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Notable Historical Events for August 4th

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

1956Elvis Presley releases "Hound Dog"

1873Indian Wars: whilst 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 Sioux (near the Tongue River; only one man on each side is killed).

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

1945Golfer Byron Nelson records most tournament wins (18) in a season

1753George Washington becomes a master mason

1941Winston Churchill departs on Prince of Wales to US

1975Robert Plant is involved in a car crash in Rhodes

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

1970Jim Morrison arrested for drunkenness

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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

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

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

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

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

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Notable Weddings on August 4th

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2012Actress Natalie Portman (31) weds ballet dancer and choreographer Benjamin Millepied (35) in Big Sur, California

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Notable Deaths on August 4th

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

1931Daniel Williams, American heart surgeon, dies at 73

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