Famous Events on this Day in History, October 04:1209 - Pope Innocent II crowns German king Otto of Wittelsbach
1227 - Assassination of Caliph al-Adil.
1363 - End of the Battle of Lake Poyang; the Chinese rebel forces of Zhu Yuanzhang defeat that of his rival, Chen Youliang, in one of the largest naval battles in history.
1535 - 1st full English translation of the Bible printed in Switzerland
1537 - The first complete English-language Bible (the Matthew Bible) is printed, with translations by William Tyndale and Miles Coverdale.
1539 - King Henry VIII & Anna of Kleef marry
1571 - -13] Synod of Emden
1582 - Last Julian calender day in Spain/Portugal/pontifical states
1636 - 1st code of law for Plymouth Colony
1636 - Battle at Wittstock, Brandenburg: Sweden beat Ferdinand III
1636 - In Massachusetts the Plymouth Colony's 1st law drafted
1648 - Peter Stuyvesant establishes Americas 1st volunteer firemen
1675 - Christian Huygens patents pocket watch
1693 - Battle of Marsaglia: Piedmontese troops are defeated by the French.
1712 - Utrecht banishes poor Jews
1725 - Foundation of Rosario in Argentina.
1767 - Prince Willem V marries Prussian princess Wilhelmina
1777 - Battle of Germantown
1777 - Gen George Washington's troops attacked British at Germantown Pa
1779 - The Fort Wilson Riot takes place.
1824 - Mexico becomes a republic
1830 - Provisional government declares secession of Belgium from Netherlands
1830 - Creation of the state of Belgium after separation from The Netherlands.
1834 - Franz Grillparzer's "Der Traum ein Leben," premieres in Vienna
1854 - Abraham Lincoln made his 1st political speech at Illinois State Fair
1862 - Battle of Corinth ends
1864 - National black convention meets (Syracuse NY)
1864 - New Orleans Tribune, 1st black daily newspaper, forms
1873 - Toronto Argonaut Football Club forms
1880 - University of California founded in Los Angeles
1881 - Edward Leveaux patents automatic player piano
1883 - Orient Express' 1st run, linking Turkey to Europe by rail
1883 - First meeting of the Boys' Brigade in Glasgow, Scotland.
1895 - 1st US Golf Open: Horace Rawlins shoots a 173 at Newport GC RI
1895 - Horace Rawlins wins 1st US Open golf tournament (Newport RI)
1897 - George Bernard Shaw's "Devil's Disciple," premieres in NYC
1900 - Start of Sherlock Holmes adventure "Problem of Thor Bridge" (BG)
1901 - Columbia (US) beats Shamrock II (England) in 12th America's Cup
1904 - 1st day of NYC subway, 350,000 people ride 9.1 mile tracks
1906 - Chicago Cubs win their 116th game (116-36 .763) of year
1910 - Portugal becomes a republic, King Manuel II flees to England
1910 - Adoption of the Flag of Bermuda.
1911 - 1st public elevator (London's Earl's Court Metro Station)
1913 - Bkln Dodger Jake Daubert earns a new Chalmers auto as NL MVP
1913 - Freddy Wilson of Regina Roughriders kicks 10 singles in a game
1914 - Dardanellen (French & English) fleet bombs Turkish forts
1915 - Dinosaur National Monument in Colorado & Utah is established
1916 - Market Street's "Path of Gold" lit for 1st time
1917 - British assault on Broodseinde, France
1918 - Musical "Sometime" with Mae West premieres in NYC
1921 - League of Nations refuses to assist starving Russians
1921 - Riccardo Zanella becomes first elected president of Free State of Fiume.
1922 - For 1st time, entire World Series broadcast over radio (WJZ & WGY)
1922 - Protocol of Genevia signed: Austria gains independence
1923 - Young Stribling held light-heavyweight boxing championship for shortest amount of time (3 hrs). Referee overturns decision
1924 - NY Giants become 1st team to appear in 4 consecutive World Series
1925 - Harry Heilmann's 6 hits edges Ty Cobb .393 to .389 as batting champ
1926 - Dahlia is officially designated as SF city flower
1927 - Gutzon Borglum begins sculpting Mt. Rushmore.
1928 - 25th World Series begins, NY Yankees vs St Louis Cardinals
1928 - KPD begins petition against Germany building a battle fleet
1930 - A's Jack Quinn, 46, pitches 2 inn, is oldest to play in World Series
1931 - Dick Tracy comic strip by Chester Gould debuts
1931 - Juan Esteban Montero becomes president of Chile
1932 - Anti-semite Julius Gombos forms new govt in Hungary
1932 - Clark Griffith announces Walter Johnson will be manager of Senators
1932 - Russian author Mikhail Bulgakov marries Yelena Sergeyevna
1933 - Esquire magazine is 1st published
1936 - Italian lire devalued
1936 - Record 66,669 at Yankee Stadium for 4th game of World Series
1939 - Last Polish troops surrender
1940 - 12 German aircrafts shot down above England
1940 - Adolph Hitler & Benito Mussolini confer at Brenner Pass in Alps
1940 - French Vichy-regime proclaims end of "Statut of the Juifs"
1940 - Wrestling returns to Madison Sq Garden after 12 year lay off
1942 - German assault on Tractor factory in Stalingrad
1943 - Corsica freed by Free French
1943 - German occupiers forbid flying of kites (6 month jail sentence)
1944 - British troops land on Greek continent
1944 - 1st All St Louis World Series, all games played at Sportsman's Park
1944 - St Louis Browns win 1st World Series game in their only appearance
1947 - Negro League World Series, NY Cubans beat Cleveland Buckeyes, 6-5
1948 - Indians beat Red Sox, 8-0, in 1st AL playoff game
1948 - World Council of Churches forms under W Fisherman It Hooft)
1949 - American Contract Bridge League votes 58½% to keep blacks out
1949 - United Nations' permanent NYC headquarters is dedicated
1950 - French troops vacate Cla Afraid Vietnam
1951 - In opening World Series game, Giant Monte Irvin steals home in 1st inn
1952 - "Top Banana" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 356 perfs
1953 - Jim Peters runs world record marathon (2:17:39.4)
1953 - Mickey Mantle hits a grand slam in World Series
1955 - Brooklyn Dodgers only World Series victory, beating Yankees in 7
1955 - Rev Sun Young Moon leaves prison in Seoul
1956 - Great Britain performs nuclear test at Maralinga Australia
1957 - "Leave It to Beaver," debuts on CBS
1957 - USSR launches Sputnik I, 1st artificial Earth satellite
1957 - Avro Arrow roll-out ceremony at Avro Canada plant in Malton, Ontario.
1958 - 12th NHL All-Star Game: Montreal beat All-Stars 6-3 at Montreal
1958 - 5th French republic forms
1958 - Transatlantic coml jet passenger service began (BOAC)
1958 - Fifth Republic of France is established.
1959 - 1st World Series game played west of St Louis (in LA)
1959 - Cleve Browns' Jim Brown makes club record 37 rushing attempts
1959 - Dmitri Sjostakovitch 1st Cello concert premieres in Leningrad
1959 - LA Dodgers set World Series attendance record at 92,394
1959 - Netherlands beats Belgium 9-1
1959 - USSR Luna 3 sent back 1st photos of Moon's far side
1960 - Courier 1B Launched; 1st active repeater satellite in orbit
1961 - USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
1961 - Whitey Ford's 3rd straight World Series shutout
1962 - USAF Maj Robert A Rushworth takes X-15 to 32,300m
1962 - Whitey Ford's World Series 33 2/3 scoreless inning streak ends
1963 - -8] Hurricane Flora, kills 6,000 in Cuba & Haiti
1963 - Gambia achieves full internal self-government
1964 - -7] Hurricane Hilda, kills 38 in La, Miss & Ga
1964 - 10th LPGA Championship won by Mary Mills
1964 - 3 cars of a commuter train derails in South Africa killing 81
1964 - Italian Autostrada del Sol opens at Milan-Naples
1964 - Patriots' Gino Cappelletti kicks 6-of-6 field goals against Broncos
1964 - Phils bomb Reds 10-0 as both teams finish one game behind St Louis
1965 - "Pickwick" opens at 46th St Theater NYC for 56 performances
1965 - Pope Paul VI becomes 1st Pope to visit Western Hemisphere (UN)
1965 - USSR launches Luna 7; crash lands on Moon
1966 - Dutch Cardinal Alfrink presents New Catechism
1966 - France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island
1966 - Lesotho (Basutoland) gains independence from Britain (National Day)
1967 - 1st World Series since 1948 not to feature Yanks, Giants or Dodgers
1967 - Omar Ali Saifuddin III of Brunei abdicates in favour of his son, His Majesty Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah.
1969 - Last wooden passenger subway cars retired at Bkln Myrtle Beach el
1969 - UN starts issuing postage stamps at Geneva headquarters
1969 - Baseball's 1st divisional playoff games, Mets beat Braves 9-5 & Orioles beat Twins 4-3 in 12 innings
1970 - KC Chiefs Jan Stenerud kicks 55-yard field goal
1970 - Umps return after 1-day walkout in quest of higher wages
1970 - WFYI TV channel 20 in Indianapolis, IN (PBS) begins broadcasting
1970 - Herbert Schmidtz makes highest parachute jump from a tower by leaping from a 1,984 ft TV mast in Tulsa, Oklahoma
1971 - Borden's opens a turn-of-century ice cream parlor at Disney World
1971 - KMPH TV channel 26 in Visalia-Fresno, CA (IND) begins broadcasting
1971 - USSR performs underground nuclear test
1972 - Ted Williams manages his final game as Rangers lose to Royals, 4-0
1973 - Hans of Manens ballet "Adagio Hammerklavier" premieres in Amsterdam
1974 - John Lennon releases "Walls & Bridges" album
1975 - A Cessna 310Q airplane crashes over Wilmington, North Carolina, killing the pilot and severely injuring several pro wrestlers affiliated with the NWA's Mid-Atlantic promotion. One of the survivors is the legendary Ric Flair.
1976 - Agriculture Secretary Earl Butz resigns due to telling a racial joke
1976 - Supreme Court lifts 1972 ban on death penalty for convicted murderers
1976 - Official launch of the Intercity 125 High Speed Train (HST).
1977 - Pier 39 opens in SF
1978 - Funeral services held for Pope John Paul I
1979 - Hugh Leonards "Life," premieres in Dublin
1979 - USSR performs nuclear test
1980 - Mike Schmidt's 2-run HR clinches NL East title for Phillies
1981 - Donna Caponi Young/Kathy Whitworth wins Portland Ping Team Golf Champ
1981 - Meadowlands Arena opens in NJ
1981 - Pasakevi Kouna of Greece (9) is youngest intl gymnastics participant
1982 - Helmut Kohl elected chancellor of German FR
1983 - Richard Noble reaches record 1019 kph in jet-powered car
1984 - US govt closes down due to budget problems
1984 - Yanks clinch AL East
1985 - Henry G Perry completes 157 day, 14,021 mile bicycle tour of Australia
1985 - Shite Moslems claim to have killed hostage William Buckley
1985 - Free Software Foundation is founded in Massachusetts, USA.
1986 - NY Yank Dave Righetti saves doubleheader for then record 46 saves
1986 - Queen Beatrice installs dam at Oosterschelde
1986 - Rachel Oliver (Mass), 20, crowned 19th Miss Black America
1987 - 1st "Scrub Sunday" of NFL football with replacement players
1987 - Blues Jays lose final 7 games allowing Tigers to win AL pennant
1987 - James Jefferson of Winnipeg scores 2 TDs on interception returns without making an interception. (He scored on laterals)
1988 - Pillsbury stock soars $18.37 to $57.37 on takeover bid
1989 - Giants Will Clark hits 1st NLCS grand slam since 1977
1989 - USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
1990 - "Stand Up Tragedy" opens at Criterion Theater NYC for 13 performances
1990 - Regional elections held, in what is East Germany
1991 - Delta Center in Salt Lake City Utah
1991 - NHL NY Rangers trade Bernie Nichols to Edmonton for Mark Messier
1991 - San Jose Sharks lose 4-3 to Vancouver Canucks in their 1st NHL game
1991 - Whiteland Janice, driven by Mike Lachance, wins Kentucky Futurity
1991 - The Protocol on Environmental Protection to the Antarctic Treaty is opened for signature.
1992 - "Anna Karenina" closes at Circle in Sq Theater NYC after 46 perfs
1992 - "Real Inspector Hound" closes at Criterion Theater NYC after 61 perfs
1992 - 1st time AL East & West champs have same record (96-66)-Tor & Oak
1992 - 2nd Solheim Cup: Europe beats US, 11½-6½ at Dalmahoy CC Scotland
1992 - El Al cargo plane crashes at Amsterdam Bijlmer, 43 die
1992 - Miami Dolphin Louis Oliver returns record tying interception 103 yards
1992 - The Rome General Peace Accords ends a 16 year civil war in Mozambique.
1993 - Troops of pres Yelsin occupy Russian White House (parliament)
1994 - 7.9 earthquake strikes Koerilen, flood kills 18+
1994 - Keith Moore is charged with stealing $5,000,000 from Sting
1994 - Soyuz TM-20 launches
1995 - 29th Country Music Assn Award: Krauss Jackson win
1995 - Jim Leyritz homers with a man on in 15th inning to give Yankees 2-0 Division Series lead over Mariners
1996 - BPAA US Bowling Open by Dave Husted
1996 - BPAA US Women's Bowling Open won by Liz Johnson
1996 - Shahid Afridi scores century in 37 balls for Pakistan v Sri Lanka
1997 - Farm Aid 10 concert cancelled due to weak ticket sales
1997 - The second largest cash robbery in U.S. history occurs at the Charlotte, North Carolina office of Loomis, Fargo and Company. An FBI investigation eventually results in 24 convictions and the recovery of approximately 95% of the $17.3 million in cash which had been taken.
2001 - Siberia Airlines Flight 1812: a Sibir Airlines Tupolev TU-154 crashes into the Black Sea after being struck by an errant Ukrainian S-200 missile. 78 people are killed.
2003 - Maxim restaurant suicide bombing in Haifa, Israel: 21 Israelis, Jews and Arabs, are killed, and 51 others wounded.
2004 - SpaceShipOne wins Ansari X Prize for private spaceflight.