June 4th – This Day in History – Notable Quotes, Events, Deaths & Births

June 4, 2010
By Vannini

Notable Events

1717 – The Freemasons were founded in London.

1792 – Captain George Vancouver claimed Puget Sound for Britain.

1812 – The Louisiana Territory was renamed the Missouri Territory.

1892 – The Sierra Club was incorporated in San Francisco.

1896 – Henry Ford made a successful test run of his horseless carriage, called a quadricycle, in Detroit.

1917 – The first Pulitzer Prizes were awarded.

1919 – The 19th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America, guaranteeing women the right to vote, was passed by Congress and sent to the states for ratification.

1940 – The evacuation of Allied forces from Dunkirk on the Belgian coast ended as German forces captured the port.

1942 – The Battle of Midway began in World War II.

1944 – The U.S. Fifth Army began liberating Rome during World War II.

1989 – The Tiananmen Square Massacre occurred: a bloody suppression of protesting students which effectively smashed the pro- democracy movement and drove dissent underground.

2003 – Martha Stewart stepped down as head of her media empire, hours after federal prosecutors in New York charged her with obstruction of justice, conspiracy, securities fraud, and lying to investigators.

Notable Births

1738 – George III, King of Great Britain and Ireland (1760-1820).

1911 – Sir Christopher Cockerell, British, inventor of the hovercraft.

1928 – Ruth Westheimer (born Karola Ruth Siegel), German-born sex therapist.

  • “An orgasm is just a reflex, like a sneeze.”
  • “Talking from morning to night about sex has helped my skiing, because I talk about movement, about looking good, about taking risks.”

1937 – Robert Fulghum, American author.

  • I believe that imagination is stronger than knowledge. That myth is more potent than history. That dreams are more powerful than facts. That hope always triumphs over experience. That laughter is the only cure for grief. And I believe that love is stronger than death.
  • All I really need to know… I learned in kindergarten.
  • Don’t worry that children never listen to you; worry that they are always watching you.
  • And it is still true, no matter how old you are, when you go out into the world it is best to hold hands and stick together.

1947 – Viktor Klima, Chancellor of Austria.

Notable Deaths

1798 – Giovanni Casanova, Italian adventurer.

1989 – Dik Browne (born Richard Arthur Allan Browne), American cartoonist.

2002 – Fernando Belaúnde Terry, two-term President of Peru.

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