Today in History: 4th August


 Historical Events:

• 1862: US government collects its 1st income tax.
• 1804: Newton Adams, first physician in Natal, is born in Bloomfield, USA.
• 1984: The African Republic of Upper Volta changes its named to Burkina Faso, which means ‘the land of upright men’.
• 2000: Queen Mother Elizabeth celebrates her 100th birthday as thousands line the roads of London to cheer her. Her popularity stems in part from her activities during World War 2, travelling with her husband, King George VI, and visiting and sympathising with their subjects. The Royal family visited SA in 1947.
• 2010: California’s Proposition 8, the ballot initiative prohibiting same-sex marriage passed by the state’s voters in 2008, was overturned by Judge Vaughn Walker in the case Perry v. Schwarzenegger.

Arts, Music, TV:

• 1821: First edition of Saturday Evening Post (publishes until 1969).
• 1966: Fred Vusi Khumalo, journalist and assistant editor of the Sunday paper Rapport, is born in Chesterville Township, Durban.
• 1956: Elvis Presley releases "Hound Dog".
• 1958: Dumont TV Network crumbles.
• 1985: "Dreamgirls" closes at Imperial Theater NYC after 1522 performances.


• 1956: The SA rugby team wins the second test against New Zealand 8-3 in Wellington.
• 1984: Carl Lewis wins gold medal in 100-meter dash at LA Summer Olympics.
• 1996: 26th Olympic games closes at Atlanta, Georgia.
• 2012: South African Oscar Pistorius becomes first amputee to compete at the Olympics.

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Compiled by: Thandi Xaba