What happened this day in history May 4

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

  • 1436
    Assasination of the Swedish rebel (later national hero) Engelbrekt Engelbrektsson
  • 1493
    Pope Alexander VI divides the New World between Spain and Portugal along the Line of Demarcation.
  • 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.
  • 1859
    The Cornwall Railway opens across the Royal Albert Bridge linking the counties of Devon and Cornwall in England.
  • 1869
    The Naval Battle of Hakodate Bay is fought in Japan.
  • 1910
    The Royal Canadian Navy is created.
  • 1990
    Latvia proclaims the renewal of its independence after the Soviet occupation.
  • 2001
    The Milwaukee Art Museum addition, the first Santiago Calatrava-designed structure in the United States, opens to the public.
  • 2007
    Greensburg, Kansas is almost completely destroyed by a 1.7 mi wide EF-5 tornado.

Who were born on May 4?

  • 1796
    Horace Mann, American educator (d. 1859)
  • 1796
    William H. Prescott, American historian (d. 1859)
  • 1825
    Augustus Le Plongeon, French antiquitarian (d. 1908)
  • 1907
    Lincoln Kirstein, American impresario (d. 1996)
  • 1923
    Stanley Biber, American physician, pioneer of transgender surgery (d. 2006)
  • 1928
    Wolfgang von Trips, German racing driver (d. 1961)
  • 1946
    Gary Bauer conservative American politician, former presidential candidate
  • 1959
    Randy Travis, American musician
  • 1964
    Rocco Siffredi, Italian porn actor
  • 1982
    Rasheeda,American hiphop singer

Who died on May 4?

  • 1684
    John Nevison, English highwayman (b. 1639)
  • 1734
    James Thornhill, English painter
  • 1737
    Eustace Budgell, English writer (b. 1686)
  • 1774
    Anthony Ulrich II, Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg (b. 1714)
  • 1969
    Osbert Sitwell, English writer (b. 1892)
  • 1970
    Eugenia Livanos, Greek socialite (b. 1927)
  • 1970
    Sandra Scheuer – Kent State victim (b. 1949)
  • 1984
    Diana Dors, British actress (b. 1931)
  • 1985
    Clarence Wiseman, the 10th General of The Salvation Army (b. 1907)
  • 2010
    Ernie Harwell, American baseball broadcaster (b. 1918)

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