Born on this Day 4th September
1895 Nigel Bruce
1892 Darius Milhaud
1901 William Lyons
1931 Mitzi Gaynor
1932 Dinsdale Lansden
1937 Dawn Fraser
1945 Bill Kenwright
1949 Tom Watson
1961 Kevin Kennedy
1971 Ione Skye
1975 Mark Ronson
1976 Katreeya English
1982 Mark Lewis-Francis
1990 James Bay
1993 Jody Fannin
Died On This Day
1907 Edvard Grieg
1965 Albert Schweitzer
1989 Georges Simonen
1957 Teenage sensation Frankie Lymon had his last American Top 20 entry with ‘Goody Goody’, before his 15th birthday.
1976 The Sex Pistols made their first TV appearance, on ‘So It Goes Pemberton’.
1986 Madness announced they were splitting up.
1983 A gold medal won by Daley Thompson at the Helsinki world championships was stolen from a friend’s car in Piccadilly.
1989 Former tennis star Bjorn Borg married Italian pop star Loredana Berte .
1992 The Royal Oak, believed to be the World’s oldest racing rowing boat, was to compete in the Thames Rowing Championship.
People & Showbiz
1949 The moon was shown through a telescope on BBC television, the first time it was so seen on TV.
1955 Richard Baker and Kenneth Kendall became Britain’s first newsreaders on television.
1967 It was announced that 17 former pirate DJs including Tony Blackburn and John Peel were to join the BBC.
1997 Bowing to increasing pressure from the British public, the Queen announced that the Union Jack would fly at half-mast for the first time over Buckingham Palace, in respect for Princess Diana.
1682 English astronomer Edmond Haley got his first and only look at the comet that would bear his name. He successfully predicted its return date in 1758, 16 years after his death.
1833 10 year old Barney Flaherty became the world’s first paperboy for the New York Sun.
1888 George Eastman of Rochester, New York, received a patent for his hand-held roll-film camera and registered his ‘Kodak’ trademark.
1909 The first boy scout parade took place at Crystal Palace.
1934 750,000 supporters attended the opening of the Nazi party conference in Nuremburg.
1998 Google is founded by Larry Page and Sergey Brin, two students at Stanford University.
2010 Canterbury earthquake: A 7.1 magnitude earthquake strikes the South Island of New Zealand at 4:35 am causing widespread damage and several power outages.