April 4 is the 94th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar; 271 days remain until the end of the year.
We have some interesting facts & historic events all about April 4th, including areas in religion, crime, health and more.
Keep reading for more interesting facts about April 4th in history!
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- International Day For Mine Awareness.
- International Carrot Day
- National Walk Around Things Day
- National Cordon Bleu Day
- World Rat Day
- Vitamin C Day
- National Tell A Lie Day
What Happened On This Day – April 4
1979: Zulfikar Ali Bhutto is executed
The former President of Pakistan had been deposed by a coup d’etat. He was hanged despite international calls to stop the execution.
1975: Bill Gates and Paul Allen establish Microsoft
Microsoft has developed into a multinational corporation, and it is the world’s largest software maker by revenue.
1969: Denton Cooley implants the first artificial heart
The machine kept patient Haskell Karp alive for 65 hours. He died before a human heart could become available.
1968: Martin Luther King Jr. is assassinated
The civil rights activist was killed by James Earl Ray. Ray, a segregationist, received a 99-year prison sentence. He died in jail in 1998.
1949: NATO is formed
12 nations signed the North Atlantic Treaty to establish what is today one of the world’s most important military alliances.
1975: Microsoft is founded as a partnership between Bill Gates and Paul Allen to develop and sell BASIC interpreters for the Altair 8800 in 1975.
1968: On 4th April in 1968 civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr was shot and killed while standing on a balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee. His slaying was followed by a wave of rioting.
1938: Spanish women to protest State Department. Washington DC, led by Mrs. Ernestina Gonzales, PH.D. and former Director of the Madrid University Library, April 4, 1938
1868: British troops capture Addis Ababa Ethiopia in 1868.
Births On This Day, April 4
1979: Heath Ledger, Australian actor, director
1979: Roberto Luongo, Canadian ice hockey player
1952: Gary Moore, Irish singer-songwriter, guitarist, producer
1928: Maya Angelou, American author, poet, actress, director
1875: Pierre Monteux, French conductor
Robert Downey Jr. was born.
Heath Ledger was born.
Parveen Babi was born.
Deaths On This Day, April 4
2013: Roger Ebert, American journalist, critic, screenwriter
1984: Oleg Antonov, Soviet aircraft designer, founded the Antonov Aircraft Company
1979: Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, Pakistani politician, 4th President of Pakistan
1968: Martin Luther King, Jr., American minster, activist, Nobel Prize laureate
1929: Karl Benz, German engineer, businessman, founded Mercedes-Benz
Martin Luther King Jr. died.
Karl Benz died.
William Henry Harrison died.