What Happened on May 4

Significant Events

  • 1471 Wars of the Roses: Battle of Tewkesbury - final battle between Lancaster and York sees the Prince of Wales, Edward of Westminster killed and King Edward IV restored to his crown thus extinguishing the Lancastrian of Plantagenet line
  • 1814 King Ferdinand VII of Spain signs the Decree of the 4th of May, returning Spain to absolutism.
  • 1904 Construction begins by the United States on the Panama Canal.
  • 1959 First Grammy Awards: Perry Como & Ella Fitzgerald win
  • 1979 Margaret Thatcher becomes the first woman to be elected Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
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Did You Know?

The Don't Make A Wave Committee, a fledgling environmental organization founded in Canada in 1971, officially changes its name to "Greenpeace Foundation".

On May 4, 1972

Famous Weddings

  • 1941 Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley (23) weds Ethel Arnold
  • 1944 Baseball player Ted Williams marries Doris Soule (divorced 1954)
  • 1962 Actor Christopher Plummer (32) weds columnist Patricia Lewis at the Marylebone Registry office in London
  • 1969 Actor Dustin Hoffman (31) weds actress Anne Byrne (25)
  • 1996 Actor-producer Forest Whitaker (35) weds actress-model Keisha Nash (23) in Montego Bay, Jamaica
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