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Notable Historical Events for August 4th

2010California's Proposition 8, the ballot initiative prohibiting same-sex marriage passed by the state's voters in 2008, was overturned by Judge Vaughn Walker in the case Perry v. Schwarzenegger.

199624th du Maurier Golf Classic: Laura Davies

1952Gambling boss Theodore Roe is murdered by the crew of Sam Giancana

1942British premier Winston Churchill arrives in Cairo

1942Col-gen Jeremenko arrives in Stalingrad/welcomed by Nikita Khrushchev

1956Elvis Presley releases "Hound Dog"

1994Howard Stern drops out of NY gubernatorial race

2005Prime Minister Paul Martin announces that Michaëlle Jean will be Canada's 27th — and first black — Governor General.

1944Anne Frank arrested in Amsterdam by German Security Police (Grüne Polizei) following a tip-off from an informer who was never identified

1995Darryl Strawberry joins the NY Yankees

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Notable Birthdays on August 4th

1961Barack Obama, Honolulu Hawaii,44th United States President (Democrat) and first African—American president

1821Louis Vuitton, Anchay France, Founder of the leather goods company

1947Ken Dryden, Hamilton Ontario, NHL goalie (Montreal Canadiens, 6 Stanley Cups)

1901Louis Armstrong, New Orleans Louisiana, jazz trumpeter (Hello Dolly), (d. 1971)

1962Roger Clemens, Dayton Ohio, MLB pitcher (Red Sox, Blue Jays, 7 Cy Youngs, MVP)

1900Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, London or Hitchin UK, consort of King George VI and Queen Mother after his death (d. 2002)

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Notable Weddings on August 4th

1967Writer Jorge Luis Borges (67) weds old friend Elsa Astete Millán

2001"James Bond" actor Pierce Brosnan (49) weds TV host and journalist Keely Shaye Smith (37) at the 785-year-old Ballintubber Abbey in County Mayo, Ireland

1964Jazz saxophonist and composer John Coltrane (35) weds Alice Macleod

1847Author of Moby Dick, American novelist Herman Melville (28) marries Elizabeth Shaw, daughter of Chief Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court

1939Philosopher of communication theory Marshall McLuhan (28) weds teacher and aspiring actress Corinne Lewis (27)

1853Confederate general Thomas Jackson (29) weds Elinor Junkin in Lexington

1782Musician Wolfang Amadeus Mozart (26) weds Constanze Weber in St. Stephen's Cathedral in Vienna, Austria

1757American revolution patriot Paul Revere (22) weds Sarah Orne in Bridgewater, Massachusetts

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Notable Deaths on August 4th

1931Daniel Williams, American heart surgeon, dies at 73

1875Hans Christian Andersen, Danish fairy tale writer, dies at 70

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