About May 4

May 4, 2021 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.

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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 273 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
  • 1471
    Wars of the Roses: The Battle of Tewkesbury: Edward IV defeats a Lancastrian Army and kills Edward, Prince of Wales.
  • 1675
    King Charles II of England orders the construction of the Royal Greenwich Observatory.
  • 1686
    The Municipality of Ilagan is founded in the Philippines.
  • 1776
    Rhode Island becomes the first American colony to renounce allegiance to King George III.
  • 1814
    King Ferdinand VII of Spain signs the Decrete of the 4th of May, returning Spain to absolutism.
  • 1855
    American adventurer William Walker departs from San Francisco with about 60 men to conquer Nicaragua.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 1946
    In San Francisco Bay, U.S. Marines from the nearby Treasure Island Naval Base stop a two-day riot at Alcatraz federal prison. Five people are killed in the riot.
  • 1961
    American civil rights movement: The “Freedom Riders” begin a bus trip through the South.
  • 1970
    Vietnam War: Kent State shootings: the Ohio National Guard, sent to Kent State University after disturbances in the city of Kent the weekend before, opens fire killing four unarmed students and wounding nine others. The students were protesting the United States’ invasion of Cambodia.
  • 1972
    The Don't Make A Wave Committee, a fledgling environmental organization founded in Canada in 1971, officially changes its name to “Greenpeace Foundation”.
  • 1990
    Latvia proclaims the renewal of its independence after the Soviet occupation.
  • 2000
    Ken Livingstone becomes the first Mayor of London.
  • 2007
    Greensburg, Kansas is almost completely destroyed by a 1.7 mi wide EF-5 tornado.

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