Historical Events on May 4

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  • 1256 The Augustinian monastic order is constituted at the Lecceto Monastery when Pope Alexander IV issues a papal bull Licet ecclesiae catholicae.
  • 1303 Flemings conquers Middelburg
  • 1415 Religious reformers John Wycliffe and Jan Hus are condemned as heretics at the Council of Constance.
  • 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
  • 1493 Spanish Pope Alexander VI divides America between Spain & Portugal
  • 1540 Venice & Turkey sign Treaty of Constantinople
  • 1572 Veere sides with Geuzen
  • 1626 Peter Minuit becomes director-general of New Netherlands
  • 1634 Johan van Walbeecks fleet departs to West Indies
  • 1652 Battle at Etampes: French army under Turenne beats Fronde rebels
  • 1686 Municipality of Ilagan is founded in the Philippines.

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1728 George Frideric Handel's opera "Tolomeo, re di Egitto" premieres in London

  • 1747 Willem IV appointed viceroy of Overijssel
  • 1776 Rhode Island declares independence from Britain

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1780 American Academy of Arts & Science founded in Boston, James Bowdoin, John and Samuel Adams founding members

US Revolutionary Samuel Adams
US Revolutionary
Samuel Adams
  • 1780 Charles Bunbury on Diomed wins 1st Epsom Derby
  • 1783 Herschel reports seeing a red glow near lunar crater Aristarchus
  • 1799 Fourth Anglo-Mysore War: The Battle of Seringapatam: The siege of Seringapatam ends when the city is assaulted and the Tipu Sultan killed by the besieging British army, under the command of General George Harris.
  • 1805 Henry C Overing buys 80 acres of Throggs Neck in Bronx
  • 1814 Bourbon reign restored in France
  • 1814 King Ferdinand VII of Spain signs the Decree of the 4th of May, returning Spain to absolutism.
  • 1818 Netherlands & Britain sign treaty against illegal slave handling

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1834 Charles Darwin's expedition reaches 200 km from Atlantic Ocean

Naturalist Charles Darwin
Charles Darwin
  • 1839 The Cunard Steamship Company Ltd forms San Bonifacio
  • 1843 Great Britain annexes Natal
  • 1846 US state Michigan ends death penalty
  • 1847 NY State creates a Board of Commissioners of Emigration
  • 1851 First major San Francisco fire destroys a quarter of the city
  • 1858 War of Reform (Mexico); Liberals establish capital at Vera Cruz
  • 1859 The Cornwall Railway opens across the Royal Albert Bridge linking the counties of Devon and Cornwall in England.
  • 1861 At Gretna LA, one of 1st guns of Rebel navy is cast
  • 1862 -5] Battle at Williamsburg, Virginia

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1862 Yorktown, VA - Mcclellan halted his troop before town as it is full of armed torpedoes left by CS Brigadier General Gabrial Rains

Union General George McClellan
Union General
George McClellan
  • 1863 Battle of Chancellorsville-action at Salem Church
  • 1863 End of Chancellorsville - Beaten Union army withdraws
  • 1864 -16] actions at Drewry's Bluff, Virginia

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1864 General Ulysses S. Grant's Union Army at Potomac attacks Robert E. Lee's Confederates at Rappahannock River

US President & Union General Ulysses S. Grant
US President & Union General
Ulysses S. Grant
Confederate General Robert E. Lee
Confederate General
Robert E. Lee
  • 1865 Battle of Citronville, AL; Richard Taylor surrenders
  • 1866 Woodward's Gardens opens to the public in San Francisco
  • 1869 The Naval Battle of Hakodate takes place in Japan.
  • 1871 1st baseball league game (National Association of Baseball Players), (Ft Wayne 2, Cleveland 0) Deacon Jim White gets 1st hit, a double
  • 1878 Phonograph shown for 1st time at Grand Opera House
  • 1883 John Gordon Cashmans begins "Vicksburg Evening Post" (Miss)
  • 1886 Haymarket riot in Chicago; bomb kills 7 policemen
  • 1888 Italy & Spain sign military covenant
  • 1893 Cowboy Bob Pickett invents bulldogging
  • 1896 1st edition of London Daily Mail (halfpenny)
  • 1896 Grease fire ignites half ton of dynamite at Cripple Creek Colorado
  • 1897 23rd Kentucky Derby: Buttons Garner aboard Typhoon II wins in 2:12.5
  • 1897 Fire in Paris bazaar at Rue Jean Goujon kills 200
  • 1898 24th Kentucky Derby: Willie Simms aboard Plaudit wins in 2:09
  • 1899 25th Kentucky Derby: Fred Taral aboard Manuel wins in 2:12
  • 1904 Construction begins by the United States on the Panama Canal.
  • 1904 Charles Stewart Rolls meets Frederick Henry Royce at the Midland Hotel in Manchester, England. Go on to form Roll-Royce
  • 1910 Canadian Currency Act, 1910, receives Royal Assent

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1910 Wilfrid Laurier passes the Naval Service Act, which creates the Royal Canadian Navy

Prime Minister of Canada Wilfrid Laurier
Prime Minister of Canada
Wilfrid Laurier
  • 1912 Italian mariners occupy Turkish Island of Rhodes
  • 1915 Italy drops Triple Alliance with Austria-Hungary & Germany
  • 1916 At request of US, Germany curtails its submarine warfare
  • 1916 Ned Daly, Willie Pearse, Michael O'Hanrahan and Joseph Plunkett are executed by British authorities following the Easter Rising, at Kilmainham Gaol, Dublin
  • 1917 A flotilla of US destroyer ships arrive in Queenstown, Ireland, to aid in convoying ships to England
  • 1918 Yankees set record with 8 sacrifices, beat Red Sox's Babe Ruth 5-4
  • 1919 1st legal Sunday baseball game in NYC (Phillies beat Giants 4-3)
  • 1919 Giants play their 1st legal Sunday home game, 35,000 see Phils win 4-3
  • 1919 Demonstrates organised by students erupt in China, after news from the Paris Peace Conference that the Allies intend to give Shangtung to Japan
  • 1922 KNX-AM in Los Angeles CA begins radio transmissions
  • 1923 Bloody street battles between nazis, socialist & police in Vienna
  • 1923 NY state revokes Prohibition law
  • 1924 8th Olympic games open at Paris, France
  • 1924 German Republic election fascists & communists win
  • 1925 League of Nations conference on arms control & poison gas usage
  • 1927 1st balloon flight over 40,000 feet (Scott Field, Ill)
  • 1927 Nicaragua agrees to a US supervised presidential election in 1928

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1929 Lou Gehrig hits 3 consecutive HRs, Yankees 11, Tigers 9

Baseball Player Lou Gehrig
Baseball Player
Lou Gehrig
  • 1931 Mustafa Kemal Pasja becomes Turkish president

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1932 Al Capone enters Atlanta Penitentiary convicted of income tax evasion

Gangster Al Capone
Al Capone
  • 1933 Pulitzer prize awarded to Archibald Macleish (Conquistador)
  • 1935 61st Kentucky Derby: Willie Saunders aboard Omaha wins in 2:05
  • 1936 Pulitzer prize awarded to Harold L Davis (Honey in the Horn)
  • 1938 Douglas Hyde (a protestant) becomes 1st president of Eire
  • 1940 21 "not neutral" nazis & communists arrested in Netherlands
  • 1940 66th Kentucky Derby: Carroll Bierman aboard Gallahadion wins in 2:05
  • 1942 Battle of Coral Sea begins in the Pacific (1st sea battle fought solely in air) between Japanese, US and Australian navies and air forces
  • 1942 Food 1st rationed in US
  • 1942 German occupiers imprison 450 prominent Dutch as hostages
  • 1942 Pulitzer prize awarded to Ellen Glasgow (In this our Life)
  • 1943 NL Ford Frick demonstrates revised balata ball to reporters by bouncing it on his office carpet ball proves to be 50% livelier

Film release premierFilm Release

1944 "Gaslight", starring an 18-year-old Angela Lansbury in her film debut, is released

  • 1945 German troops in Netherlands, Denmark & Norway surrender
  • 1946 5 die in a 2 day riot at Alcatraz prison in SF bay
  • 1946 72nd Kentucky Derby: Warren Mehrtens aboard Assault wins in 2:06.6
  • 1946 Wash's Cecil Travis gets 6 straight hits before being stopped
  • 1948 The Hague Court of Justice convicts Nazi SS officer in the Netherlands Hans Rauter of Crimes against Humanity (executed 24 March 1949)
  • 1949 Air crash at Turin (whole Torino soccer team survives)
  • 1952 Babe Didrikson-Zaharias wins LPGA Fresno Golf Open

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1953 Pulitzer Prize for Literature awarded to Ernest Hemingway for "The Old Man & The Sea"

  • 1954 US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Bikini Island
  • 1956 Queen Juliana unveils National Monument to Dams in Amsterdam
  • 1956 US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Enwetak
  • 1957 83rd Kentucky Derby: Bill Hartack aboard Iron Liege wins in 2:02.2
  • 1957 Alan Freed hosts "Rock n' Roll Show" 1st prime-time network rock show

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1957 Anne Frank Foundation forms in Amsterdam

Jewish Victim & Diarist of the Holocaust Anne Frank
Jewish Victim & Diarist of the Holocaust
Anne Frank
  • 1958 Alberto Lleras Camargo chosen president of Colombia

Music awardsMusic Awards

1959 First Grammy Awards: Perry Como & Ella Fitzgerald win

Jazz Musician Ella Fitzgerald
Jazz Musician
Ella Fitzgerald
  • 1959 Pulitzer Prize awarded to Archibald Macleish (JB)
  • 1960 1st great Delta dam closes, North-South Beveland
  • 1961 1st on-the-road Spacemobile lecture given.
  • 1961 CORE begins freedom rides from Washington, D.C.
  • 1961 Malcolm Ross & Victor Prather reach 34,668 m (record) in balloon
  • 1961 South-Africa ANC-leader John Nkadimeng arrested
  • 1962 US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Christmas Island
  • 1963 89th Kentucky Derby: Braulio Baeza aboard Chateaugay wins in 2:01.8
  • 1963 Pitcher Bob Shaw sets record of 5 balks in a game
  • 1964 "Another World" premieres on TV in the US
  • 1964 70 GATT-countries confer in Geneva
  • 1964 KIII TV channel 3 in Corpus Christi, TX (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1964 Pulitzer prize awarded to Richard Hofstadter (Anti-intellectualism)

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1965 Willie Mays 512th HR breaks Mel Ott's 511th NL record

MLB Legend Willie Mays
MLB Legend
Willie Mays
  • 1966 Soviet government signs accord about building Fiat factory in USSR
  • 1967 Lunar Orbiter 4 launched by US; begins orbiting Moon May 7
  • 1968 1st ABA championship: Pitts Pipers beat NO Buccaneers, 4 games to 3
  • 1968 94th Kentucky Derby: Ismael Valenzuela aboard Forward Pass wins
  • 1968 Dancer Image DQ due to drugs after winning 94th Kent Derby in 2:02½
  • 1969 Charles Gordone's "No Place to be Somebody" premieres in NYC
  • 1969 Sandra Haynie wins LPGA Shreveport Kiwanis Club Golf Invitational
  • 1969 Stanley Cup: Montreal Canadiens sweep St Louis Blues in 4 games
  • 1970 National Guard kills 4 at Kent State in Ohio
  • 1970 Premier Kosygin affirms existence Russian military advisors in Egypt
  • 1970 Pulitzer prize awarded to Erik H Erikson (Gandhi's Truth)
  • 1972 Vietcong forms revolutionary government in Quang Tri, South Vietnam
  • 1972 The Don't Make A Wave Committee, a fledgling environmental organization founded in Canada in 1971, officially changes its name to "Greenpeace Foundation".
  • 1973 1st TV network female nudity-Steambath (PBS)-Valerie Perrine
  • 1973 BPAA US Women's Bowling Open won by Millie Martorella
  • 1973 Longest baseball game in Veterans' Stadium, Phillies beat Braves 5-4 in 20 innings
  • 1973 Patriarch Shenuda II of Kopitisch church visits the pope
  • 1973 Wings release "Red Rose Speedway" in UK
  • 1974 100th Kentucky Derby: Angel Cordero Jr. aboard Cannonade wins in 2:04
  • 1975 Ed Bullins' "Taking of Miss Jane" premieres in NYC
  • 1975 Houston's Bob Watson scores baseball's one-millionth run of all time
  • 1975 Maria Astrologes wins LPGA Birmingham Golf Classic
  • 1976 "1600 Pennsylvania Avenue" opens at Mark Hellinger NYC for 7 performances
  • 1978 Russian leader Brezhnev visits West-Germany
  • 1979 Jackie Mercer wins her 4th golf title 31 years after her 1st

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

1979 Margaret Thatcher becomes the first woman to be elected Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher
British Prime Minister
Margaret Thatcher
  • 1979 NASA launches Fltsatcom-2
  • 1980 Dodgers bat out of order against Phillies in 1st inning
  • 1980 Hollis Stacy wins LPGA CPC Women's Internationalional Golf Tournament
  • 1980 White Sox 1st baseman Mike Squires catches final inning of 11-1 loss to Brewers, becoming 1st lefty to catch since Dale Long in 1958
  • 1981 Rockline premieres on KLOS FM in Los Angeles
  • 1981 Silvana Cruciata runs 15k female world record (49:44.0)
  • 1981 Yankee Ron Davis strikes out 8 consecutive Angels, ran record of 13 strikeouts of last 14 faced, also saved Gene Nelsons 1st win, 4-2
  • 1982 British destroyer HMS Sheffield hit by Exocet rocket off Falkland Islands: 20 of her crew died.
  • 1982 Twins rookie outfielder Jim Eisenreich, who suffers from Tourette's Syndrome, removes himself, due to taunts from Red Sox bleacher fans
  • 1982 NHL Prince of Wales Conference Final: New York Islanders beat Quebec Nordiques, 4 games to 0
  • 1983 China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor, PRC
  • 1984 Dave Kingman's fly ball never comes down (stuck in Metrodome ceiling)
  • 1985 111th Kentucky Derby: Angel Cordero Jr on Spend A Buck wins 2:00.2
  • 1985 30th Eurovision Song Contest: Bobbysocks! for Norway wins singing "La det swinge" in Gothenburg
  • 1986 President Babrak Karmal resigns as party leader of Afghanistan
  • 1988 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • 1989 Junior Felix of Toronto becomes 53rd to hit HR on 1st at bat
  • 1989 NASA launches Magellan mission to Venus from the Kennedy Space Center, Florida
  • 1989 US space shuttle STS-30 launched

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1990 Angela Bowie reveals that ex husband David slept with Mick Jagger

Rock Star Mick Jagger
Rock Star
Mick Jagger
  • 1990 Latvia's parliament votes 138-0 (1 abstention) for Independence
  • 1990 Oriole Gregg Olson sets relief pitcher rec of 41 cons scoreless inns
  • 1990 Pakistan beat Aust by 36 runs to win Austral-Asia Cup, Sharjah
  • 1991 117th Kentucky Derby: Chris Antley aboard Strike the Gold wins in 2:03
  • 1991 ABC Masters Bowling Tournament won by Doug Kent
  • 1991 Actress Sharon Gless & producer Barney Rosenzeig wed
  • 1991 Indians' Chris James sets club record for most RBIs in a game (9)
  • 1991 Morris K Udall, (Rep-D-Ariz), resigns due to Parkinson disease
  • 1991 NY Mets M Sasser & Mark Carreon are 8th to hit consecutive pinch HRs

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1991 US President George H. W. Bush is hospitalized for erratic heartbeat

41st US President George H. W. Bush
41st US President
George H. W. Bush
  • 1991 36th Eurovision Song Contest: Carola for Sweden wins singing "Fangad av en stormvind" in Rome
  • 1993 "Angels in America-Millennium Approaches" opens at Kerr for 367 performances
  • 1994 Arsenal of England win 34th European Cup Winner's Cup against Parma of Italy 1-0 in Copenhagen

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1994 Singer Courtney Love cleared of drug charges

Singer-Songwriter Courtney Love
Courtney Love
  • 1996 122nd Kentucky Derby: Jerry Bailey aboard Grindstone wins in 2:01
  • 1996 ABC Bud Light Masters Bowling Tournament won by Ernie Schlegel
  • 1996 Greg Pavlik one-hits Tigers making the Rangers 1st AL team to pitch back-to-back one-hitters since the Washington Senators in 1917
  • 1997 Phil Blackmar wins 50th Houston golf Open
  • 1997 Tammie Green wins LPGA Sprint Titlehoders Championship

AgreementAgreement of Interest

1998 A federal judge in Sacramento, California, gives "Unabomber" Ted Kaczynski four life sentences plus 30 years after Kaczynski accepts a plea agreement sparing him from the death penalty.

Serial Murderer and Domestic Terrorist Ted Kaczynski
Serial Murderer and Domestic Terrorist
Ted Kaczynski
  • 2000 Ken Livingstone becomes the first Mayor of London.
  • 2001 The Milwaukee Art Museum addition, the first Santiago Calatrava-designed structure in the United States, opens to the public.

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

2002 Barry Bonds hits his 400th home run as a Giant, leading his team to a 3-0 win over Cincinnati. Bonds is the first player to hit 400 homers for one team and 100 with another

MLB Legend Barry Bonds
MLB Legend
Barry Bonds
  • 2002 128th Kentucky Derby: Victor Espinoza aboard War Emblem wins in 2:01.13
  • 2007 Greensburg, Kansas is almost completely destroyed by a 1.7m wide EF-5 tornado.
  • 2007 The Scottish National Party wins the Scottish general election and becomes the largest party in the Scottish Parliament for the first time ever.

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2008 Seth MacFarlane reaches an agreement worth $100 million with Fox to keep "Family Guy" and "American Dad" on television until 2012, making MacFarlane the world's highest paid television writer

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2010 Julia Louis-Dreyfus receives the 2,407th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, although on the original star her name is spelled incorrectly

Seinfeld Comedienne Julia Louis-Dreyfus
Seinfeld Comedienne
Julia Louis-Dreyfus
  • 2012 14 decapitated bodies and 9 hung from a bridge are found in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico
  • 2013 5 US soldiers are killed by a bomb in Kandahar, Afghanistan
  • 2013 77 people are killed by the Syrian Army in Baniyas

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2013 Harper Lee files a lawsuit against a literary agent over the copyright of "To Kill a Mockingbird"

Author Harper Lee
Harper Lee
  • 2013 39 people are killed at a funeral in Wukari, Nigeria

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2013 Floyd Mayweather defeats Robert Guerrero to retain his WBC Welterweight title

  • 2013 Juventus F.C. win their 29th Serie A football title
  • 2013 139th Kentucky Derby: Joel Rosario aboard Orb wins in 2:02.89