This Day In History – May 4th
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There have been thousands of these days in the past and more to come.
Each day of the week we look in the rearview mirror for a look back in time. Let’s go back in time to all the events, birthdays and more that have happened on May 4th in the past.
We’re here to help you remember everything you forgot so what could be better than a history of events that have happened on this day!
Each day of the week, The Beat Chicago takes you back through the years to see all the birthdays, heavenly birthdays and major events that have impacted life here on Earth on this day in history.
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Let’s go back in time to see everything that happened on this day in history
1626 – Dutch explorer Peter Minuit landed on Manhattan Island. Native Americans later sold the island (20,000 acres) for $24 in cloth and buttons.
1776 – Rhode Island declared its freedom from England two months before the Declaration of Independence was signed
1886 – Cousin to Alexander Graham Bell, Chichester Bell and Charles S. Tainter patented the gramophone which became the first phonograph
1893 – “Bulldogging” created by cowboy Bill Pickett was introduced
1904 – The U.S. began construction on the Panama Canal
1905 – Belmont Park opened in Long Island. At the time, it was the largest race track in the world
1919 – The NY Giants played the Philadelphia Phillie in NYC for the first-ever legal game on a Sunday. The Phillies won the game 4-3
1922 – KNX in L.A. signed on for the first time
1924 – The Communists and the Fascists win elections in Germany
1924 – The 8th summer Olympics began in Paris, France
1927 – In Scott, Illinois, the first balloon flight to reach 40,000 feet set a new record
1932 – Al Capone entered Alcatraz to being his prison sentence for tax evasion
1942 – The U.S. began its food ration during WWII
1942 – The Battle Of Coral Sea began where the U.S. and Australian forces battled Japanese forces
1945 – German forces surrender unconditionally to “Monty” (British Field Marshall Montgomery) in Denmark, Norway and The Netherlands
1953 – Ernest Hemingway won a Pulitzer Prize for literature for “The Old Man And The Sea”
1957 – The Anne Frank Foundation was created
1957 – The Alan Freed Show became the first “Rock N’ Roll Show” on prime-time national TV
1959 – Ella Fitzgerald and Perry Como were among the winners in the first Grammy Awards
1959 – Dick Clark announced the first movie to be released from his production company. The film was “Harrison High”
1963 – Milwaukee Brave pitcher Bob Shaw set a record in baseball that still stands today… he balked 5 times in one game against the Cubs
1964 – The soap opera “Another World” debuted
1964 – Iconic rock band The Moody Blues was formed
1967 – Lunar Orbiter 4 was launched by the U.S. to orbit the moon
1968 – The Pittsburgh Pipers beat the New Orleans Buccaneers 4 games to 3 in the 1st ABA championship
1970 – Ohio National Guardsmen opened fire on students during an anti-Vietnam war protest at Kent State University killing four of them, injuring nine others
1972 – “The Don’t Make A Wave Committee” formed in Toronto in 1971 changed its name “Greenpeace Foundation”
1975 – Houston Astros’ Bob Watson scored the 1,000,000th run in baseball
1979 – Margaret Thatcher became the first woman elected Prime Minister of the UK
1984 – Dave Kingman (playing with the Oakland A’s) hit a home run so high that it got stuck in the roof of the Metrodome and never came down
1985 – The Apollo Theater reopened with a 50th Anniversary grand reopening celebration and TV special “Motown Salutes the Apollo”
1987 – Playtex used live models for the first time ever in their new bra ads
1987 – The First Bank of the United States was listed as a National Historic Landmark
1989 – NASA launched the Magellan mission to map Venus and measure the planet’s gravitational field
1991 – Cleveland Indians’ Chris James set a new single-game RBI record with 9 batted in
1991 – Phil Collins and Al Jarreau received an Honorary Doctor of Music Degrees from Berklee College of Music
1994 – Israel’s Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and PLO leader Yasser Arafat signed the “Treaty Of Peace” which granted Palestinians self-rule in the Gaza Strip and Jericho.
1998 – Unabomber Ted Kaczynski is sentenced to four life sentences plus 30 years for his decades of sending people bombs
1999 – “The Mummy” starring Brendan Frasier and Rachel Weisz was released
2000 – London elected Ken Livingstone, the city’s first Mayor
2002 – Barry Bonds hits his 400th home run becoming the first player to hit 300 home runs with one team (SF Giants) and 100 with another (Pittsburgh Pirates)
2010 – Julia Lewis-Dreyfus received her Hollywood Walk of Fame star. It was the 2,407th star awarded
2010 – Pablo Picasso’s “Nude, Green Leaves and Bust” sold for $106.5 million
2012 – Google received the first self-driving vehicle testing license in Las Vegas