On This Day in History – June 4 – Almanac
Today is Saturday, June 4, the 155th day of 2022 with 210 to follow.
The moon is growing. The morning stars are Jupiter, Mars, Mercury, Neptune, Saturn, Uranus and Venus.
People born on this date are under the sign of Gemini. They include George III, King of England during the American Revolutionary War, in 1738; actor Rosalind Russell in 1907; actor Dennis Weaver in 1924; radio/television host Ruth Westheimer in 1928 (age 94); actor Bruce Dern in 1936 (86); singer Freddy Fender in 1937; editor/commentator Mortimer Zuckerman in 1937 (85); singer/actress Michelle Phillips in 1944 (age 78); actor Parker Stevenson in 1952 (age 70); actor Bradley Walsh in 1960 (age 62); singer Eldra “El” DeBarge in 1961 (age 61); fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli in 1963 (age 59); actor Scott Wolf in 1968 (age 54); actor Horatio Sanz in 1969 (age 53); actor Noah Wyle in 1971 (age 51); comedian Russell Brand in 1975 (age 47); actor/filmmaker Angelina Jolie in 1975 (age 47); actor Robin Lord Taylor in 1978 (age 44); actor Josh McDermitt in 1978 (age 44); actor Rebecca Henderson in 1980 (age 42); actor TJ Miller in 1981 (age 41); model Bar Refaeli in 1985 (37 years old); US Olympic figure skater Evan Lysacek in 1985 (age 37); actor/musician Quincy Brown in 1991 (age 31); Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, member of the British royal family, in 2021 (1 year).
On this historical date:
In 1783, the first public demonstration of a hot air balloon took place in Annonay, France.
In 1784, the Frenchwoman Marie Thible from Lyon became the first woman to fly in a hot air balloon.
In 1896, Henry Ford pulled his first car out of a brick shed in Detroit and drove it through dark streets on a test drive.
In 1917, the first Pulitzer Prizes were awarded.
By 1940, the evacuation of Dunkirk, France during World War II was complete. A flotilla of small boats spent almost a week crossing the English Channel to rescue nearly 350,000 British, French and Belgian troops from advancing German forces.
In 1942 the Battle of Midway began. It raged for four days and was the turning point for the United States in the Pacific Campaign of World War II against Japan.
In 1944, the last German occupiers fled Rome before the advancing US 9th Army. Reynolds Packard reopened United Press offices the next day.
In 1963, President John F. Kennedy ordered Alabama Governor George C. Wallace to “cease and desist” from unlawful obstruction of justice in connection with the admission of two African-American students. Americans at the University of Alabama. The order was a necessary last technical step before the president could use federal troops to enforce the college’s desegregation court order.
In 1972, black activist Angela Davis was acquitted of murder, kidnapping and criminal conspiracy charges stemming from a California court shooting in which a judge and three other people were killed.
In 1985, the United States Supreme Court struck down an Alabama minutes of silence law because it specifically encouraged classroom prayer.
In 1986, American Jonathan Pollard, accused of selling stacks of secret documents to Israel, and his wife pleaded guilty to espionage charges, admitting they were part of an Israeli spy ring that included three Israeli officials and an embassy secretary. Jonathan was sentenced to life in prison and was paroled and released in 2015. Anne Pollard was released after serving three and a half years in prison.
In 1989, in what became known as the Tiananmen Square massacre, hundreds of student-led pro-democracy protesters were reportedly killed and thousands injured as Chinese troops forced them out of Beijing Square. .
In 1990, an Oregon woman, Janet Adkins, committed suicide in Michigan using a “suicide machine” developed by “Dr. Death” Jack Kevorkian. She was the first “medical” patient reported by the retired pathologist.
In 1991, the Albanian Cabinet resigned, ending 46 years of communist rule.
In 1998, Terry Nichols was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for his role in the 1995 bombing of the Oklahoma City Federal Building.
In 2005, the Diocese of Covington in Kentucky agreed to pay up to $120 million to more than 100 alleged victims of child molestation over the past 50 years.
In 2019, after racking up $2.4 million in prize money, professional sports player James Holzhauer’s record run on Danger! It’s over. In 33 games, he set 15 records for the most money earned in a single episode, reaching $131,127 on April 17.
In 2020, a knife-wielding man attacked and injured 39 children and teachers at an elementary school in China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region.
A thought of the day: “Taking pleasure in life is the best cosmetic of a woman.” — American actress Rosalind Russell