May 4 Events in History - May 4 Birthdays - May 4 Deaths



2013 Harper Lee, author of 'To Kill a Mockingbird', faces a court battle in a lawsuit claiming a literary agent tricket her into giving up the copyright to her world-famous book
2013 American boxer Floyd Mayweather defeats Robert Guerrero and retains his WBC Welterweight title in a unanimous decision
2012 A study finds that 90% of dropouts in Asia's major city schools suffer from myopia, or short-sightedness, with 10 - 20% having advanced, or high myopia, which can cause blindness
2012 The United Kingdom's government announces it will introduce a consultation process on internet measures which require online users to opt-in if they want to view adult content
2011 U.S. President Barack Obama chooses not release photos of Osama bin Laden following his death; photos taken at the Abbotabad compound are released by Reuters
2011 U.S. conductor Daniel Barenboim holds a 'Peace Concert' in the Gaza Strip; he is a supporter of Palestinian rights
2010 An auction at Christie's in New York sets a record for the most expensive work of art sold at auction when it sells Pablo Picasso's 'Nude, Green Leaves and Bust' for $106 million
2009 Peace talks witht he Tuareg rebel groups in north Niger are held by the President of Niger, Tandja Mamadou
1997 Bruno's Memorial Senior Golf Classic
1997 Phil Blackmar wins 50th Houston golf Open
1997 Sprint Titleholders LPGA Championship
1997 Tammie Green wins LPGA Sprint Titlehoders Championship
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
1994 Arsenal wins 34th Europe Cup II
1994 Courtney Love cleared of drug charges
1993 "Angels in America-Millennium Approaches" opens at Kerr for 367 performances
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 and producer Barney Rosenzeig wed
1991 Indians' Chris James sets club record for most RBIs in a game (9)
1991 Mo Udall, Representative-D-Arizona, resigns due to Parkinson disease
1991 New York Mets M Sasser and Mark Carreon are 8th to hit consecutive pinch home runs
1991 President Bush is hospitalized for erratic heartbeat
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 Australia by 36 runs to win Austral-Asia Cup, Sharjah
1989 Junior Felix of Toronto becomes 53rd to hit home run on 1st at bat
1989 U.S. launches Magellan to Venus
1989 U.S. space shuttle STS-30 launched
1988 U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Semipalitinsk, Eastern Kazakhstan U.S.S.R.
1986 President Babrak Karmal resigns as party leader of Afghanistan
1985 111th Kentucky Derby: Angel Cordero, Jr. on Spend A Buck wins 2:00.2
1984 Dave Kingman's fly ball never comes down (stuck in Metrodome ceiling)
1983 China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor PRC
1982 British torpedo boat Sheffield off Falkland hit by Exocet rocket
1982 Nordiques 2-Isles 4-Semifinals-Isles win series 4-0
1982 Twins rookie outfielder Jim Eisenreich, who suffers from Tourette's Syndrome, removes himself, due to taunts from Red Sox bleacher fans
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
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
1979 Jackie Mercer wins her 4th golf title 31 years after her 1st
1979 NASA launches Fltsatcom-2
1978 Russian president Brezhnev visits West-Germany
1976 "1600 Pennsylvania Avenue" opens at Mark Hellinger New York City for 7 performances
1976 Kiss performs their 1st concert
1975 Ed Bullins' "Taking of Miss Jane," premieres in New York City
1975 Flyers 1-Isles 0-Semis-Flyers hold 3-0 lead-Isles held to 14 shots
1975 Houston's Bob Watson scores baseball's one-millionth run of all time
1975 Maria Astrologes wins LPGA Birmingham Golf Classic
1974 100th Kentucky Derby: Angel Cordero Jr. aboard Cannonade wins in 2:04
1973 1st TV network female nudity-Steambath (PBS)-Valerie Perrine
1973 BPAA U.S. Women's Bowling Open won by Millie Martorella
1973 Longest game in Veterans' Stadium, Phillies beat Braves 5-4 in 20
1973 Patriarch Shenuda II of Kopitisch church visits the pope
1973 Phillies beat Braves 5-4 in 20 innings
1973 Wings release "Red Rose Speedway" in UK
1972 Vietcong forms revolutionary government in Quang Tri South Vietnam
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)
1969 Charles Gordone's "No Place to be Somebody," premieres in New York City
1969 Sandra Haynie wins LPGA Shreveport Kiwanis Club Golf Invitational
1969 Stanley Cup: Montreal Canadiens sweep St. Louis Blues in 4 games
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 2:02
1967 Lunar Orbiter 4 launched by U.S.; begins orbiting Moon May 7
1966 Soviet government signs accord about building Fiat factory in U.S.S.R.
1965 Willie Mays 512th home run breaks Mel Ott's 511th NL record
1964 "Another World" and "As the World Turns" premieres on TV
1964 70 GATT-countries confer in Geneva
1964 KIII TV channel 3 in Corpus Christi, Texas (ABC) begins broadcasting
1964 Pulitzer prize awarded to Richard Hofstadter (Anti-intellectualism)
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
1962 U.S. performs atmospheric nuclear test at Christmas Island
1961 13 Freedom riders began bus trip through South
1961 1st on-the-road Spacemobile lecture given.
1961 CORE begins freedom rides from Washington, D.C.
1961 Malcolm Ross and Victor Prather reach 34,668 m (record) in balloon
1961 South Africa ANC-leader John Nkadimeng arrested
1960 1st great Delta dam closes, North-South Beveland
1959 1st Grammy Awards: Perry Como and Ella Fitzgerald win
1959 Pulitzer prize awarded to Archibald Macleish
1958 Alberto Lleras Camargo chosen president of Colombia
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
1957 Anne Frank Foundation forms in Amsterdam
1956 Queen Juliana unveils National Monument to Dams in Amsterdam
1956 U.S. performs atmospheric nuclear test at Enwetak
1954 U.S. performs atmospheric nuclear test at Bikini Island
1953 Pulitzer prize awarded to E Hemingway (Old Man and The Sea)
1952 Babe Didrikson Zaharias wins LPGA Fresno Golf Open
1949 Air crash at Turijn (whole Torino-soccer team survives)
1948 The Hague Court of Justice convicts Hans Rauter (SS) to the death
1946 5 die in a 2 day riot at Alcatraz prison in San Francisco 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
1945 German troops in Netherlands, Denmark and Norway surrender
1943 NL Ford Frick demonstrates revised balata ball to reporters by bouncing it on his office carpet ball proves to be 50% livelier
1942 Battle of Coral Sea begun (1st sea battle fought solely in air)
1942 Food 1st rationed in U.S.
1942 German occupiers imprison 450 prominent Dutch as hostages
1942 Pulitzer prize awarded to Ellen Glasgow (In this our Life)
1940 21 "not neutral" nazis and communists arrested in Netherlands
1940 66th Kentucky Derby: Carroll Bierman aboard Gallahadion wins in 2:05
1938 Douglas Hyde (a protestant) becomes 1st president of Eire
1936 Pulitzer prize awarded to Harold L Davis (Honey in the Horn)
1935 61st Kentucky Derby: Willie Saunders aboard Omaha wins in 2:05
1933 Pulitzer prize awarded to Archibald Macleish (Conquistador)
1932 Al Capone, convict of income tax evasion, enters Atlanta Penitentiary
1931 Mustafa Kemal Pasja becomes Turkish president
1929 Lou Gehrig hits 3 consecutive home runs, Yankees 11, Tigers 9
1927 1st balloon flight over 40,000 feet (Scott Field, Ill)
1927 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences forms
1927 Nicaragua agrees to a U.S. supervised presidential election in 1928
1926 General strike hits Britain
1925 League of Nations conference on arms control and poison gas usage
1924 8th Olympic games open at Paris, France
1924 German Republic election fascists and communists win
1923 Bloody street battles between Nazi's, socialist and police in Vienna
1923 New York state revokes Prohibition law
1922 KNX-AM in Los Angeles, California begins radio transmissions
1919 1st legal Sunday baseball game in New York City (Phillies beat Giants 4-3)
1919 FVC soccer team forms
1919 Giants play their 1st legal Sunday home game, 35,000 see Phils win 4-3
1918 Yankees set record with 8 sacrifices, beat Red Sox's Babe Ruth 5-4
1917 Arabs sack Tel Aviv
1916 At request of U.S., Germany curtails its submarine warfare
1915 Italy drops Triple Alliance with Austria-Hungaryb and Germany
1912 Italian mariners occupy Turkish Island of Rhodes
1910 Canadian Currency Act, 1910, receives Royal Assent
1910 Canadian parliament accept creation of Royal Canadian Navy
1910 Tel Aviv founded
1899 25th Kentucky Derby: Fred Taral aboard Manuel wins in 2:12
1898 24th Kentucky Derby: Willie Simms aboard Plaudit wins in 2:09
1897 23rd Kentucky Derby: Buttons Garner aboard Typhoon II wins in 2:12
1897 Fire in Paris bazaar at Rue Jean Goujon kills 200
1896 1st edition of London Daily Mail ( penny)
1896 Grease fire ignites ton of dynamite at Cripple Creek Colorado
1893 Cowboy Bob Pickett invents bulldogging
1888 Italy and Spain sign military covenant
1886 Haymarket riot in Chicago; bomb kills 7 policemen
1883 John Gordon Cashmans begins "Vicksburg Evening Post" (Miss)
1878 Phonograph shown for 1st time at Grand Opera House
1871 1st baseball league game (National Association of Baseball Players), (Ft. Wayne 2, Cleveland 0) Deacon Jim White gets 1st hit, a double
1866 Woodward's Gardens opens to public
1865 Battle of Citronville, Alabama; Richard Taylor surrenders
1865 Battle of Mobile, Alabama
1864 General Grant's Army at Potomac attacks at Rappahannock
1864 Ulysses S. Grant crosses Rapidan and begins his duel with Robert E. Lee
1863 Battle of Chancellorsville - action at Salem Church
1863 End of Chancellorsville - Beaten Union army withdraws
1862 Battle at Williamsburg, Virginia
1862 Yorktown, Virginia - McClellan halted his troop before town as it is full of armed torpedoes left by CS Brigadier General Gabrial Rains
1861 At Gretna LA, one of 1st guns of Rebel Navy is cast
1858 War of Reform (Mexico); Liberals establish capital at Vera Cruz
1851 1st major San Francisco fire
1847 New York State creates a Board of Commissioners of Emigration
1846 U.S. state Michigan ends death penalty
1843 Great Britain annexes Natal
1839 The Cunard Steamship Company Ltd forms San Bonifacio
1834 Charles Darwin's expedition reaches 200 km from Atlantic Ocean
1818 Netherlands and England sign treaty against illegal slave handling
1814 Bourbon reign restored in France
1805 Henry C. Overing buys 80 acres of Throggs Neck in Bronx
1783 Herschel reports seeing a red glow near lunar crater Aristarchus
1780 American Academy of Arts and Science founded
1780 Charles Bunbury on Diomed wins 1st Epsom Derby
1776 Rhode Island declares independence from England
1747 Willem IV appointed viceroy of Overijssel
1728 Georg F Handels opera "Tolomeo, re di Egitto," premieres in London
1715 French manufacturer debuts 1st folding umbrella (Paris)
1652 Battle at Etampes: French army under Turenne beats Fronde rebels
1634 Johan van Walbeecks fleet departs to West-Indies
1626 Indians sell Manhattan Island for $24 in cloth and buttons
1626 Peter Minuit becomes director-general of New Netherlands
1572 Veere sides with Geuzen
1540 Venice and Turkey sign Treaty of Constantinople
1494 Christopher Columbus lands in Jamaica
1493 Spanish Pope Alexander VI divides America between Spain and Portugal
1471 Battle of Tewkesbury - King Edward IV vs Ex-queen Margaretha
1303 Flemings conquers Middelburg











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