4th May, on this day

1256 Augustinian monastic order constituted at 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 were condemned as heretics at the Council of Constance.
1471 Battle of Tewkesbury - King Edward IV vs Ex-queen Margaretha - the last battle in the War of the Roses.
1493 Spanish Pope Alexander VI divides non-Christian world between Spain and Portugal
1494 Christopher Columbus lands in Jamaica
1540 Venice and Turkey sign Treaty of Constantinople
1572 Veere sides with Geuzen
1626 Dutch explorer Peter Minuit arrives in New Netherland (present day Manhattan Island) aboard the See Meeuw. Indians sell Manhattan Island for $24 in cloth and buttons
1634 Johan van Walbeecks fleet departs to West-Indies
1652 Battle at Etampes: French army under Turenne beats Fronde rebels
1675 King Charles II of England orders the construction of the Royal Greenwich Observatory.
1686 Municipality of Ilagan was founded in the Philippines.
1715 French manufacturer debuts 1st folding umbrella (Paris France)
1728 Georg F Händels opera "Tolomeo, re di Egitto" premieres in London
1776 Rhode Island declares independence from England
1780 American Academy of Arts and Science founded
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 the Bronx, NY
1814 Emperor Napoleon I of France arrives at Portoferraio on the island of Elba to begin his exile.
1814 King Ferdinand VII of Spain signs the Decrete of the 4th of May, returning Spain to absolutism.
1814 Bourbon reign restored in France
1818 Netherlands and England sign treaty against illegal slave handling
1834 Charles Darwin's expedition reaches 200 km from Atlantic Ocean
1839 Canadian Sir Samuel Cunard launches the Cunard Shipping Line
1843 Great-Britain annexes Natal
1846 US state of Michigan ends death penalty
1847 New York State creates a Board of Commissioners of Emigration
1851 1st major San Fransisco fire
1855 American adventurer William Walker departs from San Francisco with about 60 men to conquer Nicaragua.
1858 War of the Reform (México); Liberals establish capital at Vera Cruz
1859 Cornwall Railway opened 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 Battle at Williamsburg, VA
1862 Yorktown VA - McClellan halted his troop before town as it is full of armed torpedoes left by CS Brigadier General Gabrial Rains
1863 Battle of Chancellorsville ends-Beaten Union army withdraws
1864 General Grant's Army at Potomac attacks at Rappahannock
1864 Ulysses S Grant crosses Rapidan and begins his duel with Robert E Lee
1865 Battle of Citronville, AL; Richard Taylor surrenders
1865 Battle of Mobile, AL
1869 The Naval Battle of Hakodate takes place in Japan.
1878 Phonograph shown for 1st time at Grand Opera House
1886 Haymarket riot in Chicago; bomb kills 7 policemen
1888 Italy and Spain sign military covenant
1893 Cowboy Bob Pickett invents bulldogging
1896 First edition of British daily newspaper The Daily Mail. Founded by Lord Northcliffe
1896 Grease fire ignites ½ ton of dynamite at Cripple Creek, CO
1897 Fire in Paris, France bazaar at Rue Jean Goujon kills 200
1904 Motor car pioneers Charles Rolls and Henry Royce sign a provisional agreement to produce Rolls-Royce cars
1904 Construction begins by the United States on the Panama Canal.
1910 Canadian Currency Act, 1910, receives Royal Assent
1910 Canadian parliament accept creation of Royal Canadian Navy
1910 Tel Aviv founded
1912 Italian mariners occupy Turkish Island of Rhodes
1915 Italy drops Triple Alliance with Austria-Hungaryb and Germany
1916 At request of US, Germany curtails its submarine warfare
1917 Arabs sack Tel Aviv
1919 May Fourth Movement: Student demonstrations take place in Tiananmen Square in Beijing, China, protesting the Treaty of Versailles, which transferred Chinese territory to Japan.
1923 Bloody street battles between Nazis, socialist and police in Vienna
1923 New York state revokes Prohibition law
1924 8th modern Olympic games open in Paris, France
1924 German Republic election fascists and communists win
1925 League of Nations conference on arms control and poison gas usage
1926 Start of a General Strike in Britain. Comes to an end on May 12th
1927 1st balloon flight over 40,000 feet (Scott Field IL)
1927 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences forms
1927 Nicaragua agrees to a US supervised presidential election in 1928
1930 British police arrest Mahatma Gandhi and place him in Yeravda Central Prison.
1931 Mustafa Kemal Pasja becomes Turkish president
1932 Al Capone, convict of income tax evasion, enters Atlanta Penitentiary
1938 Douglas Hyde (a protestant) becomes 1st president of Eire
1942 Battle of Coral Sea begun (1st sea battle fought solely in air)
1942 Food 1st rationed in US
1942 German occupiers imprison 450 prominent Dutch as hostages
1945 Liberation of the Neuengamme concentration camp near Hamburg by the British Army.
1945 German troops in Netherlands, Denmark and Norway surrender
1946 5 die in a 2 day riot at Alcatraz prison in San Fransisco bay
1948 The Hague Court of Justice convicts Hans Rauter (SS) to the death
1949 Air crash at Turijn (whole Torino-soccer team survives)
1954 US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Bikini Island
1956 US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Enwetak
1957 Alan Freed hosts "Rock n' Roll Show" 1st prime-time network rock show
1957 Anne Frank Foundation forms in Amsterdam
1958 Alberto Lleras Camargo chosen President of Colombia
1959 1st Grammy Awards: Perry Como and Ella Fitzgerald win
1961 13 Freedom riders began bus trip through South
1961 1st on-the-road Spacemobile lecture given.
1961 Malcolm Ross and Victor Prather reach 34,668 meters (record) in balloon
1961 South-Africa ANC-leader John Nkadimeng arrested
1962 US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Christmas Island
1964 70 GATT-countries confer in Geneva
1966 Soviet Government signs accord about building Fiat factory in USSR
1967 Lunar Orbiter 4 launched by US; begins orbiting Moon May 7
1970 National Guard kills 4 at Kent State in Ohio
1970 Premier Kosygin affirms existence Russian military advisors in Egypt
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".
1974 An all-female Japanese team reaches the summit of Manaslu, becoming the first women to climb an 8,000-meter peak.
1973 Patriarch Shenuda II of Kopitisch church visits the pope
1974 Swedish group ABBA reach the top of the singles charts with their Eurovision Song Contest winner 'Waterloo'
1978 Russian President Brezhnev visits West-Germany
1979 Conservative leader Margaret Thatcher becomes Britain's first woman Prime Minister after a General Election
1980 President Josip Broz Tito of Yugoslavia dies in Ljubljana at the age of 87.
1982 20 sailors are killed when the British Type 42 destroyer HMS Sheffield (D80) is hit by an Argentinian Exocet missile during the Falklands War.
1983 China People's Republic performs nuclear test at Lop Nor People's Rebublic of China
1986 President Babrak Karmal resigns as party leader of Afghánistán
1988 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakhstan/Semipalitinsk USSR
1988 The PEPCON disaster rocked Henderson, Nevada, as tons of space shuttle fuel detonated during a fire.
1989 Iran-Contra Affair: Former White House aide Oliver North is convicted of three crimes and was acquitted of nine other charges. The convictions, however, are later overturned on appeal.
1989 US launches Magellan to Venus
1990 Angela Bowie reveals that ex-husband David slept with Mick Jagger
1990 Latvia's parliament votes 138-0 (1 abstention) for Independence. Latvia declares itself an independent democratic republic in the first stage of withdrawal from the USSR
1991 President Bush is hospitalized for erratic heartbeat
1994 Courtney Love cleared of drug charges
1994 Palestine Liberation front (PLO) sign an agreement with Israel which gives Palestinians living in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip their first taste of self-rule since the Six-Day War of 1967
1998 A federal judge in Sacramento, California, gives "Unabomber" Theodore Kaczynski four life sentences plus 30 years after Kaczynski accepted a plea agreement sparing him from the death penalty.
2000 Ken Livingstone becomes the first Mayor of London.
2001 Pope John Paul II follows Saint Paul's footsteps across the Mediterranean, from Greece to Syria to Malta. .
2002 An EAS Airlines BAC 1-11-500 crashes in a suburb of Kano, Nigeria shortly after takeoff killing more than 148 people.

4th May 2006

Judge silences Moussaoui outburst

Mexico U-turn over drugs policy

Global child labour figures fall

4th May 2007

Iran FM attacks US policy in Iraq

Climate change 'can be tackled'

Haiti migrants in boat disaster

4th May 2008

Burma cyclone death toll 'at 351'

Dozens missing in Brazil capsize

Iraq First Lady survives bombing

4th May 2009

Mexico to begin lifting flu curbs

Iran bus crash kills 28 pilgrims

European economy 'will shrink 4%'

4th May 2010

NY bomb-plot suspect charged with terrorism

Funnel plan to battle Gulf spill

Police stop veiled woman in Italy

Birthdates which occurred on 4th May :

1006 Abd-Allah Ansari Persian mystic/poet (Monadjat)
1611 Carlo Rainaldi composer
1622 Juan de Valdés Leal Spanish painter/sculptor
1631 Mary I Henriette Stuart daughter of Charles I/Queen of England
1635 Willem van Outhoorn Dutch Governor-General (Dutch East Indies)
1655 Bartolomeo di Francesco Cristofori Italy, piano builder
1738 Josef Kohaut composer
1744 Marianne von Martinez composer
1763 Franz Stanislaus Spindler composer
1769 Charles Hague composer
1776 Johann Friedrich Herbart Germany, philosopher/psychologist
1777 Charles-Louis-Joseph Hanssens composer
1796 Horace Mann US, educator/author/editor (pioneered public schools)
1796 Joseph Pannell Taylor Brigadier General (Union Army), died in 1864
1820 Joseph Whitaker England, publisher, founded Whitaker's Almanack
1820 Julia Gardiner Tyler 2nd wife of President John Tyler (1841-45)
1825 Thomas Henry Huxley scientist/humanist/Darwinist
1826 Frederick Church US romantic landscape painter (Hudson River School)
1835 Edmund Hart Turpin composer
1846 Emile Gallé French glass/marble/ceramic artist (Gallé Glaze)
1860 Emil Nikolaus Von Reznicek Vienna Austria, composer (Donna Diana)
1867 Dynam-Victor Fumet composer
1871 Mynona writer
1875 Ramiro de Maeztu y Whitney Spanish writer (Don Quixote & Celestine)
1875 Reggie Schwartz cricketer (1st of great South African googlists)
1877 Arthur Lang US, boxer/businessman (Died Aug 8, 1992 at 115)
1881 Aleksandr F Kerenski Russian premier (1917-Prelude to Bolshevism)
1882 Wilhelm Lehmann writer
1889 Francis J Spellman US Cardinal
1891 Frederick Jacobi composer
1891 Johan W F Werumeus Buning Dutch poet (Daily Bread)
1893 Edgar Dearing Ceres CA, actor (Abraham Lincoln, Free & Easy)
1893 Royal Butler [Edwin Richey] Atlanta GA, actor
1902 Cola [Nicolas] Debrot Bonaire Governor (Netherlands Antilles)/author
1902 Cvjetko Rihtman composer
1902 Rodney Meredith Thomas architect/painter
1903 Luther Adler New York NY, actor (Dr Bernard Altman-The Psychiatrist)
1905 Mátyás Seiber Budapest Hungary, composer (Scherzando)
1906 Esmond Knight East Sheen England, actor (Hamlet, Sleeping Murder)
1909 Howard Da Silva [Silverblatt] Cleveland OH, actor (Ben Franklin-1776)
1909 Jeroom Verten [Jozef F Vermetten] Flemish playwright
1910 Mady Alfredo [Maria M the Brieder] actress (Alicia)
1912 Lou Brown Brooklyn NY, orchestra leader (Jerry Lewis Show)
1914 Abdel Karim Kassem general/premier/dictator of Iraq (1958-63)
1914 Emmanuel Roblès Algerian-Fren journalist/playwright (Lesson Hauteurs)
1915 Curt Conway Boston MA, actor (Raw Deal)
1915 Pedro Saenz composer
1916 Maurice "Moe" Purtill jazz drummer
1917 Edward Toner Cone composer
1918 Kakuei Tanaka Japanese PM (1972-74), convicted of bribe-taking
1919 Dimiter Petkov composer
1919 Mary Ann McCall singer
1921 John van Kesteren Dutch tenor (Komische Oper, West-Berlin)
1921 Patsy Garrett Atlantic City NJ, actress (Nanny & the Professor)
1922 John Paul Hammerschmidt (Representative-R-AR, 1967- )
1924 Dennis Weaver actor (McCloud)
1924 Peter Aldersley actor/disc jockey
1924 Tat'yana Petrovna Nikolayeva composer
1925 Peter Blum German/South African/English poet (Capricorn)
1926 G Reinshagen writer
1926 Milton "Milt" Thompson US NASA-test pilot/chief-engineer (X-15)
1928 Betsy Rawls Spartanburg SC, LPGA golfer (Hall of Fame, US Women's Open-51, 53, 57, 60)
1928 Hosni Mubarak Egyptian President (1981- )
1928 Maynard Ferguson Verdun Québec Canada, jazz trumpeter (Birdland, Roulette)
1929 Audrey Hepburn [Edda Kathleen van Heemstra Hepburn-Ruston] Brussels Belgium (Breakfast at Tiffany's, My Fair Lady)
1930 Roberta Peters New York NY, operatic soprano (New York Metropolitan)
1931 Ed Cassidy Chicago IL, drummer (Spirit-I Got A Line on You)
1931 Gennadi Rozhdestvensky Moscow Russia, conductor (USSR State Radio)
1932 Fausto Razzi composer
1932 Susan Brown San Francisco, actress (General Hospital)
1934 Pete Barbutti Scranton PA, comedian (Garry Moore Show)
1936 El Cordobés [Manuel Benítez] Spanish toreador
1937 Hans Ulrich Lehmann composer
1938 Tyrone Davis US R&B singer (Are you serious)
1938 William J Bennett US Secretary of Education (1985-88)
1939 Amos Oz Jerusalem Israel, author (My Michael)
1940 Dick Curl Chester PA, offensive coordinator coach (Barcelona Dragons)
1941 George F Will political analyst (Night Line)
1942 Ronnie Bond drummer (Troggs-Wild Thing)
1943 Nickolas Ashford Fairfield SC, singer (Ashford & Simpson-Solid as a Rock)
1943 Stella Parton sister of Dolly Parton/singer (A Woman's Touch)
1944 Dave [Otto Levenbach] Dutch singer (Du coté the Chez Swann)
1944 Paul Gleason Jersey City NJ, actor (Breakfast Club, Die Hard)
1944 Peggy Santiglia McGannon New Jersey, rocker (Angels)
1944 Ronnie Bond drummer (Troggs-Wild Thing)
1945 George Wadenius rocker (Blood, Sweat & Tears)
1945 Monika van Paemel Belgian writer (Accursed Fathers)
1946 Renee Powell LPGA golfer
1948 Billy O'Donnell harness racer driver of the year (1984)
1949 Gerrit J P van Otterloo Dutch MP (PvdA)
1949 Sybil Danning [Danninger], Weis Austria, actress (Chained Heat)
1949 Zal Cleminson rocker (Alex Harvey Band)
1950 Darryl Hunt English pop bassist (Pogues-Pair of Brown Eyes)
1950 Hilly Hicks Los Angeles CA, actor (Roll Out, Roots)
1950 René CM van Asten Dutch actor (Herenstraat 10)
1951 Gene Greenwood (Representative-R-PA)
1951 Jackie [Sigmund Esco] Jackson Gary IN, rocker (Jackson 5-ABC)
1954 Julie Budd Brooklyn NY, singer (Child of Plenty)
1956 Jackie Bertsch LPGA golfer
1956 Michael L Gernhardt Mansfield OH, PhD/astronaut (STS 69, 83, 94, sk 100)
1956 Ulrike Meyfarth Frankfurt West Germany, high jumper (Olympics-gold-1972)
1957 Peter Sleep cricketer (Australian leg-spin all-rounder 1979-90)
1957 Richard E Grant Swaziland, actor (Posse, Bram Stoker's Dracula)
1958 Keith Haring Kutztown PA, graffiti artist (Vanity Fair, Paris Review)
1959 Randy Travis [Randy Bruce Traywick] Marshville NC, country singer (Forever and Ever Amen, Diggin' Up Bones)
1959 Robert Raymond Tway Oklahoma City OK, PGA golfer (1986 Shearson)
1959 Rohn Stark NFL punter (Pittsburgh Steelers)
1960 Martyn Moxon cricketer (England batsman in ten Tests 1986-89)
1961 Eugene Daniel NFL center (Indianapolis Colts, Baltimore Ravens)
1961 Jay Aston rocker
1961 Mary Elizabeth McDonough Van Nuys CA, actress (Erin-Waltons)
1962 Tracy Vaccaro Glendale CA, playmate (October, 1983)
1964 Goran Prpic Yugoslavia, tennis star
1965 Adri Bogers Dutch soccer player (Willem II)
1966 Monica Tranel [Michini] Billings MT, rower (Olympics-96)
1967 Derek MacCready CFL defensive tackle (Edmonton Eskimos)
1967 John Child East York Ontario, beach volleyballer (Olympics-bronze-96)
1967 Matthew Crane Kimberton PA, actor (Matt Cory-Another World)
1968 Andre Collins NFL linebacker (Cincinnati Bengals)
1968 Eddie Perez Cuidad Ojeda Venezuela, catcher (Atlanta Braves)
1968 Kevin Todd Winnipeg, NHL center (Los Angeles Kings)
1970 Dawn Staley Philadelphia PA, basketball guard (Olympics-gold-96)
1971 Derrick Clark NFL/WLAF fullback (Broncos, Rhein Fire)
1971 Steve Glenn CFL linebacker (British Columbia Lions)
1972 Ethan Watts Philadelphia PA, volleyball middle blocker (Olympics-96)
1972 Gretchen Ulion ice hockey forward (USA, Olympics-98)
1972 Marc Lamb WLAF T (London Monarchs)
1973 Edward Hervey NFL wide receiver (Dallas Cowboys)
1973 Matthew Barnaby Ottawa, NHL left wing (Buffalo Sabres)
1973 Melissa Boyd Miss Ohio USA (1996)
1973 Michelle Martinez Dallas TX, Miss America (Texas-Top 10-1997)
1975 Pablo Ruiz Buenos Aires Argentina, Spanish singer
1976 Heather Kozar Akron OH, playmate (January 1998)


Deaths which occurred on May 4th:
1594 Paul Buys Grand Pensionary of Holland, dies at 62
1604 Claudio Merulo composer, dies at 71
1605 Ulisse Aldrovandi Italian biologist/medical, dies at 82
1752 Pieter Snyers Flemish painter/engraver, dies at 71
1770 Christian Gottfried Krause composer, dies at 51
1832 Jan van Speyck Dutch Admiral, buried in New Church
1855 Camille Pleyel Austria piano builder/composer, dies at 66
1860 Emil Nikolaus von Reznicek composer, dies
1879 William Froude British civil engineer/shipbuilder (F Integer), dies at 68
1885 Aleksandar I Karadjordjevic monarch of Serbia (1842-58), dies at 78
1891 Sherlock Holmes "dies" at Reichenbach Falls
1893 George Washington Hewitt composer, dies at 82
1928 Barry E Odell Pain English writer (Punch), dies at 63
1929 Henry Morton Dunham composer, dies at 75
1935 Lodewijk Scharpé Flemish literature historian, dies at 65
1938 Carl von Ossietzky German pacifist/writer (Nobel 1935), dies at 48
1953 Edward B B Shanks British poet/critic, dies at 60
1953 Thomas Tertius Noble composer, dies at 85
1955 Georges Enescu Romanian/French violist/composer (Oedipe), dies at 73
1955 Louis Breguet French aviation pioneer, dies at 75
1961 Anita Stewart dies of heart attack at 66
1965 Norman Brokenshire TV moderator (Four Square Court), dies at 66
1966 Juan Maria Thomas Sabater composer, dies at 69
1967 Bengt Axel von Torne composer, dies at 75
1969 F Osbert S Sitwell English poet (Who Killed Cock Robin?), dies at 76
1970 Allison Krause 1 of 4 students at Kent State University killed by Ohio National Guard
1970 Jeffrey Miller 1 of 4 students at Kent State University killed by Ohio National Guard
1970 Sandy Scheuer 1 of 4 students at Kent State University killed by Ohio National Guard
1970 William Schroeder 1 of 4 students at Kent State University killed by Ohio National Guard
1971 Donald Dexter Van Slyke US chemist (Cyanosis), dies at 88
1971 Joseph Csaky Hungarian/French sculptor, dies at 83
1971 Louis de Bree [Louis C Davids] Dutch actor (Bluejackets), dies at 87
1973 Jane Bowles writer, dies at 56
1974 Israel Citkowitz composer, dies at 65
1974 John Wengraf actor (Pride & Passion, 12 to the Moon), dies at 77
1975 Moe Howard [Moses Horowitz] comedian (3 Stooges), dies at 77
1980 Josip Broz Tito leader of Yugoslavia (1945-80), dies at 87
1980 Kay Hammond actress (Blithe Spirit, 5 Golden Hours), dies in Brighton UK at 71
1981 Bobby Sands Irish IRA-terrorist, dies after hunger strike
1983 Nino Sanzogno composer, dies at 72
1984 Diana Dors actress (Berserk!), dies at 52 of cancer
1987 Cathryn Damon actress (Mary Campbell-Soap), dies at 56
1987 Dick Hillenius Dutch biologist/writer, dies at 59
1987 Paul Butterfield singer/harmonica player, dies of drug abuse at 44
1990 Don Appell dies
1991 Dennis Crosby son of Bing, commits suicide at 54
1992 Henri Guillemin French historian, dies at 89
1992 Ismael Galeano "Commandant Franklyn" (Contra), dies
1992 Vitali Andreyevich Grishchenko Russian cosmonaut, dies at 50
1994 Karl Francis Hettinger onion Field survivor, dies at 59
1995 Lewis T Preston banker, dies at 68
1995 Louis Krasner violinist, dies at 91
1996 Jean Crepin soldier/industrialist, dies at 87
1996 Stanley William Reed cineaste, dies at 85
1997 Alvy Moore actor/producer (Mr Kimball-Green Acres), dies at 75
1997 Vijayananda Dahanayake PM of Sri Lanka (1959-60), dies

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