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On This Day in History, April 4

What Happened On This Day – April 4

  • 1979 Zulfikar Ali Bhutto is executed

    The former President of Pakistan had been deposed by a coup d'etat. He was hanged despite international calls to stop the execution.

  • 1975 Bill Gates and Paul Allen establish Microsoft

    Today, Microsoft has become a multinational corporation, which is the world's largest software maker by revenue.

  • 1969 Denton Cooley implants the first artificial heart

    The machine kept patient Haskell Karp alive for 65 hours. He died before a human heart could become available.

  • 1968 Martin Luther King Jr. is assassinated

    The civil rights activist was killed by James Earl Ray. Ray, a segregationist, received a 99-year prison sentence. He died in jail in 1998.

  • 1949 NATO is formed

    12 nations signed the North Atlantic Treaty to establish what is today one of the world's most important military alliances.

Births On This Day – April 4

  • 1979 Heath Ledger

    Australian actor, director

  • 1979 Roberto Luongo

    Canadian ice hockey player

  • 1952 Gary Moore

    Irish singer-songwriter, guitarist, producer

  • 1928 Maya Angelou

    American author, poet, actress, director

  • 1875 Pierre Monteux

    French conductor

Deaths On This Day – April 4

  • 2013 Roger Ebert

    American journalist, critic, screenwriter

  • 1984 Oleg Antonov

    Soviet aircraft designer, founded the Antonov Aircraft Company

  • 1979 Zulfikar Ali Bhutto

    Pakistani politician, 4th President of Pakistan

  • 1968 Martin Luther King, Jr.

    American minster, activist, Nobel Prize laureate

  • 1929 Karl Benz

    German engineer, businessman, founded Mercedes-Benz

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