August 4 Holidays, Events & Observances

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August 4 holidays, events, national day around the world. These are August 4 holidays, festivals, celebrations, observances, events; August 4 national days, food days, fun days and celebrations on August 4.

August 4 holidays and observances
August 4 Holidays and Observances

Welcome, as we take you through special holidays in August, international holidays in August 4, national days in August 4. Some major August 4 national day and International holidays list in August calendar.

Our planet is brimming with diversity and cultures that are rich in folklore and traditions. Holidays are a great way to learn about our neighbors and expand our own universe.

Meanwhile, there are literally thousands of holidays and special days throughout the world. And here on Big Holiday, you can find a large variety of these popular, cultural, religious, and offbeat holidays.

Explore August 4 holidays, festivals, and observances celebrated around the world and more happenings worth remembering, from our comprehensive list of August 4 national days or public holidays with dates and information on the origin and meaning of holidays.

We have compiled the long list of observances on August 4, notable events, national days in August 4, federal to regional holidays from all over the world. Also included are possible special bank holidays which falls on August 4 globally.

Month of August

August, eighth month of the Gregorian calendar. It was named for the first Roman emperor, Augustus Caesar, in 8 BCE. Its original name was Sextilus, Latin for “sixth month,” indicating its position in the early Roman calendar.

Holidays in August

The word holiday has differing connotations in different regions. It can exclusively be refer to the nationally, religiously or culturally observed day(s) of rest or celebration, or the events themselves. While the word august refer to the period of time where leave from one’s duties has been agreed.

The concept of holidays is also often originated in connection with religious observances. The intention of a holiday was typically to allow individuals to tend to religious duties associated with important dates on the calendar. In most modern societies, however, holidays serve as much of a recreational function as any other weekend days or activities.

August kicks off with Caribbean celebrations in honor of Emancipation Day, which memorializes abolition within the British Empire, a process that began with the Slavery Abolition Act of 1833. Many Caribbean countries honor emancipation on either August 1 or the first Monday in August.

In August, you can choose to celebrate a favorite fruit (Watermelon Day is Aug. 3), a beverage (International Beer Day is Aug. 6), or oysters (they have their own commemorative day on Aug. 5).

August is also special month for Leos (those born between July 23 and August 22) and Virgos (those born between August 23 and September 22).

August 4 holidays and observances
August 4 Holidays and Observances

August 4 Holidays, National Day

August 4 is the 216th day of the year (217th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar; 149 days remain until the end of the year.

Events

Pre-1600

  • 598 – Goguryeo-Sui War: Emperor Wéndi of Sui orders his youngest son, Yang Liang (assisted by the co-prime minister Gao Jiong), to conquer Goguryeo (Korea) during the Manchurian rainy season, with a Chinese army and navy.
  • 1265 – Second Barons’ War: Battle of Evesham: The army of Prince Edward (the future king Edward I of England) defeats the forces of rebellious barons led by Simon de Montfort, 6th Earl of Leicester, killing de Montfort and many of his allies.
  • 1327 – First War of Scottish Independence: James Douglas leads a raid into Weardale and almost kills Edward III of England.
  • 1578 – Battle of Al Kasr al Kebir: The Moroccans defeat the Portuguese. King Sebastian of Portugal is killed in the battle, leaving his elderly uncle, Cardinal Henry, as his heir. This initiates a succession crisis in Portugal.

1601-1900

  • 1693 – Date traditionally ascribed to Dom Perignon’s invention of champagne; it is not clear whether he actually invented champagne, however he has been cred as an innovator who developed the techniques used to perfect sparkling wine.
  • 1701 – Great Peace of Montreal between New France and First Nations is signed.
  • 1704 – War of the Spanish Succession: Gibraltar is captured by an English and Dutch fleet, commanded by Admiral Sir George Rooke and allied with Archduke Charles.
  • 1783 – Mount Asama erupts in Japan, killing about 1,400 people. The eruption causes a famine, which results in an additional 20,000 deaths.
  • 1789 – France: abolition of feudalism by the National Constituent Assembly.
  • 1790 – A newly passed tariff act creates the Revenue Cutter Service (the forerunner of the United States Coast Guard).
  • 1791 – The Treaty of Sistova is signed, ending the Ottoman–Habsburg wars.
  • 1796 – French Revolutionary Wars: Napoleon leads the French Army of Italy to victory in the Battle of Lonato.
  • 1821 – The Saturday Evening Post is published for the first time as a weekly newspaper.
  • 1854 – The Hinomaru is established as the official flag to be flown from Japanese ships.
  • 1863 – Matica slovenská, Slovakia’s public-law cultural and scientific institution focusing on topics around the Slovak nation, is established in Martin.
  • 1873 – American Indian Wars: While 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 Cheyenne and Lakota people near the Tongue River; only one man on each side is killed.
  • 1889 – The Great Fire of Spokane, Washington destroys some 32 blocks of the city, prompting a mass rebuilding project.
  • 1892 – The father and stepmother of Lizzie Borden are found murdered in their Fall River, Massachusetts home. She was tried and acquitted for the crimes a year later.

1901-present

  • 1914 – World War I: In response to the German invasion of Belgium, Belgium and the British Empire declare war on Germany. The United States declares its neutrality.
  • 1915 – World War I: The German 12th Army occupies Warsaw during the Gorlice–Tarnów Offensive and the Great Retreat of 1915.
  • 1924 – Diplomatic relations between Mexico and the Soviet Union are established.
  • 1936 – Prime Minister of Greece Ioannis Metaxas suspends parliament and the Constitution and establishes the 4th of August Regime.
  • 1944 – The Holocaust: A tip from a Dutch informer leads the Gestapo to a sealed-off area in an Amsterdam warehouse, where they find and arrest Jewish diarist Anne Frank, her family, and four others.
  • 1944 – The Finnish Parliament, by derogation, elected Marshal C. G. E. Mannerheim as President of Finland to replace Risto Ryti, who had resigned.
  • 1946 – An earthquake of magnitude 8.0 hits northern Dominican Republic. One hundred are killed and 20,000 are left homeless.
  • 1947 – The Supreme Court of Japan is established.
  • 1964 – Civil rights movement: Civil rights workers Michael Schwerner, Andrew Goodman and James Chaney are found dead in Mississippi after disappearing on June 21.
  • 1964 – Second Gulf of Tonkin Incident: U.S. destroyers USS Maddox and USS Turner Joy mistakenly report coming under attack in the Gulf of Tonkin.
  • 1965 – The Constitution of the Cook Islands comes into force, giving the Cook Islands self-governing status within New Zealand.
  • 1969 – Vietnam War: At the apartment of French intermediary Jean Sainteny in Paris, American representative Henry Kissinger and North Vietnamese representative Xuân Thuỷ begin secret peace negotiations. The negotiations will eventually fail.
  • 1974 – A bomb explodes in the Italicus Express train at San Benedetto Val di Sambro, Italy, killing 12 people and wounding 22.
  • 1975 – The Japanese Red Army takes more than 50 hostages at the AIA Building housing several embassies in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The hostages include the U.S. consul and the Swedish Chargé d’affaires. The gunmen win the release of five imprisoned comrades and fly with them to Libya.
  • 1977 – U.S. President Jimmy Carter signs legislation creating the United States Department of Energy.
  • 1984 – The Republic of Upper Volta changes its name to Burkina Faso.
  • 1987 – The Federal Communications Commission rescinds the Fairness Doctrine which had required radio and television stations to present controversial issues “fairly”.
  • 1995 – Operation Storm begins in Croatia.
  • 2006 – A massacre is carried out by Sri Lankan government forces, killing 17 employees of the French INGO Action Against Hunger (known internationally as Action Contre la Faim, or ACF).
  • 2007 – NASA’s Phoenix spacecraft is launched.
  • 2018 – Syrian civil war: The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) expel the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) from the Iraq–Syria border, concluding the second phase of the Deir ez-Zor campaign.
  • 2019 – Nine people are killed and 26 injured in a shooting in Dayton, Ohio. This comes only 12 hours after another mass shooting in El Paso, Texas, where 23 people were killed.
  • 2020 – At least 220 people are killed and over 5,000 are wounded when 2,700 tons of ammonium nitrate explodes in Beirut, Lebanon.
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Birthdays

Pre-1600

  • 1222 – Richard de Clare, 6th Earl of Gloucester, English soldier (d. 1262)
  • 1281 – Külüg Khan, Emperor Wuzong of Yuan (d. 1311)
  • 1290 – Leopold I, Duke of Austria (d. 1326)
  • 1463 – Lorenzo di Pierfrancesco de’ Medici, Florentine patron of the arts (d. 1503)
  • 1469 – Margaret of Saxony, Duchess of Brunswick-Lüneburg (d. 1528)
  • 1470 – Bernardo Dovizi, Italian cardinal (d. 1520)
  • 1470 – Lucrezia de’ Medici, Italian noblewoman (d. 1553)
  • 1521 – Pope Urban VII (d. 1590)
  • 1522 – Udai Singh II, King of Mewar (d. 1572)

1601-1900

  • 1604 – François Hédelin, abbé d’Aubignac, French cleric and author (d. 1676)
  • 1623 – Friedrich Casimir, Count of Hanau-Lichtenberg (1641–1680) and Hanau-Münzenberg (1642–1680) (d. 1685)
  • 1701 – Thomas Blackwell, Scottish historian and scholar (d. 1757)
  • 1704 – Louis d’Orléans, Duke of Orléans (d. 1752)
  • 1719 – Johann Gottlob Lehmann, German mineralogist and geologist (d. 1767)
  • 1721 – Granville Leveson-Gower, 1st Marquess of Stafford, English politician, Lord President of the Council (d. 1803)
  • 1755 – Nicolas-Jacques Conté, French soldier, painter, balloonist, and inventor (d. 1805)
  • 1792 – Percy Bysshe Shelley, English poet and playwright (d. 1822)
  • 1805 – William Rowan Hamilton, Irish physicist, astronomer, and mathematician (d. 1865)
  • 1821 – Louis Vuitton, French fashion designer, founded Louis Vuitton (d. 1892)
  • 1821 – James Springer White, American religious leader, co-founded the Seventh-day Adventist Church (d. 1881)
  • 1834 – John Venn, English mathematician and philosopher (d. 1923)
  • 1836 – Jens Vilhelm Dahlerup, Danish architect (d. 1907)
  • 1839 – Walter Pater, English author, critic, and academic (d. 1894)
  • 1844 – Henri Berger, German composer and bandleader (d. 1929)
  • 1853 – John Henry Twachtman, American painter, etcher, and academic (d. 1902)
  • 1859 – Knut Hamsun, Norwegian novelist, poet, and playwright, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1952)
  • 1867 – Jake Beckley, American baseball player and coach (d. 1918)
  • 1870 – Harry Lauder, Scottish actor and singer (d. 1950)
  • 1871 – William Holman, English-Australian politician, 19th Premier of New South Wales (d. 1934)
  • 1876 – Giovanni Giuriati, Italian lawyer and politician (d. 1970)
  • 1876 – John Scaddan, Australian politician, 10th Premier of Western Australia (d. 1934)
  • 1884 – Béla Balázs, Hungarian poet and critic (d. 1949)
  • 1884 – Henri Cornet, French cyclist (d. 1941)
  • 1887 – Albert M. Greenfield, Ukrainian-American businessman and philanthropist (d. 1967)
  • 1888 – Taher Saifuddin, Indian religious leader, 51st Da’i al-Mutlaq (d. 1965)
  • 1890 – Dolf Luque, Cuban baseball player and manager (d. 1957)
  • 1893 – Fritz Gause, German historian and curator (d. 1973)
  • 1898 – Ernesto Maserati, Italian race car driver and engineer (d. 1975)
  • 1899 – Ezra Taft Benson, American religious leader, 13th President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (d. 1994)
  • 1900 – Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother of the United Kingdom (d. 2002)

1901-present

  • 1901 – Louis Armstrong, American trumpet player and singer (d. 1971)
  • 1901 – Clarence Passailaigue, Jamaican cricketer (d. 1972)
  • 1902 – Bill Hallahan, American baseball player (d. 1981)
  • 1904 – Witold Gombrowicz, Polish author and playwright (d. 1969)
  • 1904 – Helen Kane, American singer and actress (d. 1966)
  • 1904 – Joe Tate, English footballer and manager (d. 1973)
  • 1905 – Abeid Karume, 1st President of Zanzibar (d. 1972)
  • 1906 – Eugen Schuhmacher, German zoologist, director, and producer (d. 1973)
  • 1908 – Kurt Eichhorn, German conductor (d. 1994)
  • 1909 – Glenn Cunningham, American runner and academic (d. 1988)
  • 1910 – Anita Page, American actress (d. 2008)
  • 1910 – William Schuman, American composer and educator (d. 1992)
  • 1910 – Hedda Sterne, Romanian-American painter and photographer (d. 2011)
  • 1912 – Aleksandr Danilovich Aleksandrov, Russian mathematician, physicist, and mountaineer (d. 1999)
  • 1912 – David Raksin, American composer and educator (d. 2004)
  • 1912 – Raoul Wallenberg, Swedish architect and diplomat (d. 1947)
  • 1913 – Wesley Addy, American actor (d. 1996)
  • 1913 – Robert Hayden, American poet and educator (d. 1980)
  • 1913 – Johann Niemann, German lieutenant (d. 1943)
  • 1915 – Warren Avis, American businessman, founded Avis Rent a Car System (d. 2007)
  • 1917 – John Fitch, American race car driver and engineer (d. 2012)
  • 1918 – Brian Crozier, Australian-English historian and journalist (d. 2012)
  • 1919 – Michel Déon, French novelist, playwright, and critic (d. 2016)
  • 1920 – Helen Thomas, American journalist and author (d. 2013)
  • 1921 – Herb Ellis, American guitarist (d. 2010)
  • 1921 – Maurice Richard, Canadian ice hockey player and coach (d. 2000)
  • 1922 – Mayme Agnew Clayton, American librarian (d.2006)
  • 1922 – Luis Aponte Martínez, Puerto Rican cardinal (d. 2012)
  • 1926 – George Irving Bell, American physicist, biologist, and mountaineer (d. 2000)
  • 1926 – Perry Moss, American football player and coach (d. 2014)
  • 1928 – Christian Goethals, Belgian race car driver (d. 2003)
  • 1928 – Gerard Damiano, American director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2008)
  • 1928 – Nadežka Mosusova, Serbian composer
  • 1929 – Kishore Kumar, Indian singer-songwriter and actor (d. 1987)
  • 1929 – Vellore G. Ramabhadran, Mridangam artiste from Tamil Nadu, India (d. 2012)
  • 1930 – Ali al-Sistani, Iranian-Iraqi cleric and scholar
  • 1931 – Naren Tamhane, Indian cricketer (d. 2002)
  • 1932 – Frances E. Allen, American computer scientist and academic (d. 2020)
  • 1932 – Liang Congjie, Chinese environmentalist, founded Friends of Nature (d. 2010)
  • 1934 – Dallas Green, American baseball player and manager (d. 2017)
  • 1935 – Carol Arthur, American actress and producer (d. 2020)
  • 1935 – Hans-Walter Eigenbrodt, German footballer and coach (d. 1997)
  • 1935 – Michael J. Noonan, Irish farmer and politician, 25th Minister of Defence for Ireland (d. 2013)
  • 1936 – Giorgos Zographos, Greek singer and actor (d. 2005)
  • 1937 – David Bedford, English keyboard player, composer, and conductor (d. 2011)
  • 1938 – Ellen Schrecker, American historian and academic
  • 1939 – Jack Cunningham, Baron Cunningham of Felling, English politician, Minister for the Cabinet Office
  • 1939 – Frankie Ford, American R&B/rock & roll singer (d. 2015)
  • 1940 – Robin Harper, Scottish academic and politician
  • 1940 – Larry Knechtel, American bass player and pianist (d. 2009)
  • 1940 – Frances Stewart, English economist and academic
  • 1940 – Timi Yuro, American singer-songwriter (d. 2004)
  • 1941 – Martin Jarvis, English actor
  • 1941 – Andy Smillie, English footballer
  • 1941 – Ted Strickland, American psychologist and politician, 68th Governor of Ohio
  • 1942 – Don S. Davis, American actor (d. 2008)
  • 1942 – Cleon Jones, American baseball player
  • 1942 – David Lange, New Zealand lawyer and politician, 32nd Prime Minister of New Zealand (d. 2005)
  • 1943 – Vicente Álvarez Areces, Spanish politician, 6th President of the Principality of Asturias (d. 2019)
  • 1943 – Barbara Saß-Viehweger, German politician, lawyer and civil law notary
  • 1943 – Bjørn Wirkola, Norwegian ski jumper and footballer
  • 1944 – Richard Belzer, American actor
  • 1944 – Doudou Ndoye, Senegalese lawyer and politician
  • 1945 – Paul McCarthy, American painter and sculptor
  • 1945 – Alan Mulally, American engineer and businessman
  • 1946 – Aleksei Turovski, Estonian zoologist and ethologist
  • 1947 – Klaus Schulze, German keyboard player and songwriter
  • 1948 – Johnny Grubb, American baseball player and coach
  • 1949 – John Riggins, American football player, sportscaster, and actor
  • 1950 – Caldwell Jones, American basketball player and coach (d. 2014)
  • 1950 – N. Rangaswamy, Indian lawyer and politician, 9th Chief Minister of Puducherry
  • 1951 – Peter Goodfellow, English geneticist and academic
  • 1952 – James Arbuthnot, English lawyer and politician, Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills
  • 1952 – Moya Brennan, Irish singer-songwriter and harp player
  • 1952 – Gábor Demszky, Hungarian sociologist, lawyer, and politician
  • 1953 – Hiroyuki Usui, Japanese footballer and manager
  • 1954 – Anatoliy Kinakh, Ukrainian engineer and politician, 11th Prime Minister of Ukraine
  • 1954 – Steve Phillips, English footballer
  • 1954 – François Valéry, Algerian-French singer-songwriter
  • 1955 – Alberto Gonzales, American soldier, lawyer, and politician, 80th United States Attorney General
  • 1955 – Billy Bob Thornton, American actor, director, and screenwriter
  • 1957 – Rupert Farley, British actor and voice actor
  • 1957 – Brooks D. Simpson, American historian and author
  • 1957 – Valdis Valters, Latvian basketball player and coach
  • 1957 – John Wark, Scottish footballer and sportscaster
  • 1958 – Allison Hedge Coke, American-Canadian poet and academic
  • 1958 – Mary Decker, American runner
  • 1958 – Silvan Shalom, Tunisian-Israeli sergeant and politician, 30th Deputy Prime Minister of Israel
  • 1959 – Robbin Crosby, American guitarist and songwriter (d. 2002)
  • 1959 – John Gormley, Irish politician, Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government
  • 1960 – Chuck C. Lopez, American jockey
  • 1960 – José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, Spanish academic and politician, 5th Prime Minister of Spain
  • 1960 – Bernard Rose, English director, screenwriter, and cinematographer
  • 1960 – Tim Winton, Australian author and playwright
  • 1961 – Barack Obama, American lawyer and politician, 44th President of the United States, Nobel Prize laureate
  • 1962 – Roger Clemens, American baseball player and actor
  • 1962 – Paul Reynolds, English singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1963 – Keith Maurice Ellison, 30th Attorney General of Minnesota
  • 1964 – Andrew Bartlett, Australian social worker and politician
  • 1965 – Vishal Bhardwaj, Indian film director, screenwriter, producer, music composer and playback singer
  • 1965 – Adam Afriyie, English businessman and politician
  • 1965 – Dennis Lehane, American author, screenwriter, and producer
  • 1965 – Fredrik Reinfeldt, Swedish soldier and politician, 42nd Prime Minister of Sweden
  • 1965 – Michael Skibbe, German footballer and manager
  • 1967 – Michael Marsh, American sprinter
  • 1968 – Daniel Dae Kim, South Korean-American actor
  • 1968 – Lee Mack, English comedian, actor, producer, and screenwriter
  • 1969 – Mark Bickley, Australian footballer and coach
  • 1969 – Max Cavalera, Brazilian singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1969 – Troy O’Leary, American baseball player
  • 1970 – John August, American director and screenwriter
  • 1970 – Bret Baier, American journalist
  • 1970 – Steve House, American mountaineer
  • 1970 – Steven Jack, South African cricketer
  • 1970 – Kate Silverton, English journalist
  • 1971 – Bethan Benwell, English linguist, author, and academic
  • 1971 – Jeff Gordon, American race car driver and actor
  • 1972 – Stefan Brogren, Canadian actor, director, producer, and screenwriter
  • 1973 – Eva Amaral, Spanish singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1973 – Xavier Marchand, French swimmer
  • 1973 – Marek Penksa, Slovak footballer
  • 1973 – Marcos Roberto Silveira Reis, Brazilian footballer
  • 1974 – Kily González, Argentine footballer
  • 1975 – Andy Hallett, American actor and singer (d. 2009)
  • 1975 – Nikos Liberopoulos, Greek footballer
  • 1975 – Jutta Urpilainen, Finnish politician, Deputy Prime Minister of Finland
  • 1975 – Daniella van Graas, Dutch model and actress
  • 1976 – Paul Goldstein, American tennis player
  • 1976 – Andrew McLeod, Australian footballer
  • 1976 – Trevor Woodman, English rugby player and coach
  • 1977 – Frankie Kazarian, American wrestler
  • 1977 – Luís Boa Morte, Portuguese footballer and manager
  • 1978 – Jeremy Adduono, Canadian ice hockey player and coach
  • 1978 – Luke Allen, American baseball player
  • 1978 – Kurt Busch, American race car driver
  • 1978 – Agnė Eggerth, Lithuanian sprinter
  • 1978 – Ibán Espadas, Spanish footballer
  • 1978 – Jon Knott, American baseball player
  • 1978 – Karine Legault, Canadian swimmer
  • 1978 – Sandeep Naik, Indian politician
  • 1978 – Siri Nordby, Norwegian footballer
  • 1978 – Ricardo Serrano, Spanish cyclist
  • 1978 – Per-Åge Skrøder, Norwegian ice hockey player
  • 1978 – Satoshi Hino, Japanese voice actor
  • 1979 – Robin Peterson, South African cricketer
  • 1980 – Richard Dawson, English cricketer and coach
  • 1981 – Marques Houston, American singer-songwriter, producer, and actor
  • 1981 – Benjamin Lauth, German footballer
  • 1981 – Abigail Spencer, American actress
  • 1981 – Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, American actress and humanitarian, and member of British Royal Family
  • 1983 – Greta Gerwig, American actress, producer, and screenwriter
  • 1984 – Terry Campese, Australian rugby league player
  • 1984 – Mardy Collins, American basketball player
  • 1985 – Crystal Bowersox, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1985 – Robbie Findley, American soccer player
  • 1985 – Mark Milligan, Australian footballer
  • 1985 – Ha Seung-jin, South Korean basketball player
  • 1985 – Antonio Valencia, Ecuadorean footballer
  • 1986 – Nick Augusto, American drummer
  • 1986 – Leon Camier, English motorcycle racer
  • 1986 – Cicinho, Brazilian footballer
  • 1986 – Iosia Soliola, New Zealand-Samoan rugby league player
  • 1986 – David Williams, Australian rugby league player
  • 1987 – Jang Keun-suk, South Korean actor and singer
  • 1987 – Marreese Speights American basketball player
  • 1987 – Tomoya Warabino, Japanese actor
  • 1988 – Carly Foulkes, Canadian model and actress
  • 1988 – Kelley O’Hara, American soccer player
  • 1989 – Tomasz Kaczor, Polish sprint canoeist
  • 1989 – Jessica Mauboy, Australian singer-songwriter and actress
  • 1989 – Wang Hao, Chinese chess player
  • 1990 – Hikmet Balioğlu, Turkish footballer
  • 1990 – Siim Tenno, Estonian footballer
  • 1991 – Thiago Cardoso, Brazilian footballer
  • 1991 – Izet Hajrović, Bosnian footballer
  • 1992 – Daniele Garozzo, Italian fencer
  • 1992 – Cole Sprouse, American actor
  • 1992 – Dylan Sprouse, American actor
  • 1995 – Bruna Marquezine, Brazilian actress
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Deaths

Pre-1600

  • 221 – Lady Zhen, Chinese empress (b. 183)
  • 966 – Berengar II of Italy (b. 900)
  • 1060 – Henry I of France (b. 1008)
  • 1113 – Gertrude of Saxony, countess and regent of Holland (b. c. 1030)
  • 1265 – Peter de Montfort, English politician (b. 1215)
  • 1265 – Henry de Montfort (b. 1238)
  • 1265 – Simon de Montfort, 6th Earl of Leicester, French-English soldier and politician, Lord High Steward (b. 1208)
  • 1265 – Hugh le Despencer, 1st Baron le Despencer, English politician (b. 1223)
  • 1266 – Eudes of Burgundy, Count of Nevers (b. 1230)
  • 1306 – Wenceslaus III of Bohemia (b. 1289)
  • 1345 – As-Salih Ismail, Sultan of Egypt (b. 1326)
  • 1378 – Galeazzo II Visconti, Lord of Milan (b. c. 1320)
  • 1430 – Philip I, Duke of Brabant (b. 1404)
  • 1526 – Juan Sebastián Elcano, Spanish explorer and navigator (b. 1476)
  • 1578 – Sebastian of Portugal (b. 1554)
  • 1598 – William Cecil, 1st Baron Burghley, English academic and politician, Lord High Treasurer (b. 1520)

1601-1900

  • 1612 – Hugh Broughton, English scholar and theologian (b. 1549)
  • 1639 – Juan Ruiz de Alarcón, Mexican actor and playwright (b. 1581)
  • 1718 – René Lepage de Sainte-Claire, French-Canadian founder of Rimouski (b. 1656)
  • 1727 – Victor-Maurice, comte de Broglie, French general (b. 1647)
  • 1741 – Andrew Hamilton, Scottish-American lawyer and politician (b. 1676)
  • 1778 – Pierre de Rigaud, Marquis de Vaudreuil-Cavagnial, Canadian-French politician, Governor General of New France (b. 1698)
  • 1792 – John Burgoyne, English general and politician (b. 1723)
  • 1795 – Timothy Ruggles, American lawyer, jurist, and politician (b. 1711)
  • 1804 – Adam Duncan, 1st Viscount Duncan, Scottish admiral (b. 1731)
  • 1822 – Kristjan Jaak Peterson, Estonian poet and author (b. 1801)
  • 1844 – Jacob Aall, Norwegian economist, historian, and politician (b. 1773)
  • 1859 – John Vianney, French priest and saint (b. 1786)
  • 1873 – Viktor Hartmann, Russian architect and painter (b. 1834)
  • 1875 – Hans Christian Andersen, Danish novelist, short story writer, and poet (b. 1805)
  • 1886 – Samuel J. Tilden, American lawyer and politician, 25th Governor of New York (b. 1814)
  • 1900 – Isaac Levitan, Russian painter and educator (b. 1860)
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1901-present

  • 1914 – Jules Lemaître, French playwright and critic (b. 1853)
  • 1919 – Dave Gregory, Australian cricketer and umpire (b. 1845)
  • 1922 – Enver Pasha, Ottoman general and politician (b. 1881)
  • 1932 – Alfred Henry Maurer, American painter (b. 1868)
  • 1938 – Pearl White, American actress (b. 1889)
  • 1940 – Ze’ev Jabotinsky, Ukrainian-American general, journalist, and activist (b. 1880)
  • 1941 – Mihály Babits, Hungarian poet and author (b. 1883)
  • 1942 – Alberto Franchetti, Italian composer and educator (b. 1860)
  • 1944 – Krzysztof Kamil Baczyński, Polish soldier and poet (b. 1921)
  • 1957 – John Cain Sr., Australian politician, 34th Premier of Victoria (b. 1882)
  • 1957 – Washington Luís, Brazilian lawyer and politician, 13th President of Brazil (b. 1869)
  • 1958 – Ethel Anderson, Australian poet, author, and painter (b. 1883)
  • 1959 – József Révai, Hungarian politician, Hungarian Minister of Education (b. 1898)
  • 1962 – Marilyn Monroe, American model and actress (b. 1926)
  • 1967 – Peter Smith, English cricketer (b. 1908)
  • 1976 – Enrique Angelelli, Argentinian bishop and martyr (b. 1923)
  • 1976 – Roy Thomson, 1st Baron Thomson of Fleet, Canadian-English publisher (b. 1894)
  • 1977 – Edgar Adrian, 1st Baron Adrian, English physiologist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1889)
  • 1981 – Melvyn Douglas, American actor (b. 1901)
  • 1982 – Bruce Goff, American architect, designed the Boston Avenue Methodist Church (b. 1904)
  • 1985 – Don Whillans, English rock climber and mountaineer (b. 1933)
  • 1990 – Ettore Maserati, Italian engineer and businessman (b. 1894)
  • 1992 – Seichō Matsumoto, Japanese author (b. 1909)
  • 1996 – Geoff Hamilton, English gardener, author, and television host (b. 1936)
  • 1997 – Jeanne Calment, French super-centenarian; holds records for the world’s substantiated longest-lived person (b. 1875)
  • 1998 – Yury Artyukhin, Russian colonel, engineer, and astronaut (b. 1930)
  • 1999 – Victor Mature, American actor (b. 1913)
  • 2003 – Frederick Chapman Robbins, American pediatrician and virologist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1916)
  • 2004 – Mary Sherman Morgan, American chemist and engineer (b. 1921)
  • 2004 – Hossein Panahi (Persian: حسین پناهی), Iranian actor and poet (b. 1956)
  • 2005 – Anatoly Larkin, Russian-American physicist and theorist (b. 1932)
  • 2005 – Iván Szabó, Hungarian economist and politician, Minister of Finance of Hungary (b. 1934)
  • 2007 – Lee Hazlewood, American singer-songwriter and producer (b. 1929)
  • 2007 – Raul Hilberg, Austrian-American political scientist and historian (b. 1926)
  • 2008 – Craig Jones, English motorcycle racer (b. 1985)
  • 2009 – Blake Snyder, American screenwriter and producer (b. 1957)
  • 2011 – Naoki Matsuda, Japanese footballer (b. 1977)
  • 2012 – Johnnie Bassett, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1935)
  • 2012 – Brian Crozier, Australian-English journalist and historian (b. 1918)
  • 2012 – Bud Riley, American football player and coach (b. 1925)
  • 2013 – Keith H. Basso, American anthropologist and academic (b. 1940)
  • 2013 – Art Donovan, American football player and radio host (b. 1925)
  • 2013 – Olavi J. Mattila, Finnish engineer and politician, Finnish Minister of Foreign Affairs (b. 1918)
  • 2013 – Renato Ruggiero, Italian lawyer and politician, Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs (b. 1930)
  • 2013 – Tony Snell, English lieutenant and pilot (b. 1922)
  • 2013 – Sandy Woodward, English admiral (b. 1932)
  • 2014 – James Brady, American activist and politician, 15th White House Press Secretary (b. 1940)
  • 2014 – Chester Crandell, American lawyer and politician (b. 1946)
  • 2014 – Jake Hooker, Israeli-American guitarist and songwriter (b. 1953)
  • 2015 – Elsie Hillman, American philanthropist and politician (b. 1925)
  • 2015 – Les Munro, New Zealand soldier and pilot (b. 1919)
  • 2015 – John Rudometkin, American basketball player (b. 1940)
  • 2015 – Billy Sherrill, American songwriter and producer (b. 1936)
  • 2019 – Nuon Chea, Cambodian politician and theorist for the Khmer Rouge (b. 1926)

Holidays and observances

  • Christian feast day:
    • Aristarchus
    • Euphronius
    • Blessed Frédéric Janssoone
    • John Vianney
    • Molua (or Lua)
    • Raynerius of Split
    • Sithney, patron saint of mad dogs
    • August 4 (Eastern Orthodox liturgics)
  • Coast Guard Day (United States)
  • Constitution Day (Cook Islands); first Monday in August
  • Matica slovenská Day (Slovakia)
  • Barack Obama Day in Illinois in the United States
  • 2020 Beirut explosion commemoration day in Lebanon
  • The New York Times: On This Day

August 4 National Days, the conclusion

Here, we strive to thoroughly research and report details of each one as accurately as possible.

This calendar for the national days of August (August 4 in particular) gives a quick look at the day of the month to find out what food, drink or topic August 4 day celebrates.

Every day of the month is like a new chapter in a book that you haven’t read before. Use this handy list to help plan for the month ahead for your favorite national day.

Check out more August events, August holidays, events and observances. or by checking any date from the calendar below.

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