April 4 in History
1873 — The Kennel Club, the first official registry of purebred dogs in the world, is founded in the UK by Sewallis E Shirley after he became frustrated by trying to organise dog shows without a consistent set of rules.
1895 — Arthur Murray, the ballroom dancer who creates the worldwide Arthur Murray Dance Studio franchise, is born Moses Teichman in Podhajce, Kingdom of Galicia, Austro-Hungarian Empire. His family moves to the US in 1897 and he starts teaching dance in 1912 at the Grand Palace in NYC.
1922 — Elmer Bernstein, movie music composer, is born in NYC. His compositions include some of the most recognisable and memorable themes in Hollywood history: “The Ten Commandments”
(1956), “The Magnificent Seven” (1960), “To Kill a Mockingbird” (1962), “The Great Escape” (1963) and the Oscar-winning “Thoroughly Modern Millie” (1967). 1932 — Anthony Perkins, actor (best remembered as Norman Bates in “Psycho”, 1960), is born in NYC. 1939 — Hugh Ramapolo Masekela, trumpeter, flugelhornist, cornetist, singer and composer described as “the father of South African jazz”, is born in the township of KwaGuqa in Witbank. Known for his jazz compositions, he also has a No 1 pop hit in the US in 1968 with his version of “Grazing in the Grass”. 1949 — The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (Nato) is established with the signing of the North Atlantic Treaty by Belgium, Canada, Denmark,
France, Iceland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, the UK and the US. It provides for mutual defence against aggression and for close military co-operation.
1975 — Microsoft is founded as a partnership between childhood friends Bill Gates and Paul Allen in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
1976 — Sébastien Enjolras, one of the most promising French racing drivers of his generation, is born in Seclin. He dies, aged 21, on May 3 1997 on a pre-qualifying run for the 24 Hours of Le Mans in
June. The rear bodywork detaches from his car, which flies over the safety barriers, overturns and explodes. 1993 — Alfred Mosher Butts, architect and inventor of the board game Scrabble (1938), dies in Rhinebeck, New York — nine days before his 94th birthday.
1994 — James H Clark and Marc Andreessen found Mosaic (later Netscape) Communications Corp. They introduce the first widely used web browser.
2002 — The Angolan government and Unita rebels sign a peace treaty following the death of Unita leader Jonas Savimbi in a battle with government troops on February 22. It brings to an end the Angolan Civil War, which started on November 11 1975.