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.

fly to the top of Mt Asama (Rambalac verified YouTube channel video) over 10,000 views

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

Louis Vuitton, The Homeless Boy Who Invented Louis Vuitton (Hook verified YouTube channel video) over 9 million views

1854 : The Hinomaru, aka Nisshōki, the national flag of Japan, was established as the official flag to be flown from Japanese ships.

What Happened to the Old Japanese Flag? (History With Hilbert verified YouTube channel video) over 1 million views

1875 : Hans Christian Andersen, the Danish writer, died aged 70 (born in 1805).

Hans Christian Andersen: the man behind the writer (Future Learn YouTube channel video) over 30,000 views
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).

Elizabeth, the Queen Mother (Biography verified YouTube channel video) over 120,000 views

1901 : Louis Armstrong, the American trumpet player and singer, was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA (died in 1971 aged 69).

Louis Armstrong & Duke Ellington on The Ed Sullivan Show performing “In A Mellow Tone” (The Ed Sullivan Show verified YouTube channel video) over 20,000 views

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.

Anne Frank and her family were arrested on the 4th August in 1944 (HLN YouTube channel video)

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.

Tim Winton on 60 Minutes in 1991 : Why author Tim Winton’s books shine a light on spectacular Australia (60 Minutes Australia verified YouTube channel video) over 20,000 views
Tim Winton in 2012, reflecting on how Albany shaped his life (ABC News Australia YouTube channel video) over 20,000 views

1961 : Barack Obama, the 44th President of the United States, was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA. The official websites : BarackObama.com | Obama.org | ObamaWhiteHouse.archives.gov

Barack Obama the 44th President of the United States of America (Biography verified YouTube channel video) over 300,000 views
The 2020 60 Minutes interview with Barack Obama ( 60 Minutes verified YouTube channel video) over 6 million views

1962 : Marilyn Monroe, the American actress and model, died aged 36 (born in 1926). Official website : MarilynMonroe.com

Archive newsreel announces the death of Marilyn Monroe in 1962 (Daily Mail verified YouTube channel video)

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

Lee Mack’s Joke Leaves John Cleese In Near Tears (The Graham Norton Show verified YouTube channel video) over 13 million views

1981 : Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, was born Rachel Meghan Markle, in Canoga Park, Los Angeles, California, USA.

2021 Royal Family Channel verified video release : Happy 40th Birthday to the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle (The Royal Family Channel verified YouTube channel video) over 250,000 views
Meghan Markle: American Actress, British Royal-to-Be | Biography verified YouTube channel video)

1989 : Jessica Mauboy, the Australian singer-songwriter and actress, was born in Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia. Official website : JessicaMauboy.com.au

Jessica Mauboy – Never Be the Same ( Jessica Mauboy verified YouTube channel video) over 15 million views

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

Phoenix Mars Lander Launched (AP Archive verified YouTube channel video)

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