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1989 - China Tiananmen Square
1989 : In May nearly a million Chinese students and others held mass protests calling for greater democracy and an end to corruption at Tiananmen Square in the center of Beijing, but on June 4th Chinese troops with tanks and armored cars stormed Tiananmen Square killing hundreds of protesters when firing into the crowd indiscriminately and arresting thousands of pro democracy protesters some of who are still in jail.
1919 - 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution
1919 : The 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, guaranteeing women the right to vote, is passed by Congress and sent to the states for ratification.
1934 - U.S.A. "Dust Bowl"
1934 : Following severe droughts lasting from the mid 1920's
which caused large areas of farming land to turn into a giant "Dust Bowl" mainly in the great plains region of the Midwest. Farmers were leaving the land and FDR provided drought relief as part of His “New Deal” policies , and other badly affected areas with major unemployment.
1937 - Huge Dust Storm Sweeps from Oklahoma
1937 : Unusual early summer weather was experienced throughout the western half of the United States. A huge dust storm sweeps from Oklahoma westward . The extreme weather continued with a blizzard around the Colorado and Montana area and extreme cold temperatures. The southwest experienced flood conditions turning the dust bowl into a mud bowl.
1940 - World War II Dunkirk
1940 : The evacuation of Allied forces from Dunkirk ends as German forces capture the beach. The nine-day evacuation, the largest of its kind in history and an unexpected success, saved 338,000 Allied troops from capture by the Nazis.
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1942 - U.S.A. Promotional Records
1942 : Glenn Wallichs for Capitol Records came up with the idea of sending out "promotional" copies of records to radio announcers around the U.S.
1942 - World War II The Battle of Midway
1942 : The Battle of Midway began when the Japanese navy attacked Midway thinking the US forces would quickly be wiped out but due to clever reconnaissance and by letting the Japanese believe there would be little resistance The US were able to send 55 U.S. dive-bombers which took full advantage of the poor strategy, and sunk three of the four Japanese carriers, all cluttered with aircraft and fuel. The attack on Midway resulted in the loss of 322 aircraft and 3,500 men from the Japanese Navy.
1944 - Italy Allies Enter Rome
1944 : The United States Army enters Rome during World War II, which leads to the liberation of the city.
1958 - Mexico Plane Crash
1958 : The bodies from one of Mexico's worst air disasters were brought to Guadalajara, Mexico to await identification. A plane carrying at least 45 people crashed into El Picacho Peak two days before during its takeoff in an electrical storm. The army searched many houses in a nearby village, looking for looted belongings of the victims of the crash.
1971 - Spain Heroin Ring Smashed
1971 : United States narcotics agents and Spanish police apprehend a French couple smuggling 240 pounds of heroin. The heroin had an estimated street value of 35 to 40 million dollars and was made in secret laboratories in France. The smugglers, Jean Pierre Pilato and Marie-Yvonne Carretro, were arrested near Silla.
1982 - Jamaica Polio Vaccinations
1982 : The British government and the Welkome Foundation donate 1 million Polio vaccinations to Jamaica. The estimated value of the vaccinations is $1 million Jamaican dollars. This gift is viewed as a big step in combating the outbreak of the disease.
1984 - U.S.A. Born In The USA
1984 : Bruce Springsteen released his best selling album today Born in the U.S.A.
1991 - UK Military Spending Cuts
1991 : Following the easing of tensions as the cold war between east and west ends, the UK joins other NATO countries in announcing cuts in spending on Britain's Military forces. The British Defense Secretary Tom King has announced that more than one third of infantry in the Army is to go.
2003 - U.S.A. Martha Stewart
2003 : Martha Stewart is indicted on nine criminal counts, including obstruction of justice, securities fraud, and conspiracy in the ImClone stock scandal.
2007 - U.S.A. Democratic Presidential Hopefuls
2007 : As the run up to the decision of which Democratic Presidential Hopeful will win, the latest polls puts Hillary Clinton as number 1, and Barack Obama and John Edwards in the next two spots suggests the race will be between these three although none of the others have announced they intend to drop out of the race.
2008 - Burma Major International Relief Ships Leave
2008 : Following the refusal by the ruling military junta in Burma to allow foreign aid to land, British, French and US Naval Ships are now planning to leave Burma's coastline because of the continued refusal of the government to allow them to land helicopters and other supplies to help victims of Cyclone Nargis. The Cyclone has left more than 133,000 people dead or missing and 2.4 million facing starvation.
2008 - Space Lab Attaches to Space Station
2008 : A Japanese space lab successfully attached to the International Space Station. The billion dollar laboratory was brought to the space station by the shuttle Discovery and was to be assembled in three pieces. It was equipped to study material and biomedical sciences and was as large as a bus.
2009 - David Carradine Found Dead In Hotel
2009 : Famed B-movie and Kung Fu actor, David Carradine, was found dead in his Bangkok hotel room while filming a movie. The seventy-two year old actor was found hanging in his closet, but the cause of death was unknown by investigators despite the initial reports of suicide. Carradine had been part of a well known family of actors including his brothers Keith, Bruce, and Robert, as well as his father John.
2010 - United States McDonald's Recalls Glasses
2010 : Fast food giant, McDonald's, announced the recall of over twelve million Shrek-themed glasses. The company claimed that the paint used to decorate the glasses was tainted with cadmium, a toxic metal that could cause severe damage after long-term exposure. The company was worried that prolonged use could harm children.
2012 - Activists Arrested on Tiananmen Square Protest Anniversary
2012 : Activists in China have been arrested and put under increased surveillance on the 24th anniversary of the Tianamen Square protests in which the Chinese army shot hundreds of civilians dead while they rallied for democracy.
2013 - United States Ford Recalls Vehicles
2013 : US car maker Ford has announced the recall of 465,000 vehicles worldwide over a possible fuel leak. Some of the models being recalled included the Fusion Explorer, Taurus, Flex, some police vehicles and Lincoln vehicles as well.
Born This Day In History 4th June
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June 4th, 1947, Schwechat, Austria
Known For :
The Chancellor of Austria from 1997 to 2000, he had worked for the O.M.V. oil company before he began a career in politics. He had been elevated to the position of Minister of Economy in 1992
(his first year as a member of the government) and remained in that position until 1996, when he became the Minister of Finance. The following year he formed a coalition government between his own party, the S.P.Ö. (the Social Democrat Party of Austria) and the Ö.V.P. (the Austrian People's Party). He persuaded the S.P.Ö. to reject their socialist roots.