About May 4

May 4, 2022 is the 124th day of the year 2022 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 241 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Wednesday.

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Taurus is the sun 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 263 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

What Happened On May 4

  • 1436
    Assasination of the Swedish rebel (later national hero) Engelbrekt Engelbrektsson
  • 1626
    Dutch explorer Peter Minuit arrives in New Netherland (present day Manhattan Island) aboard the See Meeuw.
  • 1675
    King Charles II of England orders the construction of the Royal Greenwich Observatory.
  • 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.
  • 1863
    American Civil War: The Battle of Chancellorsville ends with a Union retreat.
  • 1869
    The Naval Battle of Hakodate Bay is fought in Japan.
  • 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
    Charles Stewart Rolls meets Frederick Henry Royce at the Midland Hotel in Manchester, England.
  • 1904
    The United States begins construction of the Panama Canal.
  • 1942
    World War II: The Battle of the Coral Sea begins with an attack by aircraft from the United States aircraft carrier USS Yorktown on Japanese naval forces at Tulagi Island in the Solomon Islands. The Japanese forces had invaded Tulagi the day before.
  • 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.
  • 1953
    Ernest Hemingway wins the Pulitzer Prize for The Old Man and the Sea.
  • 1972
    The Don't Make A Wave Committee, a fledgling environmental organization founded in Canada in 1971, officially changes its name to “Greenpeace Foundation”.
  • 1989
    Iran-Contra Affair: Former White House aide Oliver North is convicted of three crimes and acquitted of nine other charges. The convictions, however, are later overturned on appeal.
  • 1990
    Latvia proclaims the renewal of its independence after the Soviet occupation.
  • 1994
    Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and PLO leader Yasser Arafat sign a peace accord regarding Palestinian autonomy granting self-rule in the Gaza Strip and Jericho.
  • 2001
    The Milwaukee Art Museum addition, the first Santiago Calatrava-designed structure in the United States, opens to the public.

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