History's May 04
    2010 Julia Louis-Dreyfus receives the 2,407th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, although on the original star her name is spelled incorrectly
    2008 Seth MacFarlane reaches an agreement worth $100 million with Fox to keep "Family Guy" and "American Dad" on television until 2012, making MacFarlane the world's highest paid television writer
    2007 Greensburg, Kansas is almost completely destroyed by a 1.7m wide EF-5 tornado.
    2007 The Scottish National Party wins the Scottish general election and becomes the largest party in the Scottish Parliament for the first time ever.
    2002 Barry Bonds hits his 400th home run as a Giant, leading his team to a 3-0 win over Cincinnati. Bonds is the first player to hit 400 homers for one team and 100 with another
    2002 128th Kentucky Derby: Victor Espinoza aboard War Emblem wins in 2:01.13
    2001 The Milwaukee Art Museum addition, the first Santiago Calatrava-designed structure in the United States, opens to the public.
    2000 Ken Livingstone becomes the first Mayor of London.
    1998 A federal judge in Sacramento, California, gives "Unabomber" Ted Kaczynski four life sentences plus 30 years after Kaczynski accepts a plea agreement sparing him from the death penalty.
    1997 Tammie Green wins LPGA Sprint Titlehoders Championship
    1997 Phil Blackmar wins 50th Houston golf Open
    1996 122nd Kentucky Derby: Jerry Bailey aboard Grindstone wins in 2:01
    1996 Greg Pavlik one-hits Tigers making the Rangers 1st AL team to pitch back-to-back one-hitters since the Washington Senators in 1917
    1996 ABC Bud Light Masters Bowling Tournament won by Ernie Schlegel
    1994 Singer Courtney Love cleared of drug charges
    1994 Arsenal of England win 34th European Cup Winner's Cup against Parma of Italy 1-0 in Copenhagen
    1993 "Angels in America-Millennium Approaches" opens at Kerr for 367 performances
    1991 Indians' Chris James sets club record for most RBIs in a game (9)
    1991 Actress Sharon Gless & producer Barney Rosenzeig wed
    1991 ABC Masters Bowling Tournament won by Doug Kent
    1991 117th Kentucky Derby: Chris Antley aboard Strike the Gold wins in 2:03
    1991 NY Mets M Sasser & Mark Carreon are 8th to hit consecutive pinch HRs
    1991 36th Eurovision Song Contest: Carola for Sweden wins singing "Fangad av en stormvind" in Rome
    1991 Morris K Udall, (Rep-D-Ariz), resigns due to Parkinson disease
    1991 President Bush is hospitalized for erratic heartbeat
    1990 Angela Bowie reveals that ex husband David slept with Mick Jagger
    1990 Pakistan beat Aust by 36 runs to win Austral-Asia Cup, Sharjah
    1990 Oriole Gregg Olson sets relief pitcher rec of 41 cons scoreless inns
    1990 Latvia's parliament votes 138-0 (1 abstention) for Independence
    1989 Junior Felix of Toronto becomes 53rd to hit HR on 1st at bat
    1989 US launches Magellan to Venus
    1989 US space shuttle STS-30 launched
    1988 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
    1986 President Babrak Karmal resigns as party leader of Afghanistan
    1985 111th Kentucky Derby: Angel Cordero Jr on Spend A Buck wins 2:00.2
    1985 30th Eurovision Song Contest: Bobbysocks! for Norway wins singing "La det swinge" in Gothenburg
    1984 Dave Kingman's fly ball never comes down (stuck in Metrodome ceiling)
    1983 China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor, PRC
    1982 British destroyer HMS Sheffield hit by Exocet rocket off Falkland Islands: 20 of her crew died.
    1982 Nordiques 2-Isles 4-Semifinals-Isles win series 4-0
    1982 NHL Prince of Wales Conference Final: New York Islanders beat Quebec Nordiques, 4 games to 0
    1982 Twins rookie outfielder Jim Eisenreich, who suffers from Tourette's Syndrome, removes himself, due to taunts from Red Sox bleacher fans
    1981 Silvana Cruciata runs 15k female world record (49:44.0)
    1981 Rockline premieres on KLOS FM in Los Angeles
    1981 Yankee Ron Davis strikes out 8 consecutive Angels, ran record of 13 strikeouts of last 14 faced, also saved Gene Nelsons 1st win, 4-2
    1981 After 66 days on hunger strike, 26 year old Bobby Sands MP died in the Maze; 9 further hunger strikers die over the next 3 months
    1980 Dodgers bat out of order against Phillies in 1st inning
    1980 Hollis Stacy wins LPGA CPC Women's Internationalional Golf Tournament
    1980 White Sox 1st baseman Mike Squires catches final inning of 11-1 loss to Brewers, becoming 1st lefty to catch since Dale Long in 1958
    1979 Margaret Thatcher 1st woman to be elected Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
    1979 NASA launches Fltsatcom-2
    1979 Jackie Mercer wins her 4th golf title 31 years after her 1st
    1978 Russian leader Brezhnev visits West-Germany
    1976 "1600 Pennsylvania Avenue" opens at Mark Hellinger NYC for 7 performances
    1975 Ed Bullins' "Taking of Miss Jane" premieres in NYC
    1975 Flyers 1-Isles 0-Semis-Flyers hold 3-0 lead-Isles held to 14 shots
    1975 Houston's Bob Watson scores baseball's one-millionth run of all time
    1975 Maria Astrologes wins LPGA Birmingham Golf Classic
    1974 100th Kentucky Derby: Angel Cordero Jr. aboard Cannonade wins in 2:04
    1973 1st TV network female nudity-Steambath (PBS)-Valerie Perrine
    1973 BPAA US Women's Bowling Open won by Millie Martorella
    1973 Patriarch Shenuda II of Kopitisch church visits the pope
    1973 Wings release "Red Rose Speedway" in UK
    1973 Longest baseball game in Veterans' Stadium, Phillies beat Braves 5-4 in 20 innings
    1972 The Don't Make A Wave Committee, a fledgling environmental organization founded in Canada in 1971, officially changes its name to "Greenpeace Foundation".
    1972 Vietcong forms revolutionary government in Quang Tri South Vietnam
    1970 National Guard kills 4 at Kent State in Ohio
    1970 Premier Kosygin affirms existence Russian military advisors in Egypt
    1970 Pulitzer prize awarded to Erik H Erikson (Gandhi's Truth)
    1969 Stanley Cup: Montreal Canadiens sweep St Louis Blues in 4 games
    1969 Sandra Haynie wins LPGA Shreveport Kiwanis Club Golf Invitational
    1969 Charles Gordone's "No Place to be Somebody" premieres in NYC
    1968 1st ABA championship: Pitts Pipers beat NO Buccaneers, 4 games to 3
    1968 94th Kentucky Derby: Ismael Valenzuela aboard Forward Pass wins
    1968 Dancer Image DQ due to drugs after winning 94th Kent Derby in 2:02½
    1967 Lunar Orbiter 4 launched by US; begins orbiting Moon May 7
    1966 Soviet government signs accord about building Fiat factory in USSR
    1965 Willie Mays 512th HR breaks Mel Ott's 511th NL record
    1964 "Another World" premieres on TV in the US
    1964 70 GATT-countries confer in Geneva
    1964 KIII TV channel 3 in Corpus Christi, TX (ABC) begins broadcasting
    1964 Pulitzer prize awarded to Richard Hofstadter (Anti-intellectualism)
    1963 Pitcher Bob Shaw sets record of 5 balks in a game
    1963 89th Kentucky Derby: Braulio Baeza aboard Chateaugay wins in 2:01.8
    1962 US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Christmas Island
    1961 South-Africa ANC-leader John Nkadimeng arrested
    1961 Malcolm Ross & Victor Prather reach 34,668 m (record) in balloon
    1961 CORE begins freedom rides from Washington, D.C.
    1961 1st on-the-road Spacemobile lecture given.
    1960 1st great Delta dam closes, North-South Beveland
    1959 1st Grammy Awards: Perry Como & Ella Fitzgerald win
    1959 Pulitzer prize awarded to Archibald Macleish (JB)
    1958 Alberto Lleras Camargo chosen president of Colombia
    1957 Anne Frank Foundation forms in Amsterdam
    1957 Alan Freed hosts "Rock n' Roll Show" 1st prime-time network rock show
    1957 83rd Kentucky Derby: Bill Hartack aboard Iron Liege wins in 2:02.2
    1956 US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Enwetak
    1956 Queen Juliana unveils National Monument to Dams in Amsterdam
    1954 US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Bikini Island
    1953 Pulitzer Prize for Literature awarded to Ernest Hemingway for "The Old Man & The Sea"
    1952 Babe Didrikson-Zaharias wins LPGA Fresno Golf Open
    1949 Air crash at Turin (whole Torino soccer team survives)
    1948 The Hague Court of Justice convicts Nazi SS officer in the Netherlands Hans Rauter of Crimes against Humanity (executed 24 March 1949)
    1946 5 die in a 2 day riot at Alcatraz prison in SF bay
    1946 72nd Kentucky Derby: Warren Mehrtens aboard Assault wins in 2:06.6
    1946 Wash's Cecil Travis gets 6 straight hits before being stopped
    1945 German troops in Netherlands, Denmark & Norway surrender
    1944 "Gaslight", starring an 18-year-old Angela Lansbury in her film debut, is released
    1943 NL Ford Frick demonstrates revised balata ball to reporters by bouncing it on his office carpet ball proves to be 50% livelier
    1942 Battle of Coral Sea begins in the Pacific (1st sea battle fought solely in air) between Japanese, US and Australian navies and air forces
    1942 Pulitzer prize awarded to Ellen Glasgow (In this our Life)
    1942 Food 1st rationed in US
    1942 German occupiers imprison 450 prominent Dutch as hostages
    1940 66th Kentucky Derby: Carroll Bierman aboard Gallahadion wins in 2:05
    1940 21 "not neutral" nazis & communists arrested in Netherlands
    1938 Douglas Hyde (a protestant) becomes 1st president of Eire
    1936 Pulitzer prize awarded to Harold L Davis (Honey in the Horn)
    1935 61st Kentucky Derby: Willie Saunders aboard Omaha wins in 2:05
    1933 Pulitzer prize awarded to Archibald Macleish (Conquistador)
    1932 Al Capone enters Atlanta Penitentiary convicted of income tax evasion
    1931 Mustafa Kemal Pasja becomes Turkish president
    1929 Lou Gehrig hits 3 consecutive HRs, Yankees 11, Tigers 9
    1927 Nicaragua agrees to a US supervised presidential election in 1928
    1927 1st balloon flight over 40,000 feet (Scott Field, Ill)
    1925 League of Nations conference on arms control & poison gas usage
    1924 8th Olympic games open at Paris, France
    1924 German Republic election fascists & communists win
    1923 Bloody street battles between nazis, socialist & police in Vienna
    1923 NY state revokes Prohibition law
    1922 KNX-AM in Los Angeles CA begins radio transmissions
    1919 Giants play their 1st legal Sunday home game, 35,000 see Phils win 4-3
    1919 1st legal Sunday baseball game in NYC (Phillies beat Giants 4-3)
    1919 Demonstrates organised by students erupt in China, after news from the Paris Peace Conference that the Allies intend to give Shangtung to Japan
    1919 FVC soccer team forms
    1918 Yankees set record with 8 sacrifices, beat Red Sox's Babe Ruth 5-4
    1917 Arabs sack Tel Aviv
    1917 A flotilla of US destroyer ships arrive in Queenstown, Ireland, to aid in convoying ships to England
    1916 Ned Daly, Willie Pearse, Michael O'Hanrahan and Joseph Plunkett are executed by British authorities following the Easter Rising, at Kilmainham Gaol, Dublin
    1916 At request of US, Germany curtails its submarine warfare
    1915 Italy drops Triple Alliance with Austria-Hungary & Germany
    1912 Italian mariners occupy Turkish Island of Rhodes
    1910 Canadian Currency Act, 1910, receives Royal Assent
    1910 Wilfrid Laurier passes the Naval Service Act, which creates the Royal Canadian Navy
    1910 Tel Aviv founded
    1904 Charles Stewart Rolls meets Frederick Henry Royce at the Midland Hotel in Manchester, England. Go on to form Roll-Royce
    1904 Construction begins by the United States on the Panama Canal.
    1899 25th Kentucky Derby: Fred Taral aboard Manuel wins in 2:12
    1898 24th Kentucky Derby: Willie Simms aboard Plaudit wins in 2:09
    1897 Fire in Paris bazaar at Rue Jean Goujon kills 200
    1897 23rd Kentucky Derby: Buttons Garner aboard Typhoon II wins in 2:12.5
    1896 Grease fire ignites half ton of dynamite at Cripple Creek Colorado
    1896 1st edition of London Daily Mail (halfpenny)
    1893 Cowboy Bob Pickett invents bulldogging
    1888 Italy & Spain sign military covenant
    1886 Haymarket riot in Chicago; bomb kills 7 policemen
    1883 John Gordon Cashmans begins "Vicksburg Evening Post" (Miss)
    1878 Phonograph shown for 1st time at Grand Opera House
    1871 1st baseball league game (National Association of Baseball Players), (Ft Wayne 2, Cleveland 0) Deacon Jim White gets 1st hit, a double
    1869 The Naval Battle of Hakodate takes place in Japan.
    1866 Woodward's Gardens opens to public
    1865 Battle of Mobile, AL
    1865 Battle of Citronville, AL; Richard Taylor surrenders
    1864 General Ulysses S. Grant's Union Army at Potomac attacks Robert E. Lee's Confederates at Rappahannock River
    1864 -16] actions at Drewry's Bluff, Virginia
    1863 Battle of Chancellorsville-action at Salem Church
    1863 End of Chancellorsville - Beaten Union army withdraws
    1862 -5] Battle at Williamsburg, Virginia
    1862 Yorktown, VA - Mcclellan halted his troop before town as it is full of armed torpedoes left by CS Brigadier General Gabrial Rains
    1861 At Gretna LA, one of 1st guns of Rebel navy is cast
    1859 The Cornwall Railway opens across the Royal Albert Bridge linking the counties of Devon and Cornwall in England.
    1858 War of Reform (Mexico); Liberals establish capital at Vera Cruz
    1851 First major San Francisco fire destroys a quarter of the city
    1847 NY State creates a Board of Commissioners of Emigration
    1846 US state Michigan ends death penalty
    1843 Great Britain annexes Natal
    1839 The Cunard Steamship Company Ltd forms San Bonifacio
    1834 Charles Darwin's expedition reaches 200 km from Atlantic Ocean
    1818 Netherlands & Britain sign treaty against illegal slave handling
    1814 Bourbon reign restored in France
    1814 King Ferdinand VII of Spain signs the Decree of the 4th of May, returning Spain to absolutism.
    1805 Henry C Overing buys 80 acres of Throggs Neck in Bronx
    1799 Fourth Anglo-Mysore War: The Battle of Seringapatam: The siege of Seringapatam ends when the city is assaulted and the Tipu Sultan killed by the besieging British army, under the command of General George Harris.
    1783 Herschel reports seeing a red glow near lunar crater Aristarchus
    1780 American Academy of Arts & Science founded in Boston, James Bowdoin, John and Samuel Adams founding members
    1780 Charles Bunbury on Diomed wins 1st Epsom Derby
    1776 Rhode Island declares independence from Britain
    1747 Willem IV appointed viceroy of Overijssel
    1728 George Frideric Handel's opera "Tolomeo, re di Egitto" premieres in London
    1715 French manufacturer debuts 1st folding umbrella (Paris)
    1686 Municipality of Ilagan is founded in the Philippines.
    1652 Battle at Etampes: French army under Turenne beats Fronde rebels
    1634 Johan van Walbeecks fleet departs to West Indies
    1626 Peter Minuit becomes director-general of New Netherlands
    1572 Veere sides with Geuzen
    1540 Venice & Turkey sign Treaty of Constantinople
    1493 Spanish Pope Alexander VI divides America between Spain & Portugal
    1471 Wars of the Roses: Battle of Tewkesbury - final battle between Lancaster and York sees the Prince of Wales, Edward of Westminster killed and King Edward IV restored to his crown thus extinguishing the Lancastrian of Plantagenet line
    1415 Religious reformers John Wycliffe and Jan Hus are condemned as heretics at the Council of Constance.
    1303 Flemings conquers Middelburg
    1256 The Augustinian monastic order is constituted at the Lecceto Monastery when Pope Alexander IV issues a papal bull Licet ecclesiae catholicae.
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