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May 4 - Today in History
By Staff
May 4, 2014 - 12:00:00 AM

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1303 - Flemings conquers Middelburg
1471 - Battle of Tewkesbury - King Edward IV vs Ex-queen Margaretha
1493 - Spanish Pope Alexander VI divides America between Spain and Portugal
1494 - Christopher Columbus lands in Jamaica
1540 - Venice and Turkey sign Treaty of Constantinople
1572 - Veere sides with Geuzen
1626 - Indians sell Manhattan Island for $24 in cloth and buttons
1626 - Peter Minuit becomes director-general of New Netherlands
1634 - Johan van Walbeecks fleet departs to West-Indies
1652 - Battle at Etampes: French army under Turenne beats Fronde rebels
1715 - French manufacturer debuts first folding umbrella (Paris)
1747 - Willem IV appointed viceroy of Overijssel
1776 - Rhode Island declares independence from England
1780 - American Academy of Arts and Science founded
1780 - Charles Bunbury on Diomed wins first Epsom Derby
1783 - Herschel reports seeing a red glow near lunar crater Aristarchus
1805 - Henry C Overing buys 80 acres of Throggs Neck in Bronx
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 - The Cunard Steamship Company Ltd forms San Bonifacio
1843 - Great-Britain annexes Natal
1846 - US state Michigan ends death penalty
1847 - NY State creates a Board of Commissioners of Emigration
1851 - First major San Francisco fire
1858 - War of Reform (Mexico); Liberals establish capital at Vera Cruz
1861 - At Gretna Louisiana, one of first guns of Rebel navy is cast
1862 - -5] Battle at Williamsburg, Virginia
1862 - Yorktown, Virginia - McClellan halted his troop before town as it is full of armed torpedoes left by CS Brig general Gabrial Rains
1863 - Battle of Chancellorsville-action at Salem Church
1863 - End of Chancellorsville - Beaten Union army withdraws
1864 - -16] actions at Drewry's Bluff, Virginia
1864 - Gen 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, Alabama; Richard Taylor surrenders
1865 - Battle of Mobile, Alabama
1866 - Woodward's Gardens opens to public
1871 - First baseball league game (National Association of Baseball Players), (Ft Wayne 2, Cleveland 0) Deacon Jim White gets first hit, a double
1878 - Phonograph shown for first time at Grand Opera House
1883 - John Gordon Cashmans begins "Vicksburg Evening Post" (Miss)
1886 - Haymarket riot in Chicago; bomb kills 7 policemen
1888 - Italy and Spain sign military covenant
1891 - Sherlock Holmes, "dies" at Reichenbach Falls
1893 - Cowboy Bob Pickett invents bulldogging
1896 - Grease fire ignites � ton of dynamite at Cripple Creek Colorado
1897 - 23rd Kentucky Derby: Buttons Garner aboard Typhoon II wins in 2:12�
1897 - Fire in Paris bazaar at Rue Jean Goujon kills 200
1898 - 24th Kentucky Derby: Willie Simms aboard Plaudit wins in 2:09
1899 - 25th Kentucky Derby: Fred Taral aboard Manuel wins in 2:12
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
1918 - Yankees set record with 8 sacrifices, beat Red Sox's Babe Ruth 5-4
1919 - First legal Sunday baseball game in NYC (Phillies beat Giants 4-3)
1919 - FVC soccer team forms
1919 - Giants play their first legal Sunday home game, 35,000 see Phils win 4-3
1923 - Bloody street battles between nazi's, socialist and police in Vienna
1923 - NY state revokes Prohibition law
1924 - 8th Olympic games open at Paris, France
1924 - German Republic election fascists and communists win
1925 - League of Nations conference on arms control and poison gas usage
1926 - General strike hits Britain
1927 - First balloon flight over 40,000 feet (Scott Field, Ill)
1927 - Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences forms
1927 - Nicaragua agrees to a US supervised presidential election in 1928
1929 - Lou Gehrig hits 3 consecutive HRs, Yankees 11, Tigers 9
1931 - Mustafa Kemal Pasja becomes Turkish president
1932 - Al Capone, convict of income tax evasion, enters Atlanta Penitentiary
1933 - Pulitzer prize awarded to Archibald Macleish (Conquistador)
1935 - 61st Kentucky Derby: Willie Saunders aboard Omaha wins in 2:05
1936 - Pulitzer prize awarded to Harold L Davis (Honey in the Horn)
1938 - Douglas Hyde (a protestant) becomes first president of Eire
1940 - 21 "not neutral" nazis and communists arrested in Netherlands
1940 - 66th Kentucky Derby: Carroll Bierman aboard Gallahadion wins in 2:05
1942 - Battle of Coral Sea begun (first sea battle fought solely in air)
1942 - Food first rationed in US
1942 - German occupiers imprison 450 prominent Dutch as hostages
1942 - Pulitzer prize awarded to Ellen Glasgow (In this our Life)
1943 - NL Ford Frick demonstrates revised balata ball to reporters by bouncing it on his office carpet ball proves to be 50% livelier
1945 - German troops in Netherlands, Denmark and Norway surrender
1946 - 5 die in a 2 day riot at Alcatraz prison in SF 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
1948 - The Hague Court of Justice convicts Hans Rauter (SS) to the death
1949 - Air crash at Turijn (whole Torino-soccer team survives)
1952 - Babe Didrikson-Zaharias wins LPGA Fresno Golf Open
1953 - Pulitzer prize awarded to E Hemingway (Old Man and The Sea)
1954 - US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Bikini Island
1956 - Queen Juliana unveils National Monument to Dams in Amsterdam
1956 - US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Enwetak
1957 - 83rd Kentucky Derby: Bill Hartack aboard Iron Liege wins in 2:02.2
1957 - Alan Freed hosts "Rock n' Roll Show" first prime-time network rock show
1957 - Anne Frank Foundation forms in Amsterdam
1958 - Alberto Lleras Camargo chosen president of Colombia
1959 - First Grammy Awards: Perry Como and Ella Fitzgerald win
1959 - Pulitzer prize awarded to Archibald Macleish (JB)
1960 - First great Delta dam closes, North-South Beveland
1961 - 13 Freedom riders began bus trip through South
1961 - First on-the-road Spacemobile lecture given.
1961 - CORE begins freedom rides from Washington, DC
1961 - Malcolm Ross and Victor Prather reach 34,668 m (record) in balloon
1961 - South-Africa ANC-leader John Nkadimeng arrested
1962 - US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Christmas Island
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
1964 - "Another World" and "As the World Turns" premieres on TV
1964 - 70 GATT-countries confer in Geneva
1964 - Pulitzer prize awarded to Richard Hofstadter (Anti-intellectualism)
1965 - Willie Mays 512th HR breaks Mel Ott's 511th NL record
1966 - Soviet government signs accord about building Fiat factory in USSR
1967 - Lunar Orbiter 4 launched by US; begins orbiting Moon May 7
1968 - First 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�
1969 - Sandra Haynie wins LPGA Shreveport Kiwanis Club Golf Invitational
1969 - Stanley Cup: Montreal Canadiens sweep St Louis Blues in 4 games
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)
1972 - Vietcong forms revolutionary government in Quang Tri South Vietnam
1973 - First TV network female nudity-Steambath (PBS)-Valerie Perrine
1973 - BPAA US 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
1974 - 100th Kentucky Derby: Angel Cordero Jr. aboard Cannonade wins in 2:04
1975 - Houston's Bob Watson scores baseball's one-millionth run of all time
1975 - Maria Astrologes wins LPGA Birmingham Golf Classic
1976 - Kiss performs their first concert
1978 - Russian president Brezhnev visits West-Germany
1979 - Jackie Mercer wins her 4th golf title 31 years after her first
1979 - Margaret Thatcher elected prime minister of England
1979 - NASA launches Fltsatcom-2
1980 - Dodgers bat out of order against Phillies in first inning
1980 - Hollis Stacy wins LPGA CPC Women's Internationalional Golf Tournament
1980 - White Sox first baseman Mike Squires catches final inning of 11-1 loss to Brewers, becoming first lefty to catch since Dale Long in 1958
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 first win, 4-2
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
1983 - China PR performs nuclear test at Lop Nor PRC
1984 - Dave Kingman's fly ball never comes down (stuck in Metrodome ceiling)
1985 - 111th Kentucky Derby: Angel Cordero Jr on Spend A Buck wins 2:00.2
1986 - President Babrak Karmal resigns as party leader of Afghanistan
1988 - USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
1989 - Junior Felix of Toronto becomes 53rd to hit HR on first at bat
1989 - US launches Magellan to Venus
1989 - US space shuttle STS-30 launched
1990 - Angela Bowie reveals that ex husband David slept with Mick Jagger
1990 - Latvia's parliament votes 138-0 (1 abstention) for Independence
1990 - Oriole Gregg Olson sets relief pitcher rec of 41 cons scoreless inns
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 - Morris K Udall, (Rep-D-Ariz), resigns due to Parkinson disease
1991 - NY Mets M Sasser and Mark Carreon are 8th to hit consecutive pinch HRs
1991 - Pres Bush is hospitalized for erratic heartbeat
1994 - Arsenal wins 34th Europe Cup II
1994 - Courtney Love cleared of drug charges
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 first AL team to pitch back-to-back one-hitters since the Washington Senators in 1917
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
1998 - Unabomber Theodore Kaczynski was given four life sentences plus 30 years by a federal judge in Sacramento, California under a plea agreement that spared him the death penalty
2000 - Londoners elected their mayor for the first time
2001 - Bonny Lee Bakley, wife of actor Robert Blake, was shot to death in Los Angeles. (Blake was later acquitted of murder but found liable in a civil case and ordered to pay damages)
2006 - A federal judge sentenced Zacarias Moussaoui to life in prison for his role in the 9/11 attacks

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