April 4


1812 – The territory of Orleans became the 18th U.S. state and would become known as Louisiana.

1818 – A plan was passed by Congress that the U.S. flag would have 13 red and white stripes and 20 stars and that a new star would be added for the each new state.

1841 – President William Henry Harrison, at the age of 68, became the first president to die in office. He had been sworn in only a month before he died of pneumonia.

1850 – The city of Los Angeles, CA was incorporated.

1873 – The Kennel Club was founded. It is the oldest and first official registry of purebred dogs in the world.

1887 – Susanna M. Salter became mayor of Argonia, KS, making her the first woman mayor in the U.S.

1914 – The first known serialized moving picture opened in New York City, NY. It was “The Perils of Pauline”.

1917 – The U.S. Senate voted 90-6 to enter World War I on the Allied side.

1932 – After five years of research, professor C.G. King, of the University of Pittsburgh, isolated vitamin C.

1949 – Twelve nations signed a treaty to create The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).

1964 – The Beatles occupied the top five positions on the Billboard Hot 100 pop chart.

1967 – Johnny Carson quit “The Tonight Show”. He returned three weeks later after getting a raise of $30,000 a week.

1968 – NASA launched Apollo 6.

1968 – Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated, at the age of 39, at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, TN by James Earl Ray.

1969 – Dr. Denton Cooley implanted the first temporary artificial heart.

1971 – Gordie Howe played his last Red Wings game. He started with Detroit in 1946.

1971 – Veterans stadium in Philadelphia, PA, was dedicated this day.

1973 – In New York, NY, the original World Trade Center twin towers opened. At the time they were the tallest building in the world.

1974 – Hank Aaron, of the Atlanta Braves,  tied Babe Ruth’s major league baseball home-run record with 714.

1975 – Microsoft was founded as a partnership between Bill Gates and Paul Allen in Albuquerque, NM.

1983 – At Cape Canaveral, FL, the Space Shuttle Challenger took off on its first flight. It was the sixth flight overall for the shuttle program. The mission included the first American space walk in nine years.

1984 – President Ronald Reagan proposed an international ban on chemical weapons.

1986 – Wayne Gretzky set an NHL record with his 213th point of the season.

1987 – The U.S. charged the Soviet Union with wiretapping a U.S. Embassy.

1988 – Arizona Governor Evan Mecham was voted out of office by the Arizona Senate. Mecham was found guilty of diverting state funds to his auto business and of trying to impede an investigation into a death threat to a grand jury witness.

1994 – Marc Andreessen and Jim Clark founded Netscape Communications Corporation under the name Mosaic Communications Corporation.

1999 – The Colorado Rockies and the San Diego Padres played the first major league season opener to be held in Mexico. The Rockies beat the Padres 8-2.

2003 – A colossal squid weighing 330 pounds and measuring 16 feet was found in the Antarctic waters off New Zealand.

2005 – TV’s “ABC World News Tonight” anchor Peter Jennings announced that he has lung cancer. He died four months later.



Clive Davis 1932 – Record company executive (He signed Santana, Janis Joplin, Chicago, Barry Manilow, Billy Joel, Luther Vandross, Whitney Houston and many other artists)

Norro Wilson 1938 – Singer, composer, producer

Kris Jensen 1942 – Singer (“Torture”)

Kitty Kelley 1942 – Author

Craig T. Nelson 1944 – Actor (“Turner and Hooch”, “Stir Crazy”, “Poltergeist”, TV’s “Coach”, “Parenthood”)

Walter Charles 1945 – Actor (“A Fine Mess”, “Fletch Lives”, “Weeds”, “Prancer”, TV’s “Cagney and Lacey”, “Kate and Allie”, “Law & Order”, “Law & Order: Criminal Intent”)

Christine Lahti 1950 – Actress (“Swing Shift”, “And Justice for All”, “Housekeeping”, “Running on Empty”, “Leaving Normal”, TV’s “Chicago Hope”, “Law and Order: Special Victims Unit”, “Hawaii Five-0”, “The Blacklist”)

Tom Jackson 1951 – Football player, analyst (TV’s “NFL Primetime with Chris Berman”)

David E. Kelley 1956 – Writer, producer (TV’s “Ally McBeal”, “The Practice”, “Picket Fences”, “Chicago Hope”, “Boston Public”)

Phil Morris 1959 – Actor (TV’s “Seinfeld”, “Smallville”, “Love That Girl!”)

Lorraine Toussaint 1960 – Actress (TV’s “Crossing Jordan,” “Any Day Now”)

Hugo Weaving 1960- Actor (“V for Vendetta”, “The Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit trilogies”, “The Matrix” series)

Craig Adams 1962 – Musician (The Cult)

David Cross 1964 – Writer, actor, comedian (TV’s “Mr. Show”, “Arrested Development”, movies “Pitch Perfect 2”, “Men in Black”, “The Increasingly Poor
Decisions of Todd Margaret”)

Robbie Rist 1964 – Actor (Played Cousin Oliver on TV’s “The Brady Bunch”)

Frank Black 1965 – Musician (Pixies)

Robert Downey, Jr. 1965 – Actor (“U.S. Marshals”, “Chaplin”, “Tropic Thunder”, the “Iron Man” movies, “The Avengers”, the “Sherlock Holmes” series, “Zodiac”, “Good Night and Good Luck”, “Gothika”, “Less Than Zero”, “Wonder Boys”, TV’s “Ally McBeal”)

Nancy McKeon 1966 – Actress (TV’s “The Facts of Life”, “The Division”)

Barry Pepper 1970 – Actor (“Saving Private Ryan”, “The Green Mile”, “Battlefield Earth”, “61*”, “Flags of Our Fathers”, “True Grit”)

Jill Scott 1972 – Singer, actress (TV’s “The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency”, both “Why Did I Get Married?” movies, “Hounddog”)

David Blaine 1973 – Magician

James Roday 1976 – Actor (TV’s “Psych”)

Natasha Lyonne 1979 – Actress (“American Pie”, “But I’m a Cheerleader”, “The Slums of Beverly Hills”, TV’s “Orange Is the New Black”)

Jamie Lynn Spears 1991 – Actress (TV’s “Zoey 101”)

Alexa Nikolas 1992 – Actress (TV’s “Zoey 101”)

Austin Mahone 1996 – Singer



Cordon Bleu Day

D.A.R.E. Day

Hug a Newsman Day

School Librarian Day

Tell a Lie Day

Vitamin C Day

Walk Around Things Day

World Rat Day


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