This Day in History on 4 August

The historical events hold a lot of value for aspirants who are sitting for UPSC competitive exams including the IAS Exam.

On this page, we will list all historical events that occurred on 4 August. The students can refer them while preparing for all competitive exams and banking exams.

Important Days

Important Events

1854: Official use of the Hinomaru flag by Japanese ships.

1870: The British Government established the British Red Cross Society.

1873: American Indian Wars: While protecting a railroad survey party in Montana, the United States 7th Cavalry, under Lieutenant Colonel George Armstrong Custer clashes for the first time with the Cheyenne and Lakota people near the Tongue River; only one man on each side is killed.

1914: World War I – Germany invades Belgium. In response, the United Kingdom declared war on Germany. The United States declared itself neutral.

1914: England declared war against Germany.

1914: Gandhiji reaches London and raised Indian Volunteer Corps.

1923: Nagpur University started working.

1933: Gandhi is imprisoned for one year for breaking a restraint order.

1935: The government of India got the Royal Assent Act 1935.

1936: Indian Government Act was approved by the king.

1947: The Supreme Court was established in Japan.

1956: India’s sixth nuclear power plant, Apsara, was commissioned at Bhabha Atomic Power Station, Turbhe. It was India’s first large scale Atomic Energy Nuclear Reactor and first in the East World, was commissioned in Trombay, Bombay.

1967: World’s longest and highest Dam ‘Nagarjun Sagar’ made by Masonary System was inaugrated.

1979: Indian Airlines AVRO-748 crashes in to a hill near Bombay.

1997: Maharashtra govt. decides against banning Arun Shourie’s book ”Worshipping False Gods” on Dr. B.R. Ambedkar.

1997: Nilesh Kulkarni becomes the first Indian to take a wicket with his first ball in Test Cricket (Colombo).

1997: Supreme Court declares that the Rashtrapati Bhavan press communique of 23/1/1992 on a proposal to confer the Bharat Ratna ‘posthumously’ on Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose “should be treated as cancelled”, as the proposal was dropped by the Government in deference to the sentiments expressed by the public and his family members.

2000: Justice Brij Mohan Lal was sworn in chairman of the Monopolies and Restrictive Trade Practices Commission.

2000: Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother and the last member of the British royal family to bear the title ”Empress of India”, celebrated her 100th birthday.

2000: Pranab Mukherjee and S. Jaipal Reddy, Congress(I) leaders, get Best Parliamentarian awards for the year 1997-98.

2001: India’s first skin bank, which donates posthumous skin and gives life to others, was established at Lokmanya Tilak Hospital in Mumbai.

2007: NASA launched Phoenix Spacecraft.

Taher Saifuddin,
Taher Saifuddin,

Birth/Birth Anniversary

1522: Udai Singh II, the Maharana of Mewar and the founder of the city of Udaipur.

1730: Sadashivrao Peshwa, the Sardar Senapati of the Maratha army at the third battle of Panipat

Kishore Kumar
Kishore Kumar

1845: Pherozeshah Mehta, an Indian politician, and lawyer. He published the first Hindi newspaper and one of the founders of Indian National Congress.

1875: Danish writer Hans Christian Anderson was born. He was famous for writing beautiful stories for children.

1888: Taher Saifuddin, Indian religious leader, 51st Da’i al-Mutlaq (d. 1965)

1894: Narayan Sitaram Phadke, famous Hindi writer, was born at Karjat.

1906: Dr. Yashwant Singh Parmar, the architect of modern Himachal Pradesh and an energetic Chief Minister, was born at Chanhalag village in Sirmaur.

1928: Udham Singh, Indian field hockey player (Olympic-gold-1952, 56, 64), was born.

1929: Kishore Kumar Ganguly, an Indian playback singer, actor, music director, lyricist, writer, director, producer, and screenwriter. He is also remembered as a comic actor, director and musician.

Naren Tamhane, Indian cricketer
Naren Tamhane, Indian cricketer
N. Rangaswamy, Indian lawyer and politician
N. Rangaswamy, Indian lawyer and politician

1931: Narendra Shankar Tamhane, Indian cricketer (d. 2002)

1944: Dilip Prabhavalkar, an Indian actor, director, playwright, and author.

1950: N. Rangaswamy, Indian lawyer and politician, 9th Chief Minister of Puducherry

1961: America’s first black and 44th President Barack Hussein Obama was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, United States.

Vishal Bhardwaj
Vishal Bhardwaj
Sandeep Naik, Indian politician
Sandeep Naik, Indian politician

1965: Vishal Bhardwaj, Indian film director, screenwriter, producer, music composer and playback singer

1967: Arbaaz Khan, an Indian actor, director, and film producer.

1972: Balkrishna, an Indian billionaire businessman and chairman of the consumer goods company Patanjali Ayurved.

1978: Sandeep Naik, Indian politician

Death/ Death Anniversary

1875: H.C. Andersen, a Danish author. 

1937: Kashi Prasad Jayaswal, famous lawyer, philosopher, ancient researcher and eminent historian

1993: Swami Chinmayananda, master in study of Bhagwadgita, died at the age of 76 in San Diego.

1993: Tarabai Bapat, daughter-in-law of revolutionary Senapati Bapat, died.

2006: Nandini Satpathy, an Indian politician and author and former chief minister of Odisha.

2015: John Rudometkin, American basketball player (b. 1940)

2015: Billy Sherrill, American songwriter and producer (b. 1936)

2015: Alfred C. Williams, American lawyer and politician (b. 1951)

2019: Nuon Chea, Cambodian politician and theorist for the Khmer Rouge (b. 1926)

Further Reading

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