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September 4 – History, Events, Births, Deaths, Holidays and Observances On This Day

  • 476 – Romulus Augustulus is deposed when Odoacer proclaims himself “King of Italy”, thus ending the Western Roman Empire.
  • 626 – Li Shimin, posthumously known as Emperor Taizong of Tang, assumes the throne over the Tang dynasty of China.
  • 929 – Battle of Lenzen: Slavic forces (the Redarii and the Obotrites) are defeated by a Saxon army near the fortified stronghold of Lenzen in Brandenburg.
  • 1260 – The Sienese Ghibellines, supported by the forces of Manfred, King of Sicily, defeat the Florentine Guelphs at Montaperti.
  • 1282 – Peter III of Aragon becomes the King of Sicily.
  • 1479 – The Treaty of Alcáçovas is signed by the Catholic Monarchs of Castile and Aragon on one side and Afonso V and his son, Prince John of Portugal.
  • 1607 – The Flight of the Earls takes place in Ireland.
  • 1666 – In London, England, the most destructive damage from the Great Fire occurs.
  • 1774 – New Caledonia is first sighted by Europeans, during the second voyage of Captain James Cook.
  • 1781 – Los Angeles is founded as El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora La Reina de los Ángeles (The Village of Our Lady, the Queen of the Angels) by 44 Spanish settlers.
  • 1797 – Coup of 18 Fructidor in France.
  • 1800 – The French garrison in Valletta surrenders to British troops who had been called at the invitation of the Maltese. The islands of Malta and Gozo become the Malta Protectorate.
  • 1812 – War of 1812: The Siege of Fort Harrison begins when the fort is set on fire.
  • 1839 – Battle of Kowloon: British vessels open fire on Chinese war junks enforcing a food sales embargo on the British community in China in the first armed conflict of the First Opium War.
  • 1862 – American Civil War Maryland Campaign: General Robert E. Lee takes the Army of Northern Virginia, and the war, into the North.
  • 1870 – Emperor Napoleon III of France is deposed and the Third Republic is declared.
  • 1882 – The Pearl Street Station in New York City becomes the first power plant to supply electricity to paying customers.
  • 1886 – American Indian Wars: After almost 30 years of fighting, Apache leader Geronimo, with his remaining warriors, surrenders to General Nelson Miles in Arizona.
  • 1888 – George Eastman registers the trademark Kodak and receives a patent for his camera that uses roll film.
  • 1912 – Albanian rebels succeed in their revolt when the Ottoman Empire agrees to fulfill their demands
  • 1919 – Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, who founded the Republic of Turkey, gathers a congress in Sivas to make decisions as to the future of Anatolia and Thrace.
  • 1923 – Maiden flight of the first U.S. airship, the USS Shenandoah.
  • 1939 – World War II: William J. Murphy commands the first Royal Air Force attack on Germany.
  • 1941 – World War II: A German submarine makes the first attack of the war against a United States warship, the USS Greer.
  • 1944 – World War II: The British 11th Armoured Division liberates the Belgian city of Antwerp.
  • 1944 – World War II: Finland exits from the war with Soviet Union.
  • 1948 – Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands abdicates for health reasons.
  • 1949 – The Peekskill riots erupt after a Paul Robeson concert in Peekskill, New York.
  • 1950 – Darlington Raceway is the site of the inaugural Southern 500, the first 500-mile NASCAR race.
  • 1951 – The first live transcontinental television broadcast takes place in San Francisco, from the Japanese Peace Treaty Conference.
  • 1957 – American Civil Rights Movement: Little Rock Crisis: Orval Faubus, governor of Arkansas, calls out the National Guard to prevent African American students from enrolling in Central High School.
  • 1957 – The Ford Motor Company introduces the Edsel.
  • 1963 – Swissair Flight 306 crashes near Dürrenäsch, Switzerland, killing all 80 people on board.
  • 1964 – Scotland’s Forth Road Bridge near Edinburgh officially opens.
  • 1967 – Vietnam War: Operation Swift begins when U.S. Marines engage the North Vietnamese in battle in the Que Son Valley.
  • 1970 – Salvador Allende is elected President of Chile.
  • 1971 – Alaska Airlines Flight 1866 crashes near Juneau, Alaska, killing all 111 people on board.
  • 1972 – Mark Spitz becomes the first competitor to win seven medals at a single Olympic Games.
  • 1972 – The Price Is Right premieres on CBS. As of 2018, it is the longest running game show on American television.
  • 1975 – The Sinai Interim Agreement relating to the Arab–Israeli conflict is signed.
  • 1977 – The Golden Dragon massacre takes place in San Francisco.
  • 1985 – The discovery of Buckminsterfullerene, the first fullerene molecule of carbon.
  • 1989 – In Leipzig, East Germany, the first of weekly demonstration for the legalisation of opposition groups and democratic reforms takes place.
  • 1996 – War on Drugs: Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) attack a military base in Guaviare, starting three weeks of guerrilla warfare in which at least 130 Colombians are killed.
  • 1998 – Google is founded by Larry Page and Sergey Brin, two students at Stanford University.
  • 2001 – Tokyo DisneySea opens to the public as part of the Tokyo Disney Resort in Urayasu, Chiba, Japan.
  • 2002 – The Oakland Athletics win their 20th consecutive game, an American League record.
  • 2007 – Three terrorists suspected to be a part of Al-Qaeda are arrested in Germany after allegedly planning attacks on both the Frankfurt International airport and US military installations.
  • 2010 – A 7.1 magnitude earthquake strikes the South Island of New Zealand causing widespread damage and several power outages.

Births on September 4

  • 973 – Al-Biruni, Persian physician and polymath (d. 1048)
  • 1241 – Alexander III, king of Scotland (d. 1286)
  • 1383 – Felix V, antipope of Rome (d. 1451)
  • 1454 – Henry Stafford, 2nd Duke of Buckingham, English politician, Lord High Constable of England (d. 1483)
  • 1557 – Sophie of Mecklenburg-Güstrow, queen consort of Denmark and Norway (d. 1631)
  • 1563 – Wanli, Chinese emperor (d. 1620)
  • 1580 – George Percy, English explorer (d. 1632)
  • 1596 – Constantijn Huygens, Dutch poet and composer (d. 1687)
  • 1681 – Carl Heinrich Biber, Austrian violinist and composer (d. 1749)
  • 1717 – Job Orton, English minister and author (d. 1783)
  • 1745 – Shneur Zalman, Russian rabbi, author and founder of Chabad (d. 1812)
  • 1755 – Axel von Fersen the Younger, Swedish general and politician (d. 1810)
  • 1768 – François-René de Chateaubriand, French historian and politician, Minister of Foreign Affairs for France (d. 1848)
  • 1776 – Stephen Whitney, American businessman (d. 1860)
  • 1798 – Raynold Kaufgetz, Swiss soldier, economist, and politician (d. 1869)
  • 1809 – Manuel Montt, Chilean scholar and politician, 6th President of Chile (d. 1880)
  • 1809 – Juliusz Słowacki, Polish poet and playwright (d. 1849)
  • 1824 – Anton Bruckner, Austrian organist and composer (d. 1896)
  • 1825 – Dadabhai Naoroji, Indian academic and politician, President of the Indian National Congress (d. 1917)
  • 1826 – Martin Wiberg, Swedish philosopher and engineer (d. 1905)
  • 1832 – Antonio Agliardi, Italian cardinal (d. 1915)
  • 1846 – Daniel Burnham, American architect, designed the World’s Columbian Exposition (d. 1912)
  • 1848 – Lewis Howard Latimer, American inventor (d. 1928)
  • 1848 – Jennie Lee, American actress (d. 1925)
  • 1850 – Luigi Cadorna, Italian field marshal (d. 1928)
  • 1851 – John Dillon, Irish poet and politician (d. 1927)
  • 1885 – Antonio Bacci, Italian cardinal (d. 1971)
  • 1886 – Albert Orsborn, English 6th General of The Salvation Army (d. 1967)
  • 1887 – Roy William Neill, Irish-English director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 1946)
  • 1888 – Oskar Schlemmer, German painter, sculptor, designer and choreographer (d. 1943)
  • 1890 – Gunnar Sommerfeldt, Danish actor, director, and screenwriter (d. 1947)
  • 1891 – Fritz Todt, German engineer and politician (d. 1942)
  • 1892 – Darius Milhaud, French composer and educator (d. 1974)
  • 1896 – Antonin Artaud, French actor, director, and playwright (d. 1948)
  • 1901 – William Lyons, English businessman, co-founded Jaguar Cars (d. 1985)
  • 1902 – Tommy Mitchell, English cricketer (d. 1996)
  • 1905 – Mary Renault, English-South African author (d. 1983)
  • 1905 – Walter Zapp, Latvian-Estonian inventor, invented the Minox (d. 2003)
  • 1906 – Max Delbrück, German-American biophysicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1981)
  • 1907 – Reggie Nalder, Austrian-American actor (d. 1991)
  • 1908 – Edward Dmytryk, Canadian-American director and producer (d. 1999)
  • 1908 – Richard Wright, American novelist, short story writer, essayist, and poet (d. 1960)
  • 1909 – Eduard Wirths, German physician (d. 1945)
  • 1910 – Denis Tomlinson, Zimbabwean-South African cricketer (d. 1993)
  • 1912 – Syd Hoff, American author and illustrator (d. 2004)
  • 1912 – Alexander Liberman, Russian-American publisher, painter, photographer, and sculptor (d. 1999)
  • 1913 – Mickey Cohen, American mob boss (d. 1976)
  • 1913 – Victor Kiernan, English historian and academic (d. 2009)
  • 1913 – Stanford Moore, American biochemist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1982)
  • 1913 – Kenzō Tange, Japanese architect, designed the Yoyogi National Gymnasium (d. 2005)
  • 1913 – Shmuel Wosner, Austrian-Israeli rabbi and author (d. 2015)
  • 1914 – Rudolf Leiding, German businessman (d. 2003)
  • 1917 – Henry Ford II, American businessman (d. 1987)
  • 1918 – Paul Harvey, American radio host (d. 2009)
  • 1918 – Gerald Wilson, American trumpet player and composer (d. 2014)
  • 1919 – Howard Morris, American actor, director, and screenwriter (d. 2005)
  • 1920 – Clemar Bucci, Argentinian race car driver (d. 2011)
  • 1920 – Craig Claiborne, American journalist, author, and critic (d. 2000)
  • 1922 – Per Olof Sundman, Swedish author and politician (d. 1992)
  • 1923 – Ram Kishore Shukla, Indian lawyer and politician (d. 2003)
  • 1924 – Joan Aiken, English author (d. 2004)
  • 1924 – Justinas Lagunavičius, Lithuanian basketball player (d. 1997)
  • 1925 – Asa Earl Carter, American Ku Klux Klan leader and author (d. 1979)
  • 1926 – George William Gray, British chemist who developed liquid crystals that made displays possible (d. 2013)
  • 1926 – Ivan Illich, Austrian priest and philosopher (d. 2002)
  • 1926 – Bert Olmstead, Canadian ice hockey player and coach (d. 2015)
  • 1927 – John McCarthy, American computer scientist and academic (d. 2011)
  • 1927 – Ferenc Sánta, Hungarian author and screenwriter (d. 2008)
  • 1928 – Dick York, American actor (d. 1992)
  • 1929 – Thomas Eagleton, American lawyer and politician, 38th Lieutenant Governor of Missouri (d. 2007)
  • 1929 – Robert V. Keeley, Lebanese-American soldier and diplomat, United States Ambassador to Greece (d. 2015)
  • 1930 – Robert Arneson, American sculptor and academic (d. 1992)
  • 1930 – William Maxson, American general (d. 2013)
  • 1931 – Mitzi Gaynor, American actress, singer, and dancer
  • 1931 – Antonios Trakatellis, Greek biochemist and politician
  • 1932 – Carlos Romero Barceló, Puerto Rican lawyer and politician, 5th Governor of Puerto Rico
  • 1932 – Vince Dooley, American football player and coach
  • 1934 – Clive Granger, Welsh-American economist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2009)
  • 1934 – Antoine Redin, French footballer and manager (d. 2012)
  • 1934 – Eduard Khil, Russian baritone singer (d. 2012)
  • 1934 – Jan Švankmajer, Czech filmmaker and artist
  • 1935 – Charles A. Hines, American general and academic (d. 2013)
  • 1935 – Dallas Willard, American philosopher and academic (d. 2013)
  • 1937 – Dawn Fraser, Australian swimmer and politician
  • 1937 – Gene Ludwig, American organist and composer (d. 2010)
  • 1937 – Virgil A. Richard, American general (d. 2013)
  • 1937 – Les Allen, English footballer and manager
  • 1939 – Denis Lindsay, South African cricketer and referee (d. 2005)
  • 1941 – Marilena de Souza Chaui, Brazilian philosopher and academic
  • 1941 – Ken Harrelson, American baseball player and sportscaster
  • 1941 – Ramesh Sethi, Kenyan cricketer and coach
  • 1941 – Sushilkumar Shinde, Indian lawyer and politician, 19th Governor of Andhra Pradesh
  • 1942 – Raymond Floyd, American golfer
  • 1942 – Jerry Jarrett, American wrestler and promoter, co-founded Total Nonstop Action Wrestling
  • 1942 – Merald “Bubba” Knight, American singer
  • 1944 – Tony Atkinson, English economist and academic (d. 2017)
  • 1944 – Dave Bassett, English footballer and manager
  • 1944 – Gene Parsons, American singer-songwriter, drummer, guitarist, and banjo player
  • 1944 – Ron Ward, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1945 – Danny Gatton, American guitarist (d. 1994)
  • 1945 – Bill Kenwright, English actor, singer, and producer
  • 1946 – Gary Duncan, American guitarist (d. 2019)
  • 1946 – Dave Liebman, American saxophonist, flute player, and composer
  • 1946 – Bryan Mauricette, Saint Lucian-Canadian cricketer
  • 1947 – Bob Jenkins, American sportscaster
  • 1947 – Paul Sait, Australian rugby league player
  • 1949 – Darryl Cotton, Australian singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2012)
  • 1949 – Dean Pees, American football player and coach
  • 1949 – Tom Watson, American golfer and sportscaster
  • 1950 – Doyle Alexander, American baseball player
  • 1951 – Martin Chambers, English drummer and singer
  • 1951 – Judith Ivey, American actress
  • 1951 – Marita Ulvskog, Swedish politician, Deputy Prime Minister of Sweden
  • 1952 – Stephen Easley, American businessman and politician (d. 2013)
  • 1953 – Janet Biehl, American philosopher and author
  • 1953 – Michael Stean, English chess player and author
  • 1953 – Fatih Terim, Turkish footballer and manager
  • 1955 – David Broza, Israeli singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1955 – Garth Le Roux, South African cricketer
  • 1955 – Brian Schweitzer, American politician, 23rd Governor of Montana
  • 1956 – Blackie Lawless, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1957 – Khandi Alexander, American actress, dancer, and choreographer
  • 1958 – Jacqueline Hewitt, American astrophysicist and astronomer
  • 1958 – Marzio Innocenti, Italian rugby player and coach
  • 1958 – Drew Pinsky, American radio and television host
  • 1959 – Kevin Harrington, Australian actor
  • 1959 – Armin Kogler, Austrian ski jumper
  • 1960 – Kim Thayil, American guitarist and songwriter
  • 1960 – Shailesh Vara, Ugandan-English lawyer and politician
  • 1960 – Damon Wayans, American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter
  • 1961 – Nick Blinko, English singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1961 – Lars Jönsson, Swedish film producer
  • 1962 – Kiran More, Indian cricketer
  • 1962 – Ulla Tørnæs, Danish politician, Danish Minister of Education
  • 1962 – Shinya Yamanaka, Japanese physician and biologist, Nobel Prize laureate
  • 1963 – Bobby Jarzombek, American drummer
  • 1963 – John Vanbiesbrouck, American ice hockey player, coach, and manager
  • 1963 – Sami Yaffa, Finnish singer-songwriter and bass player
  • 1964 – Guy Boros, American golfer
  • 1964 – Aadesh Shrivastava, Indian singer-songwriter (d. 2015)
  • 1965 – Sergio Momesso, Canadian ice hockey player and sportscaster
  • 1966 – Yanka Dyagileva, Russian singer-songwriter (d. 1991)
  • 1966 – Jeff Tremaine, American director, producer, and screenwriter
  • 1967 – Darrin Murray, New Zealand cricketer and accountant
  • 1967 – Dezső Szabó, Hungarian decathlete
  • 1968 – John DiMaggio, American voice actor
  • 1968 – Mike Piazza, American baseball player
  • 1969 – Sasha, Welsh DJ and producer
  • 1969 – Ramon Dekkers, Dutch kick-boxer and mixed martial artist (d. 2013)
  • 1969 – Giorgi Margvelashvili, Georgian academic and politician, 4th President of Georgia
  • 1969 – Inga Tuigamala, Samoan-New Zealand rugby player
  • 1970 – Igor Cavalera, Brazilian drummer
  • 1970 – Deni Hines, Australian singer-songwriter
  • 1970 – Ivan Iusco, Italian composer
  • 1970 – Sven Meyer, German footballer
  • 1971 – Lance Klusener, South African cricketer and coach
  • 1971 – Ione Skye, English-American actress
  • 1971 – Maik Taylor, German-Irish footballer and coach
  • 1972 – Steve Leonard, Northern Irish veterinarian and television personality
  • 1973 – Aaron Fultz, American baseball player and coach
  • 1973 – Lazlow Jones, American radio presenter, producer and screenwriter
  • 1974 – Mati Pari, Estonian footballer and coach
  • 1974 – Lincoln Roberts, Tobagonian cricketer
  • 1975 – Sergio Ballesteros, Spanish footballer
  • 1975 – Mark Ronson, English DJ, producer, and songwriter, co-founded Allido Records
  • 1975 – Dave Salmoni, Canadian zoologist, television host, and producer
  • 1976 – Denilson Martins Nascimento, Brazilian footballer
  • 1976 – Mario-Ernesto Rodríguez, Uruguayan-Italian footballer
  • 1977 – Sun-woo Kim, South Korean baseball player
  • 1977 – Lucie Silvas, English singer-songwriter and pianist
  • 1977 – Kia Stevens, American wrestler
  • 1978 – Wes Bentley, American actor and producer
  • 1978 – Terence Newman, American football player
  • 1978 – Frederik Veuchelen, Belgian cyclist
  • 1978 – Christian Walz, Swedish singer-songwriter and producer
  • 1979 – Maxim Afinogenov, Russian ice hockey player
  • 1979 – Pedro Macedo Camacho, Portuguese pianist, composer, and producer
  • 1979 – Kosuke Matsuura, Japanese race car driver
  • 1980 – Max Greenfield, American actor
  • 1980 – Pat Neshek, American baseball player
  • 1981 – Beyoncé, American singer-songwriter, producer, dancer, and actress
  • 1981 – Richard Garcia, Australian footballer
  • 1981 – Lacey Sturm, American singer-songwriter
  • 1982 – Whitney Cummings, American comedian, actress, producer, and screenwriter
  • 1982 – Mark Lewis-Francis, English sprinter
  • 1983 – Yuichi Nakamaru, Japanese singer-songwriter, actor, and radio host
  • 1983 – Margit Rüütel, Estonian tennis player
  • 1983 – Armands Šķēle, Latvian basketball player
  • 1984 – Jonathan Adam, Scottish race car driver
  • 1984 – Hamish McIntosh, Australian footballer
  • 1984 – Kyle Mooney, American comedian, actor, and screenwriter
  • 1985 – Raúl Albiol, Spanish footballer
  • 1985 – Ri Kwang-chon, North Korean footballer
  • 1985 – Walid Mesloub, Algerian footballer
  • 1986 – Ayumi Kaihori, Japanese footballer
  • 1986 – Xavier Woods, American wrestler
  • 1987 – Wesley Blake, American wrestler
  • 1988 – John Tyler Hammons, American politician
  • 1989 – Elliott Whitehead, English rugby league player
  • 1990 – James Bay, English singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1990 – Jonny Lomax, English rugby player
  • 1990 – Danny Worsnop, English singer-songwriter
  • 1991 – Adrien Bart, French sprint canoeist
  • 1991 – Anders Zachariassen, Danish handball player
  • 1992 – Hanna Schwamborn, German actress
  • 1992 – Kevin Lee, American mixed martial artist
  • 1993 – Emma Brownlie, Scottish footballer
  • 1993 – Yannick Carrasco, Belgian footballer
  • 1993 – Jody Fannin, English race car driver
  • 1993 – Chantal Škamlová, Slovak tennis player
  • 1994 – Kenny McEvoy, Irish footballer
  • 1994 – Sabina Sharipova, Uzbekistan tennis player
  • 1994 – Thomas Minns, English rugby player
  • 1995 – Jazz Tevaga, New Zealand rugby league player
  • 1996 – Jordan Lilley, English rugby league player
  • 1996 – Ashton Golding, English rugby league player

Deaths on September 4

  • 422 – Boniface I, pope of the Catholic Church
  • 799 – Musa al-Kadhim, Arabic imam (b. 745)
  • 1037 – Bermudo III, king of León (b. c. 1017)
  • 1063 – Tughril, Seljuq sultan (b. 990)
  • 1199 – Joan of England, queen of Sicily (b. 1165)
  • 1308 – Margaret of Burgundy, queen of Sicily (b. 1250)
  • 1323 – Gegeen Khan, Chinese emperor (b. 1302)
  • 1342 – Anna Anachoutlou, empress of Trebizond
  • 1417 – Robert Hallam, English Catholic bishop
  • 1537 – Johann Dietenberger, German theologian and translator (b. 1475)
  • 1571 – Matthew Stewart, 4th Earl of Lennox, English nobleman (b. 1516)
  • 1588 – Robert Dudley, 1st Earl of Leicester, English academic and politician, Lord Lieutenant of Norfolk (b. 1532)
  • 1625 – Thomas Smythe, English diplomat (b. 1558)
  • 1676 – John Ogilby, Scottish-born impresario and cartographer (b. 1600)
  • 1767 – Charles Townshend, English politician, Chancellor of the Exchequer (b. 1725)
  • 1780 – John Fielding, English lawyer and judge (b. 1721)
  • 1784 – César-François Cassini de Thury, French astronomer and cartographer (b. 1714)
  • 1794 – John Hely-Hutchinson, Anglo-Irish lawyer and politician (b. 1724)
  • 1804 – Richard Somers, American lieutenant (b. 1778)
  • 1820 – Timothy Brown, English banker and merchant (b. 1743/4)
  • 1821 – José Miguel Carrera, Chilean general and politician (b. 1785)
  • 1849 – Friedrich Laun, German author (b. 1770)
  • 1852 – William MacGillivray, Scottish biologist and ornithologist (b. 1796)
  • 1864 – John Hunt Morgan, American general (b. 1825)
  • 1907 – Edvard Grieg, Norwegian pianist and composer (b. 1843)
  • 1909 – Clyde Fitch, American playwright and songwriter (b. 1865)
  • 1911 – John Francon Williams, Welsh-born writer, journalist, geographer, historian, cartographer and inventor (b. 1854)
  • 1914 – Charles Péguy, French poet and philosopher (b. 1873)
  • 1940 – George William de Carteret, French-English journalist and author (b. 1869)
  • 1944 – Erich Fellgiebel, German general (b. 1886)
  • 1963 – Robert Schuman, Luxembourgian-French politician, 130th Prime Minister of France (b. 1886)
  • 1965 – Albert Schweitzer, French-Gabonese physician, theologian, and missionary, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1875)
  • 1974 – Creighton Abrams, American general (b. 1914)
  • 1974 – Marcel Achard, French playwright and screenwriter (b. 1899)
  • 1974 – Charles Arnison, English airman (b. 1893)
  • 1974 – Lewi Pethrus, Swedish minister and hymn-writer (b. 1884)
  • 1977 – Stelios Perpiniadis, Greek singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1899)
  • 1977 – Jean Rostand, French biologist and philosopher (b. 1894)
  • 1977 – E. F. Schumacher, German-English economist and statistician (b. 1911)
  • 1982 – Jack Tworkov, Polish-American painter (b. 1900)
  • 1985 – Vasyl Stus, Ukrainian poet, publicist, and dissident (b. 1938)
  • 1985 – George O’Brien, American actor and singer (b. 1899)
  • 1986 – Otto Glória, Brazilian footballer and manager (b. 1917)
  • 1986 – Hank Greenberg, American baseball player and manager (b. 1911)
  • 1987 – Bill Bowes, English cricketer and coach (b. 1908)
  • 1989 – Georges Simenon, Belgian-Swiss author (b. 1903)
  • 1989 – Ronald Syme, New Zealand historian and author (b. 1903)
  • 1990 – Lawrence A. Cremin, American historian and author (b. 1925)
  • 1990 – Irene Dunne, American actress and singer (b. 1898)
  • 1990 – Turan Dursun, Turkish scholar and author (b. 1934)
  • 1991 – Charlie Barnet, American saxophonist, composer, and bandleader (b. 1913)
  • 1991 – Tom Tryon, American actor and author (b. 1926)
  • 1991 – Dottie West, American singer-songwriter and actress (b. 1932)
  • 1993 – Hervé Villechaize, French-American actor (b. 1943)
  • 1995 – Chuck Greenberg, American saxophonist, composer, and producer (b. 1950)
  • 1995 – William Kunstler, American lawyer and activist (b. 1919)
  • 1996 – Joan Clarke, English cryptanalyst and numismatist (b. 1917)
  • 1997 – Dharamvir Bharati, Indian author, poet, and playwright (b. 1926)
  • 1997 – Aldo Rossi, Italian architect, designed the Bonnefanten Museum and Teatro Carlo Felice (b. 1931)
  • 1998 – Ernst Jaakson, Estonian diplomat (b. 1905)
  • 1998 – Elizabeth Kata, Australian author and screenwriter (b. 1912)
  • 1999 – Georg Gawliczek, German footballer and manager (b. 1919)
  • 2002 – Vlado Perlemuter, Lithuanian-French pianist and educator (b. 1904)
  • 2003 – Lola Bobesco, Romanian-Belgian violinist and educator (b. 1921)
  • 2003 – Tibor Varga, Hungarian violinist and conductor (b. 1921)
  • 2004 – Alphonso Ford, American basketball player (b. 1971)
  • 2004 – Moe Norman, Canadian golfer (b. 1929)
  • 2006 – Giacinto Facchetti, Italian footballer and manager (b. 1942)
  • 2006 – Steve Irwin, Australian zoologist and television host (b. 1962)
  • 2006 – Colin Thiele, Australian author, poet, and educator (b. 1920)
  • 2006 – Astrid Varnay, Swedish-American soprano (b. 1918)
  • 2007 – John Scott, 9th Duke of Buccleuch, Scottish soldier and politician, Lord Lieutenant of Roxburghshire (b. 1923)
  • 2011 – Lee Roy Selmon, American football player (b. 1954)
  • 2012 – Abraham Avigdorov, Israeli soldier (b. 1929)
  • 2012 – Albert Marre, American actor, director, and producer (b. 1924)
  • 2012 – George Savitsky, American football player (b. 1924)
  • 2012 – Syed Mustafa Siraj, Indian author (b. 1930)
  • 2012 – Hakam Sufi, Indian singer-songwriter (b. 1952)
  • 2013 – Michel Pagé, Canadian businessman and politician (b. 1949)
  • 2013 – Dick Raaymakers, Dutch composer and theorist (b. 1930)
  • 2013 – Daniele Seccarecci, Italian bodybuilder (b. 1980)
  • 2013 – Stanislav Stepashkin, Russian boxer (b. 1940)
  • 2013 – Casey Viator, American bodybuilder and journalist (b. 1951)
  • 2014 – Ron Mulock, Australian lawyer and politician, 10th Deputy Premier of New South Wales (b. 1930)
  • 2014 – Gustavo Cerati, Argentine Musician (b.1959)
  • 2014 – Wolfhart Pannenberg, Polish-German theologian and academic (b. 1928)
  • 2014 – Joan Rivers, American comedian, television host, and author (b. 1933)
  • 2015 – Graham Brazier, New Zealand singer-songwriter (b. 1952)
  • 2015 – Jean Darling, American actress (b. 1922)
  • 2015 – Wilfred de Souza, Indian surgeon and politician, 7th Chief Minister of Goa (b. 1927)
  • 2015 – Warren Murphy, American author and screenwriter (b. 1933)
  • 2016 – Clarence D. Rappleyea Jr., lawyer and politician (b. 1933)
  • 2018 – Bill Daily, American actor, comedian (b. 1927)

Holidays and observances on September 4

  • Christian feast day:
    • Candida the Elder
    • Blessed Catherine of Racconigi
    • Blessed Dina Bélanger
    • Hermione of Ephesus
    • Ida of Herzfeld
    • Irmgardis (of Süchteln)
    • Moses and Aaron (Lutheran Church and Eastern Orthodox Church)
    • Paul Jones (Episcopal Church)
    • Rosalia
    • Rose of Viterbo
    • Rufinus, Silvanus, and Vitalicus
    • Thamel and companions
    • Ultan of Ardbraccan
    • September 4 (Eastern Orthodox liturgics)
  • Immigrant’s Day (Argentina)
  • Newspaper Carrier Day (United States)

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