Monday, April 3, 2017

April 4

  • April 4, 527
    Emperor Justin, seriously ill, crowns his nephew Justinian as his co-emperor
  • April 4, 1581
    Frances Drake is made a knight after his attacks on Spanish possessions, which influences Philip II of Spain to build up the Spanish Armada
  • April 4, 1655
    English fleet beats Barbarian pirates at Porto Farina near Tunis
  • April 4, 1660
    English Charles II issues the Declaration of Breda, in which he promises a general pardon for crimes committed during the English Civil War and the Interregnum for all those who recognize Charles as the lawful king
  • April 4, 1721
    Robert Walpole becomes England's first Lord of the Treasury, de facto the first Prime Minister of Great Britain
  • April 4, 1828
    Coenraad Johannes van Houten, a Dutch chemist, patents chocolate milk powder
  • April 4, 1841
    President William Henry Harrison, 9th President of the US, succumbs to pneumonia one month after his inaugural, becoming the first U.S. chief executive to die in office
  • April 4, 1926
    Greek dictator Theodorus Pangalos is elected president
  • April 4, 1944
    Charles De Gaulle forms new French regime in exile, with communists
  • April 4, 1949
    North Atlantic Treaty Organization pact is signed in Washington D.C. by United States, Britain, France and Canada in purpose to collective defense against Soviet influence
  • April 4, 1968
    Martin Luther King Jr, civil rights leader, is assassinated by a sniper's bullet on the motel's second-floor balcony in Memphis, United States, at age 39
  • April 4, 1969
    Dr. Denton Cooley implants first temporary artificial heart
  • April 4, 1975
    Microsoft, an American multinational corporation, is founded as a partnership between Bill Gates and Paul Allen
  • April 4, 1982
    The British Falkland Islands government surrenders after Argentinean invasion, placing the islands in control of Argentina
  • April 4, 1992
    Sali Berisha becomes president and Alexander Meksi premier of Albania, ending the dictatorship in Albania
  • April 4, 2005
    Tulip Revolution in Kyrgyzstan, triggered by parliamentary elections, overthrows President Askar Akayev as he signs his resignation statement

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