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8/4/2022 12:45:00 AM
Today In History - August 4

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Today in History in 1790 the US Coast Guard was founded as Revenue Cutter Service; in 1892 Lizzie Borden was arrested on two counts of murder; and in 1955 President Eisenhower authorized $46 million for the construction of the CIA headquarters.

Our On This Day in history archives contains over 200,000 events, birthdays and deaths from 6,000 years of history. Here is a roundup of a few of them:

Historical Events

  • 1753 - George Washington becomes a master mason
  • 1790 - US Coast Guard founded as Revenue Cutter Service
  • 1873 - Indian Wars: whilst protecting a railroad survey party in Montana, the United States 7th Cavalry, under Lieutenant Colonel George Armstrong Custer, clashes for the first time with the Sioux (near the Tongue River; only one man on each side is killed).
  • 1892 - Sunday school teacher Lizzie Borden arrested in Fall River, Massachusetts on two counts of murder
  • 1944 - Anne Frank arrested in Amsterdam by German Security Police (Grüne Polizei) following a tip-off from an informer who was never identified
  • 1955 - Eisenhower authorizes $46 million for construction of CIA headquarters
  • 1956 - Elvis Presley releases "Hound Dog"
  • 1984 - Carl Lewis wins gold medal in 100-meter dash at LA Summer Olympics
  • 2010 - California's Proposition 8, the ballot initiative prohibiting same-sex marriage passed by the state's voters in 2008, was overturned by Judge Vaughn Walker in the case Perry v. Schwarzenegger.

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Famous Birthdays

  • 1821 - Louis Vuitton, Anchay France, Founder of the leather goods company
  • 1900 - Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, London or Hitchin UK, consort of King George VI and Queen Mother after his death (d. 2002)
  • 1901 - Louis Armstrong, jazz trumpeter (Hello Dolly), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1971)
  • 1961 - Barack Obama, Honolulu Hawaii,44th United States President (Democrat) and first African--American president
  • 1962 - Roger Clemens, Dayton Ohio, MLB pitcher (Red Sox, Blue Jays, 7 Cy Youngs, MVP)

Famous Weddings

  • 1757 - American revolution patriot Paul Revere (22) weds Sarah Orne in Bridgewater, Massachusetts
  • 1782 - Musician Wolfang Amadeus Mozart (26) weds Constanze Weber in St. Stephen's Cathedral in Vienna, Austria
  • 1847 - Author of Moby Dick, American novelist Herman Melville (28) marries Elizabeth Shaw, daughter of Chief Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court
  • 1853 - Confederate general Thomas Jackson (29) weds Elinor Junkin in Lexington
  • 1939 - Philosopher of communication theory Marshall McLuhan (28) weds teacher and aspiring actress Corinne Lewis (27)
  • 1964 - Jazz saxophonist and composer John Coltrane (35) weds Alice Macleod
  • 1967 - Writer Jorge Luis Borges (67) weds old friend Elsa Astete Millán
  • 1970 - "The Beach Boys" drummer Dennis Wilson (25) weds Barbara Charren (24)
  • 1988 - Kevin Bacon marries Kyra Sedgwick
  • 1994 - American rapper The Notorious B.I.G (22) weds Faith Evans
  • 2001 - "James Bond" actor Pierce Brosnan (49) weds TV host and journalist Keely Shaye Smith (37) at the 785-year-old Ballintubber Abbey in County Mayo, Ireland
  • 2001 - "Northern Exposure" actor Joshua Morrow (27) weds Tobe Keeney
  • 2006 - Former Miss Ireland Andrea Roche (30) weds PJ Mansfield at Church of The Nativity of the Blessed Mary in Saggart Village, Dublin
  • 2012 - Actress Natalie Portman (31) weds ballet dancer and choreographer Benjamin Millepied (35) in Big Sur, California

Famous Deaths

  • 1875 - Hans Christian Andersen, Danish fairy tale writer, dies at 70
  • 1930 - Siegfried Wagner, German opera composer, dies at 61
  • 1931 - Daniel Williams, American heart surgeon, dies at 73
  • 1981 - Melvyn Douglas, [Hesselberg], actor (Woman's Face, Hud), dies at 80
  • 1982 - Bruce Goff, American Architect (b. 1904)
  • 1984 - Howard Culver, actor (Howie-Gunsmoke), dies at 66
  • 1995 - J Howard Smith Oil Tycoon, dies
  • 1999 - Victor Mature, American actor (b. 1913)
  • 2001 - Lorenzo Music, American actor (b. 1937)
  • 2003 - Frederick Chapman Robbins, American Nobel Prize Laureate (b. 1916)

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