Saturday the 4th of April in the year 2026
Today's name is: Marianne, Marlene. Congratulations on your name day!
This is week: 14
Day of the year is: 94 of total 365 days.
Historical events this day: (from Wikipedia)
- 1216 - The pope Innocent III sends a letter in which he recognizes the Swedish king's right to south-west Finland and that its bishop is subordinate to the archbishop of Uppsala. He also complains that Swedish priests are subject to secular law, that priests can be appointed without the Church's consent and that Peter's voltage not paid. In the letter, the Pope also recognizes the king Erik Knutsson as king of Sweden (there has been a dispute between the king and the church since he deposed the former king Swears the younger one 1208) and thus the Pope is reconciled with the Swedish state power. In that respect, however, the letter arrives too late, as King Erik dies only six days later.
- 1292 - When the Pope Nicholas IV dies, the Holy See will be empty for over two years, before Celestine V is elected as the new pope on July 5, 1294.
- 1406 - Vid of Robert III dead, he is succeeded as King of Scotland by his 11-year-old son Jacob I. Thus begins the period of 219 years (until 1625), when Scotland has six Jacobite kings in a row (with the exception of the years 1542–1567, when Mary I is reigning queen).
- 1588 - Vid Frederick II's dead, he is succeeded as king of Denmark and Norway by his son Christian IV. This will become the countries longest-lasting king, as he sits on the throne for almost 60 years, until his death in 1648.
- 1841 – William Henry Harrison dies of pneumonia, only a month after taking office as President of the United States (he contracted the disease during his inaugural address). He thus becomes the shortest-serving American president of all time and is succeeded on the same day by the vice president John Tyler, holding the post for the remainder of Harrison's term in office (until 1845).
- 1905 - An earthquake with a magnitude of 7.8 on the Richter scale occurs in the Kangra area in northern India. Around 20,000 perish and basically all the buildings in Kangra, Mcleodganj and Dharamshala are destroyed.
- 1949 - Representatives of ten European countries (Belgium, Denmark, France, Iceland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal and the United Kingdom) and two North American countries (Canada and the United States) sign the so-called Atlantic Pact in Washington, DC, thereby forming the defense alliance NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organisation). The participating countries promise each other mutual assistance in the event that one of them is attacked and an attack on one of the member countries is to be seen as an attack on the entire alliance. As a response to this is formed within Eastern Bloc a few years later a similar alliance, which gets the name The Warsaw Pact under the leadership of the Soviet Union. During the Cold War, the alliances stood against each other, but since the Warsaw Pact was dissolved after its end, several of the pact's former members have joined NATO.
- 1959 - The self-governing French colonies Senegal and French Sudan form the independent republic Mali Federation within it French Commonwealth. On June 20 of the following year, the republic becomes fully independent from France, but already two months later, Senegal leaves it and on September 22 of the same year, the remainder of the Mali Federation forms the republic Mali.
- 1968 - The American civil rights fighter Martin Luther King is murdered in a motel in Memphis, Tennessee by James Earl Ray. King is leaning over the railing of his balcony, to speak with some colleagues, when Ray shoots him at 6:01 p.m. Ray immediately flees the scene and it takes two months before he is captured. He is sentenced to 99 years in prison and dies in prison in 1998. However, it has been questioned whether he is really the murderer, as there is supposed to have been very little evidence.
- 1973 - The skyscraper complex World Trade Center in New York is officially inaugurated and the northern skyscraper is for a short time the tallest building in the world (already in the same year, however, inaugurated Sears Tower in Chicago, which gets even higher). The towers began to be built in 1966 and already in 1970 the first tenants have started to move in. They then remain until September 11, 2001, when they destroyed in a terrorist attack.