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1932George Bernard Shaw's "Too True to be Good" premieres in NYC

1581Francis Drake knighted by Queen Elizabeth I aboard Golden Hind at Deptford

1660English king Charles II sends Declaration of Breda (freedom of religion)

1841Vice President John Tyler becomes the 10th President of the United States after the death of President William Henry Harrison

19374th Golf Masters Championship: Byron Nelson wins, shooting a 283

1965Mickey Wright wins LPGA Baton Rouge Golf Invitational

1832Charles Darwin aboard HMS Beagle reaches Rio de Janeiro

1975Microsoft is founded as a partnership between Bill Gates and Paul Allen.

1993Wrestlemania IX at Caesar's Palace Las Vegas, Hulk Hogan pins Yokozuna

1989Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's last NBA game in Seattle

1974Hank Aaron ties Babe Ruth's home-run record by hitting his 714th

1986Wayne Gretzky sets NHL record with 213th point of season

1814Napoleon abdicates for the first time in favour of his son.

196032nd Academy Awards - "Ben-Hur", Charlton Heston & Simone Signoret win

1968US civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr. assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee

194884-year-old Connie Mack challenges 78-year-old Clark Griffith to a race from home to 1st base; it ends in a tie

1990Gloria Estefan released from hospital after her accident

1994LA Dodger Darryl Strawberry begins substance abuse treatment

April 4th Historical Events
Date Event
1081
Alexius I Comnenus occupies Byzantine throne 
1460
University of Basle in Swizerland forms 
1541
Ignatius of Loyola becomes 1st superior-general of Jesuits 
1552
Mauritius van Saksen begins alliance with Karel Anikita Stroganov 
1558
Tsar Ivan IV gives parts of North-Russia to fur traders 
1581
Francis Drake knighted by Queen Elizabeth I aboard Golden Hind at Deptford 
1588
Christian IV succeeds Frederik II as king of Denmark 
1655
Battle at Postage Farina, Tunis: English fleet beats Barbary pirates 
1655
The miraculous statue entitled the Infant of Prague is solemnly crowned by command of Cardinal Harrach. 
1660
English king Charles II sends Declaration of Breda (freedom of religion) 
1686
English king James II publishes Declaration of Indulgence 
1687
King James II orders his declaration of indulgence read in English churches 
1716
Russian & Prussian troops occupy Wismar 
1737
Anthony van Heim installed as Dutch pension advisor 
1814
Napoleon abdicates for the first time in favour of his son. 
1818
Congress decided US flag is 13 red & white stripes & 20 stars 
1828
Casparus van Wooden patents chocolate milk powder (Amsterdam) 
1832
Charles Darwin aboard HMS Beagle reaches Rio de Janeiro 
1841
Vice President John Tyler becomes the 10th President of the United States after the death of President William Henry Harrison 
1850
City of Los Angeles incorporated 
1859
Opera "Dinorah" is produced (Paris) 
1859
Bryant's Minstrels debut "Dixie" in New York City in the finale of a blackface minstrel show. 
1862
Battle of Yorktown (US Civil War) begins 
1862
US begins Peninsular Campaign aimed at capturing Richmond during US Civil War 
1864
Skirmish at Elkin's Ford (Little Missouri River), Arkansas 
1865
Lee's army arrives at Amelia Courthouse 
1866
Alexander II of Russia narrowly escapes an assassination attempt in the city of Kiev. 
1870
Golden Gate Park forms by City Order #800 
1887
Susanna Medora Salter elected 1st US woman mayor (Argonia, KS) 
1896
Announcement of Gold in Yukon 
1899
South Africa all out 35 vs England (Trott 4-19, Haigh 6-11) 
1900
Assassination attempt on Prince of Wales, later British King Edward VII when shot by Jean-Baptiste Sipido in protest over Boer war 
1900
British garrison of Reddersberg surrenders to Boer general De Wet 
1902
Cecil Rhodes scholarship fund forms with $10 million 
1905
Earthquake in Kangra India, kills 20,000 
1911
Hugh Chalmers, automaker, suggests idea of baseball MVP 
1912
Army fires on striking mine workers at Lena-gold fields Siberia 
1912
Chinese republic proclaimed in Tibet 
1913
The Greek aviator Emmanuel Argyropoulos becomes the first pilot victim of the Hellenic Air Force when his plane crashes. 
1914
"Perils of Pauline" shown for 1st time in LA 
1915
Germany protests vigorously to the US, claiming it must insist that Britain lifts its blockade and assert American neutrality 
1916
US Senate agrees (82-6) to participate in WW I 
1918
Battle of Somme ends 
1918
Food riot in Amsterdam 
1920
Arabs attack Jews in Jerusalem 
1921
Stanley Cup: Ottawa Senators (NHL) beat Vancouver Millionaires (PCHA), 3 games to 2 
1922
WAAB (Baton Rouge La) becomes 1st US radio station with "W" calls 
1926
Greek dictator Theodorus Pangalos elected president 
1929
"New Moon" musical opens in London 
1929
1st AAU Greco-Roman wrestling championships held 
1930
Andrew Sandham makes Test Cricket 1st triple century 
1930
Les Ames makes the 1st Test Cricket century by a wicketkeeper (149) 
1930
The Communist Party of Panama is founded. 
1932
George Bernard Shaw's "Too True to be Good" premieres in NYC 
1932
Vitamin C 1st isolated, CC King, Univ of Pittsburgh 
1933
US Dirigible Akron crashes off coast of NJ, 73 die 
1937
4th Golf Masters Championship: Byron Nelson wins, shooting a 283 
1938
5th Golf Masters Championship: Henry Picard wins, shooting a 285 
1939
Faisal II ascends to throne of Iraq 
1940
R Rodgers/Lorenz Hart's "Higher & Higher" premieres in NYC 
1941
German troops conquer Banghazi 
1944
British troops capture Addis Ababa Ethiopia 
1944
De Gaulle forms new regime in exile, with communists 
1944
Allied Bucharest bombings targeting railroads kills 5,000 
1945
Hungary liberated from Nazi occupation (National Day) 
1945
US forces liberated the Nazi death camp Ohrdruf in Germany 
1945
US tanks/infantry conquer Bielefeld 
1947
Convention on International Civil Aviation goes into effect 
1947
Largest group of sunspots on record 
1947
UN's International Civil Aviation Organization forms 
1948
84-year-old Connie Mack challenges 78-year-old Clark Griffith to a race from home to 1st base; it ends in a tie 
1949
Israel & Jordan sign armistice agreement 
1949
North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) treaty signed (Wash DC) 
1949
WKRC TV channel 12 in Cincinnati, OH (ABC) begins broadcasting 
1950
Dirk Stikker becomes chairman of OES 
1951
Dutch Prince Bernhard visits Juan & Eva Peron in Buenos Aires 
1953
KFDA TV channel 10 in Amarillo, TX (CBS) begins broadcasting 
1954
Louise Suggs wins LPGA Carrollton Georgia Golf Open 
1955
British government signs military treaty with Iraq 
1956
Enid Bagnold's "Chalk Garden" premieres in London 
1957
Heitor Villa-Lobos' 10th Symphony, premieres in Paris 
1958
1st march against nuclear weapons (Aldermaston, England) 
1958
Eugene Ionesco's "Tueur sans Gages" premieres in Darmstadt 
1958
The CND Peace Symbol displayed in public for the first time in London. 
1959
Fed of Mali, consisting of Senegal & French Sudan (dissolved 1960) 
1960
32nd Academy Awards - "Ben-Hur", Charlton Heston & Simone Signoret win 
1960
Oscar awarded to Neth director Bert Haanstra 
1960
Project Ozma begins at Green Bank radio astronomy center 
1960
Senegal declares independence from France 
1964
"Anyone Can Whistle" opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 9 performances 
1964
Beatles' "Can't Buy Me Love" single goes #1 & stays #1 for 5 weeks 
1965
Mickey Wright wins LPGA Baton Rouge Golf Invitational 
1965
The first model of the new Saab Viggen fighter aircraft plane is unveiled. 
1966
Pirate Radio Scotland changes name to Radio Ireland 
1966
US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site 
1967
Amsterdam Marines chase out "nozems" of Central Station 
1967
Dutch De Young government forms 
1967
Marines chase "Nozems" out of Amsterdam Central Station 
1968
"Education of Hyman Kaplan" opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 28 perfs 
1968
Apollo 6 launched atop Saturn V; unmanned 
1968
US civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr. assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee 
1969
Denton Cooley gets 1st temporary artificial heart 
1970
Firestone World Tournament of Champions won by Don Johnson 
1971
"Follies" opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 524 performances 
1971
Marine clay under houses liquefies in St-Jean-Vianney, Quebec, 31 die 
1972
1st electric power plant fueled by garbage begins operating 
1974
Hank Aaron ties Babe Ruth's home-run record by hitting his 714th 
1975
130 killed as USAF plane evacuating Vietnamese orphans crashes 
1975
Steve Miller is arrested for burning his girlfriend's clothes 
1975
USAF transport carrying orphans from Saigon crashes killing 155 
1975
Microsoft is founded as a partnership between Bill Gates and Paul Allen. 
1976
5th Colgate Dinah Shore Golf Championship won by Judy Rankin 
1976
Seni Pramoj's Democratic Party wins elections in Thailand 
1979
Ex-President Zulfikar Ali Bhutto of Pakistan is executed. 
1980
USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR 
1981
Henry Cisneros becomes 1st Mexican-American mayor (San Antonio) 
1982
11th Nabisco Dinah Shore Golf Championship won by Sally Little 
1983
45th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: NC State beats Houston 54-52 
1983
6th space shuttle mission, Challenger 1 launched 
1984
Michael Frayn's "Benefactors" premieres in London 
1984
Winston Smith in Orwell's "1984" begins his secret diary 
1985
Tulane University cancels its basketball season amidst scandal 
1986
Wayne Gretzky sets NHL record with 213th point of season 
1987
Dow Jones up 69.89 points, ending at record 2,390.34 pts 
1988
50th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Kansas beat Oklahoma 83-79 
1988
Eddie Hill becomes the world's first driver to cover the quarter mile in under 5 seconds 
1988
Largest crowd (55,438) at a season game at Riverfront (Reds Vs Cards) 
1988
Last broadcast of "Crossroads" on British TV 
1988
Mets set Opening Day record with 6 HRs 
1989
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's last NBA game in Seattle 
1989
NY Yankee Tommy John ties record of playing 26 seasons, his 287th win puts him 19th overall as Yanks beat Twins on opening day 4-2 
1990
"Marshall Chronicles" premieres on ABC-TV 
1990
Gloria Estefan released from hospital after her accident 
1990
Security law violator Ivan Boesky is released from federal custody 
1991
"Lucifer's Child" opens at Music Box Theater NYC for 28 performances 
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. 
1992
Game 1 of Mayor Challenge - NY Yankees beat NY Mets 6-4 at Yank Stad 
1992
Jury deliberations begin in Noriega case 
1992
Sali Berisha becomes president/Alexander Meksi premier of Albania 
1993
12th NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Texas Tech beats OH State 84-82 
1993
5th Seniors Golf Tradition: Tom Shaw 
1993
Trish Johnson wins Las Vegas LPGA at Canyon Gate Golf Tournament 
1993
Wrestlemania IX at Caesar's Palace Las Vegas, Hulk Hogan pins Yokozuna 
1994
1st game played at Jacobs Field, Indians beat Mariners 4-3 in 11 inn 
1994
56th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Ark Razorbacks beats Duke 76-72 
1994
Cubs Karl "Tuffy" Rhodes, hit 3 HRs in 1993 hits 3 HRs on opening 
1994
KLM Saab 340B crashes at Schiphol, 3 killed 
1994
LA Dodger Darryl Strawberry begins substance abuse treatment 
1994
Largest Opening Day crowd at Yankee Stadium, 56,706 
1994
Netscape Communications founded as Mosaic Communications 
1994
Tony Curtis undergoes heart-bypass surgery 
1994
Day vs Mets starter Dwight Gooden 
1996
"Inherit the Wind" opens at Royale Theater NYC for 45 performances 
1996
Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Austin TX on KJFK 98.9 FM 
1997
Anaheim Ducks clinch their 1st-ever playoff berth 
1997
Braves officially open Turner Field against Cubs 
1997
DMSP Titan 2 launched 
1997
STS 83 (Columbia 22), launches 
1998
NFL Europe (Formerly WLAF), kicks off season 
2002
The Angolan government and UNITA rebels sign a peace treaty ending the Angolan Civil War. 
2007
15 British Royal Navy personnel held in Iran are released by the Iranian President. 
2008
The raid on the FLDS owned ranch called the YFZ Ranch in Texas, 401 children were taken into custody. 133 woman were taken into state custody also, the total number of woman and children is 534. 
2012
German Nobel Laureat, Gunter Grass, publishes controversial poem that claims Israel is plotting to wipe out Iran 
2012
Somalia's National Theatre is struck by a suicide bomber killing ten people including the presidents of the Somali Olympic Committee and Football Federation 
2012
Boris Tadić, President of Serbia, resigns 
2013
74 people are killed after an illegally constructed building collapses in Thane, India 
2013
9 people have been killed on an axe-murdering rampage in Chhattisgarh state, India 
2013
Poecilotheria rajaei, a giant tarantula with a 20cm leg span, is discovered in Sri Lanka 
2016
Greece Begins Refugee Deportations Under EU Plan 
2016
Leaked Files Detail Offshore Accounts Tied to World Leaders 
2016
Australian tax office probes hundreds for possible tax evasion after Panama leak 
2016
Chris Stapleton scores big at Country Music awards 
2016
Abby Wambach: Former US striker arrested for drink-driving 
2017
Tesla Passes Ford in Market Value as Investors Bet on the Future 
2017
Trump Donates First-Quarter Salary to National Park Service 
2017
Ratings agency Standard & Poor's drops South Africa to junk 
2017
UNC Holds off Gonzaga 71-65 to Win 6th NCAA Championship 
2017
NHL Announces It Won't Play Nice With 2018 Winter Olympics 
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