1600s / 17th century history on the 4th of August
1693 : Dom Perignon invented Champagne. This date is traditionally regarded as the day champagne was invented, and Dom Perignon is credited as the innovator for developing the techniques that were used to perfect sparkling wine.
1700s / 18th century history on the 4th of August
1783 : Mount Asama erupted in Japan, resulting in the deaths of about 1,400 people. The volcano eruption also caused a famine, which subsequently resulted in the deaths of another 20,000 people.
1821 : The Saturday Evening Post was published for the 1st time as a weekly newspaper, by Atkinson & Alexander published.
1821 : Louis Vuitton, the French fashion designer, was born in Anchay, Jura, France (died in 1892 aged 70). He founded the Louis Vuitton brand of leather goods. Official website : LouisVuitton.com
1854 : The Hinomaru, aka Nisshōki, the national flag of Japan, was established as the official flag to be flown from Japanese ships.
1875 : Hans Christian Andersen, the Danish writer, died aged 70 (born in 1805).
1900s / 20th century history on the 4th of August
1900 : Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother of the United Kingdom, was born Elizabeth Angela Marguerite Bowes-Lyon in Hitchin or London, United Kingdom (died in 2002 aged 101).
1901 : Louis Armstrong, the American trumpet player and singer, was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA (died in 1971 aged 69).
1902 : The Greenwich foot tunnel under the River Thames opened.
1906 : Central railway station in Sydney opened.
1914 : Germany invaded Belgium, and in response, Belgium and the United Kingdom declared war on Germany. The United States declared its neutrality, durin World War I.
1944 : Anne Frank, the Jewish diarist, and her family were arrested, when a tip from a Dutch informer led the Gestapo to a sealed-off area in an Amsterdam warehouse, during the Holocaust.
1944 : Richard Belzer, the American actor, was born in Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA. He is best known for playing John Munch, in Homicide: Life on the Street, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, for 23 years, from 1993 to 2016, until he retired in 2016.
1946 : The Dominican Republic earthquake hit northern Dominican Republic, resulting in the deaths of 2,550 people, with 20,000 people left homeless.
1947 :The Supreme Court of Japan was established.
1958 : The Billboard Hot 100 was published for the first time.
1960 : Tim Winton, the Australian writer, was born in Subiaco, Western Australia.
1962 : Marilyn Monroe, the American actress and model, died aged 36 (born in 1926). Official website : MarilynMonroe.com
1965 : The Constitution of Cook Islands came into force, which gave the Cook Islands self-governing status within New Zealand.
1968 : Lee Mack, the English comedian and actor, was born Lee Gordon McKillop, in Southport, Lancashire, England. Official website : LeeMackLive.com
1981 : Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, was born Rachel Meghan Markle, in Canoga Park, Los Angeles, California, USA.
1989 : Jessica Mauboy, the Australian singer-songwriter and actress, was born in Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia. Official website : JessicaMauboy.com.au
1991 : The Greek cruise ship MTS Oceanos sank off the Wild Coast of South Africa.
1995 : Operation Storm began in Croatia.
2000s / 21th century history on the 4th of August
2007 : NASA’s Phoenix spaceship was launched, as an uncrewed space probe, which landed on the surface of Mars 9 months later, on the 25th of May in 2008 and operated until November 2, 2008
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