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On August the 4th
The African republic Upper Volta changed its name to Burkina Faso.
Civil rights workers Michael Schwerner, Andrew Goodman and James Chaney were found dead in Mississippi.
American politician, Barack Obama, was born in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Nazi Germany invaded Belgium and England declared war on Germany.
American musician, Louis Armstrong, was born in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Benedictine monk, Dom Perignon, invented champagne. The famous brand of champagne Dom Perignon is named after him.
King Henry I of France is died in Vitry-en-Brie, France.
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