4 June

4 June

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!

Table of Contents

  1. Global Celebrations
  2. Historic Events
  3. Famous Birthdays
  4. Heartbreaking Deaths

Global Celebrations

  • National Cognac Day
  • National Hug Your Cat Day
  • Old Maid’s Day
  • National Trails Day

Historic Events

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.

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.

The United States Fifth Army entered Rome on June 4th, 1944.

1940: Wounded Italian soldiers at a dressing station in Menton, France, June 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

Ottoman pilot Ahmet Ali Efendi, the world’s first black pilot, 1916

Famous Birthdays

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

Heartbreaking Deaths

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


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