Today in history, August 4.

Today in history, August 4.

All of the events below occurred on the same day of the month, August 4.

1693: Date traditionally ascribed to Dom Perignon's invention of champagne.

1875: Novelist, short story writer and poet Hans Christian Andersen dies in Copenhagen, Denmark at age 70.

1901: Trumpet player and singer Louis Armstrong is born in New Orleans, Louisiana.

1914: The German army invades Belgium leading Belgium and Great Britain to declare war on Germany. The U.S. declares its neutrality.

1961: President Barack Obama is born in Honolulu, Hawaii.

1969: Secret peace negotiations begin in Paris over ending the Vietnam War. Initially, they are unsuccessful.

1996: The Centennial Olympic Games come to an end in Atlanta with closing ceremonies.

2014: Former White House Press Secretary James Brady, 73, dies in Alexandria, Virginia.

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