What Happened On This Day – June 4

  • 1989 Thousands die in the Tiananmen Square Massacre

    Using assault rifles and tanks, Chinese troops massacred unarmed civilians who had taken part in pro-democracy protests.

  • 1989 Poland holds the first free elections after World War II

    The landslide victory of the Polish trade union, “Solidarity”, marked the beginning of the Autumn of Nations, a wave of revolutions resulting in the fall of communism.

  • 1984 Bruce Springsteen releases Born in the U.S.A.

    The album was Springsteen’s most successful. It featured hits like “Born in the U.S.A.”, “Dancing in the Dark”, and “I’m on Fire”.

  • 1917 The first Pulitzer Prize is awarded

    Every year, the prestigious award honors outstanding journalistic achievements. It was established with money bequeathed to Columbia University by publisher Joseph Pulitzer.

  • 1783 The Montgolfier brothers demonstrate the first hot air balloon

    The flight of the Montgolfière lasted only about 10 minutes, but it secured the French inventors a place in the history books.

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