Good News On This Day in History - April 4
A daily column that features all the good news, anniversaries and notable birthdays from this day in history—April 4.
Culture & Entertainment
57 years ago today, Beatlemania was in full bloom as the band held every one of the top five spots on the US singles chart. The Beatles packed the Billboard Hot 100 with Please Please Me, I Want To Hold Your Hand, Roll Over Beethoven, Love Me Do—and at No.1 Can’t Buy Me Love.
The Fab Four also had another nine songs lower on the chart, bringing their unprecedented total to fourteen, after having arrived in the U.S. two months earlier for a tour. (1964).
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Bluesman ‘Muddy Waters‘ was born in Mississippi (1913)
Anne Frank, the 14-year-old Holocaust victim, wrote in her diary: “I want to go on living even after my death! And therefore I am grateful to God for giving me this gift…of expressing all that is in me” (1944)
The North Atlantic Treaty pact was signed by twelve nations to create NATO (1949)
The peace sign was created by artist Gerald Holtom in London for an anti-war protest in Aldermaston, England, incorporating the flag signals (semaphores) for the letters N and D – for Nuclear Disarmament (1958)
Happy Birthday to Robert Downey, Jr., who turns 56 today (1965)
Jimi Hendrix, B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Joni Mitchell, Al Kooper and Ted Nugent met up for an all night blues, folk and rock session at The New Generation Club, New York after hearing the news of Martin Luther King’s assassination (1968)
The first temporary artificial heart was implanted be Dr. Denton Cooley (1969)
President Ronald Reagan called for an international ban on chemical weapons (1984)
The Angola government and UNITA rebels signed a peace treaty ending the Angolan Civil War (2002)
Beyonce Knowles married Jay-Z at his New York apartment (2008)
Prosecutor John M. Tran, elected by the state’s General Assembly, became the first Asian-American to serve as judge in the Commonwealth of Virginia (2013)