4 JUNE
   
 

Born On This Day:

  • King George III, 1738
  • Sir Christopher Cockerell, 1910
  • Rosalind Russell, 1912
  • Gaylord Nelson, 1916
  • Robert Merrill, 1919
  • Gene Barry, 1922
  • Dennis Weaver, 1924
  • Dr. Ruth Westheimer, 1929
  • John Drew Barrymore, 1932
  • Bruce Dern, 1936
  • Freddy Fender, 1937
  • Parker Stevenson, 1952
  • El DeBarge, 1961
  • Noah Wyle, 1971
  • Angelina Jolie, 1975

Died On This Day:

  • Casanova, 1798
  • Kaiser Wilhelm II, 1941
  • Georg Kaiser, 1945
  • Dorothy Gish, 1968
  • Joe E. Lewis, 1971
  • Jack Gilford, 1990
  • David Carradine found hanged, 2009

Today's Events:

  • 1070 - Traditional date of the discovery of Roquefort cheese in a cave near Roquefort, France.
  • 1784 - Marie Thible of Lyons, France, becomes first woman to fly in hot-air balloon.
  • 1816 - First double-decked steamboat launched at Wheeling, VA built by Capt Henry Miller Shreve.
  • 1844 - Great Auk extinct; hunters kill last two on island of Eldey in Iceland.
  • 1890 - First State employment service opens in Toledo, OH.
  • 1893 - Henry Ford and several associates complete assembly of first Ford car in garage in Detroit at 2 a.m.
  • 1912 - Fire in Constantinople; 1,000 homes destroyed.
  • 1917 - First Pulitzer Prize for journalism editorial awarded to Frank Herbert Simonds of NY Tribune.
  • 1937 - Inventor Sylvan Goldman introduces his shopping cart in his own Standard Supermarkets.
  • 1940 - Winston Churchill's rallying speech to Britons under Nazi seige: "...we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender."
  • 1944 - Allies enter Rome. Last German occupiers fled capital ahead of US 9th Army. WWII.
  • 1970 - U.S. Food and Drug administration approves the use of L-Dopa for Parkinson's Disease victims.
  • 1971 - Yehudi Menuhin's 250 year-old Stradivarius sells for record $200,000 at Sotheby's.
  • 1989 - Massacre by police against students in Tiananmen Square, Beijing ends.

Feast Day of Saint:

  • Petroc
  • Francis Caracciolo

Holiday:

  • Independence Day Tonga (1970)

Non-Specific Holiday:

  • SAVITRI-VRATA, Hindu Festival for women
  • TANO FESTIVAL (Korea) on 5th day of 5th lunar month.
  • TUAN WU CHIEH or Dragon Boat Festival (China) 5th day of 5th lunar month.
  • SHAVUOT or Feast of Weeks (Jewish), on 6th or 7th of lunar month Sivan.
  • ASCENSION (Christian) 40th day after Easter.
  • PENTECOST (Christian) or Whitsunday (Anglican) 50 days after Easter.
  • TRINITY SUNDAY (Christian), Sunday after Pentecost.
  • CORPUS CHRISTI (Christian), Thursday after Trinity Sunday.
  • FATHER'S DAY (U.S.) Third Sunday in June.
  • ARANYA SHASHTI, Hindu Festival honoring god of the forest
  • RATHA YATRA, Hindu Festival of Car Procession of Vishnu
  • CHI HSI, Festival of the Milky Way in China (seventh day of the seventh moon)
  • CHUNG YÜAN, Festival of the Dead in China (fifteenth day of the seventh moon)
  • GAY AND LESBIAN PRIDE DAY - Last Sunday in June
  • CHAGU-CHAGU UMAKKO or horse Festival in Morioka celebrated second Saturday in June
  • HARE KRISHNA RATHA YATRA CHARIOT CARNIVAL celebrated 3rd week in June.
  • AMBUBACHI MELA Festival at Kamakhya temple in Guwahati, India celebrated third week in June for 5 days

 

 
   
 
 
 
 
 
 
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