What happened this day in history August 4

What are the important events that happened on August 4? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

August 4: Facts & Myths About This Day

August 4 is the 216th day of the year 2022 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 149 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Thursday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is July 22, 2022 – a Thursday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 1,659,571,200 seconds has elapsed since midnight of January 1, 1970 – the Unix epoch.

Strange as it may, if we name this day after a polygon then it will be called ‘dihectadecahexagon’ day.

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Leo is the zodiac 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 171 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

The ancient Maya civilization believes that the end of the world will happen on December 21, 2012. There are now 3,513 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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August 4 Historical Events

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 1790
    A newly passed tariff act creates the Revenue Cutter Service (the forerunner of the United States Coast Guard).
  • 1824
    The Battle of Kos is fought between Turk and Greek forces.
  • 1863
    Matica slovenská, Slovakia’s public-law cultural and scientific institution focusing on topics around the Slovak nation, is established in Martin.
  • 1965
    The Constitution of Cook Islands comes into force, giving the Cook Islands self-governing status within New Zealand.
  • 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.
  • 2005
    Prime Minister Paul Martin announces that Michaëlle Jean will be Canada’s 27th Governor General.
  • 2007
    NASA’s Phoenix spaceship is launched.

Who were born on August 4?

  • 1755
    Nicolas-Jacques Conté, French painter and inventor (d. 1805)
  • 1805
    William Rowan Hamilton, Irish mathematician (d. 1865)
  • 1865
    Gus Kempis, South African cricketer (d. 1890)
  • 1942
    David Lange, New Zealand politician (d. 2005)
  • 1955
    Dariusz Lipiński, Polish politician
  • 1965
    Dennis Lehane, American crime writer
  • 1967
    Michael Marsh, American sprinter
  • 1968
    Lee Mack, British comedian
  • 1975
    Daniella van Graas, Dutch model and actress
  • 1991
    Thiago Cardoso, Brazilian footballer

Who died on August 4?

  • 1265
    Killed in the Battle of Evesham: Henry de Montfort (b. 1238)
  • 1265
    Killed in the Battle of Evesham: Hugh le Despencer, 1st Baron le Despencer (b. 1223)
  • 1639
    Juan Ruiz de Alarcón, Mexican dramatist
  • 1957
    Washington Luís Pereira de Sousa, 13th President of Brazil (b. 1869)
  • 1985
    Don Whillans, British mountaineer (b. 1933)
  • 1991
    Nikiforos Vrettakos, Greek writer and poet (b. 1912)
  • 1992
    Seicho Matsumoto, Japanese writer and journalist (b. 1909)
  • 1997
    Jeanne Calment, French supercentenarian, the world’s oldest human on record and the only person ever to live past the age of 122 (b. 1875)
  • 1999
    Victor Mature, American actor (b. 1913)
  • 2005
    Iván Szabó, Hungarian politician (b. 1934)

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