August 04

This Day in History

1997

Oldest Person Who Ever Lived Dies

On this day in August 1997, Jeanne Louise Calment died of old age. In fact, she died of very old age and is considered the oldest person that has ever lived, at 122 years and 164 days... or 44,724 … (more...)

1993

Japan Apologizes to WWII Sex Slaves

On this day in in 1993, Japan formally apologized—for the first time—to so-called comfort women, some 200,000 women forced to serve its soldiers as sex slaves during World War II. Comfort women … (more...)

1944

Anne Frank Captured

On August 4, 1944, the Nazi Gestapo captures Anne Frank and her family, who are hiding in Holland. When she was four, Anne Frank's German family escaped the Nazi persecution of Jews by moving to … (more...)

1693

Champagne Invented

When Bendictine monk Dom Perignon was making wine and couldn't rid it of bubbles, he tasted his accidental creation and exclaimed, "Come quickly! I am drinking the stars!" Thus, according to legend, … (more...)