Today in History: August 4

Today in History: August 4

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1265

King Henry III puts down a revolt of English barons lead by Simon de Montfort.

1578

A crusade against the Moors of Morocco is routed at the Battle of Alcazar-el-Kebir. King Sebastian of Portugal and 8,000 of his soldiers are killed.

1717

A friendship treaty is signed between France and Russia.

1789

The Constituent Assembly in France abolishes the privileges of nobility.

1790

The Revenue Cutter service, the parent service of the U.S. Navy and Coast Guard, is organized.

1864

Federal troops fail to capture Fort Gaines on Dauphin Island, one of the Confederate forts defending Mobile Bay.

1875

The first Convention of Colored Newspapermen is held in Cincinnati, Ohio.

1879

A law is passed in Germany making Alsace Lorraine a territory of the empire.

1914

Germany invades Belgium causing Great Britain to declare war on Germany.

1942

The British government charges that Mohandas Gandhi and his All-Indian Congress Party favor "appeasement" with Japan.

1944

RAF pilot T. D. Dean becomes the first pilot to destroy a V-1 buzz bomb when he tips the pilotless craft's wing, sending it off course.

1952

Helicopters from the U.S. Air Force Air Rescue Service land in Germany, completing the first transatlantic flight by helicopter in 51 hours and 55 minutes of flight time.

1964

The bodies of civil rights workers Michael Schwerner, Andrew Goodman & James E. Chaney, are discovered in an earthen Mississippi dam.

1964

The U.S.S. Maddox and Turner Joy exchange fire with North Vietnamese patrol boats.

1971

The U.S. launches the first satellite into lunar orbit from a manned spacecraft (Apollo 15).

1972

Arthur Bremer is sentenced to 63 years for shooting Alabama governor George Wallace, later reduced to 53 years.

1979

President Jimmy Carter establishes the Department of Energy.

1988

The US Senate votes to give each Japanese-American who was interned during WWII $20,000 compensation and an apology.

2007

NASA launches the Phoenix spacecraft on a mission to Mars.