August 4th

2007
Barry Bonds of the San Francisco Giants tied Hank Aaron's 755 career home runs.
Barry Bonds
2005
A mini-submarine carrying seven Russians became caught on an underwater antenna 600 feet below the surface of the Pacific Ocean; the men were rescued three days later with help from a British vessel.
List of submarine incidents since 2000
2002
A Palestinian suicide bomber blew up a bus in northern Israel during rush hour, killing nine passengers.
2003 French Hill suicide bombings
1994
Serb-dominated Yugoslavia withdrew its support for Bosnian Serbs, sealing the 300-mile border between Yugoslavia and Serb-held Bosnia.
Croatian War of Independence
1993
Rwandian Hutus & Tutsis sign peace treaty in Arusha.
Rwandan genocide
1987
The Federal Communications Commission voted to rescind the Fairness Doctrine, which required radio and TV stations to present balanced coverage of controversial issues.
Fairness Doctrine
1984
The Republic of Upper Volta is Renamed Burkina Faso. The West African country was first created in 1958 as a self-governing French colony. It gained its independence from the French in 1960. Between then and 1983, several coups dotted its political landscape. In 1983, a military coup installed Captain Thomas Sankara as the country's president. He changed the name of the country to Burkina Faso a year later on the coup's anniversary.
Burkina Faso
1983
The Military Stages a Coup in Upper Volta. A military coup in Upper Volta installed Thomas Sankara, a captain in the Upper Volta Army as its president. A year later, he changed the name of Upper Volta to Burkina Faso.
Republic of Upper Volta
1977
President Carter signed a congressional act that established the Department of Energy.
Presidency of Jimmy Carter
1964
The bodies of three civil-rights workers were found in an earthen dam, six weeks into a federal investigation backed by President Johnson.
History of South Carolina
1944
Anne Frank is captured. One of the most well-known figures of the 20th century and a victim of the Holocaust, 14-year old Frank and her family were captured and arrested by the Germans from their hiding place in Amsterdam.
Anne Frank
1942
1st train with Jews departs Mechelen Belgium to Auschwitz.
Mechelen transit camp
1916
Denmark ceded the Danish West Indies, including the Danish Virgin Islands, to the United States for $25 million.
United States Virgin Islands
1914
Britain declares war on Germany. Seen by many as the decision that began the first World War, Britain declared war on Germany after Germany refused to accept its ultimatum of getting out of Belgium.
Timeline of World War I
1892
Abby and Andrew Borden are murdered. The bloody murders of the two Fall River, Massachusetts residents in their own home gained media and public attention in the United States because their daughter Lizzie Borden was accused of the crime.
Lizzie Borden
1884
Thomas Stevens became the first person to bicycle across the United States. He later bicycled around the world.
Thomas Stevens (cyclist)
1830
Plans for the city of Chicago were laid out.
History of Chicago
1821
Fabian Gottlieb von Bellinghausen and Russian polar expedition returns to Kronshtadt after becoming 1st to circumnavigate Antarctica.
List of Russian explorers
1792
Poet Percy Bysshe Shelley was born in Field Place, England.
Percy Bysshe Shelley
1790
The Coast Guard had its beginnings as the Revenue Cutter Service.
History of the United States Coast Guard
1735
Printer John Peter Zenger, defended by Andrew Hamilton, was acquitted of libel in a case that helped foster freedom of the press.
John Peter Zenger
1558
1st printing of Zohar (Jewish Kabbalah).
Zohar