August 4: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

Did you know that on this day, August 4, 2011, a highway in Alberta was closed due to some escaped bees?

August 4th is known as Assistance Dog Day and Chocolate Chip Cookie Day.

We are now on the 216th day of the year, congratulations for making it this far! There’s only 149 days left until next year.

Is today your birthday, or do you just want to know more about this day? We are going to share all the most interesting historical events that all make August 4 so special.

Did you know that on this day in 2011, a highway in Alberta was closed due to some escaped bees? A truck carrying 104 beehives had overturned, and the contents spilled onto both lanes.

Keep reading for more interesting facts about August 4th in history!

What Events Happened On August 4 In History?

2019 French inventor Franky Zapata crossed the English Channel on a hoverboard.

The trip from Calais to Dover was 22 miles and took him just 22 minutes to cross.

2015 Two passenger trains derailed in Madhya Pradesh, India.

The cause was flash flooding due to a cyclonic storm. There were 300 passengers, 31 died, and around 100 people were injured.

2015 Miss Piggy and Kermit the Frog took to Twitter to tell the public that they had broken up.

OTD in 2015: Miss Piggy and Kermit the Frog took to Twitter to tell the public that they had broken up.

"After careful thought, thoughtful consideration, and considerable squabbling, Miss Piggy made the difficult decision to terminate our romantic relationship," Kermit said.


2011 Officers closed a highway in Alberta, Canada, after a truck carrying 104 beehives overturned.

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2010 Californian Judge Vaughn Walker overturned the same-sex marriage ban.

2007 NASA launched the Phoenix spaceship from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, US.


1994 A galaxy named “Dwingeloo 1” was discovered to be just 10 million light-years from our own.

OTD in 1994: A galaxy named "Dwingeloo 1" was discovered to be just 10 million light-years from our own.

1991 Greek-owned cruise ship “Oceanos” sank off the coast of South Africa due to uncontrollable flooding.

There were no fatalities on this day; however, some crew members were later convicted of negligence.

1964 Three missing members of the Congress of Racial Equality were found partially buried near a dam in Philadelphia, Mississippi.


1914 The United States of America declared neutrality at the beginning of World War I.

It wasn't until April 2, 1917, that President Woodrow Wilson called for a declaration of war against Germany due to various military vessels' attacks. After the vote, congress accepted, and war with Germany was declared on April 6.

1791 The Treaty of Sistova was signed, which ended the Ottoman–Habsburg wars.

1783 Mount Asama erupted in Japan, killing around 1,400 people.

OTD in 1783: Mount Asama erupted in Japan

The eruption caused a famine, which resulted in an additional 20,000 deaths.

1693 French monk Dom Pierre Pérignon accidentally made champagne.

However, he wasn't the first to discover this sparkling beverage as sparkling white wine had been around for many years, and other winemakers were producing champagne around the time. Pérignon contributed to the development of what we call champagne today; consequently, his name is one of the most well-known champagne brands.


1558 The first printed edition of the Zohar (Jewish kabbalah) was published.


Famous Quotes Said On August 4

Who said what today throughout history? Here are the most famous things people have said on this day.


“A man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life.”

– Charles Darwin

Famous People Born On August 4

Is today your birthday? If so, did you know that Barack Obama was also born on this day? Here are more famous people born on this day.

1992 Cole Sprouse

American Actor

Cole Sprouse
30 years old
Born In:
Tuscany, Italy

1961 Barack Obama

American Politician

Barack Obama
61 years old
Born In:
Hawaii, USA
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1968 Daniel Dae Kim

American Actor

Daniel Dae Kim
54 years old
Born In:
Busan, South Korea

1988 Tom Parker

English Singer

Tom Parker
Died On:
Mar 30, 2022 (Age 33)
Born In:
England, UK
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Famous People Who Died On This Day

1926 - 1962 Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe was an American actress born on June 1, 1926. She died on this day in 1962, at age 36 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

1805 - 1875 Hans Christian Andersen

Hans Christian Andersen

Hans Christian Andersen was a Danish author born on April 2, 1805. He died on this day in 1875, at age 70 in Østerbro, Copenhagen, Denmark.

Special Holidays On August 4

If you’re looking to try something new today, here are some special holidays that might just give you an idea.

August 4: Assistance Dog Day

Assistance Dog Day

Assistance dogs are real living heroes; the quality of life they bring to people with disabilities is unparalleled!! There’s no better way to participate in Assistance Dog Day and show your appreciation for these wonder-dogs by donating to an assistance dog training organization.

August 4: National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day

National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day

Nothing beats a humble chocolate chip cookie, and we mean that with the utmost passion. There’s something beautiful about biting into a freshly baked cookie and coming across big chunks of chocolate. Have we got you drooling yet? Go on, eat some chocolate chip cookies!

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Fun Fact Of The Day

Liège, Belgium, tried to use 37 cats to deliver mail in the 1870s. Most of the cats took up to a day to deliver the mail, and the service was short-lived.

August 4 Birthday Facts, Zodiac & Birthstone

Those of you who were born on August 4 share the Leo zodiac sign.

Leo is a fire sign represented by the lion and is associated with light, love, confidence. Leos tend to be dramatic at times, but they’re also very creative, self-confident, and dominant.

Peridot is the birthstone given to people born in August. The peridot is often a light green color, and it symbolizes good fortune, health & peacefulness. Periodt is known as the gem of compassion, and wearing it helps calm anger and lift moods.

If you were lucky enough to be born on this day, you were likely conceived around November 11, the year before.

The due date for a baby conceived on this day is around April 27, 2024.

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