What Happened on September 4


Historical Events

476 – Romulus Augustulus, last Western Roman Emperor, abdicates after forces led by Odoacer invade Rome. Traditional end of the Western Roman Empire.
1479 – King Alfonso I of Portugal recognizes Isabella as queen of Castile
1923 – A Charlot and N Coward’s revue “London Calling” premieres in London
1968 – Nigerian troops conquer the city of Aba, Biafra during the Nigerian Civil War
1989 – 46th Venice Film Festival: “A City of Sadness” directed by Hsiao-hsien Hou debuts and wins the Golden Lion
1992 – In his record 115th and final US Open singles match, Jimmy Connors is beaten by Ivan Lendl 3-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-0 in a 2nd-round night match

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Famous Birthdays

1816 – François Bazin, French composer, born in Marseille, France (d. 1878)
1824 – Anton Bruckner, Austrian composer (Te Deum, Wagner Symphony), Wagner disciple and “monumental bore”, born in Ansfelden, Austria (d. 1896)
1832 – Antonio Agliardi, Italian diplomat and Roman Catholic cardinal, born in Cologno al Serio, Italy (d. 1915)
1913 – Stanford Moore, American biochemist (Nobel 1977), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1982)
1926 – Robert J. Lagomarsino, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from California), born in Ventura, California
1941 – Marilena Chaui, Brazilian philosopher, born in São Paulo, Brazil

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Famous Deaths

1063 – Tughril, Turkish conqueror of Persia and Baghdad and founder of the Seljuk Empire (1037-63), dies at about 73
1821 – José Miguel Carrera, 1st President of Chile (1811-14), shot and killed after a show trial at 35
1993 – Hervé Villechaize, French-American actor (Fantasy Island – Ze plane! Ze plane!), shoots self to death at 50
1997 – Natko Devčić, Croatian composer, dies at 83
2002 – Vlado Perlemuter, Lithuanian-French pianist, dies at 98
2018 – Bill Daily, American actor and comedian (I Dream of Jeannie – “Roger”; The Bob Newhart Show – “Howard”), dies at 91

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