About August 4

August 4, 2024 is the 217th day of the year 2024 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 149 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Sunday.

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Leo is the sun sign of a person born on this day. Peridot is the modern birthstone for this month. Diamond is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 178 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

What Happened On August 4

  • 1532
    the Duchy of Brittany is annexed to the Kingdom of France.
  • 1693
    Date traditionally ascribed to Dom Perignon’s invention of Champagne, although he actually did not have anything to do with sparkling wine.
  • 1791
    The Treaty of Sistova is signed, ending the Ottoman-Habsburg wars.
  • 1821
    Atkinson & Alexander publish the Saturday Evening Post for the first time as a weekly newspaper.
  • 1854
    The Hinomaru is established as the official flag to be flown from Japanese ships.
  • 1902
    The Greenwich foot tunnel under the River Thames opens.
  • 1936
    Prime Minister of Greece Ioannis Metaxas suspends parliament and the Constitution and establishes the 4th of August Regime.
  • 1958
    The Billboard Hot 100 is published for the first time.
  • 1969
    Vietnam War: at the apartment of French intermediary Jean Sainteny in Paris, American representative Henry Kissinger and North Vietnamese representative Xuan Thuy begin secret peace negotiations. The negotiations will eventually fail.
  • 1974
    A bomb explodes in the Italicus Express train at San Benedetto Val di Sambro, Italy, killing 12 people and wounding 22.
  • 1975
    The Japanese Red Army takes more than 50 hostages at the AIA Building housing several embassies in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The hostages include the U.S. consul and the Swedish chargé d’affaires. The gunmen win the release of five imprisoned comrades and fly with them to Libya.
  • 1989
    Licence to Kill goes on general cinema release in the United Kingdom.
  • 1993
    A federal judge sentences LAPD officers Stacey Koon and Laurence Powell to 30 months in prison for violating motorist Rodney King’s civil rights.
  • 1995
    Operation Storm begins in Croatia.
  • 2002
    Soham murders: 10 year old school girls Jessica Chapman and Holly Wells go missing from the town of Soham, Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom.
  • 2005
    Prime Minister Paul Martin announces that Michaëlle Jean will be Canada’s 27th Governor General.
  • 2006
    A massacre, is carried out by Sri Lankan government forces, killing 17 employees of the French INGO Action Against Hunger (known internationally as Action Contre la Faim, or ACF).
  • 2007
    Airport police officer María del Luján Telpuk discovers a suitcase containing the undeclared sum of US$800,000 as it goes through an x-ray machine in Aeroparque Jorge Newbery in Buenos Aires, sparking an international scandal involving Venezuela and Argentina known as “Maletinazo”.
  • 2007
    NASA’s Phoenix spaceship is launched.
  • 2010
    California’s Proposition 8, the ballot initiative prohibiting same-sex marriage passed by the state’s voters in 2008, is overturned by Judge Vaughn Walker in the case Perry v. Schwarzenegger.

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