4 April It Happened Today
1581 Sir Francis Drake is knighted by Queen Elizabeth I.
1774 Death of English dramatist Oliver Goldsmith.
1900 Attempted assassination of Prince Edward, heir to the British throne.
1968 Martin Luther King is assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee.
1979 Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, former prime minister of Pakistan is executed for an alleged murder.
1979 Birth of Australian actor Heath Ledger.