September 4th

2008
Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice in a sex scandal, forcing the Democrat out of office.
Kwame Kilpatrick
2007
Toy maker Mattel Inc. recalled 800,000 lead-tainted, Chinese-made toys worldwide, a third major recall in just over a month.
Product recall
2006
'Crocodile Hunter' Steve Irwin, 44, died after a stingray's barb pierced his chest.
Steve Irwin
2002
Kelly Clarkson Becomes the First American Idol. The singer, songwriter, and Grammy Awards winner made her first appearance in the second episode of the reality TV show, which co-hosted by Ryan Seacrest and Brian Dunkleman and was judged by Paula Abdul, Simon Cowell, and Randy Jackson. The popular show was broadcast on Fox television network and has been on television for 14 seasons.
Kelly Clarkson
1998
Who wants to be a Millionaire? Makes its Debut on British Television. The popular quiz game show that gave out cash prizes to contests for answering increasingly difficult questions was developed by David Briggs, Mike Whitehill, and Steven Knight, and was aired for the first time on ITC. Chris Tarrant hosted the British version of the show until 2014. The popularity of the show in the UK prompted TV channels from other countries to adapt it for their audiences.
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?
1972
Swimmer Mark Spitz became the first person to win seven gold medals at a single Olympic Games when the United States won the 400-meter relay in Munich.
Mark Spitz
1957
Nine black students attempted to enter Little Rock's Central High School but were blocked by the National Guard. Arkansas governor Orval Faubus had summoned the federal troops.
Cincinnati
1956
IBM RAMAC 305 is introduced, the first commercial computer that uses magnetic disk storage.
IBM 305 RAMAC
1951
President Harry S. Truman inaugurated transcontinental television service in the U.S. when AT&T carried his address to the opening session of the Japanese Peace Convention in San Francisco.
Timeline of United States history (1950–69)
1917
The American expeditionary force in France suffered its first fatalities in World War I.
American Expeditionary Forces
1888
Printing and imaging company Kodak, also known as Eastman Kodak Company, was founded by inventor George Eastman. On the same day, Eastman received the patent for the roll-film camera. The cameras which were preloaded with rolls that were good for up to 100 photographs changed the world of photography by making it easier for amateurs to take it up as a hobby.
Kodak
1870
Napoleon III ousted as Emperor of France. The first elected president of France, Napoleon took over the title of Emperor in 1852. The ouster came in response to Napoleon's capitulation during the Franco-Prussian War. After being removed from power, he was exiled to England, where he died on January 9, 1873.
Napoleon III
1862
General Lee invades the North with 50,000 Confederate troops during US Civil war.
Maryland Campaign
1781
Los Angeles is founded by 44 Spanish speaking mestizos in the Bahia de las Fumas (Bay of Smokes).
1682
English astronomer Edmond Halley observes the comet named after him.
Halley's Comet
1609
Navigator Henry Hudson first European to discover island of Manhattan [or Sep 11].
Henry Hudson
476
Romulus Augustulus, last Western Roman Emperor, abdicates after forces led by Odoacer invade Rome. Traditional end of the Western Roman Empire.
Odoacer