Holidays Calendar for April 4, 2016

April 4 is Independence Day in Senegal. This holiday celebrates the day, when Senegal and French Sudan merged to form the Mali Federation in 1959.

Every year the Angolans celebrated Peace Day on April 4. This holiday celebrates the end of the Angolan Civil War, that continued for almost 30 years.

Celebration of Children's Day annually falls in Taiwan (the Republic of China) on April 4. This holiday was established in 1931. Hong Kong also celebrates this holiday on the same day.

Almost everyday you see a 404 error or Not found message while surfing the Internet. This error occurs when your computer is not able to communicate with a server or server can't find what was requested. Since the decimal form of April 4 coincides with 404, this day has become 404 Day.

April 4 is National Cordon Bleu Day. Although you can think that this dish was developed in Le Cordon Bleu, the world's largest school for hospitality education based in France, it has nothing to do with that.

The UN General Assembly declared that April 4 is an annual observation of International Day of Landmine and Assistance. This International Day was created in 2005 and its first observation took place in 2006.

This Day in History

  • 2013 A building collapsed in a suburb of Thane, Maharashtra, India. 74 people died, including 18 children, 33 men and 23 women.
  • 2002 The peace treaty was signed by the Angolan government and the UNITA (National Union for the Total Independence of Angola) rebels marking the end of the Angolan Civil War.
  • 1993 Died: Alfred Mosher Butts, American game architect, best known as the inventor of Scrabble game.
  • 1984 Ronald Reagan, President of the USA, called for an international ban of chemical weapons. They were banned only in 1993 under the Chemical Weapons Convention.
  • 1983 Space shuttle Challenger made its first voyage into space.
  • 1979 Born: Heath Ledger, Australian actor and director, best remembered for roles in 10 Things I Hate About You, The Patriot, A Knight's Tale, Lords of Dogtown, The Dark Knight.
  • 1975 Microsoft Corporation was founded as a partnership between Bill Gates and Paul Allen in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
  • 1975 Vietnam War: A United States Air Force Lockheed C-5A Galaxy, one of the largest military aircrafts in the world, transported orphans during the mass evacuation of children from South Vietnam to the USA. The aircraft crashed near Saigon shortly after takeoff, 172 died.
  • 1968 Died: Martin Luther King, Jr., American activist, leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement, Nobel Peace Prize laureate for combating racial inequality through nonviolence.
  • 1965 Born: Robert Downey, Jr., American actor, singer, producer, and screenwriter, best known for the roles as Tony Stark / Iron man in Iron Man franchise and The Avengers and as Sherlock Holmes in Guy Richie's Sherlock Holmes.
  • 1964 The Beatles occupied the top five positions on the Billboard Hot 100 pop chart.
  • 1960 Born: Hugo Weaving, Nigerian-Australian actor, best known for his roles as Agent Smith in The Matrix trilogy and Elrond in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit film trilogies.
  • 1948 Born: Dan Simmons, American author in the science fiction, horror and fantasy genres, best known for novels Hyperion Cantos, the Fall of Hyperion, Summer of Night.
  • 1931 Died: André Michelin, French businessman, founder of the Michelin Tyre Company.
  • 1929 Died: Karl Benz, German engineer and businessman, founder of Mercedes-Benz, a German automobile manufacturer of luxury automobiles.
  • 1919 Died: William Crookes, English chemist and physicist, the pioneer of vacuum tubes and inventor of the Crookes tube and the Crooks radiometer.
  • 1916 Born: Nikola Ljubičić, Serbian general and politician, the 10th President of Serbia (1982-1984). Ljubičić was proclaimed a national hero in 1953 for his actions in World War II.
  • 1905 An earthquake hit the Kangra Valley, India. 20,000 were killed, most buildings in Kangra, McLeod Ganj and Dharamshala were destroyed.
  • 1883 Died: Peter Cooper, American businessman and philanthropist, founder of Cooper Union, a private college in the East Village, New York.
  • 1870 Died: Heinrich Gustav Magnus, notable German chemist and physicist, the first to identify the three sulfonic acids and their salts. His research continued over his lifetime and touched different areas in chemistry.
  • 1869 Mary Colter American architect and designer, known for design of the Desert View Watchtower in Grand Canyon National Park South Rim.
  • 1841 Died: William Henry Harrison, American general and politician, the 9th President of the United States. Harrison is remembered as the president with the shortest tenure (32 days).
  • 1826 Born: Zénobe Gramme, Belgian engineer, inventor of the Gramme machine, the first electrical generator to produce power on a commercial scale in industry.
  • 1818 Born: Thomas Mayne Reid, Irish-American author, whose novels were especially popular with children and youth. He is best known for the novel Headless Horseman.
  • 1780 Born: Edward Hicks, American folk painter, a Quaker icon, and the minister of the Society of Friends.
  • 1774 Died: Oliver Goldsmith,Irish-English author, poet, and playwright, best known for his novel The Vicar of Wakefield, poem The Deserted Village and plays The Good-Natur'd Man and She Stoops to Conquer.
  • 1768 Phillip Astley staged the first modern circus in London.
  • 1760 Born: Juan Manuel Olivares, Venezuelan composer of the Colonial era. Most of his works are incomplete, only Dúo de violines is the only work of chamber music composed in colonial Venezuela, that is preserved in its entirely.
  • 1660 Charles II of England released the Declaration of Breda, in which he promised a general pardon for crimes committed during the English Civil War for those, who recognize him as the lawful king.
  • 1617 Died: John Napier, Scottish mathematician, physicist, and astronomer, best remembered for discovery of logarithms, invention of Napier's bones and making common the use of the decimal point in mathematics.