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

  • 1471
    Wars of the Roses: The Battle of Tewkesbury: Edward IV defeats a Lancastrian Army and kills Edward, Prince of Wales.
  • 1493
    Pope Alexander VI divides the New World between Spain and Portugal along the Line of Demarcation.
  • 1776
    Rhode Island becomes the first American colony to renounce allegiance to King George III.
  • 1814
    Emperor Napoleon I of France arrives at Portoferraio on the island of Elba to begin his exile.
  • 1814
    King Ferdinand VII of Spain signs the Decrete of the 4th of May, returning Spain to absolutism.
  • 1871
    The National Association, the first professional baseball league, opens its first season in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
  • 1886
    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.
  • 1904
    The United States begins construction of the Panama Canal.
  • 1945
    World War II: Neuengamme concentration camp near Hamburg is liberated by the British Army.
  • 1949
    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?

  • 1008
    King Henry I of France (d. 1060)
  • 1767
    Tyāgarāja, Composer of Indian classical Carnatic music (d. 1847)
  • 1781
    Karl Christian Friedrich Krause, German philosopher (d. 1832)
  • 1929
    Audrey Hepburn, Anglo-Dutch actress (d. 1993)
  • 1947
    Willem van Beusekom, Dutch broadcaster and Radio DJ (d. 2006)
  • 1955
    Avram Grant, Israeli football manager
  • 1964
    Mónica Bardem, Spanish actress
  • 1967
    Ana Gasteyer, American actress
  • 1970
    Sergio Basañez, Mexican actor
  • 1987
    Anjeza Shahini, Albanian singer

Who died on May 4?

  • 1790
    Matthew Tilghman, American delegate to the Continental Congress (b. 1718)
  • 1799
    Tipu Sultan, Indian military leader (b. 1750)
  • 1901
    John Jones Ross, Canadian politician (b. 1831)
  • 1916
    Members of the Easter Rising: Joseph Mary Plunkett, Irish nationalist and Leader of the Easter Rising (b. 1887)
  • 1975
    Moe Howard, American actor and comedian (b. 1897)
  • 1984
    Diana Dors, British actress (b. 1931)
  • 1987
    Cathryn Damon, American actress (b. 1930)
  • 1987
    Paul Butterfield, American blues harmonica player (b. 1942)
  • 1995
    Connie Wisniewski, American baseball player [AAGPBL] (b. 1922)
  • 2009
    Dom DeLuise, American actor and comedian (b. 1933)

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