What Happened On This Day – June 4
1989 Thousands die in the Tiananmen Square Massacre
Using assault rifles and tanks, Chinese troops massacred unarmed civilians who had taken part in pro-democracy protests.
1989 Poland holds the first free elections after World War II
The landslide victory of the Polish trade union, “Solidarity”, marked the beginning of the Autumn of Nations, a wave of revolutions resulting in the fall of communism.
1984 Bruce Springsteen releases Born in the U.S.A.
The album was Springsteen's most successful. It featured hits like “Born in the U.S.A.”, “Dancing in the Dark”, and “I'm on Fire”.
1917 The first Pulitzer Prize is awarded
Every year, the prestigious award honors outstanding journalistic achievements. It was established with money bequeathed to Columbia University by publisher Joseph Pulitzer.
1783 The Montgolfier brothers demonstrate the first hot air balloon
The flight of the montgolfière lasted only about 10 minutes, but it secured the French inventors a place in the history books.
Births On This Day – June 4
1985 Evan Lysacek
American figure skater
1975 Angelina Jolie
American actress, director, producer, screenwriter
1975 Russell Brand
English comedian, actor, singer
1915 Modibo Keïta
Malian politician, 1st President of Mali
1738 George III of the United Kingdom
Deaths On This Day – June 4
2010 John Wooden
American basketball player, coach
1971 György Lukács
Hungarian historian, philosopher
1941 Wilhelm II, German Emperor
1922 W. H. R. Rivers
English anthropologist, neurologist, ethnologist, psychiatrist
1798 Giacomo Casanova
Italian explorer, author