Famous Events on this Day in History, May 04:

1256 - The Augustinian monastic order is constituted at the Lecceto Monastery when Pope Alexander IV issues a papal bull Licet ecclesiae catholicae.
1303 - Flemings conquers Middelburg
1415 - Religious reformers John Wycliffe and Jan Hus are condemned as heretics at the Council of Constance.
1471 - Battle of Tewkesbury - King Edward IV vs Ex-queen Margaretha
1493 - Spanish Pope Alexander VI divides America between Spain & Portugal
1494 - Christopher Columbus lands in Jamaica
1540 - Venice & Turkey sign Treaty of Constantinople
1572 - Veere sides with Geuzen
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
1686 - Municipality of Ilagan is founded in the Philippines.
1715 - French manufacturer debuts 1st folding umbrella (Paris)
1728 - Georg F Handel's opera "Tolomeo, re di Egitto," premieres in London
1747 - Willem IV appointed viceroy of Overijssel
1776 - Rhode Island declares independence from England
1780 - American Academy of Arts & Science founded
1780 - Charles Bunbury on Diomed wins 1st Epsom Derby
1783 - Herschel reports seeing a red glow near lunar crater Aristarchus
1799 - Fourth Anglo-Mysore War: The Battle of Seringapatam: The siege of Seringapatam ends when the city is assaulted and the Tipu Sultan killed by the besieging British army, under the command of General George Harris.
1805 - Henry C Overing buys 80 acres of Throggs Neck in Bronx
1814 - Bourbon reign restored in France
1814 - King Ferdinand VII of Spain signs the Decrete of the 4th of May, returning Spain to absolutism.
1818 - Netherlands & 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 - 1st major SF fire
1858 - War of Reform (Mexico); Liberals establish capital at Vera Cruz
1859 - The Cornwall Railway opens across the Royal Albert Bridge linking the counties of Devon and Cornwall in England.
1861 - At Gretna LA, one of 1st guns of Rebel navy is cast
1862 - -5] Battle at Williamsburg, Virginia
1862 - Yorktown, VA - 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 & begins his duel with Robert E Lee
1865 - Battle of Citronville, AL; Richard Taylor surrenders
1865 - Battle of Mobile, AL
1866 - Woodward's Gardens opens to public
1869 - The Naval Battle of Hakodate takes place in Japan.
1871 - 1st baseball league game (National Association of Baseball Players), (Ft Wayne 2, Cleveland 0) Deacon Jim White gets 1st hit, a double
1878 - Phonograph shown for 1st 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 & Spain sign military covenant
1893 - Cowboy Bob Pickett invents bulldogging
1896 - 1st edition of London Daily Mail (halfpenny)
1896 - Grease fire ignites half ton of dynamite at Cripple Creek Colorado
1897 - 23rd Kentucky Derby: Buttons Garner aboard Typhoon II wins in 2:12.5
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
1904 - Construction begins by the United States on the Panama Canal.
1904 - Charles Stewart Rolls meets Frederick Henry Royce at the Midland Hotel in Manchester, England.
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 & 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 - 1st legal Sunday baseball game in NYC (Phillies beat Giants 4-3)
1919 - FVC soccer team forms
1919 - Giants play their 1st legal Sunday home game, 35,000 see Phils win 4-3
1922 - KNX-AM in Los Angeles CA begins radio transmissions
1923 - Bloody street battles between nazi's, socialist & police in Vienna
1923 - NY state revokes Prohibition law
1924 - 8th Olympic games open at Paris, France
1924 - German Republic election fascists & communists win
1925 - League of Nations conference on arms control & poison gas usage
1926 - General strike hits Britain
1927 - 1st balloon flight over 40,000 feet (Scott Field, Ill)
1927 - Academy of Motion Picture Arts & 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 1st president of Eire
1940 - 21 "not neutral" nazis & communists arrested in Netherlands
1940 - 66th Kentucky Derby: Carroll Bierman aboard Gallahadion wins in 2:05
1942 - Battle of Coral Sea begun (1st sea battle fought solely in air)
1942 - Food 1st 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 & 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 & 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" 1st prime-time network rock show
1957 - Anne Frank Foundation forms in Amsterdam
1958 - Alberto Lleras Camargo chosen president of Colombia
1959 - 1st Grammy Awards: Perry Como & Ella Fitzgerald win
1959 - Pulitzer prize awarded to Archibald Macleish (JB)
1960 - 1st great Delta dam closes, North-South Beveland
1961 - 13 Freedom riders began bus trip through South
1961 - 1st on-the-road Spacemobile lecture given.
1961 - CORE begins freedom rides from Washington, DC
1961 - Malcolm Ross & 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" & "As the World Turns" premieres on TV
1964 - 70 GATT-countries confer in Geneva
1964 - KIII TV channel 3 in Corpus Christi, TX (ABC) begins broadcasting
1964 - Pulitzer prize awarded to Richard Hofstadter (Anti-intellectualism)
1965 - Willie Mays 512th HR breaks Mel Ott's 511th NL record
1966 - Soviet govt signs accord about building Fiat factory in USSR
1967 - Lunar Orbiter 4 launched by US; begins orbiting Moon May 7
1968 - 1st 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 2:02½
1969 - Charles Gordone's "No Place to be Somebody," premieres in NYC
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 govt in Quang Tri South Vietnam
1972 - The Don't Make A Wave Committee, a fledgling environmental organization founded in Canada in 1971, officially changes its name to "Greenpeace Foundation".
1973 - 1st 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 - Ed Bullins' "Taking of Miss Jane," premieres in NYC
1975 - Flyers 1-Isles 0-Semis-Flyers hold 3-0 lead-Isles held to 14 shots
1975 - Houston's Bob Watson scores baseball's one-millionth run of all time
1975 - Maria Astrologes wins LPGA Birmingham Golf Classic
1976 - "1600 Pennsylvania Avenue" opens at Mark Hellinger NYC for 7 perfs
1976 - Kiss performs their 1st concert
1978 - Russian president Brezhnev visits West-Germany
1979 - Jackie Mercer wins her 4th golf title 31 years after her 1st
1979 - Margaret Thatcher elected prime minister of England
1979 - NASA launches Fltsatcom-2
1980 - Dodgers bat out of order against Phillies in 1st inning
1980 - Hollis Stacy wins LPGA CPC Women's Internationalional Golf Tournament
1980 - White Sox 1st baseman Mike Squires catches final inning of 11-1 loss to Brewers, becoming 1st lefty to catch since Dale Long in 1958
1981 - Rockline premieres on KLOS FM in Los Angeles
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 1st 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 1st 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
1990 - Pakistan beat Aust by 36 runs to win Austral-Asia Cup, Sharjah
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 & 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 & Mark Carreon are 8th to hit consecutive pinch HRs
1991 - Pres Bush is hospitalized for erratic heartbeat
1993 - "Angels in America-Millennium Approaches" opens at Kerr for 367 perfs
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 1st 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 - A federal judge in Sacramento, California, gives "Unabomber" Theodore Kaczynski four life sentences plus 30 years after Kaczynski accepts a plea agreement sparing him from the death penalty.
2000 - Ken Livingstone becomes the first Mayor of London.
2001 - The Milwaukee Art Museum addition, the first Santiago Calatrava-designed structure in the United States, opens to the public.
2002 - Barry Bonds hits his 400th home run as a Giant, leading his team to a 3-0 win over Cincinnati. Bonds is the first player to hit 400 homers for one team and 100 with another
2007 - Greensburg, Kansas is almost completely destroyed by a 1.7m wide EF-5 tornado.
2007 - The Scottish National Party wins the Scottish general election and becomes the largest party in the Scottish Parliament for the first time ever.
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