Today in History, English
Today in History, English

88292August 4Death2015 – Les Munro, New Zealand soldier and pilot (b. 1919)
88293August 4Death2015 – John Rudometkin, American basketball player (b. 1940)
88294August 4Death2015 – Billy Sherrill, American songwriter and producer (b. 1936)
88295August 4Death2015 – Alfred C. Williams, American lawyer and politician (b. 1951)
88296August 4Holiday and observanceChristian feast day:John VianneySithney, patron saint of mad dogsAugust 4 (Eastern Orthodox liturgics)
88297August 4Holiday and observanceAdministrative Professionals' Day (India)
88298August 4Holiday and observanceCoast Guard Day (United States)
88299August 4Holiday and observanceConstitution Day (Cook Islands)
88300August 4Holiday and observanceMatica slovenská Day (Slovakia)
88301August 5Event25 – Guangwu claims the throne as emperor, restoring the Han dynasty after the collapse of the short-lived Xin dynasty.
88302August 5Event642 – Battle of Maserfield: Penda of Mercia defeats and kills Oswald of Northumbria.
88303August 5Event910 – The last major Danish army to raid England is defeated at the Battle of Tettenhall by the allied forces of Mercia and Wessex, led by King Edward the Elder and Æthelred, Lord of the Mercians.
88304August 5Event939 – The Battle of Alhandic is fought between Ramiro II of León and Abd-ar-Rahman III at Zamora in the context of the Spanish Reconquista. The battle resulted in a victory for the Emirate of Córdoba.
88305August 5Event1068 – Byzantine–Norman wars: Italo-Normans begin a nearly-three-year siege of Bari.
88306August 5Event1100 – Henry I is crowned King of England in Westminster Abbey.
88307August 5Event1278 – The Siege of Algeciras ends in the context of the Spanish Reconquista pitting the forces of the Kingdom of Castile against the Emirate of Granada. The battle resulted in a Granadan victory.
88308August 5Event1305 – William Wallace, who led the Scottish resistance against England, is captured by the English near Glasgow and transported to London where he is put on trial and executed.
88309August 5Event1388 – The Battle of Otterburn, a border skirmish between the Scottish and the English in Northern England, is fought near Otterburn.
88310August 5Event1583 – Sir Humphrey Gilbert establishes the first English colony in North America, at what is now St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador.
88311August 5Event1600 – The Gowrie Conspiracy against King James VI of Scotland (later to become King James I of England) takes place.
88312August 5Event1620 – The Mayflower departs from Southampton, England on its first attempt to reach North America.
88313August 5Event1689 – One thousand five hundred Iroquois attack the village of Lachine in New France.
88314August 5Event1716 – The Battle of Petrovaradin takes place.
88315August 5Event1735 – Freedom of the press: New York Weekly Journal writer John Peter Zenger is acquitted of seditious libel against the royal governor of New York, on the basis that what he had published was true.
88316August 5Event1763 – Pontiac's War: Battle of Bushy Run: British forces led by Henry Bouquet defeat Chief Pontiac's Indians at Bushy Run.
88317August 5Event1772 – The First Partition of Poland begins.
88318August 5Event1781 – The Battle of Dogger Bank takes place.
88319August 5Event1824 – Greek War of Independence: Constantine Kanaris leads a Greek fleet to victory against Ottoman and Egyptian ships in the Battle of Samos.
88320August 5Event1858 – Cyrus West Field and others complete the first transatlantic telegraph cable after several unsuccessful attempts. It will operate for less than a month.
88291August 4Death2015 – Elsie Hillman, American philanthropist and politician (b. 1925)

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