June 4 is the 155th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar; 210 days remain until the end of the year.
We have some interesting facts & historic events all about June 4th, including areas in religion, crime, health and more.
Keep reading for more interesting facts about June 4th in history!
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- National Cognac Day
- National Hug Your Cat Day
- Old Maid’s Day
- National Trails Day
What Happened On This Day – June 4
1989: Thousands die in the Tiananmen Square Massacre
Using assault rifles and tanks, Chinese troops massacred unarmed civilians who had taken part in pro-democracy protests.
1989: Poland holds the first free elections after World War II
The landslide victory of the Polish trade union, “Solidarity”, marked the beginning of the Autumn of Nations, a wave of revolutions resulting in the fall of communism.
1984: Bruce Springsteen releases Born in the U.S.A.
The album was Springsteen’s most successful. It featured hits like “Born in the U.S.A.”, “Dancing in the Dark”, and “I’m on Fire”.
1917: The first Pulitzer Prize is awarded
Every year, the prestigious award honors outstanding journalistic achievements. It was established with money bequeathed to Columbia University by publisher Joseph Pulitzer.
1783: The Montgolfier brothers demonstrate the first hot air balloon
The flight of the Montgolfière lasted only about 10 minutes, but it secured the French inventors a place in the history books.
1975: A bank robber shoots a security camera to protect his identity, Cleveland, Ohio 1975.
1944: The United States Fifth Army entered Rome on June 4th, 1944.
1940: Wounded Italian soldiers at a dressing station in Menton, France, June 1940
1916: Ottoman pilot Ahmet Ali Efendi, the world’s first black pilot, 1916
Births On This Day, June 4
1985: Evan Lysacek, American figure skater
1975: Angelina Jolie, American actress, director, producer, screenwriter
1975: Russell Brand, English comedian, actor, singer
1915: Modibo Keïta, Malian politician, 1st President of Mali
1738: George III of the United Kingdom
Deaths On This Day, June 4
2010: John Wooden, American basketball player, coach
1971: György Lukács, Hungarian historian, philosopher
1941: Wilhelm II, German Emperor
1922: W. H. R. Rivers, English anthropologist, neurologist, ethnologist, psychiatrist
1798: Giacomo Casanova, Italian explorer, author