Today in History - June 4

1039 - Henry III becomes Holy Roman Emperor

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

1615 - Siege of Osaka - Forces under the shogun Tokugawa leyasu take Osaka Castle in Japan

1632 - Prince Frederick Henry conquers Venlo

1666 - Battle at Dunkirk - English vs Dutch fleet

1745 - Battle of Hohenfriedberg Silezie - Frederick the Great defeats Austrians and Saxons

1756 - Quakers leave assembly of Pennsylvania

1769 - A transit of Venus is followed 5-hours later by a total solar eclipse, the shortest such interval in history

1783 - Joseph and Jacques Montgolfier make 1st unmanned public hot-air balloon flight with 1,600-2,000m altitude lasting 10 minutes

1784 - Madame Elizabeth Thible becomes the first female balloonist

1794 - Congress passes Neutrality Act, bans Americans from serving in armed forces of foreign powers

1812 - Louisiana Territory officially renamed "Missouri Territory"

1850 - Empire Engine Company No 1 organized

1850 - Self-deodorizing fertilizer patented in England

1859 - Battle of Magenta

1873 - 1st contract workers of British-Indies Co arrives in Suriname

1875 - Pacific Stock Exchange opens

1892 - Sierra Club forms in SF

1896 - Henry Ford takes his 1st Ford through streets of Detroit



1912 - Cone of Mount Katmai (Alaska) collapses

1912 - Massachusetts passes 1st US minimum wage law

1919 - US Congress passes the Women's Suffrage Bill

1927 - 1st Ryder Cup - US beats England, 9½-2½ at Worcester Country Club

1928 - President of Republic of China Zhang Zuolin is assassinated by Japanese agents

1929 - George Eastman (Founder of the Eastman Kodak Company) demonstrates 1st technicolor movie

1940 - British complete the "miracle of Dunkirk" by evacuating 300,000 allied troops from France

1942 - Battle of Midway - Japan's 1st major defeat in WW II

1942 - Capitol Record Co opens for business

1945 - US, Russia, Britain & France agree to split occupied Germany

1954 - France grants Vietnam independence inside French Union

1964 - Maldives adopts constitution

1970 - Tonga declares independence from UK

1973 - A patent for the ATM is granted to Don Wetzel, Tom Barnes and George Chastain

1979 - Joe Clark is sworn in as the youngest Prime Minister in Canadian History

1991 - Pope John Paul II compares abortion with Nazi murders


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