On This Day: June 4th

I’ll be posting a few fun little things that happened on this day in history. I’ll also add my own commentary to the mix now and then as well.

Note: Not all events will be pleasant, but I promise to throw in as many quirky and pleasant ones as I can to balance.

June 4th:

1945- US, Soviet Union, Britain and France agree to divide up occupied Germany

1989- Eastern Europe’s 1st partial free elections in 40 years held in Poland, Solidarity Party comes to power

781 BC- Oldest Chinese recording of a solar eclipse

1756- Quakers leave assembly of Pennsylvania

1784- Madame Elizabeth Thible becomes the first female balloonist

1824- First free press (without government approval) founded in Australia – the Hobart Town Gazette by ex-convict Andrew Bent [1]

1825- Unseasonable hurricane hits NYC

1875- Pacific Stock Exchange opens

1896- Henry Ford takes his 1st Ford through streets of Detroit

1912- Massachusetts passes 1st US minimum wage law

1928- President of the Republic of China Zhang Zuolin is assassinated by Japanese agents

1940- Winston Churchill’s speech “We shall fight on the seas and oceans”

My source and more facts at On This Day

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