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What are the important events that happened on May 4? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

May 4: Facts & Myths About This Day

May 4 is the 125th day of the year 2016 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 241 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Wednesday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is April 21, 2016 – a Wednesday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 1,462,320,000 seconds has elapsed since midnight of January 1, 1970 – the Unix epoch.

Strange as it may, if we name this day after a polygon then it will be called ‘hectaicosapentagon’ day.

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Taurus is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Emerald is the modern birthstone for this month. Sapphire is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 269 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

The ancient Maya civilization believes that the end of the world will happen on December 21, 2012. There are now 1,230 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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May 4 Historical Events

  • 1471
    Wars of the Roses: The Battle of Tewkesbury: Edward IV defeats a Lancastrian Army and kills Edward, Prince of Wales.
  • 1686
    The Municipality of Ilagan is founded in the Philippines.
  • 1855
    American adventurer William Walker departs from San Francisco with about 60 men to conquer Nicaragua.
  • 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.

Who were born on May 4?

  • 1733
    Jean-Charles de Borda, French mathematician, physicist, political scientist, and sailor (d. 1799)
  • 1937
    Ron Carter, American jazz bassist
  • 1939
    Amos Oz, Israeli writer, novelist, and journalist
  • 1946
    Gary Bauer conservative American politician, former presidential candidate
  • 1992
    Courtney Jines, American actress

Who died on May 4?

  • 1566
    Luca Ghini, Italian physician and botanist (b. 1490)
  • 1677
    Isaac Barrow, English mathematician (b. 1630)
  • 1859
    Joseph Diaz Gergonne, French mathematician (b. 1771)
  • 1992
    Gregor Mackenzie, Labour Party (UK) politician (b. 1927)
  • 2009
    Dom DeLuise, American actor and comedian (b. 1933)

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