What Happened on April 4


Historical Events

1905 – Earthquake in Kangra India, kills 20,000
1917 – US Senate agrees (82-6) to participate in WWI
1918 – Food riot in Amsterdam
1960 – Senegal declares independence from France
1966 – US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1984 – Winston Smith in Orwell’s novel “Nineteen Eighty-Four” begins his secret diary in defiance of the totalitarian government of Oceania

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Famous Birthdays

1731 – Francesc Morera i Cots, Valencian composer, born in Sant Mateu (d. 1793)
1872 – Nikolai Amani, Russian composer, born in St. Petersburg, Russia (d. 1904)
1945 – Walter Charles, American actor (Fletch Lives, Weeds), born in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania
1950 – Christine Lahti, American actress (Harvey Korman Show, Swing Shift), born in Detroit, Michigan
1969 – Anthony Tucker, American basketball forward (NY Knicks), born in Washington, D.C.
1970 – Jason Stoltenberg, Australian tennis star, born in Narrabri, Australia

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Famous Deaths

1874 – Charles Ernest Beulé, French archaeologist and politician (b. 1826)
1905 – Constantin Meunier, Belgian painter and sculptor, dies at 73
1951 – Al Christie, Canadian film director and producer (b. 1881)
1986 – Frank Mortelmans, Belgian painter, dies at 87
1996 – Seumas MacNeill, Scottish bagpiper, and educator (College of Bagpipes), dies at 79
2012 – Claude Miller, French director and screenwriter, dies at 70

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