What Happened on May 4

Significant Events

  • 1471 Battle of Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, final battle between the Houses of Lancaster and York: Prince of Wales, Edward of Westminster killed and King Edward IV restored to his throne. Re-restores political stability to England until his death in 1483.
  • 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.
  • 1979 Margaret Thatcher becomes the first woman to be elected Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
More Historical Events

May 4 in Film & TV

  • 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

May 4 in Music

May 4 in Sport

  • 1869 Cincinnati Red Stockings play their first official game as the sport's first professional side against the Great Western Base Ball Club winning 45-9

Did You Know?

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

On May 4, 1972


Would You Believe?

Cowboy Bill Pickett invents bulldogging, the skill of grabbing cattle by the horns and wrestling them to the ground

On May 4, 1893

Famous Weddings

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