Events in History on May 4

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 Fire in Paris bazaar at Rue Jean Goujon kills 200
  • 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
  • 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 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
  • 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)
  • 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
  • 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
  • 1945 German troops in Netherlands, Denmark & Norway surrender
  • 1946 5 die in a 2 day riot at Alcatraz prison in SF bay
  • 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)

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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

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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
  • 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
  • 1964 "Another World" premieres on TV in the US
  • 1964 70 GATT-countries confer in Geneva
  • 1964 Pulitzer prize awarded to Richard Hofstadter (Anti-intellectualism)
  • 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 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
  • 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 Patriarch Shenuda II of Kopitisch church visits the pope
  • 1975 Ed Bullins' "Taking of Miss Jane" premieres in NYC
  • 1978 Russian leader Brezhnev visits West-Germany

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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
  • 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.
  • 1983 China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor, PRC
  • 1984 Dave Kingman's fly ball never comes down (stuck in Metrodome ceiling)
  • 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 Pakistan beat Aust by 36 runs to win Austral-Asia Cup, Sharjah
  • 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

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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
  • 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

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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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 2013 Juventus F.C. win their 29th Serie A football title
  • 2014 Juan Carlos Varela is elected President of Panama
  • 2015 Stuart Bingham wins the 2015 World Snooker Championship
  • 2016 John Kasich bows out of the race for Republican Presidential nominee