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Notable Historical Events for April 4th

1989Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's last NBA game in Seattle

19374th Golf Masters Championship: Byron Nelson wins, shooting a 283

1832Charles Darwin aboard HMS Beagle reaches Rio de Janeiro

1974Hank Aaron ties Babe Ruth's home-run record by hitting his 714th

196032nd Academy Awards - "Ben-Hur", Charlton Heston & Simone Signoret win

1841Vice President John Tyler becomes the 10th President of the United States after the death of President William Henry Harrison

1581Francis Drake knighted by Queen Elizabeth I aboard Golden Hind at Deptford

1968US civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr. assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee

1990Gloria Estefan released from hospital after her accident

1660English king Charles II sends Declaration of Breda (freedom of religion)

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Notable Birthdays on April 4th

1965Robert Downey Jr, NYC, comedian (SNL, Less than Zero, Back to School)

1979Heath Ledger, Australian/American Actor. (d.2008)

1913Muddy Waters, [McKinley Morganfield], American blues guitarist (Hoochie Coochie Man)

188Caracalla, Lugdunum Gaul, Roman emperor (198-217)

1924Gil Hodges, Princeton Indiana, baseball player/manager (Brooklyn Dodgers, NY Mets)

1932Anthony Perkins, NYC, actor (Psycho, Fear Strikes Out, Pretty Poison)

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Notable Weddings on April 4th

2008Singer-songwriter and actress Beyonce Knowles (30) weds rapper Jay-Z (43) at a 13,500-square foot penthouse apartment in New York

1995Rapper Tupac Shakur marries Keisha Morris (divorced 1996)

1992Comedian Sam Kinison (38) weds Malika Souiri at the Candlelight Chapel in Las Vegas

1750Statesman George Mason (24) weds Ann Eilbeck (16)

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Notable Deaths on April 4th

1983Gloria Swanson, actress (Airport 1975), dies of a heart ailment at 84

1968Martin Luther King Jr., assassinated at the Lorraine Hotel in Memphis Tennessee at 39

1941Andre Michelin, French tire manufacturer, dies at 88

1841William Henry Harrison, 9th President of the United States, becomes 1st president to die in office at 68 of pneumonia

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