4th June In History

Among all the 365 days in the calendar, most of us only remember dates that hold a special place in our personal lives. However, it would be really intriguing to know that every date in the calendar has a lot more significance than what meets the eye. If reliable online sources, history books and other sources are to be revisited, we would be astonished by the importance of each day. 4th June too is one such day that would be brushed aside by most people as just another day on the calendar, sadly due to ignorance. It was a day when the Louisiana Territory was renamed and Sally Murphy became the first lady pilot to join the U.S forces among so many other significant events. 4th June is also known for being the day when several great battles like the ‘Battle of Midway’, were fought. This day is also remembered as the day when Henry III held the reins of the Roman Empire, and important decisions like the signing of ‘Treaty of Cebu’ were made. Several important events in the fields of music and literature also occurred on June 4th. In the article below we have listed 50 major events that took place on this day, which ones are your favorite?


HISTORICAL EVENTS ON 4th June



1039

Politics

Henry III Becomes The Head Of State

Henry III was the eldest son of the former Holy Roman Emperor, Conrad II. It was on this day in 1039 that he stepped into his father’s shoes. However the official crowning ceremony took place in 1046, in the presence of Pope Clement II.


1565

Politics

‘Treaty Of Cebu’ Signed

This treaty, signed between Miguel López de Legazpi, an explorer of Spanish descent and monarch Rajah Tupas of Cebu, resulted in a situation of Suzerainty in Spain. This important political development took place on 4th June, 1565.


1792

Politics

Captain George Vancouver Discovers Puget Sound

Puget Sound is an unusual phenomenon which was observed in the North West coast of the American state of Washington. It was on this day in 1792 that a Royal Navy Captain named George Vancouver captured the region, which is now popular among the masses for this phenomenon.


1802

Politics

King Charles Emmanuel IV Gives Up His Throne

Charles Emmanuel IV was the King of Sardinia and was married to Marie Clotilde, the sister of King Louis XVI of France. So devoted was Charles to his wife, that when she died in March 1802, he was devastated, and consequently gave away his throne on 4th June, 1802, to his brother Victor Emmanuel.


1878

Politics

Cyprus Convention Took Place

It was on this day in 1874, that a pact at the Cyprus Convention was reached between the Ottoman Empire and the U.K. As per this accord, the Ottoman Empire granted control of Cyprus to the U.K and in exchange U.K was to support the Ottoman Empire during the Congress of Berlin.


1913

Politics

Emily Davison Dies In Front Of King George V's Horse

During the period between the end of the 19th and the start of the 20th century, several women indulged in a movement to gain the right to vote. It was on 4th June, 1913, that a suffragette, Emily Davison, died as she ran in front of King George V’s horse carriage, supposedly in an attempt to pin a banner on the carriage.


1919

Politics

The 19th Amendment Is Announced

In a major victory for women’s rights, the U.S approved the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution, which allowed every citizen to vote, regardless of sex. It was on this day in 1919, that the bill was passed by the Senate and had to be ratified by all 36 states, by 18th August, 1920.


1920

Politics

Treaty Of Trianon Signed

The Treaty of Trianon, was a treaty of peace formalizing the end of the World War I, between the Allies and Hungary. It was signed on this day in 1920 at Versailles, France and came into effect on 31st July, 1920.


1928

Politics

The President Of The Republic Of China Killed

Zhang Zuolin was the military leader who governed Manchuria and had conquered other parts of China too, by 1926. However, he was defeated by the Chinese Nationalists in May 1928, and was assassinated on 04th June, the same year.


1932

Politics

Marmaduke Grove Built The Socialist Republic Of Chile

Marmaduke Grove Vallejo was an exceptional military officer who was committed to bringing democracy to his country, Chile. It was on this day in 1932 that he overthrew the President Juan Esteban Montero and established the Socialist Republic of Chile, which unfortunately lasted only 12 days.


1934

Politics

Franklin Roosevelt Asks Congress For Funds

President Franklin Roosevelt requested the Congress to lend a sum of $52.5 million as funds to combat the drought condition in Great Plains, United States of America. Roosevelt immediately took corrective measures and improved the situation in the region.


1939

Politics

The ‘SS St. Louis’ Holocaust

‘SS St. Louis’ was a ship captained by Gustav Schröder, which sailed with an aim of relocating 908 Jews fleeing from Nazi Germany, in 1939. It was on this day that the American government refused permission for the Jews to immigrate to the U.S and denied them permission to land in Florida. Many of these passengers were executed after they returned to Europe.


1940

Politics

Winston Churchill’s Speech On The Battle Of France

Former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill lent an impressive speech, on 4th June, 1940, which is now known to many as ‘We shall fight on the beaches’. The event took place at the ‘House of Commons’ during the ‘Battle of France’.


1943

Politics

Ramón Castillo Expelled In A Military Coup

Ramón Antonio Castillo Barrionuevo was the Argentinean President from 27 June 1942, and was known for his corrupt ways. It was on this day in 1943 that Castillo was overthrown in a military coup.


1946

Politics

Juan Peron Was Appointed As Argentina's President

On 4th June 1946, Juan Peron, an Argentinean Lieutenant general, was elected as the President of Argentina for the third time. He served at that position for a good 9 years, till 21st September 1955.


1961

Politics

John F. Kennedy And Nikita Khrushchev Met At Vienna

It was on this day that former American president John F. Kennedy and Soviet statesman Nikita Khrushchev, agreed on mutual terms to take care of Laos, a Southeast Asian region. Laos was going through a rough political situation due to the communist movement and this situation was stabilized by these two eminent political leaders.


1970

Politics

Tonga Becomes An Independent State

Tonga is a Polynesian State comprising of more than 165 islands and since 1773, it was a British colony. It was on this day in 1970 that Tonga became completely independent from the British and turned into a democracy.


1979

Politics

Flight Lieutenant Jerry Rawlings Rules Ghana

Jerry John Rawlings, born 22 June 1947, was a Flight Lieutenant in the Ghana Air Force. It was on this day in 1979 that he became the 8th Head of State of Ghana through a military coup d'état.


1989

Politics

Ali Khamenei Was Chosen As The New Leader Of Assembly Of Experts

It was on 4th June 1989 that Ali Khamenei was crowned the new leader of the ‘Assembly of Experts’. He also featured in the ‘Forbes’ list of ‘The World's Most Powerful People’ for the years 2012, 2013, and 2014.


1745

Wars

Battle Of Hohenfriedberg

It was on this day in 1745 that the Battle of Hohenfriedberg was fought as part of the War of the Austrian Succession. The Prussian forces, led by Fedrick the Great, emerged victorious, against the Austrian army led by Prince Charles Alexander of Lorraine.


1794

Wars

Port-au-Prince In Haiti Was Taken Over By The British Troops

Port-au-prince was the capital of a French colony called Saint-Domingue, in the Caribbean islands. It was on this day in 1794, that the British troops captured this region.


1859

Wars

Battle Of Magenta

It was on this day in 1859 that the Battle of Magenta was fought in Italy. The battle is considered to be an important chapter of the Second Italian War of Independence. The battle was fought between the combined forces of France and Sardinia, guided by Napoleon III, against Austria, which was led by Marshal Ferencz Gyulai. France emerged victorious in this bloody battle.


1916

Wars

Brusilov Offensive Took Place In Galicia, Europe

The Brusilov Offensive was an episode of World War I in which the Russian forces attacked the armies of the Central Powers on the Eastern Front. Known as one of the ‘most lethal offensives in world history’, the agitation started on this day in 1916 and ended in late September the same year.


1940

Wars

Thousands Of People Evacuated From Dunkirk

Remembered as the ‘Miracle of Dunkirk’, this entire operation of saved about 338,000 soldiers of the World War - II empting Dunkirk, France ended on 4th June 1940. This evacuation process had to start since the armies of Belgian, British, and French countries were on the verge of facing defeat against the German Army in the ‘Battle of France’.


1942

Wars

Battle Of Midway

The Battle of Midway was a naval battle fought in the Pacific Theatre stretch during World War II. The battle started on this day in 1942 and the United States Navy caused heavy and irreparable damage to the Japanese warships.


1944

Wars

German Submarine U-505 Captured

A U-505 German submarine was captured by the U.S Navy on this day in the Atlantic. Several secret documents found inside the vessel greatly helped the American military experts decipher the war plans of the Axis’ powers.


1972

Disasters & Natural Calamities

Massive Train Collision In Bangladesh

On 4th June 1972, 76 people lost their lives due to collision between two trains, in Bangladesh. An overloaded train and the wrong signal given by the station operator were the reasons behind this mishap.


2015

Disasters & Natural Calamities

The Massive Explosion At Accra

4th June 2015 was a black day for the citizens of Ghana, since a huge fire breakout took place at a petrol bunk located in its capital, Accra. This incident claimed the lives of about 250 people.


1928

Sports

The ‘French Open’ Championship Comes To An End

The famous ‘French Open’ tournament held at the Mecca of Tennis, ‘Stade Roland Garros’, located in France, ended on 4th June, 1928. Helen Wills won the competition, thus, becoming the first American to earn the honor.


1974

Sports

‘Ten Cent Beer Night’ Held

It was on this day in 1974, that the attempt to promote the baseball game between the ‘Cleveland Indians’ and the ‘Texas Rangers’ turned ugly. The promotional idea by the Major League Baseball was to sell a 65 cent beer at a mere 10 cents. This resulted in the spectators getting heavily intoxicated and the consequent brawls leading to the forfeiture of the game.


1976

Sports

‘Boston Celtics’ Won The ‘NBA’ Finals

The renowned American basketball team, ‘Boston Celtics’ won the NBA finals against the ‘Phoenix Suns’, another popular side, on 4th June. Many Basketball fans still are of the opinion that this was one of the most thrilling contests of all time.


1940

Literature & Entertainment

‘The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter’ Was Published

Acclaimed writer Carson McCullers’ first novel, ‘The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter’ was published on this day in 1940. This widely successful work of literature, spoke about the hardships faced at the Georgia mill.


1944

Literature & Entertainment

‘The Adventures Of Leonidas Witherall’ Aired

The radio show called ‘The Adventures of Leonidas Witherall’ was aired for the first time on this day in 1944. This successful series was based on the books of the writer Phoebe Atwood Taylor.


1976

Literature & Entertainment

‘The Gig That Changed The World’ Event Attracts A Large Audience

It was on 4th June, 1976 that the rock band ‘Sex Pistols’ performed at the ‘Free Trade Hall’, in Manchester. This event is remembered till date as one of the most successful and popular gigs ever in the history of music.


1984

Literature & Entertainment

‘The Glamorous Life’ Released

4th June 1984 saw the release of the famous song ‘The Glamorous Life’, sung by Sheila E and penned by the famous musician Prince. This 9-minute track received accolades worldwide and also a couple of award nominations.


1984

Literature & Entertainment

The Album ‘Born In The U.S.A’ Reaches Music Lovers

It was on this day that lyricist and songwriter Bruce Springsteen released his seventh album, titled ‘Born in the U.S.A’. The album received a lot of accolades and became a huge success worldwide.


1996

Literature & Entertainment

Metallica’s Album ‘Load’ Was Released

Fans of heavy metal can’t stop raving about ‘Metallica’ and in the recent years the band has become more of a household name. On 4th June, 1996, this band released their album titled ‘Load’ that sold a whopping 680,000 copies within the first seven days of its release.


1998

Literature & Entertainment

The Gershwins Received A Star At The Hollywood Walk Of Fame

66 years after the musical ‘Thee I Sing’ was awarded the Pulitzer Prize, George Gershwin and his sibling Ira who worked as a lyricist were honored on 4th June 1998. This event, attended by the family members of the musicians, took place on the ‘Hollywood Walk of Fame’.


1783

Trivia

Montgolfier Brothers Exhibit Their Hot Air Balloon

The Montgolfier brothers, Joseph-Michel and Jacques-Étienne Montgolfier, were the inventors of a hot air balloon, which they named ‘Globe Aérostatique’. It was on this day in 1783, that they launched the balloon in front of the public at Annonay, France and their invention worked successfully.


1784

Trivia

Élisabeth Thible, The First Women To Fly In A Hot Air Balloon

Eight months after the first manned flight of a hot air balloon, Elisabeth Thible became the first woman to achieve the incredible feat, on 4th June, 1784. She flew with Mr. Fleurant in the basket and the balloon flew for 45 minutes, attained a height of 1500 meters.


1812

Trivia

Louisiana Territory Renamed

Louisiana was an integrated territory of the US, formed out of the Indiana Territory on 4th July 1980. However, on this day in 1812, the twelfth US Congress renamed it Missouri Territory so that there is no confusion with the recently created State of Louisiana.


1825

Trivia

General Lafayette Spoke At Lafayette Square (Buffalo)

It was on this day in 1825, that a French General Lafayette, a war veteran, made a historic speech at a square in Buffalo, during his tour of the U.S. The place is now called Lafayette Square.


1855

Trivia

Major Henry C. Wayne Attains Camels For United States Camel Corps

The ‘USS Supply’, commissioned in 1846, was a supply ship in the Navy used for the holding and transportation of stores. It was on this day in 1855 that Major Henry C Wayne boarded this ship with the unusual task of acquiring camels to establish the US Camel Corps.


1876

Trivia

Transcontinental Express Arrives In San Francisco

The ‘Transcontinental Express’ started from New York City for San Francisco, via the First Transcontinental Railroad and its ability impressed many commuters. It was on this day in 1876, that it arrived at San Francisco in just 83 hours and 39 minutes.


1896

Trivia

Henry Ford Successfully Runs ‘Ford Quadricycle’

‘Ford Motor Company’ created waves in the automobile industry due to the success of their invention ‘Quadricycle’, which was the first automobile designed by the legendary entrepreneur Henry Ford. It was on 4th June 1896; Ford completed this ethanol powered masterpiece


1974

Trivia

Sally Murphy Became The First Female Pilot Of The U.S Army

It was the 4th of June in 1974 when Sally Murphy graduated from the ‘United States Army Aviation Center of Excellence’ in Fort Rucker, Alabama, making her the first female pilot in American history. Sally served as an officer in the forces for a good 27 years.


1986

Trivia

Jonathan Pollard Found Guilty Of Espionage

Jonathan Jay Pollard was an Intelligence Analyst for the American Government. It was on this day in 1986, that he admitted revealing highly confidential information to Israel and was sentenced to life imprisonment for the same reason.


1998

Trivia

Terry Nichols Sentenced To Death

It was on this day that Terry Nichols, one of the major culprits of the Oklahoma City bombing incident of 1995, was awarded the death sentence. This disastrous incident claimed the lives of about 168 people and wounded about 680.


2003

Trivia

Martha Stewart Was Charged Of Fraud

Martha Stewart, a high profile entrepreneur, known for being the founder of the merchandise firm ‘Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia’, was busted by the government on 4th June, 2003. Stewart was indicted for around 9 cases of crime, including fraud, which forced her to step down from her position in her flourishing business.


2010

Trivia

Falcon 9 Launched

An American aerospace manufacturing firm called ‘Space Exploration Technologies Corporation (SpaceX)’ launched the rocket ‘Falcon 9’ on this day in 2010. This important event took place at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Space Launch Complex 40, located in Florida.


People Born This Day

Albert John Luthuli
(1898-1967)
President of African National Congress (ANC) [ South African ]
Angelina Jolie
(1975-)
Actress, Filmmaker, Activist [ American ]
Keith David
(1956-)
Actor [ American ]
Russell Brand
(1975-)
Comedian, Actor, Radio Host, TV Host [ British ]
Gustav Nossal
(1931-)
Immunologist [ Australian ]
Bar Refaeli
(1985-)
Fashion Model, TV Host, Businesswoman [ Israeli ]
William Pitt (Architect)
(1855-1918)
Architect [ Australian ]
Izabella Scorupco
(1970-)
Film actress [ Swedish ]
George III of the United Kingdom
(1738-1820)
King [ British ]
Joyce Meyer
(1943-)
Author [ American ]
Heinrich Otto Wieland
(1877-1957)
Father of Biochemistry [ German ]
Evan Spiegel
(1990-)
Entrepreneur [ American ]
Robert F. Furchgott
(1916-2009)
Biochemist [ American ]
Rosalind Russell
(1907-1976)
Actress [ American ]
Adam Saleh
(1993-)
YouTube personality, Vlogger, Rapper [ American ]
Mackenzie Ziegler
(2004-)
Dancer, Singer, Actress, Model [ American ]
Lucky Blue Smith
(1998-)
Model & Musician [ American ]


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