About May 4

May 4, 2024 is the 125th day of the year 2024 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 241 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Saturday.

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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 270 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

What Happened On May 4

  • 1415
    Religious reformers John Wycliffe and Jan Hus are condemned as heretics at the Council of Constance.
  • 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.
  • 1675
    King Charles II of England orders the construction of the Royal Greenwich Observatory.
  • 1686
    The Municipality of Ilagan is founded in the Philippines.
  • 1814
    Emperor Napoleon I of France arrives at Portoferraio on the island of Elba to begin his exile.
  • 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.
  • 1871
    The National Association, the first professional baseball league, opens its first season in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
  • 1910
    The Royal Canadian Navy is created.
  • 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: The North Germany Army surrenders to Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery.
  • 1959
    The 1st Grammy Awards are held.
  • 1972
    The Don't Make A Wave Committee, a fledgling environmental organization founded in Canada in 1971, officially changes its name to “Greenpeace Foundation”.
  • 1974
    An all-female Japanese team reaches the summit of Manaslu, becoming the first women to climb an 8,000-meter peak.
  • 1982
    Twenty sailors are killed when the British Type 42 destroyer HMS Sheffield is hit by an Argentinian Exocet missile during the Falklands War.
  • 1988
    The PEPCON disaster rocks Henderson, Nevada, as tons of space shuttle fuel detonate during a fire.
  • 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.

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