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On This Day in History for May 4 (Part 2)

Events in History

  • 1972 "The Don't Make A Wave Committee," a fledgling environmental organization founded in Canada in 1971, officially changes its name to the "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
  • 1977 US Catholic bishops rescind automatic excommunications for divorced and remarried Catholics (receiving communion still outlawed if the previous marriages were not annulled by Church tribunals)
  • 1978 Russian leader Brezhnev visits West-Germany

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
  • 1981 Rockline premieres on KLOS FM in Los Angeles
  • 1981 Silvana Cruciata runs 15k female world record (49:44.0)
  • 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
  • 1986 President Babrak Karmal resigns as party leader of Afghanistan
  • 1988 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • 1988 PEPCON chemical plant in Henderson, Nevada explodes killing 2 and injuring 372 causing damage within 10-mile (16 km) radius

  • 1989 NASA launches Magellan probe to Venus from Space Shuttle Atlantis
  • 1989 NASA launches space shuttle Atlantis (STS-30) from the Kennedy Space Center, Florida
  • 1990 Latvia's parliament votes 138-0 (1 abstention) for Independence
  • 1990 Pakistan beat Australia by 36 runs to win Austral-Asia Cup, Sharjah
  • 1991 Indians' Chris James sets club record for most RBIs in a game (9)
  • 1991 US politician Mo Udall, Representative for Arizona (1961-91), resigns due to Parkinson disease

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

USARodney King Riots

1992 US Army and Marine Corps forces arrive in Los Angeles to end rioting following the acquittal of four police officers over the beating of Rodney King

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Damage in Los Angeles after the 1992 riots, which killed 63 people and caused over $1 billion in damages
Damage in Los Angeles after the 1992 riots, which killed 63 people and caused over $1 billion in damages
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  • 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

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.
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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
  • 2016 Ohio Governor John Kasich bows out of the race for US Republican Presidential nominee
  • 2018 California overtakes Great Britain to become the worlds fifth largest economy
  • 2020 Countries in Europe begin cautious reopening after COVID-19 lockdown, Italy restarts construction and takeaways, Germany reopens schools
  • 2020 World leaders pledge $8 billion to research treatments and a vaccine for COVID-19, with the US and Russia not taking part
  • 2020 India begins lifting some restrictions in regions with fewer COVID-19 cases

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2021 US President Joe Biden announces new goal of 160 million people, nearly of 70% of adults, vaccinated by July 4

46th US President, Vice President and Senator Joe Biden
46th US President, Vice President and Senator
Joe Biden
  • 2021 Malian woman Halima Cisse gives birth to nonuplets (nine babies) in Morocco, in only third known case worldwide
  • 2021 Mexico's President Andrés Manuel López Obrador makes an historic apology to the Mayan people for abuses against them in the five centuries since the Spanish conquest [1]

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