About August 4

August 4, 2021 is the 216th day of the year 2021 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 149 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Wednesday.

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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 181 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

What Happened On August 4

  • 70
    The destruction of the Second Temple in Jerusalem by the Romans.
  • 1265
    Second Barons’ War: Battle of Evesham – the army of Prince Edward (the future king Edward I of England) defeats the forces of rebellious barons led by Simon de Montfort, 6th Earl of Leicester, killing de Montfort and many of his allies.
  • 1327
    First War of Scottish Independence: James Douglas leads a raid into Weardale and almost kills Edward III of England.
  • 1532
    the Duchy of Brittany is annexed to the Kingdom of France.
  • 1704
    War of the Spanish Succession: Gibraltar is captured by an English and Dutch fleet, commanded by Admiral Sir George Rooke and allied with Archduke Charles.
  • 1789
    In France members of the National Constituent Assembly take an oath to end feudalism and abandon their privileges.
  • 1791
    The Treaty of Sistova is signed, ending the Ottoman-Habsburg wars.
  • 1854
    The Hinomaru is established as the official flag to be flown from Japanese ships.
  • 1863
    Matica slovenská, Slovakia’s public-law cultural and scientific institution focusing on topics around the Slovak nation, is established in Martin.
  • 1873
    Indian Wars: whilst protecting a railroad survey party in Montana, the United States 7th Cavalry, under Lieutenant Colonel George Armstrong Custer clashes for the first time with the Sioux near the Tongue River; only one man on each side is killed.
  • 1906
    Central Railway Station, Sydney opens.
  • 1916
    World War I: Liberia declares war on Germany.
  • 1947
    The Supreme Court of Japan is established.
  • 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.
  • 1977
    US President Jimmy Carter signs legislation creating the United States Department of Energy.
  • 1984
    The Republic of Upper Volta changes its name to Burkina Faso.
  • 1987
    The Federal Communications Commission rescinds the Fairness Doctrine which had required radio and television stations to present controversial issues “fairly”.
  • 1995
    Operation Storm begins in Croatia.
  • 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
    NASA’s Phoenix spaceship is launched.

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