August 4 in Pop Culture History

August 4th History, Trivia and Fun Facts

August 4th History Highlights

  • 1693 – This date is traditionally ascribed to Dom Perignon’s invention of champagne.
  • 1821 – The Saturday Evening Post is published for the first time as a weekly newspaper. It is now published periodically throughout the year.
  • 1892 – Andrew Jackson Bordon, along with his wife Abby, were found by Lizzie Bordon, who was arrested and acquitted of their grisly ax murder.
  • 1977 – The United States Department of Energy was formed.
  • If you were born on August 4th,
    You were likely conceived the week of… November 11th (prior year)

Traditional August 4th Information

Mosquitoes are attracted to people who just ate bananas.

August 4th is…

Chocolate Chip Cookie Day
US Coast Guard Day
Single Working Women’s Day

August 4th Birthday Quotes

“I don’t think a tough question is disrespectful.”
– Helen Thomas

“I think anything is possible if you have the mindset and the will and desire to do it and put the time in.”
– Roger Clemens

Either you focus, or you hit something really hard.”
– Jeff Gordon

” When my cats aren’t happy, I’m not happy. Not because I care about their mood but because I know they’re just sitting there thinking up ways to get even.”
– Percy Bysshe Shelley

“My name is Ozymandias, king of kings: Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!'”
– Percy Bysshe Shelley

” Getting the nomination is like gravy. Winning would be like whatever is better than gravy.”
– Billy Bob Thornton

“We are reminded that, in the fleeting time we have on this Earth, what matters is not wealth, or status, or power, or fame, but rather how well we have loved and what small part we have played in making the lives of other people better.”
– Barack Obama

August 4th Birthdays

1521 – Pope Urban VII (died in 1590)
1792 – Percy Bysshe Shelley, English poet, and playwright (died in 1822)
1821 – Louis Vuitton, French fashion designer, founded Louis Vuitton (died in 1892)
1900 – Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother of the United Kingdom (died in 2002)
1904 – Helen Kane, American singer, and actress (died in 1966)
1910 – Anita Page, American actress (died in 2008)
1920 – Helen Thomas, American journalist and author (died in 2013)
1944 – Richard Belzer, American actor
1955 – Billy Bob Thornton, American actor
1961 – Barack Obama, American politician, 44th President of the United States, Nobel Prize laureate
1962 – Roger Clemens, American baseball player
1970 – Bret Baier, American journalist
1971 – Jeff Gordon, American race car driver
1975 – Andy Hallett, American actor (died in 2009)
1978 – Kurt Busch, American race car driver
1981 – Meghan Markle, American actress
1988 – Carly Foulkes, Canadian model, and actress
1992 – Dylan Sprouse, American actor
1992 – Cole Sprouse, American actor

August 4th History

70 – The Romans destroyed the Second Temple in Jerusalem.

1693 – Celebratory date for Dom Perignon’s invention of Champagne.

1790 – A tariff act created the need for the Revenue Cutter Service, later renamed The United States Coast Guard.

1892 – The father and stepmother of Lizzie Borden were found murdered in their Fall River, Massachusetts home. Lizzie was acquitted of the crime.

1858 – The Billboard Hot 100 was published for the first time. The first number-one song of the Hot 100 was “Poor Little Fool” by Ricky Nelson.

1921 – Cropdusting was invented. John B. Macready flew a Curtiss JN-4 over catalpa trees near Troy, Ohio, killing 99% of the leaf caterpillars, saving the 5000 trees with 175 pounds of lead arsenate pesticide.

1936 – Jesse Owens, black Olympic track star, won the Gold Medal in Germany’s Olympics, embarrassing Adolph Hitler.

1942 – Holiday Inn was released in theaters. The Holiday Inn hotel chain was named after this film. Introduced the Academy Award for Best Original Song, White Christmas, by Irving Berlin and performed by Bing Crosby.

1956 – #1 Hit August 4, 1956 – August 17, 1956: The Platters – My Prayer

1958 – #1 Hit August 4, 1958 – August 17, 1958: Ricky Nelson – Poor Little Fool

1973 – #1 Hit August 4, 1973 – August 17, 1973: Maureen McGovern – The Morning After

1977 – US President Jimmy Carter signed legislation creating the United States Department of Energy.

1987 – The Federal Communications Commission rescinded the Fairness Doctrine, which had required radio and television stations to present controversial issues “fairly.”

1990 – #1 Hit August 4, 1990 – August 31, 1990: Mariah Carey – Vision Of Love

August 4, 1997 (fiction) Skynet was activated, The Terminator, Film

2001 – #1 Hit August 4, 2001 – August 17, 2001: Destiny’s Child – Bootylicious

Today’s Random Trivia and Shower Thoughts

The Epic of Gilgamesh was indeed the first Bromance narrative.

If people really slept like a baby, then they would wake up every 2 hours crying. #babysleep

If every apple picked in Washington in a single year was placed side-by-side, they would circle the earth 29 times.

Randolph Scott – Real Name: Randolph Crane

A group of planted Flowers is called a Bed.

Would a lightsaber continuously hum if you held it out the window of a sports car at top speed?

99% of all hazelnuts in the U.S. are grown in Oregon’s Willamette Valley

If I was transported back in time, I don’t think I’d remember enough critical information to make me wealthy or successful.

A 41-gun salute is a traditional salute to a royal birth in Great Britain.

It is impossible to look cool while your shoes are squeaking on the floor.

A group of Fish is called a Draft or Nest or Shoal or School. A group of caught Fish is called a Catch or Drought or Haul.

“What an excellent day for an exorcism.” – Pazuzu in The Exorcist #moviequotes

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