June 04

This Day in History

1954

Dead Sea Scrolls for Sale on Wall Street Journal

The Dead Sea Scrolls are a vast collection of almost 1,000 fragments from the ancient Hebrew Bible and other related texts, which were discovered in a warren of Palestinian caves between the 1947 and … (more...)

1944

“Hell Divers” – The Battle of Midway

2017 marks the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Midway that took place from 4 to 7 June 1942, and was one of the most significant naval battles of the Second World War. In the lead up the battle … (more...)

1940

Dunkirk evacuation ends

On this day, the last Allied troops in Europe evacuate Dunkirk as the Germans arrive. After the capitulation of Belgium's King Leopold II and the fall of the Netherlands, the Allied defense of Western … (more...)

1827

Oxford and Cambridge Play Their First Cricket Match

On this day in 1827, Oxford University Cricket Club and Cambridge University Cricket Club played their very first cricket match, inaugurating a now annual tradition and igniting a ferocious rivalry … (more...)

278

Origins of Dragon Boat Festival

On this day in 278 BCE, Chinese poet and government minister Qu Yuan drowned himself in the Miluo River in an act of ritual suicide to protest the corruption plaguing China during his time. His act is … (more...)