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Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Russian security forces kill Doger Sevdet, an al-Qaeda emissary who fought alongside Chechen insurgents, in the northern Caucasus region of Russia. //www.cnn.com/2011/WORLD/europe/05/04/russia.al.qaeda.killed/index.html (CNN)

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Pablo Picasso's "Nude, Green Leaves and Bust" sells for US$106 million at Christie's in New York, becoming the most expensive work of art sold at auction. //uk.reuters.com/article/idUKTRE6436KR20100504 (Reuters)
"Nude, Green Leaves and Bust" by Pablo Picasso sells in New York for US$106.5 million, setting another new world record for a work of art sold at auction.

Sunday, May 4, 2008

Cyclone Nargis: Myanmar's State Peace and Development Council declares that five states in the Irrawaddy River delta are a disaster area following the cyclone with at least 351 deaths. //www.msnbc.msn.com/id/24447510/ (MSNBC)

Friday, May 4, 2007

The Labour Party performs poorly in local and regional elections in the UK, with the Scottish National Party winning the most seats in the Scottish Parliament and the Conservatives performing well in English local government elections. //www.nytimes.com/2007/05/04/world/europe/04cnd-britain.html?ex=1335931200en=b56afca73dab8fb0ei=5088partner=rssnytemc=rss (New York Times) //news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/politics/6620905.stm (BBC)
International delegates reach agreement at the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change on the summary report on mitigating climate change despite some concerns raised by China. //edition.cnn.com/2007/TECH/science/05/03/climate.report.ap/index.html?eref=rss_world (AP via CNN)

Thursday, May 4, 2006

Picasso's "Dora Maar With Cat" is sold in an auction for US$95,216,000, becoming one of the most expensive paintings in the world. //news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/4971444.stm (BBC)

Wednesday, May 4, 2005

In one of the largest insurgent attacks in Iraq, at least 60 people are killed and dozens wounded in a suicide bombing at a Kurdish police recruitment center in Irbil, northern Iraq.

Tuesday, May 4, 2004

the Toronto Maple Leafs played their last NHL playoff game.

Sunday, May 4, 2003

Top Thrill Dragster opens at Cedar Point amusement park in Sandusky, Ohio, as the world's tallest and fastest roller coaster.
At least 19 people are killed in a series of tornadoes in the states of Colorado, Kansas and Missouri.
May 10 ndash A major severe weather outbreak spawns more tornadoes than any week in U.S. history 393 tornadoes are reported in 19 states.

Saturday, May 4, 1996

A Sudanese Federal Airlines jet crashes on a domestic flight in a severe dust storm, while making an emergency landing 325 kilometres northeast of Khartoum, killing all 53 passengers and crew.

Tuesday, May 4, 1993

UNOSOM II assumes the Somalian duties of the dissolved UNITAF.

Friday, May 4, 1990

May 6–13 – Pope John Paul II visits Mexico.
Cold War: Estonia restores the formal name of the country, the Republic of Estonia, as well as the state emblems (the coat of arms, the flag and the anthem).
Cold War: Latvia declares independence from the Soviet Union.

Wednesday, May 4, 1988

PEPCON disaster in Henderson, Nevada: A major explosion at an industrial solid-fuel rocket plant causes damage extending up to away, including Las Vegas' McCarran International Airport.

Saturday, May 4, 1985

The 30th Eurovision Song Contest takes place in Gothenburg, Sweden. The winning song is "La det swinge" sung by Bobbysocks! (Norway).

Tuesday, May 4, 1982

Falklands War: HMS \'\'Sheffield\'\' is hit by an Exocet missile, and burns out of control 20 sailors are killed. The ship sinks on May 10.
Falklands War: HMS "Sheffield" is hit by an Exocet missile, and burns out of control 20 sailors are killed. The ship sinks on May 10.

Sunday, May 4, 1980

Yugoslav President Josip Broz Tito dies. The funeral ceremony later becomes the world's biggest diplomatic meeting and media event ever, with more than 140 state delegations in Belgrade from all over the world (only the funeral of Pope John Paul II in April 2005 will have more news coverage and a higher number of delegations).

Friday, May 4, 1979

Counting in the previous day's British general election shows that the Conservatives have won and Margaret Thatcher becomes the country's first female prime minister, ending the rule of James Callaghan's Labour government.//news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/vote_2005/basics/4393311.stm

Monday, May 4, 1970

The New York Knicks win their first NBA chionship, defeating the Los Angeles Lakers 113-99 in Game 7 of the world chionship series at Madison Square Garden.
Hard Hat riot: Unionized construction workers attack about 1,000 students and others protesting the Kent State shootings near the intersection of Wall Street and Broad Street and at New York City Hall.
Feyenoord wins the European Cup after a 2–1 win over Celtic.
Arms Crisis in the Republic of Ireland: Charles Haughey and Neil Blaney are dismissed as members of the Irish Government, for accusations of their involvement in a plot to import arms for use by the Provisional IRA in Northern Ireland.
The Beatles release their 12th and final album, "Let It Be".
Kent State shootings: Four students at Kent State University in Ohio are killed and 9 wounded by Ohio National Guardsmen, at a protest against the incursion into Cambodia.

Thursday, May 4, 1967

Four hundred students seize the administration building at Cheyney State College, now Cheyney University of Pennsylvania, the oldest institute for higher education for African Americans.
Hong Kong 1967 riots: Clashes between striking workers and police kill 51 and injure 800.
Lunar Orbiter 4 is launched by the United States.
Dr. Zakir Hussain is the first Muslim to become president of India.

Wednesday, May 4, 1966

Fiat signs a contract with the Soviet government to build a car factory in the Soviet Union.

Monday, May 4, 1964

Pacific Air Lines Flight 773 crashes near San Ramon, California, killing all 44 aboard the FBI later reports that a cockpit recorder tape indicates that the pilot and co-pilot had been shot by a suicidal passenger.
The United States Congress recognized Bourbon whiskey as a distinctive product of the United States.
At a mail rockets demonstration by Gerhard Zucker on Hasselkopf Mountain near Braunlage (Lower Saxonia, Germany), 3 persons are killed by a rocket explosion.

Saturday, May 4, 1963

Hue Vesak shootings: The Army of the Republic of Vietnam opens fire on Buddhists who defy a ban on the flying of the Buddhist flag on Vesak, the birthday of Gautama Buddha, killing nine. Earlier, President Ngo Dinh Diem allowed the flying of the Vatican flag in honour of his brother, Archbishop Ngo Dinh Thuc.
"Dr. No", the first James Bond film, is shown in U.S. theaters.
The Le Monde Theater fire in Dioirbel, Senegal kills 64.

Thursday, May 4, 1961

U.S. Freedom Riders begin interstate bus rides to test the new U.S. Supreme Court integration decision.

Tuesday, May 4, 1954

General Alfredo Stroessner seizes power in a coup d'état in Paraguay.

Tuesday, May 4, 1948

Laurence Olivier's film version of "Hamlet" makes its world premiere in London.

Friday, May 4, 1945

The concentration c "Neuengamme" near Hamburg is liberated by the British Army.
The North German army surrenders to Marshal Bernard Montgomery.
Denmark is liberated. German forces officially surrender one day later.
Holland is liberated by British and Canadian troops. German forces officially surrender one day later.

Monday, May 4, 1931

Kemal Atatürk is re-elected president of Turkey.

Sunday, May 4, 1930

r May 5 ndash Mahatma Gandhi is arrested again.

Tuesday, May 4, 1926

The French navy bombards Damascus because of the Druze riots.
Admiral Richard E. Byrd and Floyd Bennett claim to have flown over the North Pole (later discovery of his diary seems to indicate that this did not happen).
Roald Amundsen flies over the North Pole.
Martial law is declared in Britain because of the general strike.
The British General Strike begins at Midnight in support of the coal strike.
Talks between the government and strikers begin in the U.K.
Planes piloted by Major Harold Geiger and Horace Meek Hickam, students at the Air Corps Tactical School, collide in mid-air at Langley Field, Virginia. Hickam parachutes to safety.
UK General Strike 1926: In the United Kingdom, a general strike by trade unions ends (the strike began on May 3).

Sunday, May 4, 1924

The 1924 Summer Olympics opening ceremonies are held in Paris, France.

Sunday, May 4, 1919

The May Fourth Movement opposes foreign colonizers in China.

Monday, May 4, 1903

The leading Macedonian Bulgarian revolutionary Gotse Delchev is killed in a skirmish with the Turkish army.

Tuesday, May 4, 1886

Emil Berliner starts work that leads to the invention of the gramophone.

Saturday, May 4, 1872

Rangers F.C. play their first ever game on the public pitches of Glasgow Green.
The magazine "Popular Science" is first published in the U.S.
The Third Carlist War in Spain-Carlist Army is defeated at the Battle of Oroquieta, Navarra, Spain.1,000 government troops (Moriones) easily defeated the much larger number of Carlists at Oroquieta. 50 Carlists were killed and Moriones takes 700 prisoners but Don Carlos escapes.

Thursday, May 4, 1871

The first supposedly Major League Baseball game is played.

Tuesday, May 4, 1869

10 ndash Naval Battle of Hakodate: The Imperial Japanese navy defeats adherents of the Tokugawa shogunate.

Thursday, May 4, 1865

Jefferson Davis meets with his Confederate Cabinet (14 officials) for the last time, in Washington, Georgia, and the Confederate Government is officially dissolved.
American Civil War: Lieutenant General Richard Taylor, commanding all Confederate forces in Alabama, Mississippi, and eastern Louisiana, surrenders his forces to Union General E.R.S. Canby at Citronelle, Alabama, effectively ending all Confederate resistance east of the Mississippi.
In North Bend, Ohio (a suburb of Cincinnati), the first train robbery in the United States takes place.

Wednesday, May 4, 1859

The Cornwall Railway opens across the Royal Albert Bridge, linking the counties of Devon and Cornwall in England.

Thursday, May 4, 1843

Natal is proclaimed a British colony.

Saturday, May 4, 1799

Battle of Seringapatam: Tippu Sultan is defeated and killed by the British.

Saturday, May 4, 1776

Rhode Island becomes the first American colony to renounce allegiance to King George III of Great Britain.

Thursday, May 4, 1702

June ndash Queen Anne's Captain-General John Churchill forces the surrender of Kaiserswerth on the Rhine.
May 14 ndash The War of the Spanish Succession widens, as war is declared on France by the Grand Alliance.

Monday, May 4, 1699

The beginning of the fictional "Gulliver's Travels" (1726).

Saturday, May 4, 1686

The Municipality of Ilagan is founded in the Philippines.

Sunday, May 4, 1664

Kronenbourg, a popular lager, is first produced.

Monday, May 4, 1626

Peter Minuit becomes director-general of New Netherland for the Dutch West India Company.

Thursday, April 25, 1493 (Julianian calendar)

In the papal bull "Inter caetera", Pope Alexander VI decrees that all lands discovered west of the Azores are Spanish.

Thursday, April 25, 1471 (Julianian calendar)

Battle of Tewkesbury: King Edward defeats a Lancastrian army under Queen Margaret and her son, Edward of Westminster the Prince of Wales, who is killed. Later in the month, King Henry VI of England is murdered, eliminating all Lancastrian opposition.

Saturday, April 25, 1439 (Julianian calendar)

Battle of Grotnik: The Hussite movement is defeated in Poland.

Saturday, April 26, 1343 (Julianian calendar)

The four Estonian kings are murdered at the negotiations with the Livonian Order

Thursday, April 27, 1256 (Julianian calendar)

The city of Lviv, in present-day Ukraine, is founded by Danylo King of Rus.
Theodore II Lascaris, Byzantine Emperor (in exile in the Empire of Nicaea), successfully concludes a military caign started a year earlier to recover Thrace from the Bulgarians.
Abingdon School is founded.
Church of Santa Costanza, Rome, is consecrated as a church.
The ancient Irish Kingdom of Breifne splits into East Breifne and West Breifne after a war between the O'Reillys and the O'Rourkes.
Pope Alexander IV issues the papal bull "Licet ecclesiae catholicae", constituting the Order of Saint Augustine at Lecceto Monastery.
October ndash Mongol commander Baiju (operating under Hulagu Khan's command) leads his forces in a victory over Kay Ka'us II of the Sultanate of Rüm, thereby capturing Anatolia.
Roger Bacon becomes a Franciscan Friar.

Wednesday, April 28, 1003 (Julianian calendar)

King Robert II of France invades Burgundy, but fails.
Robert II of France marries Constance of Arles.
Bolesław I of Poland annexes parts of present-day Slovakia (possible date).
Boleslaus I of Poland becomes duke of Bohemia and Moravia.
Sweyn I of Denmark begins his first invasion of England.
The Zubu khan surrenders to the Liao Dynasty.
The troops of the Caliphate of Cordoba defeats the northern Christian armies at the battle of Albesa.ref name=french crusades
Stephen I of Hungary invades Transylvania and organises the Diocese of Transylvania (possible date).
Humbert I becomes the first count of Savoy.

Saturday, May 3, 374 (Julianian calendar)

Spearthrower Owl ascends to the throne and becomes ruler of Teotihuacan (Mexico).
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