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Calendar for August 4th, 2014

1060s

  • Died 1060: King Henry I of France

  • 1730s

  • 1735: In a triumph for freedom of the press, newspaperman John Peter Zenger was acquitted of the charge of seditious libel

  • 1750s

  • 1753: George Washington became a Master Mason

  • 1760s

  • 1769: What is now Prince Edward Island became separate from Nova Scotia

  • 1820s

  • 1821: The Saturday Evening Post was published for the first time as a weekly newspaper

  • 1870s

  • Died 1875: Hans Christian Andersen (writer)

  • 1880s

  • 1882: Aurora visible in much of the United States

  • 1884: Thomas Stevens was the first to bicycle across the United States, leaving San Francisco on April 22 and arriving on this day in Boston to complete his transcontinental trip.

  • 1890s

  • 1892: The family of Lizzie Borden was found murdered in their home in Fall River, Massachusetts

  • 1900s

  • Born 1901: Louis Armstrong (musician)

  • 1910s

  • Born 1910: William Howard Schuman (composer)

  • 1914: Canada entered WWI

  • 1930s

  • Died 1938: Pearl White (actress)

  • 1940s

  • 1944: The Gestapo found Anne Frank

  • 1950s

  • Born 1955: Billy Bob Thornton (actor)

  • 1960s

  • Born 1961: Barack Obama (44th U.S. president)

  • Born 1962: Roger Clemens (baseball player)

  • 1964: Three civil rights workers (James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner) were found murdered outside Philadelphia, Mississippi

  • 1970s

  • Born 1971: Jeff Gordon (race car driver)

  • 1972: Major geomagnetic storm

  • 1977: President Jimmy Carter signed legislation creating the United States Department of Energy

  • Born 1978: Kurt Busch (race car driver)

  • 1980s

  • Died 1981: Melvyn Douglas (actor)

  • 1990s

  • Born 1992: Dylan and Cole Sprouse (actors)


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