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May 4th, 2007 (May 04 2007)EventGreensburg, Kansas is almost completely destroyed by a 1.7m wide EF-5 tornado.
May 4th, 2007 (May 04 2007)EventThe Scottish National Party wins the Scottish general election and becomes the largest party in the Scottish Parliament for the first time ever.
May 4th, 2002 (May 04 2002)EventAn EAS Airlines BAC 1-11-500 crashes in a suburb of Kano, Nigeria shortly after takeoff killing more than 148 people.
May 4th, 2001 (May 04 2001)EventThe Milwaukee Art Museum addition, the first Santiago Calatrava-designed structure in the United States, opens to the public.
May 4th, 2000 (May 04 2000)EventKen Livingstone becomes the first Mayor of London.
May 4th, 1998 (May 04 1998)EventA federal judge in Sacramento, California, gives "Unabomber" Theodore Kaczynski four life sentences plus 30 years after Kaczynski accepts a plea agreement sparing him from the death penalty.
May 4th, 1994 (May 04 1994)EventIsraeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and PLO leader Yasser Arafat sign a peace accord regarding Palestinian autonomy granting self-rule in the Gaza Strip and Jericho.Yitzhak Rabin Quotes
May 4th, 1990 (May 04 1990)EventLatvia proclaims the renewal of its independence after the Soviet occupation.
May 4th, 1989 (May 04 1989)EventIran-Contra Affair: Former White House aide Oliver North is convicted of three crimes and acquitted of nine other charges. The convictions, however, are later overturned on appeal.
May 4th, 1988 (May 04 1988)EventThe PEPCON disaster rocks Henderson, Nevada, as tons of space shuttle fuel detonates during a fire.
May 4th, 1982 (May 04 1982)EventTwenty sailors are killed when the British Type 42 destroyer HMS Sheffield (D80) is hit by an Argentinian Exocet missile during the Falklands War.
May 4th, 1980 (May 04 1980)EventPresident Josip Broz Tito of Yugoslavia dies in Ljubljana at the age of 87.Josip Broz Tito Quotes
May 4th, 1979 (May 04 1979)EventMargaret Thatcher becomes the first female Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.Margaret Thatcher Quotes
May 4th, 1974 (May 04 1974)EventAn all-female Japanese team reaches the summit of Manaslu, becoming the first women to climb an 8,000-meter peak.
May 4th, 1972 (May 04 1972)EventThe Don t Make A Wave Committee, a fledgling environmental organization founded in Canada in 1971, officially changes its name to "Greenpeace Foundation".
May 4th, 1970 (May 04 1970)EventVietnam War: Kent State shootings: the Ohio National Guard, sent to Kent State University after disturbances in the city of Kent the weekend before, open fire killing four students and wounding nine others. The students were protesting the United States invasion of Cambodia.
May 4th, 1961 (May 04 1961)EventAmerican civil rights movement: The "Freedom Riders" begin a bus trip through the South.
May 4th, 1953 (May 04 1953)EventErnest Hemingway is awarded the Pulitzer Prize for The Old Man and the Sea.Ernest Hemingway Quotes
May 4th, 1949 (May 04 1949)EventThe entire Torino football (soccer) team (except for one player who did not take the trip due to an injury) is killed in a plane crash at the Superga hill at the edge of Turin, Italy.
May 4th, 1946 (May 04 1946)EventIn San Francisco Bay, U.S. Marines from the nearby Treasure Island Navy Base stop a two-day riot at Alcatraz federal prison. Five people are killed in the riot.
May 4th, 1945 (May 04 1945)EventWorld War II: The liberation of the Neuengamme concentration camp near Hamburg by the British Army.
May 4th, 1945 (May 04 1945)EventWorld War II: The surrender of the North Germany Army to Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery.
May 4th, 1942 (May 04 1942)EventWorld War II: The Battle of the Coral Sea begins with an attack by aircraft from the United States aircraft carrier Yorktown on Japanese naval forces at Tulagi Island in the Solomon Islands. The Japanese forces had invaded Tulagi the day before. Solomon Quotes
May 4th, 1932 (May 04 1932)EventIn Atlanta, Georgia, mobster Al Capone begins serving an eleven-year prison sentence for tax evasion.Al Capone Quotes
May 4th, 1930 (May 04 1930)EventBritish police arrest Mahatma Gandhi and place him in Yeravda Central Prison.Mahatma Gandhi Quotes
May 4th, 1919 (May 04 1919)EventMay Fourth Movement: Student demonstrations take place in Tiananmen Square in Beijing, China, protesting the Treaty of Versailles, which transferred Chinese territory to Japan.
May 4th, 1912 (May 04 1912)EventItaly occupies the Greek island of Rhodes.
May 4th, 1910 (May 04 1910)EventThe Royal Canadian Navy is created.
May 4th, 1904 (May 04 1904)EventConstruction begins by the United States on the Panama Canal.
May 4th, 1904 (May 04 1904)EventCharles Stewart Rolls meets Frederick Henry Royce at the Midland Hotel in Manchester, England.
May 4th, 1886 (May 04 1886)EventHaymarket Square Riot: A bomb is thrown at policemen trying to break up a labor rally in Chicago, Illinois, United States, killing eight and wounding 60. The police fire into the crowd.
May 4th, 1871 (May 04 1871)EventThe National Association, the first professional baseball league, opens its first season in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
May 4th, 1869 (May 04 1869)EventThe Naval Battle of Hakodate takes place in Japan.
May 4th, 1863 (May 04 1863)EventAmerican Civil War: The Battle of Chancellorsville ends with a Union retreat.
May 4th, 1859 (May 04 1859)EventThe Cornwall Railway opens across the Royal Albert Bridge linking the counties of Devon and Cornwall in England. Devo Quotes
May 4th, 1855 (May 04 1855)EventAmerican adventurer William Walker departs from San Francisco with about 60 men to conquer Nicaragua.
May 4th, 1814 (May 04 1814)EventEmperor Napoleon I of France arrives at Portoferraio on the island of Elba to begin his exile.
May 4th, 1814 (May 04 1814)EventKing Ferdinand VII of Spain signs the Decrete of the 4th of May, returning Spain to absolutism.
May 4th, 1799 (May 04 1799)EventFourth 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.
May 4th, 1686 (May 04 1686)EventMunicipality of Ilagan is founded in the Philippines.
May 4th, 1675 (May 04 1675)EventKing Charles II of England orders the construction of the Royal Greenwich Observatory.
May 4th, 1626 (May 04 1626)EventDutch explorer Peter Minuit arrives in New Netherland (present day Manhattan Island) aboard the See Meeuw.
May 4th, 1494 (May 04 1494)EventChristopher Columbus lands in Jamaica.Christopher Columbus Quotes
May 4th, 1493 (May 04 1493)EventPope Alexander VI divides the New World between Spain and Portugal along the Line of Demarcation.Alexander Pope Quotes
May 4th, 1471 (May 04 1471)EventWars of the Roses: The Battle of Tewkesbury: Edward IV defeats a Lancastrian Army and kills Edward, Prince of Wales.
May 4th, 1415 (May 04 1415)EventReligious reformers John Wycliffe and Jan Hus are condemned as heretics at the Council of Constance.
May 4th, 1256 (May 04 1256)EventThe Augustinian monastic order is constituted at the Lecceto Monastery when Pope Alexander IV issues a papal bull Licet ecclesiae catholicae.Alexander Pope Quotes

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