This Day in History - September 4

September 4

476 – The original Roman Empire falls as Odoacer, a German barbarian who proclaims himself the king of Italy, deposes Romulus Augustus, the last emperor of the Western Roman Empire

1260 – The Tuscan Ghibellines, in support of the emperor, defeat the Florentine Guelfs, who support papal tower at the Battle of Montaperto in Italy

1479 – Four years of war is brought to a close with an agreement between Spain and Portugal. Spain will allow Portuguese a monopoly of trade along Africa’s west coast and Portugal will allow Spain rights in the Canary Islands

1588 – Robert Dudley, First Earl of Leicester, dies

1596 – One of the first tsunamis ever recorded demolishes the east coast of Kyushu in Japan, setting off an earthquake that in turn, triggered a landslide, the end result being that about 1,000 acres of mainland virtually disappeared under water forever

1768 – French writer and chef, Vicomte Francois Rene de Chateaubriand, is born

1780 – During the American Revolution, Patriot Francis Marion’s Carolina militia routs Loyalists at Blue Savannah, South Carolina, winning new recruits to the Patriots cause

1781 – Los Angeles is founded by Spanish decree

1787 – Louis XVI of France recalls parliament

1790 – The finance minister of France, Jacques Necker, is forced to resign

1804 – During the First Barbary War, USS Intrepid explodes while entering Tripoli harbor on a mission to destroy the enemy fleet there

1820 – Czar Alexander closes Alaskan waters to foreigners and declares Russian influence in North America extends as far south as Oregon

1824 – Austrian composer, Anton Bruckner, is born

1846 – Architect, Daniel Hudson Burnham, is born

1862 – The Antietam Campaign begins as Robert E. Lee’s Confederate army invades Maryland during the Civil War

1864 – Confederate cavalry leader John Hunt Morgan is killed during a Union cavalry raid on Greenville, Tennessee during the Civil War

1870 – A republic is proclaimed in Paris with a government of national defense

1881 – The Edison electric lighting system goes into operation as a generator serving 85 paying customers is turned on

1886 – The Apache leader Geronimo surrenders to General Nelson A. Miles at Skeleton Canyon, Arizona

1888 – The Kodak trademark is born as the roll-film camera is patented by George Eastman

1893 – Beatrix Potter sends a note to her governess’ son with the first-ever drawing of Peter Rabbit, Cottontail, and others

1905 – Author, Mary Renault, is born

1908 – Novelist, Richard Wright, is born

1915 – Haiti is placed under martial law by the US military to stop a rebellion in its capital of Port-au-Prince

1918 – Radio commentator, Paul Harvey, is born

1918 – During World War I, US troops land at Archangel in northern Russia

1920 – The first woman to win a Pulitzer Prize, journalist, and Korean war reporter, Maggie Higgins, is born

1924 – Author, Joan Delano Aiken, is born

1927 – Computer and cognitive scientist who coined the term “artificial intelligence,” John McCarthy, is born

1931 – Actress, singer, and dancer, Mitzi Gaynor, is born

1934 – British Nobel Prize-winning economist, Sir Clive William John Granger, is born

1935 – US Army major general, Charles A. Hines, is born

1940 – An undeclared shooting war begins when the German submarine U-652 fired at the US destroyer Greer off of Iceland during World War II

1942 – Budapest is bombed by Soviet planes during World War II

1943 – Allied troops capture Lae-Salamaua in New Guinea during World War II

1944 – Antwerp, Belgium is liberated by British troops during World War II

1945 – The American flag is raised on Wake Island after surrender ceremonies there during World War II

1949 – American golfer, Tom Watson, is born

1951 – The first transcontinental television broadcast in America is carried by 94 stations, as President Harry S. Truman delivers an address to the opening session of the Japanese Peace Convention in San Francisco

1957 – Arkansas Governor Orval Faubus calls out the National Guard to stop black students from entering a Little Rock high school

1957 – The long awaited “Ford Edsel” is revealed by the Ford Motor Company

1958 – Syndicated radio talk show host, Dr. Drew, is born

1962 – Japanese physician and Nobel Prize-winning researcher, Shinya Yamanaka, is born

1963 – American ice hockey player, John Vanbiesbrouck, is born

1965 – Nobel Prize-winning physician, Albert Schweitzer, dies

1967 – US Marines engage North Vietnamese Army troops in Que Son Valley in Operation Swift during the Vietnam War

1967 – Radio Hanoi announces the death of Ho Chi Minh

1971 – Actress, Ione Skye, is born

1972 – Mark Spitz becomes first Olympic competitor to win seven medals during a single Olympics Games

1975 – Egypt and Israel sign the Sinai II Agreement, pledging that conflict that arises between the two countries will not be solved by military force

1977 – American wrestler, Kia Stevens, is born

1978 – Actor, Wes Bentley, is born

1981 – Singer, songwriter, dancer, Beyonce Knowles, is born

1986 – American baseball player, Hank Greenberg, dies

1996 – The US-backed Columbian military’s drug eradication program which involved spraying a defoliant in the coca-growing regions of southern Colombia, is protested by the Colombian Revolutionary Armed Forces, FARC, who lead an attack on a military base in Guaviare, Colombia. During three weeks of guerrilla warfare, FARC killed at least 130 Colombians.

1998 – Larry Page and Sergey Brin found Google

2002 – Kelly Clarkson, a cocktail waitress from Texas, wins the first American Idol

2006 – Australian television host and zoologist, Steve Irwin, dies

2014 – Comedian, Joan River, dies


Written by Crystal McCann

Crystal is the Chief Operating Officer of Lanterns Media Network and the owner of Madisons Media. She lives in Texas with her husband and dogs and is the proud mother of two adult children.

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