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 124th day of the year 2021 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 241 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Tuesday.
Under the Julian calendar, this day is April 21, 2021 – a Tuesday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?
When this day started, 27,001,440 minutes 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 ‘hectaicosatetragon’ 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 273 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 3,056 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.
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May 4 Historical Events
Wars of the Roses: The Battle of Tewkesbury: Edward IV defeats a Lancastrian Army and kills Edward, Prince of Wales.
Pope Alexander VI divides the New World between Spain and Portugal along the Line of Demarcation.
Rhode Island becomes the first American colony to renounce allegiance to King George III.
Emperor Napoleon I of France arrives at Portoferraio on the island of Elba to begin his exile.
King Ferdinand VII of Spain signs the Decrete of the 4th of May, returning Spain to absolutism.
The National Association, the first professional baseball league, opens its first season in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
Haymarket 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.
The United States begins construction of the Panama Canal.
World War II: Neuengamme concentration camp near Hamburg is liberated by the British Army.
The entire Torino football team (except for two players who did not take the trip: Sauro Tomà, due to an injury and Renato Gandolfi, because of coach request) is killed in a plane crash at the Superga hill at the edge of Turin, Italy.
Who were born on May 4?
King Henry I of France (d. 1060)
Tyāgarāja, Composer of Indian classical Carnatic music (d. 1847)
Karl Christian Friedrich Krause, German philosopher (d. 1832)
Audrey Hepburn, Anglo-Dutch actress (d. 1993)
Willem van Beusekom, Dutch broadcaster and Radio DJ (d. 2006)
Avram Grant, Israeli football manager
Mónica Bardem, Spanish actress
Ana Gasteyer, American actress
Sergio Basañez, Mexican actor
Anjeza Shahini, Albanian singer
Who died on May 4?
Matthew Tilghman, American delegate to the Continental Congress (b. 1718)
Tipu Sultan, Indian military leader (b. 1750)
John Jones Ross, Canadian politician (b. 1831)
Members of the Easter Rising: Joseph Mary Plunkett, Irish nationalist and Leader of the Easter Rising (b. 1887)
Moe Howard, American actor and comedian (b. 1897)
Diana Dors, British actress (b. 1931)
Cathryn Damon, American actress (b. 1930)
Paul Butterfield, American blues harmonica player (b. 1942)
Connie Wisniewski, American baseball player [AAGPBL] (b. 1922)
Dom DeLuise, American actor and comedian (b. 1933)
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