What happened on June 4? There are more than 269 events that were made this day in history. Here are the important historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

Interesting Facts & Myths About June 4

June 4 In HistoryJune 4 is the 156th day of the year 2020. There are 210 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Thursday. This day falls under the 23rd week of the year 2020.

On this day in Springfield, Massachusetts 01128 sunrise occured at 05:14 AM and sunset occured at 08:22 PM (local time).

The zodiac sign of a person born on this day is Gemini. The modern birthstone for this month is Pearl while the mystical birthstone is Moonstone.

According to the Chinese calendar, there are 253 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year (February 12, 2021).

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Historical Events For June 4

  • 1039
    Henry III becomes Holy Roman Emperor.
  • 1411
    King Charles VI granted a monopoly for the ripening of Roquefort cheese to the people of Roquefort-sur-Soulzon as they had been doing for centuries.
  • 1615
    Siege of Osaka: Forces under the shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu take Osaka Castle in Japan.
  • 1760
    Great Upheaval: New England planters arrive to claim land in Nova Scotia, Canada taken from the Acadians.
  • 1783
    The Montgolfier brothers publicly demonstrate their montgolfière (hot air balloon).
  • 1792
    Captain George Vancouver claims Puget Sound for the Kingdom of Great Britain.
  • 1794
    British troops capture Port-au-Prince in Haiti.
  • 1802
    Grieving over the death of his wife, Marie Clotilde of France, King Charles Emmanuel IV of Sardinia abdicates his throne in favor of his brother, Victor Emmanuel.
  • 1812
    Following Louisiana’s admittance as a U.S. state, the Louisiana Territory is renamed the Missouri Territory.
  • 1825
    French American Revolutionary War General Lafayette speaks at what would become Lafayette Square, Buffalo, during his visit to the United States.
  • 1859
    Italian Independence wars: In the Battle of Magenta, the French army, under Louis-Napoleon, defeat the Austrian army.
  • 1862
    American Civil War: Confederate troops evacuate Fort Pillow on the Mississippi River, leaving the way clear for Union troops to take Memphis, Tennessee.
  • 1876
    An express train called the Transcontinental Express arrives in San Francisco, California, via the First Transcontinental Railroad only 83 hours and 39 minutes after leaving New York City.
  • 1878
    Cyprus Convention: The Ottoman Empire cedes Cyprus to the United Kingdom but retains nominal title.
  • 1896
    Henry Ford completes the Ford Quadricycle, his first gasoline-powered automobile, and gives it a successful test run.
  • 1912
    Massachusetts becomes the first state of the United States to set a minimum wage.
  • 1913
    Emily Davison, a suffragette, runs out in front of King George V’s horse, Anmer, at the Epsom Derby. She is trampled, never regains consciousness and dies a few days later.
  • 1916
    World War I: Russia opens the Brusilov Offensive with an artillery barrage of Austro-Hungarian lines in Galicia.
  • 1917
    The first Pulitzer Prizes are awarded: Laura E. Richards, Maude H. Elliott, and Florence Hall receive the first Pulitzer for biography (for Julia Ward Howe). Jean Jules Jusserand receives the first Pulitzer for history for his work With Americans of Past and Present Days. Herbert B. Swope receives the first Pulitzer for journalism for his work for the New York World.
  • 1919
    Women’s rights: The U.S. Congress approves the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution, which guarantees suffrage to women, and sends it to the U.S. states for ratification.
  • 1920
    Hungary loses 71% of its territory and 63% of its population when the Treaty of Trianon is signed in Paris.
  • 1928
    President of the Republic of China Zhang Zuolin is assassinated by Japanese agents.
  • 1939
    Holocaust: The MS St. Louis, a ship carrying 963 Jewish refugees, is denied permission to land in Florida, United States, after already being turned away from Cuba. Forced to return to Europe, more than 200 of its passengers later die in Nazi concentration camps.
  • 1940
    World War II: The Dunkirk evacuation ends – British forces complete evacuation of 300,000 troops from Dunkirk in France. To rally the morale of the country, Winston Churchill delivers his famous “We shall fight on the beaches” speech.
  • 1942
    World War II: The Battle of Midway begins. Japanese Admiral Chuichi Nagumo orders a strike on Midway Island by much of the Imperial Japanese navy.
  • 1943
    A military coup in Argentina ousts Ramón Castillo.
  • 1944
    World War II: A hunter-killer group of the United States Navy captures the German submarine U-505 – the first time a U.S. Navy vessel had captured an enemy vessel at sea since the 19th century.
  • 1944
    World War II: Rome falls to the Allies, the first Axis capital to fall.
  • 1957
    Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his famous Power of Nonviolence speech at the University of California, Berkeley.
  • 1961
    In the Vienna summit, Soviet premier Nikita Khrushchev sparks the Berlin Crisis by threatening to sign a separate peace treaty with East Germany and ending American, British and French access to East Berlin.
  • 1965
    Duane Earl Pope robbed the Farmers’ State Bank of Big Springs, Nebraska, killing three people execution style and severely wounding a fourth. The crime landed Pope on the FBI Ten Most Wanted list.
  • 1967
    Stockport Air Disaster: British Midland flight G-ALHG crashes in Hopes Carr, Stockport, killing 72 passengers and crew.
  • 1970
    Tonga gains independence from the United Kingdom.
  • 1973
    A patent for the ATM is granted to Donald Wetzel, Tom Barnes and George Chastain.
  • 1974
    During Ten Cent Beer Night, inebriated Cleveland Indians fans start a riot, causing the game to be forfeited to the Texas Rangers.
  • 1975
    Governor of California Jerry Brown signs the California Agricultural Labor Relations Act into law, the first law in the U.S. giving farmworkers collective bargaining rights.
  • 1979
    Flight Lieutenant Jerry Rawlings takes power in Ghana after a military coup in which General Fred Akuffo is overthrown.
  • 1986
    Jonathan Pollard pleads guilty to espionage for selling top secret United States military intelligence to Israel.
  • 1988
    Three cars on a train carrying hexogen to Kazakhstan explode in Arzamas, Gorky Oblast, USSR, killing 91 and injuring about 1,500.
  • 1989
    Ali Khamenei is elected the new Supreme Leader of Islamic republic of Iran by the Assembly of Experts after the death of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.
  • 1989
    Solidarity’s victory in the first (somewhat) free parliamentary elections in post-war Poland sparks off a succession of peaceful anti-communist revolutions in Eastern Europe, leads to the creation of the so-called Contract Sejm and begins the Autumn of Nations.
  • 1989
    The Tiananmen Square protests are violently ended in Beijing by the People’s Liberation Army.
  • 1989
    Ufa train disaster: A natural gas explosion near Ufa, Russia, kills 575 as two trains passing each other throw sparks near a leaky pipeline.
  • 1996
    The first flight of Ariane 5 explodes after roughly 20 seconds. It was a Cluster mission.
  • 1998
    Terry Nichols is sentenced to life in prison for his role in the Oklahoma City bombing.
  • 2001
    Gyanendra, the last King of Nepal, ascends to the throne after the massacre in the Royal Palace.
  • 2010
    Falcon 9 Flight 1 was the maiden flight of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, which launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Space Launch Complex 40.

Who Were Born On June 4?

  • 1394
    Philippa of England, queen of Denmark, Norway and Sweden (d. 1430)
  • 1489
    Antoine, Duke of Lorraine (d. 1544)
  • 1604
    Claudia de' Medici, Grand Duchess of Tuscany (d. 1648)
  • 1665
    Zacharie Robutel de La Noue, Canadian soldier (d. 1733)
  • 1694
    François Quesnay, French economist (d. 1774)
  • 1704
    Benjamin Huntsman, English inventor and manufacturer (d. 1776)
  • 1738
    King George III of the United Kingdom (d. 1820)
  • 1744
    Patrick Ferguson, Scottish officer in the British Army and rifle designer (d. 1780)
  • 1754
    Franz Xaver, Baron Von Zach, Austrian editor and astronomer (d. 1832)
  • 1787
    Constant Prévost, French geologist (d. 1856)
  • 1801
    James Pennethorne, English architect (d. 1871)
  • 1821
    Apollon Maykov, Russian poet (d. 1897)
  • 1829
    Jinmaku Kyūgorō, Japanese sumo wrestler, the 12th Yokozuna (d. 1903)
  • 1866
    Miina Sillanpää, Finnish politician (d. 1952)
  • 1867
    Carl Gustaf Emil Mannerheim, Marshal, Supreme Commander and later President of Finland (d. 1951)
  • 1877
    Heinrich Wieland, German biochemist, Nobel laureate (d. 1957)
  • 1879
    Mabel Lucie Attwell, English children’s author and illustrator (d. 1964)
  • 1880
    Clara Blandick, American actress (d. 1962)
  • 1881
    Natalia Goncharova, Russian painter (d. 1962)
  • 1887
    Tom Longboat, Native Canadian marathon runner (d. 1949)
  • 1894
    Madame Bolduc, French Canadian singer (d. 1941)
  • 1899
    Hassan Fathy, Egyptian architect (d. 1989)
  • 1904
    Bhagat Puran Singh, Punjabi social activist (d. 1992)
  • 1907
    Jacques Roumain, Haitian writer (d. 1944)
  • 1907
    Patience Strong, English poet and journalist (d. 1990)
  • 1907
    Rosalind Russell, American actress (d. 1976)
  • 1910
    Christopher Sydney Cockerell, British engineer and inventor (d. 1999)
  • 1912
    Robert Jacobsen, Danish artist (d. 1993)
  • 1916
    Fernand Leduc, Canadian painter (The Automatistes)
  • 1916
    Robert F. Furchgott, American chemist, Nobel laureate (d. 2009)
  • 1917
    Robert Merrill, American baritone (d. 2004)
  • 1921
    Bobby Wanzer, American professional basketball player and coach
  • 1921
    Don Diamond, American actor (d. 2011)
  • 1921
    Emilio Komar, Slovenian-born Argentine philosopher (d. 2006)
  • 1923
    Elizabeth Jolley, Australian writer (d. 2007)
  • 1924
    Dennis Weaver, American actor (d. 2006)
  • 1924
    Tofilau Eti Alesana, Prime Minister of Samoa (d. 1999)
  • 1926
    Robert Earl Hughes, American man who became the heaviest known human (d. 1958)
  • 1927
    Geoffrey Palmer, English actor
  • 1927
    Henning Carlsen, Danish film director
  • 1928
    Ruth Westheimer, German-born American sex therapist and author
  • 1929
    Karolos Papoulias, Greek politician
  • 1930
    Morgana King, American actress
  • 1930
    Viktor Tikhonov, Russian hockey player and coach
  • 1932
    John Drew Barrymore, American actor (d. 2004)
  • 1932
    Maurice Shadbolt, New Zealand writer
  • 1932
    Oliver Nelson, American jazz composer and arranger (d. 1975)
  • 1934
    Dame Daphne Sheldrick, Kenyan conservationist and author
  • 1934
    Dame Monica Dacon, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines schoolteacher, educator and politician
  • 1934
    Seamus Elliott, Irish cyclist (d. 1971)
  • 1935
    Colette Boky, Quebec operatic soprano
  • 1936
    Bruce Dern, American actor
  • 1936
    Nutan Behl, Indian actress (d. 1991)
  • 1937
    Freddy Fender, American musician (d. 2006)
  • 1937
    Gorilla Monsoon, American professional wrestler (d. 1999)
  • 1937
    Mortimer Zuckerman, American publisher
  • 1937
    Robert Fulghum, American author
  • 1938
    Art Mahaffey, American baseball player
  • 1940
    Ludwig Schwarz, Austrian bishop
  • 1941
    Kenneth G. Ross, Australian playwright and screenwriter
  • 1942
    Bill Rowe, Canadian radio personality and politician
  • 1942
    Louis Reichardt, American mountaineer
  • 1943
    Joyce Meyer, American religious leader
  • 1943
    Sandra Haynie, American golfer
  • 1944
    Michelle Phillips, American singer (The Mamas & the Papas) and actress
  • 1945
    Anthony Braxton, American composer and instrumentalist
  • 1945
    Gordon Waller, Scottish musician (Peter and Gordon) (d. 2009)
  • 1947
    Viktor Klima, Chancellor of Austria
  • 1948
    Bob Champion, English jockey
  • 1948
    Jurgen Sparwasser, German footballer
  • 1949
    Gabriel Arcand, French Canadian actor
  • 1949
    Lou Macari, Scottish footballer
  • 1950
    Dagmar Krause, German singer (Slapp Happy, Henry Cow, Art Bears)
  • 1950
    George Noory, American radio personality
  • 1950
    Kevin Woodford, English celebrity chef
  • 1951
    Wendy Pini, American comic book writer and artist
  • 1952
    Bronisław Komorowski, Marshal of the Polish Sejm and acting President of Poland
  • 1952
    Parker Stevenson, American actor and director
  • 1953
    Jimmy McCulloch, Scottish musician (d. 1979)
  • 1953
    Linda Lingle, 6th Governor of Hawaii
  • 1953
    Paul Samson, British guitarist (Samson) (d. 2002)
  • 1953
    Susumu Ojima, Japanese entrepreneur (Huser)
  • 1955
    Mary Testa, American stage actress
  • 1955
    Paul Stewart, English writer
  • 1955
    Val McDermid, Scottish writer
  • 1956
    Gerry Ryan, Irish radio talkshow host (d. 2010)
  • 1956
    John Hockenberry, American journalist
  • 1956
    Keith David, American actor
  • 1956
    Martin Adams, English darts player
  • 1956
    Terry Kennedy, American baseball player and manager
  • 1957
    John Treacy, Irish athlete
  • 1957
    Yoon Suk-ho, South Korean director
  • 1958
    Eddie Velez, American Actor
  • 1959
    Juan Camacho, Bolivian long-distance runner
  • 1960
    Bradley Walsh, British actor
  • 1960
    Miloš Đelmaš, Serbian footballer
  • 1961
    El DeBarge, American singer (DeBarge)
  • 1961
    Ferenc Gyurcsány, 6th Prime Minister of Hungary
  • 1962
    John P. Kee, American gospel singer
  • 1962
    Krzysztof Holowczyc, Polish rally driver
  • 1962
    Zenon Jaskuła, Polish cyclist
  • 1963
    Xavier McDaniel, American basketball player
  • 1964
    Koji Yamamura Japanese Animator
  • 1964
    Sean Pertwee, English actor
  • 1964
    Simon Cheshire, English children’s writer
  • 1965
    Andrea Jaeger, American tennis player
  • 1965
    Mick Doohan, Australian motorcycle racer
  • 1966
    Cecilia Bartoli, Italian mezzo-soprano
  • 1966
    Vladimir Voevodsky, Russian mathematician
  • 1967
    Robert Shane Kimbrough, American astronaut
  • 1968
    Al B. Sure, American R&B singer
  • 1968
    Scott Wolf, American actor
  • 1969
    Horatio Sanz, Chilean-born comedian
  • 1970
    David Pybus, British musician
  • 1970
    Izabella Scorupco, Polish actress
  • 1970
    Richie Hawtin, Canadian musician
  • 1971
    James Callis, British actor
  • 1971
    Joseph Kabila, Congolese politician
  • 1971
    Mike Lee, American politician, junior senator from Utah
  • 1971
    Noah Wyle, American actor
  • 1971
    Shōji Meguro, Japanese composer
  • 1972
    Derian Hatcher, American ice hockey player
  • 1972
    Joe Hill, American writer
  • 1972
    Nikka Costa, American singer
  • 1972
    Rob Huebel, American comedian
  • 1973
    Mikey Whipwreck, American professional wrestler
  • 1974
    Andrew Gwynne, British politician
  • 1974
    Buddy Wakefield, American poet
  • 1974
    Darin Erstad, American baseball player
  • 1974
    Stefan Lessard, American musician
  • 1975
    Angelina Jolie, American actress
  • 1975
    Henry Burris, American football player
  • 1975
    Russell Brand, British comedian, actor and television personality
  • 1976
    Kasey Chambers, Australian alternative country singer-songwriter
  • 1976
    Nenad Zimonjić, Serbian tennis player
  • 1977
    Alex Manninger, Austrian footballer
  • 1977
    Berglind Icey, Icelandic actor
  • 1977
    Dionisis Chiotis, Greek footballer
  • 1977
    Quinten Hann, Australian snooker player
  • 1977
    Roman Miroshnichenko, Ukrainian guitarist
  • 1979
    Daniel Vickerman, Australian rugby union player
  • 1979
    Naohiro Takahara, Japanese footballer
  • 1980
    François Beauchemin, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1981
    Giourkas Seitaridis, Greek footballer
  • 1981
    T. J. Miller, American actor and comedian
  • 1982
    Jamie Dornan, Irish model and actor
  • 1982
    Jin Au-Yeung, American rapper
  • 1982
    Ronnie Prude, American football player
  • 1983
    Emmanuel Eboué, Ivorian footballer
  • 1983
    Romaric, Ivorian footballer
  • 1984
    Ana Carolina Reston, Brazilian fashion model (d. 2006)
  • 1984
    Enrico Rossi Chauvenet, Italian footballer
  • 1984
    Ian White, Canadian hockey player
  • 1984
    Jenaveve Jolie, American pornographic actress
  • 1984
    Kento Handa, Japanese actor
  • 1984
    Rainie Yang, Taiwanese singer and actress
  • 1985
    Alicja Janosz, Polish singer
  • 1985
    Bar Refaeli, Israeli model
  • 1985
    Evan Lysacek, American 2010 Olympic champion figure skater
  • 1985
    Lukas Podolski, German footballer
  • 1985
    Oddvar Reiakvam, Norwegian politician
  • 1986
    Micky, South Korean singer (TVXQ)
  • 1986
    Shane Kippel, Canadian actor
  • 1986
    Tori Praver, American model
  • 1987
    Mollie King, British singer (The Saturdays)
  • 1988
    Teja Hay, American Sarcasmist
  • 1989
    Eldar Gasimov, Azerbaijani singer
  • 1989
    Federico Erba, Italian footballer
  • 1991
    Kathryn Prescott, British actress
  • 1991
    Megan Prescott, British actress
  • 1992
    Brooke Vincent, British actress
  • 1992
    Dino Jelusić, Croatian singer

Who Died On June 4?

  • 1039
    Conrad II, Holy Roman Emperor
  • 1135
    Emperor Huizong of China (b. 1082)
  • 1206
    Adèle of Champagne, wife of Louis VII of France
  • 1257
    Duke Przemysl I of Poland
  • 1394
    Mary de Bohun, wife of Henry IV of England (b. c 1369)
  • 1463
    Flavio Biondo, Italian humanist (b. 1392)
  • 1585
    Muretus, French humanist (b. 1526)
  • 1663
    William Juxon, Archbishop of Canterbury (b. 1582)
  • 1798
    Giacomo Casanova, Italian womanizer and writer (b. 1725)
  • 1801
    Frederick Muhlenberg, American statesman (b. 1750)
  • 1830
    Antonio José de Sucre, Great Marshall of Ayacucho (b. 1795)
  • 1872
    Johan Rudolf Thorbecke, Dutch politician (b. 1798)
  • 1875
    Eduard Mörike, German poet (b. 1804)
  • 1922
    William Halse Rivers Rivers, English doctor (b. 1864)
  • 1926
    Fred Spofforth, Australian cricketer (b. 1853)
  • 1928
    Zhang Zuolin, Chinese warlord (b. 1873)
  • 1929
    Harry Frazee, Boston Red Sox owner from 1916-1923 (b. 1881)
  • 1939
    Tommy Ladnier, American musician (b. 1900)
  • 1941
    Emperor Wilhelm II of Germany (b. 1859)
  • 1942
    Reinhard Heydrich, German SS senior officer and Nazi official (b. 1904)
  • 1951
    Serge Koussevitsky, Russian conductor (b. 1874)
  • 1956
    Katherine MacDonald, American actress (b. 1881)
  • 1962
    Clem McCarthy, American sportscaster (b. 1882)
  • 1964
    Samuil Marshak, Russian poet (b. 1887)
  • 1968
    Dorothy Gish, American actress (b. 1898)
  • 1970
    Sonny Tufts, American actor (b. 1911)
  • 1971
    Georg Lukács, Hungarian philosopher (b. 1885)
  • 1973
    Maurice René Fréchet, French mathematician (b. 1878)
  • 1973
    Murry Wilson, father of Brian Wilson, Dennis Wilson and Carl Wilson (b. 1917)
  • 1989
    Dik Browne, American cartoonist (b. 1917)
  • 1992
    Carl Stotz, American Little League founder (b. 1910)
  • 1994
    Derek Leckenby, British guitarist (Herman’s Hermits) (b. 1943)
  • 1994
    Massimo Troisi, Italian actor (b. 1953)
  • 1997
    Ronnie Lane, British bass player (b. 1946)
  • 2001
    Dipendra of Nepal (b. 1971)
  • 2001
    John Hartford, American musician (b. 1937)
  • 2002
    Fernando Belaúnde Terry, Peruvian politician (b. 1912)
  • 2004
    Marvin Heemeyer, American muffler owner (b. 1952)
  • 2004
    Nino Manfredi, Italian actor (b. 1921)
  • 2004
    Steve Lacy, American saxophonist (b. 1934)
  • 2007
    Bill France Jr., NASCAR pioneer (b. 1933)
  • 2007
    Clete Boyer, American baseball player (b. 1937)
  • 2007
    Craig L. Thomas, United States Senator (b. 1933)
  • 2007
    Freddie Scott, American singer and songwriter (b. 1933)
  • 2007
    Jim Clark, American sheriff and segregationist (b. 1922)
  • 2007
    Sotiris Moustakas, Greek actor (b. 1940)
  • 2008
    Nikos Sergianopoulos, Greek actor (b. 1952)
  • 2010
    John Wooden, American basketball player and coach (b. 1910)
  • 2011
    Andreas P. Nielsen, Danish author and composer (b. 1953)
  • 2011
    Juan Francisco Luis, U.S. Virgin Islander governor (b. 1940)

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