Wednesday 4 March 2015, 16:41:54
4 March 1394
: Henry the Navigator, infante of the Kingdom of Portugal, is born in Oporto.
4 March 1461
: Edward of York is declared king in London, bringing the House of York to the throne of England.
4 March 1678
: Antonio Vivaldi, Italian composer, is born in Venice.
4 March 1769
: Muhammad Ali, Albanian commander in the Ottoman army, self-declared Khedive of Egypt and Sudan, is born Muhammad Ali Pasha al-Mas'ud ibn Agha in Kavala in the Greek province of Macedonia.
4 March 1822
: Jules Antoine Lissajous, French mathematician, is born in Versailles.
4 March 1832
: Jean-François Champollion, French philologist and orientalist who broke the code of the Rosetta stone, dies after suffering a stroke in Paris at age 41.
4 March 1852
: Nikolai Gogol, Russian author, dies in Moscow at age 42.
4 March 1887
: German inventor Gottlieb Daimler presents his first gasoline powered automobile in Esslingen.
4 March 1887
: The Hearst Corporation is founded by William Randolph Hearst in San Francisco.
4 March 1918
: At Fort Riley in Kansas company cook Albert Gitchell reports sick, the first dated instance of the “Spanish Flu” pandemic.
4 March 1933
: Franklin D. Roosevelt is inaugurated as the 32th president of the United States.
4 March 1936
: The LZ 129 Hindenburg, the largest airship ever built, makes its maiden voyage from the German Luftschiffbau Zeppelin GmbH
factory on the shores of the Bodensee.
4 March 1947
: France and the United Kingdom sign a Treaty of Alliance and Mutual Assistance in Dunkirk, expanded to the Treaty of Brussels the following year.
4 March 1974
: The ABBA song “Waterloo” is released, their first multinational number one hit and their ticket to stardom at the Eurovision Song Contest in April.