June 4 Today in History

Today’s Important Historical Events

1760 Great Upheaval: New England planters arrive to claim land in Nova Scotia, Canada taken from the Acadians

1940 British complete the “Miracle of Dunkirk” by evacuating 338,226 allied troops from France via a flotilla of over 800 vessels including Royal Navy destroyers, merchant marine boats, fishing boats, pleasure craft and even lifeboats

1945 US, Soviet Union, Britain and France agree to divide up occupied Germany

1989 Eastern Europe’s 1st partial free elections in 40 years held in Poland, Solidarity Party comes to power

1989 Tiananmen Square Massacre: Chinese troops clear the square of student protesters, unofficial figures place death toll near 1,000

Today’s Historical Events

781 BC Oldest Chinese recording of a solar eclipse

1039 Henry III becomes Holy Roman Emperor

1070 Roquefort cheese created in a cave near Roquefort, France

1133 Rome-Innocentius II crowns Lotharius III Roman-German emperor

1357 The “Peace of Ath”, signed by Count Louis II of Flanders and Duke Wenceslaus of Luxembourg ends the attempt of the succession of Brabant

1391 Mob led by Ferrand Martinez surrounds and sets fire to the Jewish quarter of Seville in Spain, the surviving Jews are sold into slavery

1487 Lord Lovell and John de la Pole’s army land at Furness, Lancashire

1615 Siege of Osaka: Forces under the shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu take Osaka Castle in Japan

Today’s Historical Events in Film and TV

1942 “Mrs Miniver” based on the novel by Jan Struther, directed by William Wyler and starring Greer Garson and Walter Pidgeon is released in the US (Best Picture 1943)

1955 “Mickey Rooney Show” TV comedy last airs on NBC

1966 Single “Batman & His Grandmother” by Dickie Goodman hits #70

1967 19th Emmy Awards: “Mission Impossible”, “The Monkees”, Don Knotts & Lucille Ball win

1967 KTVN TV channel 2 in Reno, NV (CBS) begins broadcasting

1970 WSMW TV channel 27 in Worcester, MA (IND) begins broadcasting

1982 “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan,” released in USA

1995 “Jackie Mason: Politically Incorrect” closes at Golden Theater, NYC, after 347 performances

Today’s Historical Events in Music

1947 Monte Carlo and Alma Sanders’ musical “Louisiana Lady” closes at Century Theater, NYC, after 4 performances

1963 1st broadcast of “Pop Go the Beatles” on BBC radio

1964 Beatles 1st (and only) “World Tour” begins with two ten-song shows at 4,400 seat KB Halle in Copenhagen, Denmark; Jimmy Nicol replaces Ringo (recovering from tonsillitis) for the first five dates

1967 American guitarist Jimi Hendrix covers new Beatles song “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” at Saville Theatre (London), just days after its release, with George Harrison and Paul McCartney in the audience

1969 Beatles release “The Ballad Of John & Yoko” and “Old Brown Shoe” in the US

1978 “Working” closes at 46th St Theater NYC after 25 performances

1984 18th Music City News Country Awards: Statler Brothers win

1984 Columbia Records releases Bruce Springsteen‘s 7th studio album “Born in the USA”, his biggest commercial success topped the charts in 11 countries and sold over 30 million copies, worldwide

Today’s Historical Events in Sports


1838 First baseball-type game in Canada played at Beachville, Upper Canada

1870 4th Belmont: W Dick aboard Kingfisher wins in 2:59.5

1884 18th Belmont: Jim McLaughlin aboard Panique wins in 2:42

1899 MLB Boston Beaneaters pitcher John Clarkson 1st to throw an “immaculate inning” (strikes out three batters on nine pitches) against Philadelphia Quakers

1927 1st Ryder Cup Golf, Worcester CC: US beats Great Britain, 9½-2½; Walter Hagen first American captain; Ted Ray first GB skipper

1928 French Championships Men’s Tennis: Henri Cochet wins his 2nd of 4 home titles; beats countryman René Lacoste 5-7, 6-3, 6-1, 6-3

1928 French Championship Women’s Tennis: Helen Wills beats England’s Eileen Bennett 6-1, 6-2 for her first of 4 French singles titles

1932 64th Belmont: Tom Malley aboard Faireno wins in 2:32.8