4 MAY
   
 

Born On This Day:

  • Horace Mann, 1796
  • T. H. Huxley, 1825
  • Francis Cardinal Spellman, 1889
  • Luther Adler, 1903
  • Howard Da Silva, 1909
  • Hosni Mubarak, 1928
  • Maynard Ferguson, 1928
  • Audrey Hepburn, 1929
  • Roberta Peters, 1930
  • El Cordobés, 1936
  • Nick Ashford, 1942
  • Pia Zadora, 1956
  • Keith Haring, 1958
  • Randy Travis, 1959
  • Rory McIlroy, 1989

Died On This Day:

  • Edward Plantagenet, Prince of Wales, 1471
  • Sherlock Holmes (fiction), 1891
  • Sir Osbert Sitwell, 1969
  • Marshall Josip Broz Tito, 1980
  • Diana Dors, 1984
  • Paul Butterfield, 1987
  • Dom DeLuise, 2009

Today's Events:

  • 1494 - Discovery of the Island of Jamaica by Christopher Columbus on his second voyage.
  • 1626 - Peter Minuit lands on Manhattan Island to take charge of Dutch settlement-New Amsterdam.
  • 1702 - Queen Anne's War (War of Spanish Succession) begins.
  • 1776 - Rhode Island declares independence from England.
  • 1780 - The Derby first run in England.
  • 1780 - American Academy of Arts and Sciences founded in Boston led by James Bowdoin .
  • 1839 - Cunard cruise ship company founded.
  • 1843 - Natal proclaimed a British Colony.
  • 1846 - Michigan becomes first U.S. State to abolish capital punishment.
  • 1869 - The offshore oil drilling rig patented by Thomas F. Rowland of Greenpoint, N.Y.
  • 1884 - First photograph taken of a flash of lightning by W.C. Gurley in Marietta, OH.
  • 1886 - Haymarket riot-Workers gather in Haymarket Square, Chicago to fight for 8-hour day; bomb kills 8 police.
  • 1896 - Britain's first halfpenny newspaper, the Daily Mail, published by Lord Northcliffe
  • 1926 - United Kingdom General Strike begins, called by miners; 1.5 million people involved.
  • 1927 - Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences formed in Hollywood.
  • 1932 - Al Capone goes to the federal pen in Atlanta for, hmmmm, tax evasion.
  • 1942 - Battle of Coral Sea begins; Japan loses 39 ships in first set back; Largest naval battle ever. WWII
  • 1945 - Surrender of German armies in Holland Denmark and NW Germany-WWII.
  • 1959 - First Grammy Awards; 'Volare' is record of the year, Mancini's 'Peter Gunn' best album.
  • 1970 - Kent State massacre, National Guard opens fire killing four students protesting Vietnam war.
  • 1971 - Avalanche buries Canadian village of Saint Jean Vianney, 31 dead, $1 million damage.
  • 2003 - First cloned equine animal, a mule named Idaho Gem is born at the University of Idaho.
  • 2010 - Picasso's 'Nude, Green Leaves and Bust' sold for world record $106.5 million at Christie's, New York; (see Munch 2012)

Feast Day of Saint:

  • Gotthard (d. 1038), Monica, Pelagia of Tarsus

Holiday:

  • Rhode Island Independence Day celebrated
  • Youth Day in China
  • Constitution Memorial Day in Japan
  • Sherlock Holmes Society celebrates today in 1891, the date Holmes met and fought Moriarty above Reichenbach Falls.

Non-Specific Holiday:

  • VESAK (Commemoration of birth, enlightenment and death of Buddha) celebrated Southeast Asia.
  • MOTHER'S DAY (U.S.), second Sunday in May
  • FESTIVAL OF JOAN OF ARC in France, second Sunday in May
  • MEMORIAL DAY (U.S.), Last Monday in May
  • PROCESSION OF THE HOLY BLOOD in Belgium on first Monday after May 2.
  • TANO FESTIVAL (Korea) on 5th day of 5th lunar month.
  • TUAN WU CHIEH or Dragon Boat Festival (China) 5th day of 5th lunar month.
  • ASCENSION DAY (Christian) 40th day after Easter.
  • PENTACOST (Christian) or Whitsunday (Anglican) 50 days after Easter.
  • TRINITY SUNDAY (Christian), Sunday after Pentecost.
  • CORPUS CHRISTI (Christian), Thursday after Trinity Sunday.
  • I'D AL-HAJJ, Muslim Festival
  • ARANYA SHASHTI, Hindu Festival honoring god of the forest
  • BUDDHA PURNIMA, Hindu Festival, celebrated early May
  • GANGA DASSHERA, Hindu Festival, celebrated end of May
  • ARMED FORCES DAY in US - third Saturday in May
  • NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER in US - first Thursday in May
  • NATIONAL DEFENSE TRANSPORTATION DAY - third Friday in May in US
  • NATIONAL TEACHER'S DAY - Tuesday in the first full week in May in US
  • VICTORIA DAY - first Monday before May 25, celebrating Queen Victoria's birthday in Canada
  • WESAK FESTIVAL celebrated in the eastern hemisphere at the Taurus full moon, beginning of May
  • GOODWILL FESTIVAL celebrated at the Gemini full moon, end of May

 

 
   
 
 
 
 
 
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