What’s Happening Today?
Barack Obama Day (Illinois). Today is one of the two days of recognition in the United States in honor of Barack Obama, who served as the 44th President of the United States from 2009 to 2017. Obama was a member of the Illinois Senate from 1997 to 2004 and represented the state in the United States Senate from 2005 to 2008 before becoming president. Illinois celebrates the day on August 4 of each year.
Coast Guard Day (USA). It is held every August 4 to commemorate the founding of the United States Coast Guard as the Revenue Marine on August 4, 1790, by then-Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton. On that date, U.S. Congress, guided by Hamilton, authorized the building of a fleet of the first ten Revenue Service cutters, whose responsibility would be enforcement of the first tariff laws enacted by the U.S. Congress under the U.S. Constitution.
What Happened Today?
1. In 1962, Marilyn Monroe, one of the most famous Hollywood actresses of all time died at age 36 of a barbiturate overdose at her 12305 Fifth Helena Drive home in Los Angeles, California. Her body was discovered before dawn on Sunday, August 5. Monroe had suffered from mental illness and substance abuse for several years prior to her death.
2. In 1972, President Idi Amin declared that Britain would need to take on responsibility for British subjects of Asian origin, accusing them of "sabotaging Uganda's economy and encouraging corruption".
3. In 1984, The Republic of Upper Volta changed its name to Burkina Faso. It had been established on 11 December 1958 as a self-governing colony within the French Community. On 5 August 1960, it attained full independence from France.
1. 1961 – Barack Obama, the first and only black American President ever.
2. 1981 – Meghan Markle, the Duke of Sussex.
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