August 4 is the 216th day (217th day in a leap year) in the Gregorian calendar.
1914 – World War I: Britain declares war on Germany, while the United States declares the country's neutrality.
1916 - The United States buys the Virgin Islands from Denmark for 25 million US dollars.
1949 - The Hatta I Cabinet, based in Yogyakarta, finished its duties and was replaced by the Hatta II Cabinet.
1983 - A coup by Blaise Compaoré makes Thomas Sankara President of Upper Volta.
1984 - Volta Hulu changes its name to Burkina Faso.
1992 - Badminton at the 1992 Summer Olympics: Alan Budikusuma and Susi Susanti contributed gold medals for Indonesia in the men's singles and women's singles.
2011 - Cut the Rope: Experiments game is released.
2016 - The feature film 3 Heroine is released.
2019 - Simultaneous power outages at PJB due to transmission disruptions from Ungaran to Sularaya Cilegon
1521 - Pope Urban VII (d.1590).
1821 - Louis Vuitton, a French designer (d. 1892).
1859 - Knut Hamsun, Norwegian romance writer (d. 1952).
1894 – Carlos Coimbra da Luz, 22nd president of Brazil (d. 1961).
1900 - Arturo Umberto Illia, president of Argentina (d. 1983).
1900 – Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, Queen of George VI of the United Kingdom (d. 2002).
1901 - Louis Armstrong, American jazz musician (d. 1971).
1918 - Siswondo Parman, hero of the Indonesian revolution (d. 1965).
1942 – David Lange, Prime Minister of New Zealand (d. 2005)
1952 - Debby Cynthia Dewi, model
1952 - Estanislau Aleixo da Silva, Prime Minister of Timor Leste
1955 - Alberto Gonzales, United States Attorney General
1955 - Billy Bob Thornton, singer from the United States
1959 - Marcia Gay Harden, actress from the United States
1960 – José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, Prime Minister of Spain
1961 – Barack Obama, 44th President of the United States
1963 - Keith Maurice Ellison, United States politician
1965 – Fredrik Reinfeldt, Prime Minister of Sweden
1971 – Jeff Gordon, American race car driver, four-time NASCAR overall champion.
1972 – Predrag orđević, Serbian midfielder
1977 - Luís Boa Morte, Portuguese left-wing midfielder
1977 - Marek Heinz, Czech forward
1985 - Mark Milligan, Australian player
1992 - Simran Pareenja, Indian actress
1993 - Putri Marino, Indonesian actress
1995 - Bruna Markuezine, Brazilian actress.
1999 - Rissanda Putri Tuarissa, former member of Indonesian idol group JKT48
1783 - Johannes Rach, Danish painter (b. 1720).
1875 - Hans Christian Andersen, Danish writer and poet (b. 1805).
1922 - Enver Pasha, Turkish military leader (b. 1881).
1957 – Washington Luís Pereira de Sousa, President of Brazil (b. 1869).
1970 - Iwan Simatupang, Indonesian novelist (b. 1928).
2003 - Frederick Chapman Robbins, Nobel laureate in Physiology (b. 1916)
2009 - Mbah Surip, Indonesian singer (b. 1957).
2016 - Likas Tarigan, wife of Djamin Ginting (b. 1924)
2017 - Ryan Thamrin, Indonesian doctor and presenter (b. 1977)
Holidays and anniversaries
1989 - Hijri New Year 1410.3 August - 4 August - 5 August