August Regime.
  • 1944
    The Holocaust: A tip from a Dutch informer leads the Gestapo to a sealed-off area in an Amsterdam warehouse, where they find and arrest Jewish diarist Anne Frank, her family, and four others.
  • 1946
    An earthquake of magnitude 8.0 hits northern Dominican Republic. One hundred are killed and 20,000 are left homeless.
  • 1947
    The Supreme Court of Japan is established.
  • 1958
    The Billboard Hot 100 is published for the first time.

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